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Apple Pickin’ September 19, 2010

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 10:47 pm

We have just returned from our annual apple picking trip to the mountains.  We met my in-laws at a family member’s mountain house and picked apples at Sky Top Apple Orchard.  This was the first year in several that it was not foggy and overcast and we could actually view the surrounding mountains!  It was beautiful, but hot!  I was really hoping for more fall-like crisp, cool weather.

As we ventured through the orchard, I came across a family with two young boys taking pictures.  I began talking with the wife, and my husband came up behind me and instantly he and the other husband recognized each other from a recent event where they had just first met!  Oh, and my mother-in-law knows his grandfather!  Big orchard, small world!

We walked to the back of the orchard where we finally found some  delicious apples to fill our baskets.  We picked golden delicious, jonagolds, and fuji.  Of course we could not leave without buying a dozen of Sky Top’s  mouth-watering, absolutely incredibly delicious cider apple doughnuts!  The smell of them frying is almost enough to clog arteries and increase the waist line!

The girls spent the rest of the afternoon shopping and the boys finished the day off with a nap!  We had a wonderful time and we just love our times to get away to the mountains.

Now that we are home, I will need to get busy making applesauce, and apple juice, and apple crisp, and apple pie, and baked apples…


The Way of Volunteering

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:51 pm

My children and I volunteer once a month at our local food pantry.  Let me be more specific…Lindsay, Logan, and I volunteer.  I used to take Luke with us, but I quickly learned that he will do better in that environment when he is a little older!  I spent most of my time calling him down, picking him up off the floor, managing disputes between he and his brother, and on and on.  I have a wonderful friend who keeps him for me on those volunteer days.  She has a son who is one of Luke’s best buddies, so everyone is happy!

At the Care Center, we serve families who are struggling financially by helping fill their pantries with groceries.  Based on the Center’s stock, we give out canned goods, government food, cereal, drinks, bread, produce, frozen meat, eggs, butter, toiletry items, diapers, baby food and formula, rice and dried beans.  We typically serve 30 families each time we work, however, that number can vary greatly from month to month.  The number of people in the family determines how much of each item they get.  Large families take more time and muscle to process!

There are usually two other volunteers working with our family, and we all have our assigned jobs.  Lindsay typically pulls canned food from the bottom shelves, including peanut butter and jelly, crackers, and canned meat.  Logan will bag the drinks and special snacks.  I pull the cans from the top shelves that Lindsay cannot reach.  This may include pasta, tomato sauce, soup, baked beans, corn, green beans.  If a baby is included in the family, I will also pull the baby food and formula.  We place all of our groceries into a grocery cart, call the number of the order, and the client takes the cart to his/her car, then returns the cart to the center.

In between client orders, we work on double bagging the plastic grocery bags, breaking down sugar from the large bags  into two cup servings in plastic bags, breaking down rice and beans, bagging government food, bagging bread, or sweeping.  If it’s a slow day, boredom can set in, however, if it’s a busy day, it’s noon before we know it!  Those are the days we like!

Working at the Care Center allows my children personal contact with those who are less fortunate.  It makes all of us more thankful for what we do have, and I am hoping my children will learn to be less selfish and more giving, less materialistic and more content.  The way of volunteering is very gratifying, and I am thankful each month for the opportunity to serve alongside my children.


Crayon Fun September 4, 2010

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:19 pm

Brad and Logan went to the dirt track last night for some male bonding.  Lindsay went to a friend’s birthday party sleepover for some girl time.  So last night, it was just me and my favorite four-year-old!

Wanting Luke to feel special, since he had his Mama all to himself, I decided we would make our own fun crayons.  I had found the craft idea in a Home Life magazine (September 2010) and was curious.  We pulled down our tub of crayons, peeled the paper off of them, broke them (some crayons did not need this step!), and placed them in pleasing color combinations into six greased muffin cups.  They baked for about 15 minutes at 275 degrees.  After cooling over night, this morning we popped our chubby “new” crayons out of the muffin pan and colored away!  It was fun!  There was a science lesson involved too:  heat melts wax to a liquid.  Cooling allows the wax to turn back into a solid.  Voila…science with a four-year-old! 

Now Luke has six, fun tye-dyed crayons of his very own!  They were fun to make, but mostly I just liked spending time with my Luke!