Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Apple & Pumpkin Picking

Somehow this Fall season is just breezing by.  Maybe it has to do with the whole three kids things;  life is busy & chaotic & nonstop right now.  Thank goodness for a newborn that manages to make me slow down just a tad.  I so appreciate our nursing sessions where I am forced to relax, and those times that he flashes a smile leaving me wanting more.  So of course I have to drop everything and just stare & coo at him.  So all that to say, I'm a bit behind on blogging.  Lately, my documenting of our days has strictly been through pictures.  I'm trying to decide how best to share/publish it all.  For "right now" as well as for future memory keeping.  I love Instagram since it allows me to share a picture or two a day along with a small note or quip.  It's fast & easy.  But I also love this space to share more photos and more detail.  Here I actually sit down with intention.  My thoughts are clearer, my words more thought out and meaningful.  But lately, I've been falling asleep every single time I put one of my kids down for the night.  And that just kills any plans I have for blogging or editing.

So...  I've taken a ridiculous amount of photos this fall and have somehow managed to share practically none in this space.  Tonight, I want to give a glimpse into two of my favorite Fall activities.  My childhood memories are full of trips to the apple orchard & the pumpkin patch.  I can remember the tiniest details of the farms we went to, and often still go when I'm home visiting family.  I want to create those same memories for my boys!  Besides, I'm still a kid myself and truly love doing all these things.  So first, the orchard!  Utah isn't exactly crawling with apple trees which just breaks my little Washington heart.  In fact, I had yet to really find a spot for apple picking since we moved.  However this year, I heard about a little family farm about an hour south of us.  Apple season was nearly over, but I didn't care.  All I needed was enough apples for some homemade applesauce & pie.  The boys loved climbing the ladder and trying to search for apples that weren't all wormy.  Finn sampled along the way while Kane snoozed.  We were the only ones at the orchard as the sun was setting on the mountains.  A gorgeous location on a gorgeous night with my sweet family.  Everything I wanted!

Our pumpkin patch trip was to the same "pick off the vine" spot we have been to since we moved here 5 years ago.  It's pretty amazing, perhaps even better than the one I grew up going to.  Weekends are absolute madness there (they even have a fast pass you can buy), so we often opt for a week night.  It's always a hustle as soon as Conor is home from work; fighting traffic to drive the hour it takes to get there plus trying to beat the sun before it goes down.  Everything seems to take tad longer now that there are three kids, so we didn't arrive as early as I had hoped.  We hopped on the first tractor we could to get us out to the field, and just barely, ever so carefully, selected our pumpkins before the sun dipped completely.  The rest of our stay was enjoyed under the stars on one seriously chilly night.  The boys kept plenty warm running from slide to slide, in & out of the bounce house, and with a cup of hot cocoa.  We saved the corn maze for last, which was actually a terrible idea... The boys were a bit hesitant to even go in since it was completely pitch black out, but we assured them it would only be a little spooky & fun.  I was not about to miss one of the best parts of the pumpkin patch!  Well guess what we didn't know...?!  That late into the evening, someone goes through the maze with a CHAINSAW!!!!  Conor & I could hear it and did our best to try and avoid it.  We knew our boys would have nightmares for weeks if we actually came across it.  While trying to rush back out of the maze, we truly got lost in it.  We were in for far longer than ever intended, which had Liam completely nervous the whole time.  But alas, we made it out!  It was quite the late night, with all three boys falling asleep on the drive home; pure perfection.  My favorite part of the evening was seeing their wild smiles!  Well that, and watching both of the big boys try and carry their huge pumpkins.  Liam was mildly successful, but could barely walk straight as he insisted upon holding his pumpkin right in front of his face!  And Kane being the sweet, chill boy that he is, practically slept through the entire outing.  He has made keeping up with their older boys quite easy.  Life has continued on as usual, but is so much sweeter with a snuggly baby in tow!

These favorite activities of mine always feel like the kick off to the best three months of the year.  I've already made my first batch of Scramble (homemade chex mix), which always brings with it the familiar smells of home and the changing of seasons.  We are all thrilled for Halloween tomorrow, and then I cannot wait for the snow to start falling & even more magic to fill the air!


  1. Such beautiful pictures to look back on as a memory. You don't see the rush here, just the happy family moments. We always did a pumpkin patch, didn't do apple picking though, sounds like a blast.

  2. These are such sweet pictures. I love the lighting of this day.

  3. I LOVE pumpkin picking and apple picking!! I'm so glad you were able to find a cute apple orchard. Pumpkin patches get crowded on the weekends for us, too. I like your idea about going out during a week night, even if it was a race against the sun going down. I'm sorry to hear about the corn maze...As time passes, it will be a funny story to tell..."Remember when we went in the corn maze at night and..." I love your family adventures and beautiful pictures.


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