Wednesday, September 17, 2014

If you give a toddler an apple...



This weekend we finally found a local-ish apple orchard and headed over on Sunday morning before football took over my husband's life.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, morning in the low 60s warming into the 70s by afternoon.  The type of weather where you are comfortable in everything from shorts and tee to long sleeves or light sweaters.




We grabbed a bucket, tied a baby on, and took off into the sea of apple trees.



This was my very first time apple picking.  As silly as this may sound, I was actually surprised how small the trees were, in a good way.  Maybe it was just the Cortland and MacIntosh varieties we were picking, but Ashlynn was able to walk right up and pick (ripe) fruit from the branches... at all 34" of her.  I guess I always thought apple trees as being bigger and figured dear old dad was going to be doing a lot of toddler lifting.







If anything the hike through the tall grasses and unforeseen ditches posed the larger obstacle for the shortcake.


And this is what I get when I ask for smiles now....


Of course, after we grabbed our apples and made our way to the farm stand to check out, we couldn't resist getting some apple cider donuts to go.  I did promise Ashlynn apples and donuts the night before after reading If You Give a Dog a Donut, since I explained we'll be picking apples just like dog when he ran out of juice.   We've been eating apples every day since, but I think she's been enjoying the donuts more.  Typical.

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I'm now really excited to go pumpkin picking next month.  I'm hoping Kenley is toddling around, although that may be more trouble than it's worth.  Either way, I know the girls will love being pulled around in the wagon, seeing the pigs and goats, and getting to pick their own pumpkins!  

13 comments:

  1. What a great morning! I love apple picking. Love those "smile" pictures of Ashlynn!

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  2. So much fun! P.S. I love the title of your post lol!
    XO Kelly
    www.dettecakes.com

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  3. Fun!! What a beautiful day for the activity. Love that little braid..!! :) How were the apple cider donuts? Sounds delish..

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  4. I can't wait to take Rae to the apple farm! She's big into "pples" lately!

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  5. I'm thinking I should throw Ellie in her wagon and walk her over to our neighbors to pick more apples! We are going to the pumpkin patch again this year and can't wait to see how much fun Ellie will have!!!

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  6. So cute!! We're trying to go this weekend. Oh and I can soooo understand this: "before football took over my husband's life." every.weekend.

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  7. I swear I curse his fantasy and hope he loses all the early games so he gets all mad and loses interest. Its the only reason he watches every damn game. I think they should do more red carpet coverage to make up for the football we have to watch, emmy's, gg, sag, and oscars aren't enough.

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  8. A was 18m last year at the pumpkin patch and it was a blast, watching her wonder around. Of course, I'm sure she'll love it even more this year since she'll understand a bit more. Love that these traditions continue to build.

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  9. Haha, it's one of her favorite books!

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  10. They were good! I always love 'homemade' donuts that are cake-ier than fried dunkin or krispie. And her braid was actually intact before the carseat got it. I swear I don't know why I bother :)

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  11. You know, I never really thought about it, but you're right! Apple trees are smaller than you would think. Mason could walk right up to some (not all but a good amount) and pick his own apples too. How funny. You do always think that you will need a long pole to pick apples off tall trees! So glad you guys were able to go and had such a good time!

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  12. Such cuties apple picking! Great photos! We're excited to go this weekend too :)

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