Family Time at Lyman Orchards this weekend

This weekend was the first weekend in ages that we had any free time. Of course we HAD to find something to do Sunday afternoon. How could we waste the day? Actually we are very good at wasting the day away at home, but we knew we didn’t have much free time before Halloween and we had some stuff we wanted to do.

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Off to Lyman Orchards we went! What a beautiful Fall day. The weather was perfect for the Corn Maze. The kids had a blast picking out pumpkins and we even bought a huge scarecrow for our yard. The Apple Barrel was crowded, but not as crazy as I had expected. We must have timed it right!

We made sure we picked up our favorite apple cider donut holes and of course a famous Hi-Top Apple Pie . We have a busy week ahead this week, and are heading to NYC for family weekend at Chelsea’s college this weekend. I am so happy we were able to fit in a trip to Lyman Orchards. It wouldn’t feel like Fall without it!

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If you are looking for something fun to do with the family you should totally check out Lyman Orchards. They have their awesome corn maze and when we were there, they also had pony rides for the kids. Check out what is available for picking and make a fun day of it. Are you already a fan of Lyman Orchards? I’d love to hear why you love it!

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New ice cream alert! #meetharvey

I scream, you scream, we all scream for new HOOD ice cream! WooHoo!

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Okay, I know that seems a little over the top, but I LOVE ice cream. If you follow me over on Instagram (cherylbudge) you know that I eat lots of ice cream. When my friend Julie from A Year With Mom and Dad invited me to her Hood play date I might have jumped for joy. I might have even did a little happy dance at my desk when I saw the invite. Not only was I going to see a bunch of my local blogging friends, I was going to taste the new Harvey Bar from Hood. What a perfect day!

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It was neat to hear fun Hood facts. Did you know that the Harvey Bar was named after Harvey Perley Hood who started his company in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts? Well now you know! After we all chatted about the new Harvey Bar, the kids played with bubbles and we all had some ice cream. YUM. We were so happy that we were in a nice shady spot at Wickham Park. It was about 100 degrees outside. A great day for ice cream!

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I am now a fan of the new Harvey Bar. I tried the Vanilla Crisp and was thrilled I could actually taste all the crispy things. Usually when something says “crisp” it is hardly noticeable. Not the case with this bar. I loved it. Chloe loved it. We bought a few packages with the coupons they gave us. I was already a Hood chocolate chip ice cream fan and now I have a new favorite!

Thanks Julie and Hood for the fun afternoon!

Oh, and let’s keep the ice cream happy dance just between us okay?

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Our last minute trip to Gillette Castle State Park

We gave Chelsea a ride to a friends house in Moodus a few weeks ago. Instead of just dropping her off, we decided to check out the area. At the last minute we ended up at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam CT. I had not been there since I was a little kid. Kevin had never been, so we were thrilled to check it out with the kids. Of course since this was totally last minute, I did not have my camera with me. I had to use my old yucky iPhone 3GS which takes horrible pictures. But I think you can get a sense of how beautiful this place is. I was in awe the whole time I was in there. The staff inside were awesome and told fantastic stories. They showed us little secret spaces and shared lots of fun little facts about each room.





We had such a great time walking around the grounds of the castle. We plan on going back and having a picnic in one of the picnic areas. This time we had some lunch at the small restaurant on the property. The kids loved their chicken nuggets and fries. If you are looking for a nice place for a day trip I would totally pack a cooler and check this place out.



If you have been to Gillette Castle State Park leave me a comment.
I’d love to hear what you loved about it!

cheryl
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