Last week was very, very, very busy. On Thursday, we met April, Kyler, the Twins, and Randy to go apple picking. Can you believe it? This is the sixth year in a row that we've met April at this orchard and picked apples. We've been doing it since before Kyler was born. The first few years, it was just us girls. The Kyler came a long and so did husbands. For a couple of years, my parents have joined us too.
This year, the five of us went into the orchard while Randy watched the wee ones. I didn't get any pictures of the babies(I am so sorry - they are cute - they look just like their big brother and dad) but I did get to hold Bennett! :)
After apple picking, we went to the biggest candy store in Minnesota. The kids bought candy (okay, okay, I bought some Maple Sugar Candy - it is a Little House on the Prairie thing and I can't help myself) and we all had root beer. It was fun and I am glad we did it.
On Friday, we met some homeschool friends and went on a nature walk at the Coon Rapids Dam on the Mississippi River. Mostly, the kids ran on ahead and the adults walked along behind visiting.
On Saturday, we went to a Raptor Release. The University of Minnesota has a special branch of their veterinary department called the Raptor Center that rehabilitates injured birds. Before the girls were born, Tim and I used to go to releases and now we are going again. :) (A funny thing happens, whenever, we go somewhere; the girls find the books and start reading.)
This hawk is a red-tailed hawk. Which one? Both the one above and below. There are sixty different morphs in red-tailed hawks.
Below is a peregrine falcon.
The guy above is Nero. He is a 36-year-old turkey vulture. He was part of the program to figure out how to help rehabilitate California Condors. He imprinted on humans so he could not be released. Vultures are ugly but they have tremendous personality.
We saw three releases: a broad winged hawk, a peregrine falcon, and this eagle.
They had lots of make-and-takes for the kids.
On Sunday, the girls had Crazy Hair night for Awanas. C sports a bird's nest similar to one that K had last year. K has a pack rat's nest. I have to confess, it was fun designing K's hair.
On Sunday morning, we woke to the first frost of the season.