Pumpkin Picking in the Time of COVID-19

I was kind of worried about pumpkin picking this year. Actually, I had pretty much given up on the idea of us going, and I was planning on just buying a pumpkin when I went grocery shopping, because there was no way we were comfortable with piling into a tractor-pulled wagon with a bunch of people who would hopefully be wearing masks. But then I found out that most sincere pumpkin patch in the area, Braeutigum Orchards, was not only requiring masks and social distancing, they were also offering the option to walk to the pumpkin patch, and that was something we were all comfortable with! Yesterday was the perfect fall day, so we took a break from school to find the Great Pumpkin.

Actually, in some ways, in addition to being a slightly new and different experience, it was a superior experience. We got to see some parts of the farm up close for the first time ever, and it was beautiful:

There were still quite a few pumpkins left, even though it’s pretty late in the season. One thing I love about Braeutigum’s is the wide variety of pumpkin shapes and colors they offer. Being able to borrow one of their hand wagons was a fun new experience, and made our job much easier, too, which is how we ended up with four different pumpkins in three colors!

We stopped to visit the animals while we were there…we always see the chickens and turkeys, but we don’t usually get to see barn cats…we came across at least six of them!

Taking pictures was a little different this year, what with the masks and all, but it’s a memory.

Did I mention it was a beautiful day?

Of course we picked up apple cider and apple cider donuts to enjoy at home:

This was a really positive experience in a surreal time, and made yesterday feel almost like a normal day!

First Day of Twelfth Grade

I can’t believe that Turkey and Bunny are in the 12th grade!

How is it possible that it’s our 13th year of homeschooling?

And a look back at their first day of school here, way back in 2008 when they started kindergarten:

Time moves awfully fast!

Sweet Sixteen

Today is Bunny’s 16th birthday!!! It was our fifth family birthday celebration in the time of COVID-19, and while things are more open in our area, we’re still mostly staying home, so we didn’t have company, we didn’t go to the spa (which had been our original plan when we talked about her birthday months ago), and there was no dinner out, but I think she still had a fun day!

We started with presents, of course:

After opening her gifts, we spent the day watching some of Bunny’s favorite movies: Field of Dreams, Zootopia, Spies in Disguise, The Sandlot, and Hamilton (of course). I made one of her favorites (Stromboli) for dinner, which I hope made up for us not going to a restaurant.

This year’s bunny cake was modeled after Bunnie from Animal Crossing…I think I did a pretty good job, although I wish I had gotten a brighter yellow dye for the frosting.

The one silver lining in the cloud that is COVID-19 is the everyone was home to celebrate Bunny’s birthday with her. Originally, Ryan would have been traveling for work this week, and Turkey and Ladybug would have been at RSCM camp, so she was very happy to have us all together to celebrate her!

Lucia Morning in Belleville

Today is one of my favorite days in Advent…St. Lucia Day! We were up bright and early, and the girls donned their crowns and handed out our breakfast of lussekattes, one of my favorite things to bake at this time of year!

Chickadee Thursday

Today was a very exciting day, because Frozen 2 finally came out in theaters! Chickadee has been waiting for what seems like forever to see this movie, and she could hardly think of anything other than going to the theater with her sisters all day!

Bunny made her day a little extra special, with a little Frozen face art:

We really enjoyed the movie, and it was a fun way to spend an evening together!

Burned by Bunny

I can never really tell if Bunny is trolling me on purpose, or if she hears the things she says after she says them, but she burned me well this week, and even I had to admit it was pretty clever.

I was googling where to buy pants for young men, because Turkey was looking for some new styles, and I wasn’t sure where to look that we hadn’t already. I inadvertently typed “where to buy pants for young me,” however, and mentioned it to the children as I was correcting my mistake.

Bunny didn’t miss a beat…she just looked at me and said “You should check the 80s.” We’ll ignore the fact that I’m pretty I’ve been young more recently than the 80s, and appreciate how quick and witty she is! I wish I wasn’t always on the receiving end of her quips, though!!!

The Teenage Trio

Moose has been wanting me to take a picture of our family’s “teenage trio” (as he’s been calling himself, Turkey, and Bunny) since…well, since he became a teenager on his birthday a year ago! I finally got around to it today, and it’s a good thing, too, because in less than six months, we’re going to be upgrading to a teenage quartet!