A Johnny Appleseed kind of weekend

5 Oct

My friend Katina and her family decided to go apple picking with us yesterday in Ellijay, GA (which is now the host of two of my favorite yearly events: birthday tubing and apple picking), and we had a blast.

We chose out the Red Apple Barn and it couldn’t have been better. At first I was a little worried given the amount of people there, but we easily got on a hayride to the orchard and didn’t feel crowded there at all. We got there around 2:30pm, and when we were done picking at 5pm there was a much bigger hayride line, so we were lucky.

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Sixty degrees and warm in the sun. Couldn’t have been better fall weather!

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It didn’t take him long to figure out how to eat a whole apple.

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I don’t think I have ever picked an apple off a tree and eaten it before. Just like growing food at home, it was so much more delicious than buying it at the grocery store.

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Walt definitely ate more than he picked.

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He had such a blast walking around the orchard, stuffing his cute little apple face.

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Apple coma. This was one of my favorite Walter moments ever. I love how much he loves being outside.

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Katina and I were friends in 6th grade, and now here we are with our husbands and kiddos!

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After spending a couple glorious hours in the orchard (much more than I thought we would), we roamed the pumpkin patch. I really loved how relaxed and friendly everyone was here. They even have apple cider and apple cider donuts waiting for you when you get back from picking.

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We picked out a couple pumpkins to take home with us between more apple bites.

Walt didn’t give up his last apple til we got in the car and I took it from him. We ate a bag of yummy boiled peanuts on the way home to Nini’s house for dinner, where we ate a delicious roast, drank amazing wine, and watched Crocodile Dundee.

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We convinced my mom to light her fire.

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Walt fell asleep on the way home, which he never does. We’ve driven home from Chattanooga at 10pm and he never fell asleep. But I guess it was a big outdoor day and he was exhausted. So adorable.

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Today we lit our first fire of the season, because it’s been downright chilly!

It’s definitely been a weekend that makes me thankful I live in beautiful Georgia with great friends and family.

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