On Saturday, 10/08/2011, we head out to Amish country for the Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival and the Apple Festival at the Apple Castle. Adaline was all pumped up about going to the Apple Festival 🙂
These festivals are held on the same weekend every year and I always have hopes of being able to visit them both on the same day, but it’s just impossible. Last year we attended the Apple Festival first and then drove to Volant only to find that it was so packed there were no parking spaces (and Adaline fell asleep in the car anyway). The year before that we went to Volant late in the day. This year we decided to start with Volant.
We arrived right at the start of the festival and were able to find a parking space. Then we headed right for Volant Mills. There was a cute little boy sitting there on the porch just as friendly as could be saying, “Hi girl!” to Adaline, but she was not interested. It’s nice to see she’s as friendly as I am (good work, Mom).
After all of the pumpkin peeking we decided to go visit all of the shops locating past the mill. While we walked past the giant water wheel right next to the busy street and almost to the parking lot busy with cars pulling in and out Adaline decides she doesn’t want to hold my hand anymore and starts to struggle. Naturally there wasn’t time to explain to her that she needed to hold my hand and since desperately clinging to her arm as she tried to get away wasn’t working…I decided to pick her up and drag her across the parking lot. That’s no small feat for this 5 foot mama with a 2 year old half her size and a pregnant belly taking up all of the space. Adaline gave a real good kicking and screaming fit, “I wanna walk! I no hold hands!”. Oh, and there were about 50 people standing in line to get Amish donuts that got to witness the whole thing. I wrestled her over to the front porch of the closest store where I distracted her with a skeleton on display by getting her to sing, ” ‘Dem bones, ‘dem bones they walk around.” Once she calmed down I explained to her that she needed to hold onto my hand or Muggy’s hand when we’re outside and when we’re inside she can walk by herself. Thankfully after that we had no trouble and she held our hand every time we left a store and stayed right with us inside all of the shops. So there, judgmental onlookers…take that!
We went from store to store and everyone said how cute Adaline is (they didn’t witness the great parking lot tantrum of 2011). Sometimes she was friendly and other times not so much (“I’m not cute!”). She seemed to enjoy window shopping and would look at the stuff and then say, “Let’s go to another store!” in an excited voice. She really loved it when a store was playing music and sometimes didn’t want to leave.
Since it had been about 3 hours and I had somehow managed not to pee my pants I headed off to the bathroom. The one that I found was a single bathroom down a hallway, you’re supposed to wait outside of the hallway to give the others privacy. In front of me there was a family (Mom, Dad, and two little girls) who were taking turns using the bathroom. When Dad was in there mom came out with the girls and apologized when she saw my pregnant belly saying she knows how that is. I told her it’s no problem and that I’m used to holding it (although not for 3 hours, but she was only responsible for about 10min of that). Then all of the sudden this girl comes walking up, who looked to be my age and didn’t look pregnant, looked right at me and said, “Can I go first?” Now she did have a sense of urgency in her voice, but still…I’m pregnant. I might’ve considered it if she were elderly, or a mom with a little one, or if I flat out just wasn’t pregnant…but I am. So I told her, “I’m sorry, no. I’ve been holding it for 3 hours and when he gets out I’m going in.” And that’s exactly what happened. I made quick work of it and I apologized to her when I got out (not sure why considering I was there first…and I’m pregnant!). Ya know, having other people let you go to the bathroom first and hold open the door for you and give you their seat is part of the perks of pregnancy and apparently, I just wasn’t willing to give that up. Selfish Jenn. Selfish pregnant Jenn.
So once I got to pee and we had looked in all of the shops (yet refrained from buying anything) we were hungry. I had read online that they were going to be having a “Fancy Fall Tea” at The Meeting House, so we headed over there.
Adaline’s first tea party 🙂
Well, actually she did more purposely dropping silverware on the floor, running to look out of the window, and saying, “The nice lady will be right back.” every time the waitress left the table rather than actually having tea. But it still counts.
As usual Adaline barely ate a thing, but she had no trouble finishing off a chocolate petit four. I saw her go over to the window and look out with her little face pressed against the glass and when she walked away there was a nice chocolate smudgy mouth-print on the window. That’s classy 😉
After another visit at the window Adaline walked up to the end of the table and with big tears in her eyes and a sad voice she said, “I’m alright.” I said, “Oh honey, what’s the matter?!” to which she replied, “I touched the candle!” and burst into tears. 😦 Poor little thing. It was an electric candle, but it was hot from being plugged in all day. We got her some ice and she was fine.
Here is infamous candle. The chocolately mouth-print had already been wiped off by my mother (forgive her, she doesn’t understand yet that in the blogging world one must take photos of every little detail!).
Luckily for us there was only one lady sitting in a corner by herself sipping tea (without the sandwiches) so we had the whole place to ourselves to let the 2 year old run amuck in the tea room, throw silverware on the floor for fun, wipe her dirty mouth on the window, and burn herself. We brought a lot of ambiance to the place.
Well, if we weren’t distracting enough there were all of the passersby that would walk into the tea room see us sitting only a few feet from the door eating and drinking tea, proceed to walk around the corner going, “What is this, a tea room? Is this a shop? What is this?” to which my mom and I would reply, “Yes, it’s just a little tea room.” and then they’d mumble to themselves about how this used to be a store (an art store if they were knowledgeable) and then leave. This happened countless times. I’m not sure why everyone was so confused. When they walked in and saw my mom and I sitting at a table covered in linens and china and eating food…what did they think was going on? Did they think this was a store and we just happened to bring our own lunch, complete with tea set, and just start eating in the middle of the shop? One lady even walked up to our table (without acknowledging us) and picked up our tea pot and said to her friend, “Look at how cute this tea pot is!” There was no price tag on the tea pot. Our table was in front of a window and the tea pot was on the side of the table opposite from where the entrance was…so this lady had to walk behind my mom’s chair and pass her to the other side of the table directly across from where I was sitting and eating so that she could manhandle our tea pot. When she left I called after her, “Wait a minute! You forgot to stick your finger in the clotted cream!” Even with the chocolate mouth print on the window and the silverware on the floor we might’ve been the classiest people there.
While I didn’t get any photos of the layout inside, I did snap a picture before we went into the tea room and I put notes all over it to help you get a good visual.
(Click to enlarge the photo if you can’t read the text.)
It was time to leave Volant and I was hoping that we’d make it to the Apple Festival.
About 2 minutes before we got there Adaline fell asleep in the car. We wouldn’t have been able to go anyway because by this point (3pm) it was a sea of people and had we attempted to go we would’ve been miserable. We went home.
My only purchases for the day were Amish made bread and apple butter which I treated myself to on Sunday evening. It was sooo good and I used almost the entire jar of apple butter on those 3 slices of bread.
We’ll definitely make a trip to the Apple Castle sometime even though there won’t be a festival going on. I wonder which festival we’ll decide to attend next year…Volant or Apple Castle?
Have you attended the Volant Pumpkin Festival before? Please tell me in the comments section.
Feel free to email pictures of your trip to Volant or the Apple Castle if you would like them featured on the blog. I hope your family has a fantastically fun-filled fall! 🙂
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Warning: This post is much longer than it should be. I was in the zone. I apologize in advance. Good thing I can count this as Wordful Wednesday 🙂
On Saturday we planned on traveling out to Volant for their various Easter festivities and also stopping by Kraynak’s in Hermitage, PA to see Bunnylane. It was raining quite a bit in our neck of the woods so we decided to drive out to Kraynak’s anyway since it’s an indoor activity and we’d stop by Volant if it dried up. It seemed like quite a far drive just to see Bunnylane. I was just hoping that meeting the Easter Bunny wouldn’t be as traumatic as our last trip to Kraynak’s to meet Santa and then again at the mall. Well.
A few weeks ago my mom and I drove out to Boardman, OH with Adaline and she fussed the entire ride there “up, out, down” (yippy). Thankfully she was a perfect angel during the trip to Kraynak’s. Not only did she not fuss, but she even did a little “dancing” in her car seat (these are the thrilling details here, people, try to stay awake). When we got to Kraynak’s we found one glorious available space in the front parking lot (yippy for real this time). It was still raining so Daddy rushed the little princess into the store as fast as he could. They were both still wet. Both of their hoods flew off during the sprint. When I finished attempting to dry off my family I had a really awesome view straight up Adaline’s nose since her Daddy was holding her and he’s 6’3 and I’m 5’1 (there goes those details again). I could see an entire family of dried kangaroos up there, and this is unacceptable, so I started picking at the poor dear in the middle of the store. She hated it and the people came by and took my Mother of the Year Award away.
I’m not sure exactly what time we arrived there, with all of the excitement from the rain and the boogers I forgot to check my watch (which would actually be my cell phone since I don’t wear a watch and you wanted to know this because, that’s right, you love the details), but it must’ve been the perfect time because there wasn’t a gigantic line for Bunnylane.
We went right into Bunnylane and Daddy walked Adaline around while I busied myself taking videos and photos of every precious second.
Here are 20 photos of Adaline looking at displays.
They are probably too small to see but when it comes to picking out photos of Adaline I am chronically indecisive. I’m certain that everyone wants to see her sweet little face from every.possible.angle. You are welcome.
Because I wasn’t thinking clearly when I made the photo collages I didn’t match up the photos of Adaline looking at the displays with the actual displays themselves. So now I shall show you displays and tell you about that while you’ll have to imagine what her face was like as she looked at them. If you’re really ambitious you can go back up to the collage of Adaline and try to match the tiny pics of her to the proper display, but that’s probably asking too much. Moving on…
The first display was the duckies and Adaline loved it. The song about “the one little duck with the feather on its back” was playing over and over. She didn’t want to leave that display, but eventually we got her to move on to the bees and the gnomes.
The bunny display had a tv with The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music playing over and over. Adaline gave us a little shimmy, but wouldn’t let me catch it on camera. She liked the bunnies and pointed out “big” bunnies and what they were wearing and doing.
The next display was the most popular among the toddlers that were there…Sesame Street. I’m not sure exactly what Sesame Street in the Old West has to do with Easter or spring, but the kids loved it.
The wheel that Elmo is attached to was spinning. I find it a little disturbing to find a beloved Muppet strapped to a spinning wheel with the implication that someone was shooting arrows at him. The kids didn’t mind (sorry Elmo). Adaline loved pointing out and naming all of the characters and we had a hard time convincing her to go to the next display.
Adaline loves animals and she’s really good at naming a whole bunch of them so needless to say she love the Noah’s Ark display too. I’m not sure which animal was her favorite (I’m partial to the kangaroo with the animated joey popping out of the pouch 🙂 ), but she seemed the most excited about a barrel of apples that was towards the end of the display. Okay then.
With all of the political correctness these days I’m glad to see that Kraynak’s was not afraid to display The Last Supper and a Cross with a sign that says “Forgiven”. 🙂
Still the bearded mannequins freak me out a little. Or maybe a lot.
At the end of the display was the line to see the Easter Bunny, but they had just put up a sign saying that the Easter Bunny was going on a break. Fine. So I told hubby that we could walk around the store while we waited. This resulted in us spending a lot of money we hadn’t planned to spend. Oh well.
So, we started looking around and saw a person dressed as a big jellybean handing out…jellybeans (duh). Daddy was carrying Adaline and she seemed to like the jellybean and waved to it, but when I said, “Let’s take a picture with the jellybean” (with every intention of my husband being in the photo and not handing my daughter over to a giant candied stranger in the middle of a store), Adaline was suddenly scared of Mr. Jellybean and clung to her Daddy. She now didn’t want to be anywhere near the jellybean.
(Oh I can’t wait to see how this Easter Bunny thing will go…but they already took my Mother of the Year Award so what the hay?!)
Adaline loves playing the piano.
We’re thinking this might be a 2nd Birthday present 🙂
Eventually we go back to stand in line for the Easter Bunny. While we’re in line Adaline notices some bears on the other side of the rope that she didn’t notice when we’d left Bunnylane. We cross the rope to go visit the bears. Adaline gives them hugs and kisses, but never long enough to catch a decent photo. Use your imagination.
The whole time that we were shopping and while we were waiting for the Easter Bunny Adaline kept repeatedly asking for the ducky song. We told her we’d go see it again before we left.
We were getting closer to the Easter Bunny and finally we were waiting there while a little boy was on the Easter Bunny’s lap. Suddenly Adaline cries, “Big Bunny!” and when I tell her we have to wait and hold onto her before she runs over into the middle of some other kids photo…she starts to cry. I’m thinking that other people probably think that she’s crying because she’s afraid of the bunny, but she wasn’t. As soon as the little boy was out of sight I let her walk up to the Easter Bunny and she asks, “Touch?” and I tell her that she can and then I say, “Do you want to sit with the Easter Bunny?” She says yes and I put her right in his lap! She got slightly nervous when the bunny moved his arm (I’m pretty sure she thought it was a stuffed animal prior to that), but she was fine and started poking the Easter Bunny in the eye. Nice. I told the girl taking the picture that Adaline wouldn’t smile, but that didn’t stop her from trying over and over again to get her to smile. Okay. Then the Easter Bunny gave Adaline some Smarties.
I have video of this entire exchange which I was going to post here and then after seeing that I appear about 8 times bigger than I actually am (or than I actually think am I), it grossed me out and I decided to leave that little gem for immediate family. Sorry about your luck.
When we left the Easter Bunny I got into line to pay for our stuff while Hubby and Adaline got into line for Bunnylane. The line was long now, clear past the front door. By the time I was done with my purchase they were just approaching the Bunnylane entrance. Adaline was in ducky song heaven. It played over and over and over again and she stood there and stared at it and did a little wiggly dance that got a lot of ”awww”s from passersby. When someone else would dare to get too close to her beloved ducky display she would get upset and tell them “No! No!” Woah, there, settle down Princess NoNo the Duck Nazi…spoiled much?!
Here is a cute little video of Adaline dancing to the ducky song.
(If you’re reading this via email or a feed you’ll need to click through to the blog to view the video)
We stayed there for a good long time and let her watch the duckies and then I bribed her with chocolate to get her to leave. We drove away from Kraynak’s while Adaline happily munched on M&Ms and then Smarties from the Easter Bunny.
It wasn’t raining anymore and we were hungry so hubby and I decided to swing by Volant and see what was going on there. We decided to stop at a cute little restaurant, The Tavern on the Square, just outside of Volant, where we had stopped to eat when we went to The Apple Festival last October. Adaline was telling everybody about how she saw the Easter Bunny and he gave her candy and was wearing a blue bow and she poked him in the eye…and they thought she was adorable (maybe they would’ve felt differently had she poked them in the eye too). We had a nice lunch and Adaline was excited every time a horse passed by the window (attached to an Amish buggy).
There were guest books at every table, so I decided to sign one and then trace Adaline’s hand and date it. She’s always excited about getting her hand traced until the pen has to go in between her fingers and then she scrunches them up and tries to pull her hand away. This is why most of her hand tracings look like she has swollen thumbs and webbed fingers.
(I like to leave you little secretive notes on the pictures. Click on the photo (and then click again) to enlarge it and decode your secret message. Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine.)
We really had a nice day together as a family. Adaline really enjoyed herself and I think it was definitely worth the trip to Hermitage. She’s still talking about the ducky song and of course how the Easter Bunny gave her candy and was wearing a blue bow and she poked him in the eye. Memories 🙂
Oh, and then the people came by and gave me back my Mother of the Year Award thankyouverymuch.
(though I’m fairly certain that once I hit publish the people will come by again and take away my Blogger of the Year Award that I like to pretend that I have and replace it with the Long-Winded Writer of the Year Award instead)
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The Apple Castle New Wilmington, PA
They also had medics and the fire department there. I’m not sure if they were there for emergencies, but they were giving the kids tours of their trucks, which I thought was pretty cool.
Although we didn’t bother to get any because it was so hot outside.
Last October my grandparents, and aunt, and cousin came up from Florida to
First we went to the Bridgewater Pumpkinfest. I’m not sure that I can really describe it. There wasn’t much going on at all. There was a “maze” that consisted of a few bales of hay. I don’t recall there being much there to eat. There were a few vendors there, but nothing that really interested me. They did have a pretty nice wagon of pumpkins, but it’s not hard to come by a nice pumpkin around here. I never thought about taking photos of what wasn’t going on. All in all I’d have to say that the Pumpkinfest was not very festive. But we had a great time making fun of it after we left (because we are mean people like that, but it works for us). We shant be attending the 2010 Bridgewater Pumpkinfest…it was just too much excitement for us to handle (as you’ll be able to tell in the many photos of Adaline yawning and crying).
The following photos were taken by my cousin, Seth. He’s an awesome photographer (he might’ve taken some photos of you if you were ever at Epcot). Adaline wasn’t a very willing subject. Oh well, a learning experience for us all.
My Wordless Wednesday pic this week. Mommy canoodling the Adaline 🙂
On the way home from the ever-so-exciting Pumpkinfest we decided to stop at a local park/hiking trail so that Seth could get some pictures of the fall foliage. The following photos are actually all mine (I have a junky camera…sorry), but the two of me and Cool Daddy together are Seth’s photos. My dad used to take my sister and I hiking here a lot when we were little (Click here to read a story about one of our hiking trips. I know that it’s a birthday post, but trust me, the hiking story is in there.).
After going to the Pumpkinfest and the park we returned home where we said our goodbyes to our family and they left for the airport.
We then decided that we should venture out to the Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Amish country to try to satisfy my fall fun appetite. So Cool Daddy, Adaline, and I went to Volant with my mom, his mom, his sister, and her boyfriend. There was actually stuff going on at Volant and there were people there too! We went in and out of the shops and stopped to eat, but that was about it. There aren’t too many festivities that you can join in with a 2 month old, especially one that’s tired, cranky, and spent the earlier part of the day dressed as a monkey. We had a nice time and we shall be returning to the Volant Autumn Pumpkin Festival again this year. We’re also going to include a stop to the Apple Castle Fall Festival and Craft Fair in New Wilmington this year.
So that was the extent of our fall festivities last year. This year we have too much a lot more planned. I’m excited about it. If everything works out (Cool Daddy’s work schedule + weather + cooperative baby) we’ll be going to a lot of farms that we’ve never been to before. Be sure to check back here on the blog this weekend (or the beginning of next week) when I begin a new weekly series “The Festival of Festivals” for the month of October. I just love hearing about other family’s traditions, so be sure to share your fall plans in the comment section!