Apple Picking

Monday, October 13, 2014

Keeping up with all things fall, this past weekend we headed up to North Georgia and went apple picking at Hillcrest Farms.

The day started out rainy which I think helped keep the crowds away. It was actually a great plan on our part, though it was by total accident that it happened that way. On our drive up it was a total downpour, but by the time we got there the rain had stopped & it was actually relatively cool out.

I wasn’t sure how in to the experience E would be, but she really loved it. She went crazy for the goats at the petting zoo (and I did my very best not to let her touch any of them…). At first she was calling them all dogs, but by the end we got her to call them goats. Or rather, “goa, goa, goa!”. There were also chickens running around that she called ducks, but we let that one slide. At the end they let her hold a kitten, and she promptly gave it a hug & kiss. I did not expect that at all and I just about fell over from all of the cuteness. 

After the petting zoo (& hand sanitizer) we walked around a bit more where we found a bull for her to sit on and a pony to ride. Sister LOVED both of them. This is such a fun age, and I continue to be amazed by what she understands & enjoys.

She really did have a blast on that mini pony, so stinkin’ cute. We left the ponies, hand sanitized, and got some lunch. We tired to keep it some-what healthy with corn dogs & fried pickles (sarcasm font). It was E’s first corn dog and she seemed to like it. Though I think that she would rather just “ip, ip, ip” (dip) it in ketchup and then lick the ketchup off (a girl after her auntie Katie’s heart).

After lunch we finally headed over to the orchards & picked some apples.

Again, I was really surprised how “in” to the apple picking she was. Though by the end we were all over it. It was nap time, the clouds burned off & it was hot.

So we all packed in and headed back to the city. I love this time of year & making new traditions with my family!

Happy fall!

Cox’s Farm Fun

Monday, October 6, 2014

I’ve been the worst blogger… ever. I have even toyed with the idea of taking down this blog and just occasionally putting a personal post on my photography page. However, I love to look back on these memories & really only keep this up for personal purposes anyway. So with all that said, on with the pumpkin fun!

We are in town (Northern Virginia) for my mom’s 50th birthday. There is a local farm (Cox’s Farm) that puts on the best fall pumpkin patch festivities. It is a HUGE farm with a ton of animals & activities. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before, especially in Georgia. I can’t believe I haven’t been before. I literally lived just a couple miles away from it for 15+ years. I guess when we moved here I thought I was too old (too cool) for pumpkin patch fun. I was missing out big time. Cox's Farm Fun (1)

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When we first walked in there was a cute little band playing fun songs. E was shy for about 10 seconds before she started to break it down.

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Sister has some mooooves (like Jagger?). From there we moved on to the kiddie part of the farm where she could run around without getting trampled by big kids. Bonus that there was a bubble machine, girl loves her bubbles.

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And then. Donuts. Apple cider donuts. MMMM.

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We hopped on a hayride & had a blast. Seriously! I don’t know if it’s just been so long since I’ve been on one, or if this one is exceptionally good. We were almost abducted by aliens, went through several haunted houses/coffee shops/barns/forests & even under a troll bridge where we had to answer a riddle to get by. Obviously E was too young to “get” any of it, but she had a blast taking it all in none-the-less.

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And then we were on to the baby animals. Ahhhhhhh, so cute!

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And on our way out we picked out the perfect pumpkin for my pumpkin (had to!).

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Then it was time to go!

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PS – Blogger is KILLING me the the crappy compressed files on here. The picture quality is pretty awful & Windows Live Writer won’t let me upload from my Photobucket account (what I usually do when I want to upload pics & keep the quality). If you would like to see the pictures is a much better resolution, check them out on my photography blog. I fee like since I am a photographer for a living I need to add this PSA in. :)

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