Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...

Jacob at Soccer Camp 


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Joshua and the "beautiful" Snowball bush



Happy Summer!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Egg gathering at the Stone Barns Center...

There are so many awesome farms in Westchester and Stone Barns is definitely on the upper echelon when it comes to these farms. 


You almost feel like you are going back in time or to an English farm when you view the barns from the entrance...


Complete with the rocky hillsides that were also misty from the rains we experienced on our visit...


Everywhere you look there was something that was very pleasing to look at...


As far as we were concerned the rain just added to the charm and an added bonus was that the other family that had reserved a spot cancelled so we had a private tour! 


Here is the entrance to the visitor center and restaurants. You need to make reservations a few months in advance to eat at the Blue Hill restaurant. It is on my list of things I want to do!


Even the grounds maps are gorgeous...


There is a pretty herb garden at the entrance to the visitor center...


Inside the old silos are cozy nooks for sitting...


Of course Jacob thought this was too cool...


This cute rooster fence was on our walk towards the egg-mobiles...


Here were some happy sheep  (happy to be rained on because they get hot in the sun!)...


And finally we got to the egg-mobiles for our egg gathering adventure...


I want the boys to learn where the food we eat comes from. We get so detached living the modern life that I think it's important to teach the kids how things really work. At first Joshua was a little freaked out  by the curious chickens that run around your feet. 

The fronts of the coops open up to allow for really easy egg picking!


Jacob was so intrigued and dove right in to gathering up some eggs...



 The chickens were so sweet and just stood up to let you pick the eggs right out from under them...


Our guide Carrie was very impressed with Jacob's lack of fear and gentle touch for placing the eggs in the basket...


We did a great job!


Even Joshua came around and got into it...


He was not quite as gentle as Jacob but he really enjoyed it...


 Some of the chickens even shared a little cubby LOL...


Once they started they didn't want to stop!


Any cracked eggs get mixed in with the slop for the cute little black pigs that live in the pen near the chicken coops. And here is the bounty of eggs that we gathered which will either go to be sold at the farm market or will be used in one of the restaurants.


We can't wait to go back!

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The boys first baseball game "The Hudson Valley Renegades"...

We have heard many good things about going to see the Hudson Valley Renegades from various friends. We finally got a golden opportunity to take the boys to their first ball game when our neighbor offered us a choice of a few unused nights from a friend's season tickets. We choose August 10th and along with the tickets we were lucky to get a special parking pass too!


The stadium nicknamed "The Dutch" is really nice. They have lots of food vendors, games, and even a bounce house for the kids. It was really nice out when we got there and the boys were hungry for some stadium hot dogs!


Our seats were awesome second row right behind the catcher... Here is the pitcher getting ready to pitch the opening pitch...


 I was explaining the basic rules of the game to Jacob as he intently took it all in.


Joshua was a little wild and really wanted all of the snacks that the vendors came around offering...


Somewhere in the second inning we were hit with a pretty torrential rain that forced us out of our seats for a while. We got some soft ice cream to kill some time...




I loved the rural setting of the stadium, with all the trees in the background, and I also loved the big stadium lights. The whole experience felt very Americana to me and I was glad to share it with the boys. This was despite the fact that we did not stay for the post rain field clean up or the rest of the game. We got to see one home run and the boys got a taste for the game. I would definitely do it all over again in a heartbeat!


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