So it's apple picking season in my part of the country. It's a yearly tradition we established when Azure was little and we just LOVE heading out to the orchards with our kids and our close friends. We come home with huge bags of local apples that end up in the compost because I just can't get around to doing anything with them. But this year I will, promise. It turns out that both my big kids eat applesauce. I can handle that.
This year we ended up somewhere we've never been before. There's a whole region about 40 minutes outside of Montreal that is just apple orchards. The place we usually frequent is pretty big and has the usual petting zoo, ponies and playground, but it's comfy and manageable. The trees are widely spaced and the kids can run pretty far without getting into trouble.
That place was booked up so we found another place. Holy MAMA. Welcome to the Disneyland of apple orchards. The lineup of cars to get to that particular part of the strip was an HOUR long. The enormous parking lot was filled to capacity and I haven't seen that many families in one place, in like, ever.
So right away I got nervous. I don't think I've ever mentioned this before, but Miss Phoenix is a bolter. Unlike her older sister who was always nervous if she couldn't see me, Phoenix is very comfortable taking matters into her own hands if she prefers to be elsewhere. We even picked up one of those stuffed monkey leashes when she was 18 months old. We never ended up using it but had it come down to the leash vs. this child running out into the road then we would have. It's much easier being two parents with two children, somehow.
So yesterday I was VERY clear that she was to stay within sight of us at all times and when we were lining up to get into the orchard (!!!) I made sure to strap her into the her seat in my Baby Jogger City Select. However, when it came time to get onto the tractor that would take us to the appropriate grove of trees, I was on my own with three kids as Fred did due diligence in the lineup to the bathroom.
I sent Azure and Phoenix on the tractor with some friends (three adults and their four children) and did my best to keep up while pushing the stroller, which wouldn't fit on the tractor. I strictly cautioned Phoenix against running off, but really, I might as well have been talking to the cotton candy that the children later consumed.
When I got to the general area where the tractors purged themselves of passengers, I called my friend to see if we could find each other. No such luck but somehow, after his lengthy wait in the bathroom line, Fred managed to find me. I filled up my bag, loaded it into the stroller, and we headed back towards the meeting area on foot.
And that's when I saw Phoenix, darting towards the porta potties.
So I called my friend, and thanked her for keeping an eye on my kid, and she said "What do you mean? Phoenix is right here". And I said, "No she's not, because she's right here".
And WHY did she run off? Well, back up where we'd started was another set of porta potties, right next to cages of animals. She wanted to see the animals.
What else can you do in that sort of situation other than laugh, really? The three grownups I had unfairly stuck with my two children were SO repentant it was almost sad.
Did I tell you about the time when I asked Fred where Phoenix was and he said that she was out in the backyard with the cat, and she was actually at the neighbour's house? Fred was halfway down the block yelling her name before I figured that one out.
I mean, what do you DO with a kid like that? Do they make implantable chips that I can track with the GPS option on my new iPhone? Because I'd buy that one.
As I keep telling her, she's lucky she's so cute.
It's an iPhone 4!
Okay, so some of you did in fact read my very very VERY wordy post all about my social media addiction and how I was going to overcome it. And those of you who did are probably going "Huh...? Wha...? An iPhone?? Is she NUTS?"
How kind of you to ask.
In fact, I am a little nuts, but that has nothing to do with my purchase of the iPhone.
Do you know it took me a full TWO WEEKS to make this purchase? That's, like, a lifetime for most people.
I spent a lot of time researching, shopping, deliberating, backing down (okay, not really. Just had to throw that in there), talking, talking, talking.
I made this purchase well aware of what kind of a situation I was putting myself into. AND, more importantly, very proud of how far I've come in the last year and two months since I decided not to replace my stolen BlackBerry. I have boundaries. And I respect them.
Why are you looking at me like that?
Watch for another post in about two months when I once again attempt to pull myself up by the boot strings and overcome a brand new Facebook addiction. 29 hours in and I have yet to download the app to this phone. That's a pretty good start, no?
But seriously. This thing can do EVERYTHING. And that's why I bought it. It babysits, it organizes, it makes phonecalls, it video documents my children's lives.
I told Fred about how it can do everything and he said, "Can it fry bacon?"
He also argued that there's something else he can't do with it, but I would counter that in fact, he can do that thing. He just has to get a little creative, that's all. But he'll have to get his own phone.
Actually, I thought of one thing my new phone can't do. It can't take pictures of itself. But it CAN take stunning photos of my babies!
So as much as I ADORE having so many faithful followers, I know that a good proportion of you are here because of AppleCheeks™ and are not so into my posts of a more personal nature. So guess what? We've created a blog JUST for you!
Yes, that's right! Today we launched the corporate AppleCheeks™ blog. We're SO excited! Our goal is to turn that blog into more of a public space with a lot of guidance and support from you, our loyal customers. We'll be having plenty of guest blogging opportunities, giveaways, video clips, and important company updates.
I hope that some of you will stick around as I'm going to develop my own blog further and work on my writing, but if you don't, that's okay too!
See you all on the other side!
I'm going to do something rather crappy and force you all the head on over to our newly launched AppleCheeks™ corporate blog to find out who the winners are...
Check it out, and please feel free to let us know what you think of it! It's a work in progress so we'd really appreciate your input and insights!