Thursday, August 1, 2013

vaca recap: saturday

After we woke up on Saturday we headed out to Butler's Orchard in Maryland with Sally and her boyfriend, Sharm.
panoramic shot from the food barn
The agenda loosely included picking our own berries and perhaps going on a hayride. We started out by taking a wagon ride out to the berry field.
Once dropped off, we began picking away.
I didn't think Elden would get much out of it since he's one, so imagine my surprise when homie picked every blueberry he could get his grubby little paws on and immediately ate it. We are totally doing this again in Ohio.

Once we were done picking, we waited for the wagon to pick us up again and took the opportunity for a photo opp.
On the wagon back down, Elden experienced a range of motions from thrilled...
...to angry at the flying dust particles.

This orchard was awesome. In addition to the pick-your-own options, they had slides, the aforementioned wagon ride, play sets, tractor bikes, rubber duck racing, etc. for the younguns to play with. One of my favorite parts, though, was when we were waiting to weigh and pay for the blueberries (which, by the way, was a mere $0.97--perfection) and Elden befriended an adorable little girl on the other side of a metal fence. They babbled, looked each other up and down, etc. before we headed up to get a snack at the food barn. As we were walking away this darling girl kept calling out in the direction of Elden. It was actually pretty heartbreaking--we heard her the entire way up to the barn!
When we were done with the festivities we headed to the Orchard's farmer's market to pick up some snacks and fresh fruit. After the orchard, it was time for a cookout and a mini celebration for the almost-birthday boy.
not sure what to make of everyone singing
cake!
Our guy was spoiled with lots of love and laundry basket rides, as well as a new pair of kicks and a fun musical walker/car toy. This was the perfect end to a wonderful day. It was so great being able to catch up with people we love but hadn't seen in three years and I am so grateful for the hospitality of our hosts!

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