October 1, 2014

Monday we headed up to New Mexico with our Girl Scout troop to pick apples at an orchard. Sam and I have passed this particular one many times on the way to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, but we never knew we could stop there. We pulled up to a small, ranch style home surrounded by huge trees and green fields – something we don’t see much of in El Paso. It was just gorgeous.

Apple Picking 2

After waiting a few minutes for the rest of the troop to arrive, Bella and I got out and gathered our bags, spraying ourselves down with bug spray.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.

She was eyeing up a group of girls next to her and suddenly said, “Mama, I need my water bottle.”

I nodded and pointed to my bag. “I’ve got it.”

“No,” she shook her head, “I need it. To hold.”

Not sure what she wanted to hold her heavy water bottle for, I handed it to her, seeing her eyes fixed on the girls. Suddenly I realized that each of them were also holding a water bottle.

And my heart ached just a little – that she was already at this stage. That she cared. And noticing as she stood next to them how big she is getting.

On a side note – she held that water bottle about 3 minutes and handed it back to me to carry. 😉

In the orchard, all of us had a tour of the trees and were told the three different kinds of apples they grew, the bugs that ate them, how long it took to produce fruit (5-8 years!). The owner let us pick our own bushels.

Apple Picking 4

You can see the t-shirts the older girls dyed for all of us with our troop number! Bella flitted between me and her friends, wanting to stay close and then wanting a bit of independence. She chatted with them about her lizards (one real and the rest stuffed), Charlie, her cats. I know a few of the moms from other things, and a few know me from my blog. That is always so crazy to me.

Apple Picking 1

The apples were amazing; we picked 10lbs worth to bring home for applesauce and pies. We had a look at their pecan trees – those things are giant! Then the owner read the girls a story and we had a picnic in her backyard.


I paid for the apples, loaded them into my bag. We started for home and Bella passed out in the back. Once we got home, we peeled about 5lbs of apples, cooked them down with spices, and pureed them into applesauce.

That night she started complaining about mosquito bites. It was then I realized just how many had bitten us – dozens. We had bites everywhere – faces, necks, hands, arms, feet, legs – I’ve never had this many in my life. Bella seems to almost have a reaction to them, also she tends to itch them until each bite is the size of a silver dollar. We had to make a run to Target for Calamine lotion (brings back memories of my childhood) and After Bite.

Today we are discovering even more. Sam told me yesterday, “You have so many bites it makes me itch.” It was worth it – maybe not if we get West Nile or something. But if we don’t – totally worth it. 🙂


  • Vero

    October 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I gotta go get me some apples. Basil essential oil is great on bites, better than any other I have tried, and I’ve tried quite a bit. Plus u can use it on food 😉

  • Jordan

    October 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi! Visiting from She Reads Truth!!
    I have the same reaction to bug bites: usually get 10-12 bites at a time, super huge/swollen, and itchy as all get out. I always wipe them with cold water, then use cortisone cream or anti-itch lotion (depending on which I have on hand- sometimes I double up and use both!) Hope they go away soon, and looks like y’all had a ball despite the silly mosquitoes! 😉

  • Diana Wrote

    October 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    This is our fourth year here and we love it! The winters are the best – I am not a cold weather fan so the mild winter here is perfect.

  • Carolyn DeDeugd

    October 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Y'all are stationed at Fort Bliss now? So are we! How are you liking El Paso so far?

  • Elizabeth

    October 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Sounds like a great day. My son has bad reactions to mosquito bites. Hydrocortisone cream works okay. Sometimes if he has very many I give him a dose of Benadryl. I just bought Benadryl cream today to try since I noticed two huge ones on the back of his leg this morning, which he must have gotten on the walk from the car into my mom’s house. Crazy.

  • Shelly Richards

    October 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Try some lavender oil on those bites. It will make the itch disappear and the welt will shrink considerably

  • Annie Brinson

    October 1, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    🙂 I love fall time!! We don't have orchards here but it sounds like so much fun

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