the kids have a few days off school this week and so for a while we tossed around the idea to leave town and do a bigger trip since we don’t really get another break in the calendar until the holidays. but we’re also in the midst of working on a big project (which i can’t wait to share more details on soon! might be more excited about this than anything else we’ve worked on before!) … so in the end, we decided to forgo the trip so we can really bunker down on this work. we compromised by carving out some fun family activities this week where we can fit them in. and so this morning, we rented a car and drove about an hour and a half outside the city to fishkill farms to pick apples together! the weather was perfect (we’ve had some brutal hot days lately so i wasn’t sure if sweaters would work out, but the morning temps were in the 60s and it was beautiful outside up at the farm!)
it was madalena’s and beatrice’s first time picking apples but they wasted no minutes whatsoever getting right into it. i think they both ate a full apple before we even filled the first bag! i have a sweet little video on my instagram right now if you want to go see them in action devouring their apples. :) our other three kiddos are apple picking pros! they even commissioned papa into being their ladder so they could pick the highest apples and toss them into the basket (more videos on my instagram stories, of course.)
this was such a fun outing. the farm was pretty crowded but most people went to the first few rows of apples and we went further back and had entire rows to ourselves where we just plopped down and hung out for a bit and even with the chaos that follows us everywhere, it felt rather chill and relaxing which was really nice. helps that the babies had slept in the car ride over i am sure and were fresh and well rested. we’d also enjoyed a massive breakfast of bagels and breakfast sandwiches from our favorite bagel place on the upper west side before leaving the city, and full tummies for any sort of outing is always helpful, too.
we picked two large bags worth of apples! we plan to give some to friends but also make some dishes with apples this weekend together. the kids have decided they don’t want to make an apple pie so if anyone has any great apple recipes to send our way that aren’t in the pie category, please do! we really haven’t brainstormed past homemade apple sauce. ;)
lots of photos below!
when he busts out his carhartt overalls, i’m like, RIGHT! YOU’RE JOSH AND THIS IS SO TOTALLY YOU! :)
i had forgotten, but josh reminded me we have photos of baby eleanor at 9 months old sitting in an apple basket, so we had to recreate with both beatrice and madalena!
i am literally taking this photo and madalena is throwing an apple into the basket! i was dying! she saw josh filling up the basket so she came over to do the same!
16 months old. might be my favorite age with all my kids. i realized as they turned 16 months old a few days ago (on the 28th) that this is the age eleanor was when baby samson was born! crazy to imagine when i think of these two girls as such babies but i remember feeling like my little eleanor was such a big girl when samson was born. i suppose these girls are big girls, too! but being our last, it’s so hard to let go and see them as big girls! they seem so anxious to grow up fast because they want to be doing everything their big brothers and big sister are doing and i’m constantly over here like, yay! but also, slowwwwww down! it’s wild.
this is what i was talking about with the kids doing this whole apple from the highest branch into the basket sort of situation! team work at its finest! josh is a good sport. he let all three stand on his shoulders and take turns filling the basket.
speaking of baskets….
i can’t even with my girl beatrice and her contagious smile! it just fills up her face and warms my heart.
no idea what they are communicating through these close glances, but i feel like it’s the beginning of the whole twin-language sort of thing and i cannot wait.
also, these tiny rainboots have been worn by all three of my other babies and i love that they’ve all shared them.
flying apple! do you see it?!
when i went through our bags of apples once we arrived home, i realized just how many had small bites in them. ha! these girls started a lot of apples today…
some apple picking adventures from years past RIGHT HERE including that time we made a video with sweetgreen at the apple orchard!