We visited this very orchard exactly 2 years ago with Lucas – one month before I became pregnant with Lillie. We decided to skip out last year because Lillie was only a few weeks old and we thought it might be a bit much driving 2 hours upstate with a newborn and a toddler in tow. Lucas had off from school last Monday and my mom and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take the drive and go apple picking with kids.
It was honestly such a surreal and magical day. Seeing both my kids playing and walking and running through the orchard when just two years ago we were a family of three and about to embark on our journey as a family of four. I’ve said it before but time is such a crazy thing. Next on our Fall to do list: pumpkin picking!
October. Apple picking month! We headed off to Warwick, NY to visit Ochs Orchard – about a two hour drive outside of the city – and it was wonderful. Lucas had a blast exploring and eating apples that were pretty much the most delicious of all the apples in New York (really!). He loved running up and down the orchard and helping us select the best ones to take home. Needless to say he slept like a dream that night and we have been finding all the creative ways to chow down on our seemingly endless supply of apples at home. On Lucas: hoodie c/o little boogaweezin | beanie c/o kira kids
On the first day of October we headed to Central Park. It was perfection. We spotted our first turned trees and it was pretty spectacular. There is nothing like Central Park in Autumn. The deep crimson reds and gorgeous jewel tones are pretty much everything. Did I mention my birthday is in October..and Halloween! It’s the start to all of our favorite holidays. So yea. October I (we) love you.
Every morning as we wake, Lucas and I are greeted with your crisp chill sneaking through the cracked windows. The floors are starting to get chilly so Lucas puts on socks and I slip on my fuzzy slippers and we start our day with warm milk and coffee (the coffee is just for me of course ;). Then we get ready to head outside and embrace you. The 60 and below temps call for layers. Lots and lots of cozy layers. Of course we know later in the day you will no doubt warm up a bit and our light knits and sweaters are perfect for peeling off. Lucas and I walk hand in hand, heads up, and the aroma of burning wood fills our noses and souls. I am thankful for you Fall. My most favorite of all the seasons. You pretty much have this season thing down pact. Yep. You show off with your beautiful golden leaves scattered along the streets. You spoil us with apple cider and pumpkin spice everything. You provide the perfect temperatures for playing outside all day and the best nature adventures (acorns, colors, leaves..) Lucas and I love you and we’d love it if you’d stay awhile.
I check the weather every night before heading to bed. It gives me a sense of the day to come and let’s me plan mama and Lucas adventures accordingly. The forecast was rain. Lots of it. When we woke up this morning Lucas drank his milk, had a bowl of strawberries, and we ran out the door. I wanted to make sure we spent a few hours outside just in case the weather man was right (would you believe it..he’s often wrong!) and we would be trapped inside all afternoon. We made our way to two different parks and leisurely walked around the hood, making sure to step on all of the golden leaves sprinkled along the pavement. We stayed out until I felt a rainy mist and we scurried home for nap time. I left the windows open and I don’t know if it was the crisp breeze, but my boy snoozed for 3 hours. Mama win! When my prince arose we played at a neighbors house until it was time to cook dinner – chicken parmesan and fresh corn.
Oh, FALL IS HERE you guys! I purchased his adorable scarf at a mega sale last season at H&M for a buck and I think it just adorable. Hip hip for sweater weather, changing leaves, and hearty meals for dinner.