The kids did great on the plane, too! Even with our crazy 4 hour layover. They were tired but they did it and were awesome.
We got to visit the farm where Mattie takes riding lessons and pet and feed some horses and check out the gorgeous scenery. We literally JUST missed the fall foliage by a few days, but even all the green was breathtaking. I forgot how gorgeous it is. The kids thought we were in the forest the whole time.
We spent a few days at my grandma's house, too, just hanging out and talking and reminiscing. It was SO nice to see everyone! The kids had the joy of going through lots of old junk in junk drawers (that Max tried to collect and bring home) and exploring my grandma's backyard. And yes, my grandma's house still freaks me out!
And here's the honey badger herself!
I also happened to be there on my birthday -- the big THIRTY ONE! Yikes! I'm old. My dad took the kids and I to The Big E -- a big statewide fair that includes Maine, Mass, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut. We saw a circus there, ate delicious clam chowder and lobster rolls (the kind we can not get here in California) fried dough and pie. The kids also got on the evening news!
Max got picked to be a cheerleader for one of the pigs in the pig races and his pig won! His was behind the whole time but at the last second the leader stopped short of the finish line and Max's pig won. He won a pig snout mask and a pack of Oreos.
We got to watch some sheep sheering, too.
The last day we were there we went apple picking at Bishop's Orchards and went to Strawberry Hollow where we used to get pumpkins when I was a kid. The kids and I got on the news AGAIN, this time being interviewed about what I thought about people coming and stealing apples after the orchards had closed. I got delicious cider and apple pie and even convinced my aunt and grandma to come with us!
I'm so glad we got to go, even if it was just a short trip! Fall is really the best time of year in New England and it's the time of year I miss it the most. I'm so glad we got to go!