Saturday, December 07, 2013

apple trees, a christmas tree, a random shiba, and gratuitous cuteness (think twins)

After we returned from SoCal, we resumed life at home without missing a beat. The first week back, we met my sister for our annual apple picking expedition. April and I have maintained a seven year tradition of apple picking. We haven't missed a year. The first year it was just April, me, and the girls. Over the years the mix has changed sometimes spouses and grandparents have joined us. This year it was just AJ, all five of our kids, and myself. I love her boys and we had a great time.

The kids enjoyed using the apple sling-shot. One nice thing about going during the middle of the week is that if you don't have school groups while you are there, it is very, very quiet. 

I love, love, love this photo of C and Bennett. C and Bennett really get along well. I actually have this as my wallpaper on the laptop. 

K and Kyler chase each other around a tree and burn off some excess energy. 

 I know I am biased but I am positive that the twins are the cutest little boys on the entire planet. Part of it is their personalities - they are so funny and so different.

I love how happy having his own apple made Bryson - just look at that smile!! 

Bennett has a good apple here but that is an exception. He kept picking rotten apples off the ground and trying to eat them. 

Lots of shots of gratuitous cuteness!! 

Like I've mentioned before, I am really struggling with angst and anti-social inclinations. I really want everyone to go away and leave me alone. We've also been busier than I like to be. As a result, the tree just went up today. Kei went and crawled right under it like he owned it. Tell me he isn't cute. I dare you!! 


  1. Apple picking is a wonderful tradition!! The twins look like they are thriving, they are just beautiful, I have been thinking about them.

  2. Way too much cuteness, Melissa! Those twins and their apple happy faces! I adore the one of Kei tucked under the tree.

  3. I understand how you feel. I am an introvert myself, and it is hard for me to be out-of-the-house as much as I am these days.

  4. The twins are darling. What a blessing they are. Kei is making himself gorgeous under the tree whilst our bad cat is climbing our tree. Merry Christmas, Olive

  5. You are not biased. Those boys are ADORABLE!
    And I am feeling that way too. Like I could hibernate all winter looooong.

  6. Hi Melissa! I loved this post--such cute babies with the apples, and definitely a cute puppy! He was smiling, so proud of himself!
    This time of year has brought out angst and anti-social inclinations for me too...not a pretty internal environment right now. I will pray for you!
    It helps to STOP and remember that Christmas tells us our Lord will come again, as well. What a beautiful thought!
    Merry Christmas!
    (My best friend in grade school was a Melissa!) :)