This past Sunday, we took Olivia on her first Apple Picking adventure. It was actually also Dominic’s first time and they both had a lot of fun!
We drove about an hour away to a place called Kuiper’s Family Farm. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend it. It’s HUGE! Half the place is strictly for picking apples, and the other half is a pumpkin patch slash a whole mess of fun things for kids to do.
We started with the Apple Picking. At first, Olivia was so excited….and then out of nowhere, she got this little attitude, and didn’t want to walk. So for a few minutes, she just sat there….like a little punk. And then finally after she realized no one was going to pick her up, she got up, changed her attitude and was a blast the rest of the day!
If you’ve never been apple picking, you pay a fee, they give you a basket to fill with as many apples as you want, and they encourage you to eat the apples as you go, to make sure you like the taste of the ones you’re picking. Our girl loves apples so this activity was right up her alley ;)
The apple orchards were absolutely beautiful. Everything was so green, with pops of beautiful red apples everywhere.
/\ My favorite people in the whole world :) \/
^This placed looked SO small on the outside, but was freakin huge inside. They had the cutest stuff, too. I love stores like that. We walked out of there with a stuffed mushroom mix, a sea salted caramel scone mix, spices, and of course, Kettle Corn and Apple Cider Donuts. My absolute FAVE. I can’t go to a pumpkin patch without getting some of each. Because we haven’t introduced Olivia to the slice of heaven that is popcorn yet, we decided not to let her try the kettle corn (worst parents ever, I know ;) but she was all over that apple cider donut…..^
And then we headed over to the Pumpkin Patch part….first stop. The huge slide. Duhhhhhhhhhh!
It started to get a little chilly, so we had to bundle Olivia up a little more…she didn’t mind though. She was too busy.
And then we came across the petting zoo. I have to be honest, I almost said no to this part because I didn’t know how Olivia was going to act. She is scared of things that I wouldn’t think she’d be afraid of, so I didn’t want to risk it.
I’m so glad I decided to though. It was my favorite moment of the day. Watching Olivia interact with baby animals absolutely made my heart melt. And Dominic’s too. You could tell. He never takes out his phone to take pictures, he’s more of an in the moment guy and leaves the picture taking up to me, but he was all over his camera on his phone when she was in there, like a proud daddy.
She was so gentle with the animals. She kinda preferred to hold the necks of the baby goats while Dominic and I fed the animals, and I don’t know what was cuter: her little hand on their necks, or the fact that she put her hand like that at all almost every time she got close to one.
We stayed in there for a long time, just watching her. Her eyes beamed with amazement. It was such an awesome thing to see. I love viewing things from her perspective, she has a whole different outlook on life, and she has taught me to really appreciate the little things.
And last but not least, the pumpkin patch. I will say, the actual pumpkin patch was relatively small, but Olivia didn’t care. She loved it!
^She really loved it….she loved it so much she didn’t wanna leave!^
You know it was a good day when you end it by falling asleep on your daddy’s shoulders.
Have I mentioned how much I love fall?