Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homeschool Group - A Trip to the Cider Mill

This past Friday, we had the second meeting of our new homeschool group.  This time we headed out for a field trip, and went to Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill.  Too bad it turned out to be a rainy day, so our activities were limited, but we still had a good time!

First we went inside and watched cider being made.  The kids (and us adults!) were intrigued for quite a while.  You really get to see the whole process at Blake's, which is nice.  Trevor described it to his daddy later that night like this (you can imagine the motions he used while talking =), "they duuuumped, then they went uuuuuuuuup the conveyor belt, then they got mushed up and into the bottle!"

Next we headed to a covered picnic-table-area to do our craft that Miss Debby put together for us.  It was a really neat craft.  She (with her girls) had collected leaves earlier in the week and pressed them so they were dry for us.  Each child laminated a few leaves and cut them out (with some help =).  Then we hole punched them and strung them and tied them onto a branch.  The project turned out great that I think the kids really enjoyed it!

Trevor working diligently trying to cut out his leaves.

All the beautiful girls working on their leaves!

Trevor displaying his finished product (too bad it blends in perfectly with the background so you can't see it, oops!)

All the big kids with their mobiles (well, Trevor calls his a tree).

After we finished our craft, we enjoyed some yummy doughnuts and cider.  I read a book about an apple to the kids, but the people around us were a little loud, our kids were starting to get cold, Mackenzie was crying and both her and Trevor wanted to sit on my story time was pretty much pointless =) Oh well, we had good intentions!  I was really hoping that we would be able to pick apples, or at least walk around the premises, but the weather just wasn't cooperating, so we went back inside and I bought a bag of apples and let the kids enjoy a caramel apple on the way home.

I'm already looking forward to our meeting next month!  I thank God for these like-minded ladies and their wonderful children (though I am praying to find another mom who would be a good fit to add to the group who has a BOY...did you notice that every single person is a female except Trevor!)

Happy Fall!

I've linked up to:

Growing Home    Hip Homeschool Hop Button


  1. Yumm...cider and donuts! What a wonderful fall event, visiting a apple orchard/cider mill. That's what I miss about living in the east. I will have to try to recreate that theme here in the Arizona desert. You've got me thinking...bale of hay, hot apple cider, lanterns, etc. Love your blog!

  2. that sounds like such a great idea,hopping over from the HHH.

  3. Gen and Jamie, thanks so much for stopping by! Gen, I'm so sorry you don't get to enjoy these beautiful falls anymore. =(

  4. What a fun field trip! I love the craft!

  5. Ooo. I'd love to take a fieldtrip there! Thanks for the idea! I would love for you to link up at


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