The first was just a couple weeks before Guthrie was born and it's become one of our most looked forward to fall activities.
Both kids were excited for the tractor/hay ride, though Guthrie was much more brave. I got Laithe tucked onto a hay bale next to me and then felt his hand creep into mine. It was sweet.
We picked almost 50 lbs of apples - and would you believe we're already almost out of apple sauce? Next year I probably better budget for 100 lbs, you know?
Similar to when we picked blueberries this year, both kids were actually helpful and we were surprised when our wagon was full so quickly. Any parent will tell you that it's an amazing rite of passage when the kids are able to help rather than, well, hinder. It's just a different experience.
Stone's Apple Barn has a few animals that are always up for some apple snacks
and loves from the kids.
The best part though was probably working with Guthrie in the kitchen the following weekend. She's getting so capable. I can give her a job and unless there's a major mishap she's pretty confident. Her big job this year was peeling all the apples for applesauce and apple butter.
I would bet she easily did 35 lbs.
And she's pretty proud too - just ask her and she'll tell you about how she's a way
better peeler than even mom.
I love these little traditions we've cultivated. They're such a highlight of the seasons.