Apple Picking

We went apple picking this year. This is something that i’ve always wanted to do and we looked forward to it for weeks. Some good friends of ours recommended Applewood Orchards in Warwick, NY so we rented a car and headed up. It was about an hour and 15 minutes outside of the city and our city kids did really well sitting in their carseats for that long.

It was a chilly, rainy day, which as we learned, isn’t the ideal weather for picking apples in an orchard. Remembering to wear our rain boots would’ve helped significantly with the mud factor, but oh well! Violet didn’t seem to mind and in fact she was super excited about the whole adventure.

Her feet were wet but she didn’t seem to mind at all.

It was an early harvest this year so we had to ride on a trailer, pulled by a tractor to get to the back part of the orchard where there were more trees with apples to be picked.

Once we got up to where the good picking was Violet couldn’t wait to get started. Here’s some pics from the day:

Once we had filled our bags we jumped on the trailer and headed back to the general store for some doughnuts and hot cider, yum!

On the weekends they have a puppet show for the kids. Violet enjoyed watching it for a few minutes before it was time to go.

They also had some bunnies and Violet wanted to hold one so badly but they we were only allowed to look, not touch :(

We bought lots of doughnuts, jam and cider to bring home. We had such a fun time and i’m already excited to go next year. The kids wore themselves out completely so they slept most of the way home :)

What a fun way to spend a saturday with my 3 favorite people. We enjoyed eating apples and especially the apple crisp we made the next day. So delicious! Yay for Fall

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Simon’s 1st Birthday!

This little bug had a birthday and learned to walk all in the same week! I can hardly believe he’s a year old. Where has the time gone? Fastest year of my life for sure. I love this picture of him. It’s so fitting for his personality. Crazy and sweet all rolled into one :)

We had a small party with some of his “baby friends” who came over to help celebrate. We had all kinds of snacks and cupcakes of course and lots of balloons to chase around.

Once he caught sight of those bananas he immediately wanted out and was trying to figure out how he could get to them.

 

After snacking and playing it was time for cupcakes! 

It was about 8 seconds from the time Collin set the cupcake down on his tray to it’s complete destruction. I’m not confident that much if any actual cake or frosting made it in his mouth. He was way more interested in smashing and throwing it. In case there was any doubt, this kid is 100% boy.

After cleaning up the aftermath of his cupcake we moved on to presents. He was pretty tired and cranky by then but we made it through.

Here’s a few things I want to remember about our boy at this age:

-We should’ve named him George, after everyone’s favorite monkey Curious George. He is the busiest, most curious baby you will ever meet.

-His favorite foods are bananas, sweet potatoes, cheese sticks, goldfish crackers, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, apple sauce, and yogurt. He has a huge appetite and is hungry for a meal anytime of day.

-He keeps us on our toes! He is constantly injuring himself. Fingers, toes, face, teeth, etc.. you name it. Just today he woke up from his morning nap with a bloody scratch on his forehead. Who knows how that happened? 

-He loves Violet more then anything else in the world. Well except for doors, or anything that he can open and close. He once spent 20 minutes opening and closing the gate in our kitchen. 

-He loves the playground and being outdoors in general which isn’t surprising for our little explorer.

-It’s safe to say that bath time is his favorite part of our daily routine. He loves nothing more than to splash around and pull Violet’s hair.

-He is such a sweet and friendly guy. Always giving hugs and a tiny pat on the back to me, Collin, Violet and any baby he can find. 

-His “vocabulary” isn’t quite up to Violet’s at this age(she could say and point: “eee’s a ball at 12 months) but he is starting to do some babbling like she used to and he does say a couple words like: “mamamama(one continuous word when he’s trying to find me) and dada. He claps, laughs and screams. Boy can he ever scream!  

-He went through a bitting phase, which fingers crossed, is over. He used to crawl over specifically to bite my leg, ouch!

We love our little Simon so much! He has brought so much joy and energy to our growing family. I love seeing my kids interact and even if they only “play” with each other for 2-3 minutes at a time now, it gives me a glimpse into the future of how they will be together someday. It’s so special and i’m glad they will always have each other.

Happy, happy birthday Simon!

*Special thanks to all of Simon’s little friends(and their mom’s) who came to celebrate with us. You guys are the best!

 

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Summer Field Trip Finale

But don’t despair, adventures will still be happening throughout the fall/winter months. Maybe not at the same magnitude but definitely the same excitement and the same friends.

Our last field trip of the summer was a few Fridays ago. It was hot and sweaty so we opted for a playground with loads of shady benches for the moms and dads to chill on while the kiddos splashed around in the water. The Adventure Playground in Central Park was the perfect spot. Here’s a few pics from the day:

If I learned anything from our city adventures this summer, it’s that where ever Violet goes, Simon must follow. He won’t leave that poor girl alone! It’s kind of precious to watch him chase her down and try to do everything that she’s doing :)

After hours of non-stop water and sand fun Collin met us at after work(it was his last summer Friday too, sniff, sniff)and we headed up to one of our favorite spots, Shake Shack.  See, even Simon was excited at the prospect of a burger and fries.

We grabbed our food and headed over to the park near the Museum of Natural History where there are lots of benches and places for kids to run around. Violet and Simon love to climb on the Time Capsule :)

Simon also enjoys hanging upside down. And Collin is always happy to accomidate. I’m serious when I say I think he might be half monkey. His favorite food, coinsidentailly is a banana. 

By the end of the day we were all exhausted and it was time to head home.

Field trip Fridays are the best! I look forward to our adventures all week long. Happy weekend everyone!

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The Haircut

Sweet little Violet got her first official haircut a few weeks ago. She was so good. Our friend Reagan graciously agreed to come to our place to cut both Collin’s and Violet’s hair. Violet watched Collin get his cut very intently. She had been really nervous about it. She was convinced it was going to hurt. But once she saw that it was neither painful or scary she proudly announced that she indeed wanted to have a haircut and wanted to to know when it would be her turn :)

She had a really hard time holding still. Mostly because she kept giggling. Her hair was SO long! I forgot to get a before shot. But Reagan cut a healthy 2-3 inches off for sure. I don’t know how she managed to get it even with all the wiggling going on but she worked her magic and in minutes Violet had herself a new do!

And before you ask, yes that is a table with a highchair stacked onto of it in the background. I promise we’re not hoarding furniture :) We actually got a new dinning table and so we were in the process of selling the old one. Anywho, I digress, here’s a couple after shots:

It looks great. Thanks for being so patient with our girl Reagan, you’re a real gem!

P.S. Sorry for the blurry pics. I might have had a case of the giggles too.

 

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Field Trip Fridays: Recap

So i’m really behind on our NYC adventure posts. Sorry, we’ve been to busy having fun! Here’s a quick recap of where we’ve been lately:

We went to the Washington Square Park playground a few weeks ago with some friends:

Simon hanging out with baby Eden at Washington Square Park:

On the way home we made a slight detour to try out Georgetown Cupcakes in SoHo. And i’m glad we did, so so good!

Next we explored the newly renovated  Neufeld playground, also called  ”The Elephant Playground” in Riverside Park:

Arguably the cutest baby boy ever. I mean look at that toothy grin. 

On the way home we stopped at Levain Bakery for the most delicious cookies ever! My favorite is the dark chocolate peanut butter chip. 

We continued our exploration of Riverside Park and visited the River Run playground the following week:

We fell in love with this one. We will definitely be back. Violet was really excited about the teeter totters :)

Even her friend Alpha’s doll Hannah joined in on the fun:

And of course no adventure would be complete without a stop for something sweet right? So we made a trip to Momofuku Milk Bar and picked up these delicious treats:

Crack Pie…yummmm! Possibly the 8th wonder of the world. It’s similar to pecan pie filling, without the pecans but more delicious. Can you imagine? I know. 

See, even Violet agrees.

 So that’s what we’ve been up to lately. Summer in the city is the greatest! If you can stand the heat, there is fun to be had for all. Hope everyone is enjoying it as much as we are!

 

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