apple picking has to be one of my favorite things about autumn! crisp tart apples pretty much mean sweater weather and colorful leaves are around the corner. it also means most of our conversations revolve around halloween costume choices (which change with three small children every couple of hours) and talk of halloween gets me all sorts of excited because it means my favorite favorite favorite time of year is basically here. you know what time of year i’m talking about! ;) but i won’t skip all the way ahead just yet to the holiday season because it’s pretty great right now as well. but you know, it’s almost here. :)
we rented a car and drove out to fishkill farms for some apple picking. we’d been out there during strawberry season last summer and really enjoyed the place, so it was fun to go back again and experience it in a slightly different season and different fruit this time. we came home with three heavy bags of apples. all thanks to my kiddos who filled each of their bags half way up within 10 minutes tops! we maybe had to go through conrad’s bag and re-pick a couple (he grabbed all his from the ground, many of which were kind of yucky. but loved this valiant effort to clean up the apple rows!)
this place really is the most stunning palette of green!
when josh is taking my picture and i start to feel stupid, i just twirl. lol. when in doubt, twirl. that old dancer in me is never timid the way the rest of me often is.
samson’s face here!!! he has been making the best faces lately at life and they make me happy.
i think sharing is conrad’s love language. he absolutely loves to bring whatever he is loving close to you and if it’s food, he’ll grab your face with his hand and pull it close to whatever is in this other hand. you might say, “oh, that’s ok! no thank you!” but he doesn’t really go for that, and he’ll just do it again and again until you take a bite, or hold his toy, or whatever it might be he wants you to love the way he does. once you do, he will smile so big!
cutest little mister on an apple picking mission. pretty much all the apples on the ground in the third apple row of galas have now been picked up. you can thank conrad for that, fishkill farms! ;)
i love how much goes on now in their individual faces when i try to snap a photo of all three of them. so many stories and emotions! and smirks! also, conrad won’t take his sunnies off, ever. he fell asleep with them on the other day in the stroller and about ten minutes later i thought he was in a deep enough sleep to try to remove them so he could be more comfortable and he reaches for them in his sleep and pulls them back onto his face while saying loudly, “MO!” (how he pronounces “no”.) haha! then he kept on sleeping!
i have this exact hat in a blue/grey-ish color and have worn it pretty much everywhere the past year, so when i found it online in this nude color, i knew it must be. my blue/grey version is excited to have a little time off for a bit.
believe it or not, samson took this photo of josh and me!
when you want to eat an apple but you have to have the apple all the way at the very bottom of the bag!
two bites out of this one?! done! next please! (don’t know how many apples we finished for conrad today.)
high-fiving for picking an apple that was hard to reach!
the way he throws his head back and puts his all into drinking that water is probably my favorite thing ever. gosh, i love hanging out with this kid!
taking a few of the apples over to the trunk of the car! seriously, we were done so fast. which i’m confident is the only way to successfully apple pick! do it in like 30 minutes and be on your way!
also, we drove by their sunflower patch while at the farm and of course i flipped out. (sunflowers are my favorite flower.) such a great day with my loves and a perfect start to our autumn.