September is here which clearly means it is apple picking season! I hadn't gone since I was a little kid but figured now is as good a time as any to take Jessamyn. We went to Happy Apple Farm and unfortunately the apple crop was hit by a late freeze and so there weren't really many apples to pick but even still it was a lot of fun!
There were apples brought in from The Western Slope for sale and Jessamyn had a lot of fun "organizing" and trying to lift up bags of them.
Even though we couldn't actually "pick" any of the apples we did go walk around for a bit and Jessamyn really liked gathering up all the rotten ones off the ground. I know that she probably won't remember this experience but even still I hope she knows we tried and that even rotten apples can be beautiful.
It definitely wasn't the amazing apple picking memory I had hoped to create but I am realizing more and more that life isn't always the big beautiful moment we envision. On this day we went to an apple farm, kicked, rolled, and gathered up rotten apples, ate homemade apple cider donuts, and had a great time.... no we didn't actually pick any apples, yes there were a few moments where I had to "rescue" Jessamyn from biting into a very rotten apple.... and in the end it was fun and beautiful.
I think for me the thing I am learning is that if you want your kids to enjoy experiences no matter how good or bad they are you have to enjoy them yourself and find beauty. More than anything I want Jessamyn to be a well adjusted adult and I think that happens through these day-to-day experiences and what we make of them. Its up to me to teach her to find beauty in less than lovely places and to embrace the moment for what it is. Do I always do this perfectly... no but I are trying. There is something so magical about getting outside together and holding the moment and I think we did through apple picking.
Happy Apple Farm also has a pumpkin patch and berry picking... the berries weren't quite ripe yet so there is a fairly good chance we will be going back another day.
My mom and sister came with us and it really was just a beautiful day of wandering around an apple farm, taking photos, and just living life. If you haven't been apple picking I would highly recommend it! There is something about the crips air, blue skies, and being surrounded by apples (even rotten ones) that just feels like fall.
Plus there is nothing better than watching the look of excitement on her face overtime she would put an apple into her little bucket... seriously I was so sad they were all rotten because she was the hardest working and most proud little collector of apples!
Fall is a time of so many traditions and rituals, if you have any you want to share I would love to hear! I feel like as we step into each new season I want to create memories and rituals that Jessamyn can hold onto throughout her life... apple picking will definitely be happening again only hopefully next time we will have some apples to bring home!