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Apple Picking at Russell Orchards

Each yr we visit Russell Orchards at least twice for fall festivities. First, for apple picking and then for the pumpkins during Halloween. It’s one our New England traditions that we look forward to (and probably one of our favorites).

Of course when Zoey was born we still honor this tradition and brought her apple picking when she was merely 1 month old. Although she was too young to participate, it felt special to have this little person join us. 

We headed back to Russel Orchards this weekend, fairly earlier than when we would typically go.

If you live in the New England area or plan to visit during the fall season, Russell Orchards is a must go! They also have a cute little shop where you can find homemade hot apple cider and apple cider donuts. So yummy and heartwarming, perfect for those cool crisp fall days.

Even though we go apple picking each yr, this time felt completely different and new b/c Zoey is old enough to enjoy the experience. She had so much fun roaming around, picking apples, and eating them! For us, it was probably even more fun to watch her enjoy this new world around her. It was one of the best things EVER.

Now that Zoey’s able to walk (and kinda run), we can sneak and take pictures of her while she’s busy exploring the things around her. 

Super big girl now!

She’s a feisty little one. Won’t stop until she gets what she wants. Determined to get this apple!

Picked her first apple w/o mommy or daddy’s help.

This might have been a mistake, she was GLUED to this apple for the entire trip!

A very affectionate baby. She loves to give KISSES, especially on mommy’s cheeks!

OMG!! I really couldn’t believe how much her hair has grown until I saw this picture! We shaved her hair once when she was around 4 mths and haven’t touched it since. Her hair has fallen naturally into place, beautifully! She’s almost sportin’ a bob!

She is LOVING this apple way too much!

Today was super gorgeous. Felt like fall in the morning then it got super warm. Reminded me of those Indian summer days.

Won’t let go of her apple!

Truth is, Zoey can’t properly chew and swallow the apple bites. She sucks the juices then spits them out or sticks out her tongue so we can get them out for her.

What’s your favorite type of apple?

Biting the SAME apple again, and again, and again!

LOVING the apple juice.

We finally had to take the apple away from her and she wasn’t happy about that. She was dripped in apple juice, all wet, icky, and sticky! This is why I often have 2 extra pair of clothes in my bag.

This was Zoey last September at Russell Orchards. She was barely one month old and slept through the entire trip. How things have changed in just 1 yr! They TRULY grow soo fast.

What are your family traditions for fall festivities? Please share!

‘Til next post, Kellie

24 Comments

  1. Your photos made me smile from ear to ear! So much self-discovery in one day for Zoey!
    This might sound strange, but since adopting our dog last year, my hubby and I have begun a tradition of participating in our neighborhood’s annual Doggy Halloween Parade, put on by our local doggy boutique. Yep- the dogs in our neighborhood dress up in costumes, get “treat bags”, and stop at treat stations throughout our small downtown area! It’s silly, but so much fun…and we get free dog treats in the process! :)

    • Jessica- not silly at all, that sounds sooo fun and how cool would it be to watch a parade of dogs in costumes?! Have a great one! Best, Kellie

  2. One of my favourite things about fall is apple picking. And mulled cider. It is a tradition for my family to go apple picking as well in our little corner of New England. Love the post. :)

  3. She’s adorable! You seemed to have great fun picking apples. Thanks for the share!

  4. What a great family tradition! I might see if any of the farms here in Northern California do that sort of thing. This will only be our second fall season up here, so we don’t have any established traditions yet, but this is a great idea!

  5. Adorable!!!! I still have pics of my sons and grandmother apple picking, they are now 16 and 20 and grandma has transitioned – memories are forever!!!

  6. Is it that time of year already?! I’m having a hard time saying goodbye to summer, but these beautiful pics make me look forward to the coming season. Thanks!

  7. I have a 6 month old and yes they sure do grow fast. We have a tradition similar to yours – the second weekend in October we go to Lynn’s Fruit Farm (in Ohio) for apple & pumpkin picking. We then make home made apple pie :) Love the photos !

  8. I love Zoey’s face in the last apple photo! Adorable and funny, and so expressive! She’s getting prettier and prettier! Who’s gonna chase all those boys away in the future?! You’ll need an army! :)

    I also adore your shirt!

  9. lifestyletea

    you are such a good mummy! love this blog post – great to see the bond between you and the little one xx much love Kellie

  10. Jana

    Those pics are great! Me and my boyfriend are actually planning a trip to the north-east coast in October (beginning of October). Is it still worth going to Russell Orchards then or is it too late? We can’t wait to see the indian summer!!!! I just missed it last year.

  11. its incredible the way they grow!! enjoy while she is little because once they start going to school and everything, they are busier and need you less :( the pictures are gorg and the way baby Z looks at daddy is so amazing!!
    xoxo

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