One of the things I love most about motherhood is creating traditions with my son. Last year, I took my son apple picking along with a girlfriend and her daughter. My son loved running through the orchards and was excited to pick apples. It’s amazing to see your child experience things and watch it through their eyes. The two of them had a ball just running around and grabbing apples. The apple crisp I made that night definitely excited him too.
This year I knew I wanted to take him back apple picking. It was incredible to see how much he’s grown since last year. He’s taller, a lot more hair, and sadly losing his baby face. Now he is super talkative and literally had full blown conversations with the apples! We spoke to everyone we saw- some of it was understandable but some of it wasn’t! He almost lost it when he saw a caterpillar and wanted to stay and talk to it since The Hungry Caterpillar is currently one of his favorite books. It’s pretty amazing how something as simple as picking apples is an entire, exciting adventure in your child’s eyes.
I have come to prefer going apple picking on a weekday, as there usually aren’t many people. This way you really get to wander and enjoy it. Both times we saw maybe a handful of groups. On weekends, most places have a lot more going on like hayrides, animals, and corn mazes. Things can definitely get a bit chaotic as there is a lot going on with a lot of people and little ones running about. Going forward I hope to go twice once during the week to enjoy and get some good apples and then again on the weekend for my son to enjoy all the extras.
Any family traditions you started with your children?