Sunday, September 24, 2006

Gilcrease Orchard

Recently I have decided to join the Mothers of Multiples group in Las Vegas. I hadn't really thought much about it until recently, now that the kids are older and I don't feel guilty to leave for a few hours at a time.
Guilty for leaving them and guilty for handing all three over to Don or whomever else. It can be a handful at times, but they are much easier to manage for the most part now. Maybe it's all the practice we've had, who knows? Anyhow, this is a group for moms of twins or more that all can relate what it is like having more than one newborn screaming to be fed at the same time, or the dilemma of to buy or not to buy multiple items (clothes, toys, high chairs, etc) or even just to have someone understand how a simple diaper change can get out of hand. The first meeting I attended was last week and I found out they were having an outside event this weekend. It was a trip to Gilcrease Orchard. I was orchard in Las Vegas, seriously? In my head I picture an orchard to be lush and full of foliage, autumn colors everywhere. Definitely not pictured amongst the desert out here. So we were hooked and wanted to go check it out. The orchard was about a 40 minute drive from our house, all the way north on the freeway to where a
place I never knew existed, but later found out Don's family used to go when they first moved out here.
The kids stayed in the stroller at first while we went searching for ripe tomatoes, egg plants, squash and zucchini. When we decided we had picked enough vegetables, we figured we'd let the boys roam around. I think this was one of the first times we had let them out in an unconfined area while they were mobile enough to enjoy it. Wyatt was all over the place with this defiant "you can't catch me" gleam in his eye. Jaxon was having a hard time walking on the uneven ground decided it would be fun enough to explore the dirt and eat a few sticks. Luke was content hanging out close by, trying to carry some over the giant produce his dad had picked out. Over by the apple trees, Don gave them each a small apple and they loved it! They immediately started eating it. We just waited until they were done, then let them explore a bit more. It was nice not to have to chase after them and let them wander a bit. The whole experience was a beautiful way to start the day.


Wendi said...

Looks like a FANTASTIC way to spend the day!!!! This was a week of "firsts" for the boys...first dinner forks, now first taste of freedom from the stroller on an outdoor outing...hmmmm what's next?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful kids you have there. Sounds like fun.

txmommy said...

just found your blog. Your boys are darling!

Michele S said...

I have not been able to post a comment for DAYS! I love the pictures too. The boys are so cute and when I look at them, Austin looks like he could be their brother. If you had Austin with you, surely people would think you had quads!

That was fun and glad to hear the boys are using forks now. Austin started using a steak knife yesterday.

Michele S said...

I was KIDDING!!! ha ha ha ha

Lesa Rhoton said...

Fun getting out with them and letting them explore unhindered, huh? As a triplet mom, you get really really good at counting heads. When we're out as a family, dh and I have our heads darting back and forth counting heads at all times. I can imagine what we look like - a bit like we're paranoid. Your kids are really cute. Sounds like a wonderful day you had with them.