Apple Picking

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Yesterday, I had a totally new experience – I went apple picking!


We went with four other families – a grand total of 13 people – to Skytop Orchards, which boasts over a dozen varieties of apples and is a huge tourist attraction in the area. We got there just as the leaves are beginning to turn. The weather was perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better day with my family and friends.  It was truly lovely!









The kids eventually got tired of walking up and down the hillsides…


So we plopped them down for a break…


And before I knew it, a wonderful photo-shoot had unfolded!  I got five of the kids to sit in a row – 5 out of 11 isn’t too bad, right?!


And this, my friends, is my favorite photo of my children ever because I feel like it perfectly captures who they are at this exact moment in their lives. And I love how much they look alike.  My loves. <3


Even the momma friends got together for a picture.  We tried to do a kid-less but our munchies ran over, which made us crack up.  I really love this group of women – we do a constant text stream all day, every day, and it sure is helpful to have friends to ask for advice and give kudos and offer support. 


We got home and I busted out a quick 2.0 mile.  Gosh, this weather is excellent for running!


And then the moms went out for dinner all by ourselves, which was pretty fun. We were celebrating two birthdays, which meant we got free cheesecake.  Not too shabby!


What have you “picked”? I have picked APPLES, Christmas trees, pumpkins, strawberries, and pomegranates (pomegranates were really cool – they grow on trees like apples!).



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 12, 2015, 9:50 am

    Apple picking my favorite!!! We used to go multiple times a year growing up and my parents still do. I went with my boyfriend this year which was really fun too!

  • Laura October 12, 2015, 10:47 am

    I grew up in the country so we never drove anywhere to pick apples-I just walked into our field and picked them off our trees so I never though of it as an activity people went to do! But I’ve picked strawberries, blueberries, Christmas trees with my family-we’d go to a place and literally cut down our own tree, pumpkins, blackberries in the woods. I love it!

  • Sagan October 12, 2015, 10:52 am

    Aw so much fun!

    I’ve picked apples, cherries, rhubarb, and pears (and of course the pomegranates :)) Haven’t gone picking for anything in forever, though… next year I’ll have to make the most of the season!

  • alan October 12, 2015, 11:38 am

    Was this the first time you ever went apple picking? Really? Those pictures of the kids are just beautiful and as a blog viewer, I just can’t believe how that little Claire has grown so much. Apple picking to me is one of the joys of autumn (Phila area, but grew up in Michigan), and alas, my teenage boys won’t do it anymore!!!

    Happy fall. Thanks for continuing to spread your joy.

  • Amanda October 12, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I’ve picked apples, pumpkins, peaches, blueberries, and strawberries 😀

  • Jill @ RunEatSnap October 12, 2015, 2:05 pm

    Looks like fun! I went apple picking for the first time EVER a few weeks ago. I didn’t really know what I was doing though and the trees weren’t labeled like it looks like they were where you were at – that would’ve been helpful!

  • Sarah October 12, 2015, 2:32 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I already had plans to take my kids to the pumpkin patch like we usually do, but now I’m gonna have to see if we have any orchards nearby. It’d be neat to show them exactly where apples come from 🙂

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey, I Like That! October 12, 2015, 3:14 pm

    We pick strawberries every summer and I’m so excited to pick apples this fall!

  • Heidi October 12, 2015, 3:57 pm

    I just got home from picking pumpkins with my kids! But I’ve also picked blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and apples.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 12, 2015, 4:31 pm

    I went apple picking for the first time this year too! So fun!

  • jessi October 13, 2015, 9:52 am

    I cannot get over how BLONDE Claire looks in these pictures! Your kids are adorable!!! Her little toes <3

  • Joy October 13, 2015, 12:49 pm

    Love the apple fact board! I went apple picking this Columbus weekend as well at Connors Farm in MA. Honey crisps were so tasty when you harvested them yourself!

  • leatitia October 13, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pumpkins and other squash, apples, pears, grapes, I think that’s it! 🙂

  • Rosey Rebecca October 17, 2015, 9:22 pm

    Kind of crazy– I just realized that I was at this same orchard on the same day as you!!!

  • Jessica October 18, 2015, 10:20 pm

    It is so fun to go fruit picking as a family. We just picked apples and then pumpkins (off the vine). We have picked cherries (fun to find an orchard with dwarf trees so the kids can reach or climb a small step ladder), peaches, apricots, strawberries and blackberries. I picked blueberries and raspberries as a kid, but can’t find them around here. Such a fun activity. Fun to make jam/apple butter/apple pie or crostata.

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