Friday, September 28, 2012

Apple Picking

Two of my best friends decided it would be fun to go apple picking. 
I was kind of like, "meh, I guess that sounds fun"
But I am so glad I went. 
It was some nice quality time with Abby.
I kind of felt a little antisocial because we kept stealing away just the two of us
(well, Zak too, but he was in the stroller, so it felt like just the two of us).

They had various apples ready for picking. The main ones were Empire, Jonagold, and Red-Yellow Delicious. They also had some Idared which ended up being my favorite.

When we first got there they had two big crates with some Gala apples in them. We all picked one out and gobbled it up. They were so yummy!

Zak spent most of the time in his chair with some graham crackers.

For the most part he didn't mind.

Oh, I just love all the colors of fall!
Especially when combined with this cutie-pie.

I'm really trying to be in more pictures with my kids. 
I don't care that I don't look like my best self, but I am having fun with my kids, and I want to have more pictures of that. For them and for me. I know I'll be happy later on.

I wish they would've warned us that the terrain wasn't very stroller friendly. 
This is the best picture to show it, but off to the left of Abby this hill goes straight up... that is where they sent us to pick apples. 
*ugh... strollers!*

Abby was having so much fun running around. 
Fresh air is magical.

I loved this picture of these two.

Here are most of the kiddos that went-a-pickin'. 
(the three babies are not pictured)

Abby really got into picking. 
I only got 1/2 a peck (which is about 7"x9" bag) and we had no trouble filling it up.

Here she is picking some good ones out from under the branches.
I really love this picture.

Orchards are fun.
What would it be like to own one someday.

"How does this one look mom?" 

Zak was ever so patient.
"Are we done yet?" 

I just loved watching this little lady work.
She really did pick out some delicious ones.

It was so fun to pick apples together...

We seem to be a lot more giggly this way.

I eventually gave in to Zak's fussing and let him explore a little. 

He really didn't get to crawl around, moving on a steep hill is difficult.
Especially when your sister tackles you with hugs.

Abby: "Here Zak, have an apple!"

Zak: "Is this okay mom?"

"What do I do with it?"

"Let's give this a taste."

My sweetie silly pies.


He was pretty happy about the whole experience.

"I'm sure I can fit this whole thing in my mouth... just try a little harder"

After we had our fill of picking, or rather after our bags were heaping full, we headed over to say hi to the animals. 
Oh, these poor sweet animals. 
They had the usual farm animal selection. 

But the highlight was chasing the chickens.
We saw the "Do Not Chase the Animals" sign on the way out of the farm yard.

It was a delightful day. 
A bit of overcast, perfect for some fall {picture-taking} fun!

Thanks Katie and Ali for getting me out of the house.

And Thank you my sweet happy Abby for spending your day with me. 
I love you!


Brittany said...

That is a lot of adorableness crammed into one blog post. Zak is looking more like a little boy, and less like a baby these days. And how cute is Abby's coat and boots? What fun memories! And I know the feeling about being IN the pictures, instead of the one taking them. But I guess we'll want proof someday that we were there too! :)

Aden & Jamie Hirtle said...

I love that you are trying to take more pics with your kids FOR your kids. I need to be better about that. I am usually the one behind the camera. I love the pic of Abby on the trail So cute! I am glad you decided to go apple picking! What a fun adventure.

Deb said...

CUTE cute pictures!

Kelly said...

So great!!!

Roberta Hansen said...

So glad you are blogging again! I just love you, Liz! Love, love, love the pictures!

Super B said...

Love it! What a fabulous day with your little ones. Zak is really growing up! And Abby is just so cute. Love all the pictures and glad that you are trying to be in them. I know exactly how you feel. But, we are women, we are moms, we are beautiful!

Melissa said...

I LOVE this! What a fun activity. ADORABLE pictures!