My Little Picasso's

My Little Picasso's

Friday, May 23, 2014

Hershey Farmer's Market

I have made it no secret where my family and I live ...

we live in Hershey, Pennsylvania, "The Sweetest Place on Earth."  Yes, it really does smell like chocolate here.  I. Am. Not. Kidding.

(Except on those few days when the nearby sewer plant is turning over ... sickening, no joke.  These would be the days we play inside.)

There are many hidden secrets about Hershey besides the rather large not so secret places, such as the park and Chocolate World.  Yes, there is a world.

One of our personal favorites is the Hershey Farmer's Market, held every Thursday afternoon outside the local coffee shop, the Cocoa Beanery, and U-Gro(how convenient).  They, obviously, specialize in fresh produce from close-by farmers and farms, yet there are also activities for the kids, local musicians, specialty tents ... think medical or political, and various other goods; local rug-makers, pot-makers, scarf-makers, and hummus-makers.

Yesterday was the grand opening, re-opening for the summer season.  I picked up the boys and off we went.  We always visit the same farmer's tent.  We're loyal.  Schaeffer Farms are out of Pitman, PA and have the most lovely apples, tomatoes, lettuce, etc. etc. etc.  Yesterday our haul included tomatoes, apples, and asparagus for a simple cost of 6 dollars.  There was a jumpy house set up for the kids.  As you can imagine I had to drag my two away.  We then went off and planted some flower seeds(which were later spilled, which were quickly repotted and watered).  I will hopefully have some little sunflowers at some point.

The best part of this little place is that the boys look forward to it.  They ask to go.  They ask to eat the fruit and vegetables we buy.  They ask to go back.

I wonder what we'll find next week?  Shouldn't blueberries be out soon.

May 23rd, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014


me(at the Hershey Gardens last Sunday for Mother's Day): Are you guys getting tired?  Are you hot? - Max was an impressive shade of crimson.
Max: Mommy, the sun is making me tired.
me:  What a very astute statement, Max.  Want to go to Harvard.
Charlie: (with extreme enthusiasm) YEAH!
me: Win the lottery.
...... this is where a mother and daughter within earshot started chuckling.

me: Charlie, want to go to the store with Mommy.
Charlie: Mommy, bagel.
me: Yes, you can have a bagel.
Charlie: I want 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 bagels.
me: Sure.
Charlie: (emphatically) I want bagel all day.
me: all day?
Charlie: (screaming) All. Day.
me: (turning to the husband) so, we're going to go to the store.
Michael: Don't forget the bagels.

Max: (from upstairs) Mommy.  Mommy.  Ma-me...
me: (slowly going up the stairs)  Yes, Max.
Max: Can I tell you something?
me: sure.
Max:  I want your hair in a ponytail.
me:  [WTF].
Max: no, mommy, a nice one.
me: (leaving)

Charlie: ok, mister mommy
(enough said)

a few mother's day thoughts from Max:

Her favorite place to shop is the grocery store.
Mom always says "I love you."
If Mom had time, she would do more laundry.
When she grows up, she wants to be a "Princess Elsa"
Her favorite food is sausage and ice cream(chocolate)

from Charlie:
Mommy, I don't like the car wash.  It's scary.

in the bathtub:
Charlie: ma, ma, maummy, I wash my penis.
Max: I wash my buttcrack.

This is when I say the all-knowing line ... "I cannot make this shit up."
May 19th, 2014