We lived in Southern California our whole lives before moving to Roatan in 2010. We had established many a family tradition in our first 8 years of marriage. One of my hands-down favorite is Apple Picking in mid-September. Now that we are back stateside we decided to revive that tradition. My heart is glad. We took Ava apple picking in 2010:
Obviously this was bakc in the day where I could coordinate our outfits in perfect fall tones… now days my daughter knows what she likes and told me clearly that she would be wearing the Hello Kitty dress. Um, ok. Geez. Momma had to let somethings go and enjoy the day. It took me about 10 seconds to realize that I could either make the day great, or ruin it, all with my attitude. I chose to have an awesome day.
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you guys. I dyed my hair. This is my “Fall Hair.” I love it. I did this once before and I loved it. So I thought Autumn was a good time to get my dark hair on again.
Tips for Apple Picking:
1. Obey the rules of the Orchard – some establishments want you to bring your own basket, others provide you with a bag. Some want you to pay for the bag and then fill, others want to weigh the bag at the end to determine the amount you owe. Make sure you obey their rules, otherwise you are thieving.
2. Wear comfortable clothing – you will be walking, and walking, and walking. There may be some inclines, or streams to cross, or trees to climb (maybe) so we prepared for your outdoorsy adventure.
3. Pack a lunch – you are out enjoying nature, it’s a perfect time for a picnic!
4. Bring your camera – apple picking is classic American wholesome family goodness. Capture those memories before you are back in the world of electronics and distractions.
5. Have fun – sometimes as moms we get caught up in the logisitics and the desire to create a “pinterest-worthy” experience. Forget all that. Everyone has a good time if mom is happy (amiright?) So remember why you are there – to have fun with your family – and forget everything else. (Which brings me back to #4 – if you forget to take picutres : do not worry. That’s ok. You still rock as a mom.)
What are some of your family traditions for fall?