Apple Tree Dreams

This afternoon was dreamy.

Since the kids had been cooped up for basically my whole pregnancy, I decided to force them outside.

That and the fact Faye is still as jumpy and energetic as ever, and I couldn't get her to sit still and quietly around the baby.  She kept bouncing, squirming, wiggling, kicking, etc.  She just would not settle down.

Thank heavens for that trampoline!  

I tried to get the kids to go outside, but they didn't want to go.  Keith is such a homebody.  He doesn't even like to go outside.  

"Its too hot.  I will burn my feet.  I don't want to go out!" 

This is what I usually hear when it comes time for him to go out.

I bribed the kids with popsicles and forced them into the back.  

I put Beth into the baby wrap and went out with the kids.

The weather was perfect.  It was in the upper 80's with a soft cool breeze blowing about us, whispering of autumn.  Which, of course, put me in a savor the moment kind of mood.  

As we were eating the popsicles, the wind rustled in the garden jungle.  

I told the kids we had to go on a hunt, there was a beast in the jungle and we had to hunt through and find it.  

It was a lovely hunt that turned into chasing butterflies which led us over to the grapes and then the apple tree.

Beth and I climbed up onto the edge of the trampoline and leaned against the netting while the kids scampered up and down the tree.  They dared each other to go higher and higher, laughing and clamoring for my attention.

"Look at me, Mom, look at me!"

"Take a picture of me, Mom."

"Can you see how high I am?  When you were a kid did you ever climb this high?"

It was adorable.

Keith asked if I remembered that time we sat under the apple tree last year and read Roald Dahl's The Twits.  Of course I do, I cherish that day, it was simply beautiful.  As we talked about it, we decided that we would need to do that again.  We decided on a book, and made plans to go to the book store after Jeffrey got home.  I am excited.  I want to introduce my kids to the magical world of Harry Potter.  I figure, if Keith can excitedly sit through The Hobbit, he shouldn't have much difficulty with Harry Potter.  I am very excited to read it to him.  I also got Half Magic, a book I have heard much about from my sisters, but have never actually read.

Tomorrow, Keith and I are going to go to the store to get some treats, and then, in the afternoon while the baby sleeps, we are going to congregate beneath the branches of the apple tree and embark on a journey to Hogwarts.  I am excited, and am really hoping Keith will be interested.  I want him to be more interested in reading than he is.  Faye likes stories a lot more than he does, and I want them to develop and keep a deep love for learning.


Emmy said…
Awe yea, how awesome that he remembered it, though of course he did it sounded like such a magical day and how wonderful that you will have another!

I am not sure if it is hair or what but Keith looks so much older!
CB said…
Those are the good kind of days. The kind of days that kids had before technology took over the world. Those are the kinds of days I remember from my own childhood - climbing trees, hunting in the garden, laughing and reading books. You are a great mom for getting your kids outside and enjoying the world!! Its the simple things that make you happy and make memories.
Xazmin said…
I love all the pictures. LOVE reading your posts - it makes me mad that I've missed so many!

Sounds like a perfect family day, especially your description of the hint of fall. Because I'm ready.

Have a wonderful weekend with your sweet family!
Susan Anderson said…
Great pics.

Reading Harry Potter sounds like a great idea. I have a feeling he will love it!

Crystal Collier said…
Half Magic, eh? This is bizarre--a book that was recommended I haven't heard of--since that's my domain. Now you've got me terribly curious.

I love tree climbing--but I'll admit, as a mommy, I'm a wreck when the kids are climbing. I guess that's because of the Quin incident--where he almost hung himself while playing a tree with a rope at the age of 3. These are the things we never forget, eh?
Lisa said…
Amazing that you have a jungle in the backyard!! :) I want one!

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