Apple Picking

Picking fruit on the farm

Picking fruit on the farm

I love so many things about the fall and living out in the country. One of my very favorite things is picking apples. I remember, as a little girl, getting loaded up in to the car and going apple picking out at this farm that isn’t actually a farm anymore but it does still exist as a store and winery. Since I can’t go there for apple picking anymore I have found other places to take Sydney. This year we headed out to Macintosh Fruit Farm to pick some apples and enjoy a nice day on the farm.

apple picking

apple picking

Sydney was so excited about this. I knew she wouldn’t be too much help, but she did pick a few before she just picked up an apple and started eating it. She loved running through the apple trees while I filled our bags full of apples. After we picked our fair share of apples we headed towards the back of the orchard and found some Asian Pears so we filled up a nice bag of those as well.

pulling an empty wagon...riding in a full one

pulling an empty wagon…riding in a full one

It was nice to fill up a couple bags of fruit, straight off the tree for us to take home. After we filled up our wagon we headed back towards the farm for some shopping in the store, some play time, and some lunch.

play time on the farm

play time on the farm

Sydney is currently obsessed with farm animals so it was awesome that they had a couple houses and a donkey for us to check out. She played on the playground and even played in the little sand pit they had. She was so happy playing that she didn’t even want to go eat lunch even though I knew she needed to eat. I eventually was able to pull her away and we enjoyed a yummy lunch and then picked up a few things in the store before we headed out. Overall it was a really great day and I think we’ll actually try to go back before the season is over. Now… what to do with about a bushel of fruit? Lots of cooking and baking for sure.

 

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Weekending

Farmer's market flowers.

Farmer’s market flowers.

I love weekends when we have plenty to do but also enough time to wind down before we head off to the next adventure. This weekend was just one of those weekends. Friday night we headed out to Target but we stopped at McDonalds for some ice cream first because why not, right?

Agricultural Fair.

Agricultural Fair.

Saturday we headed downtown to check out the farmer’s market and there was also an Agricultural Festival downtown. Sydney is OBSESSED with Old McDonald Had A Farm and every.single.morning she wants me to sing it on the way to school AND we pass cows and horses that makes her morning (and afternoon). She was SO EXCITED to see all these farm animals set up at the mall downtown. We go down there pretty often so for her to see these guys down there her day was made.

Moooo!!

Moooo!!

One of the table gave her this cow face. She loves it. She spent quite a bit of time this weekend holding it up to her face going “moo” in the cutest, cutest voice possible. It is the best. She has such an awesome personality that I can’t get enough of her.

Apple Harvest Festival

Apple Harvest Festival

Sunday we headed over to the fair grounds for the Apple Harvest Festival. We live in apple country so there are a lot of apple related festivals around these parts (hello, Appleblossom.) This is a cute little craft festival with a children’s zone and an apple booth that shows all the different types of apples that can be grown (plus they give away a free bottle of juice and an apple – which was speaking Sydney’s language so we definitely go in there). The craft vendors are nice, but we didn’t buy much other than food (apple butter = yum!).

Play time

Play time

Sydney spent quite a bit of time in the kids zone jumping around on the blow up things. She loved this slide… until she got up there one time and did not want to come down it at all. So that was when we decided to find something else to do. She really did enjoy herself and it is so crazy to me that she is this little big kid. Where did my baby go? Before we headed out we got our face painted… even me. Because when your daughter says “you too mommy” you say yes and you get a pink heart on your cheek to match.

Twins.

Twins.

She is my favorite person in the whole world and I love spending time with her. She makes my weekends full of fun but we still make time for naps and relaxing which is how we rounded out our Sunday evening. And there you have it, another awesome weekend in the books.

Wilsons Wild Animal Park

Petting Zoo Fun

A couple weeks ago Sydney and I had a whole Saturday ahead of us with no plans and nothing to do. Since she had such a great time at the Zoo when we went this summer I thought maybe she would also enjoy a petting zoo so we headed to Wilsons Wild Animal Park.

Feeding animals

Feeding animals

Sydney was not particularly interested in feeding the animals with her hands like I did but she was plenty happy to give them access to the bag of food so it was probably a good thing we got two bags of food.

animals!

animals!

There are so many animals at this park from zebras, to alpacas, to deer, and emu, and sheep and goats and birds and chickens and so many different animals to see and feed. The animals were really friendly and so excited for all the food. We got there pretty early which made it a really nice trip since we weren’t fighting a lot of people to get access to the animals. Not that it ended up being super crowded before we left, but there did end up being quite a bit of people by the time we left.

Camel selfies

Camel selfies

I couldn’t resist this guy. He was so friendly that I couldn’t resist taking a selfie with him. It took a few tries but we finally got it and I’m pretty glad he didn’t try to like eat my hair or anything.

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

She really had a blast and I loved every second of her excitement over all the animals. We had such a great day and Sydney is at such a fun age that these little adventures of ours are definitely something I greatly look forward to.

Rt. 11 Crawl

It’s probably no secret that I love (love!) a good yard sale. I love a good deal in general. Especially when it comes to getting stuff for Sydney. Baby/kid stuff is expensive and in general they grow out of everything from clothes to toys so quickly it feels silly to pay full price for something. I rarely pay full price for anything, anyway, even for myself. Give me a good sale and I’m a happy girl!

YARD SALE!

YARD SALE!

Every year there is a HUGE yard sale event near me called the Rt. 11 Crawl. It is a glorious 42 miles of yard sales. I’ve gone the last couple years and this year was no different. The only difference this year was that I wasn’t really in the market for the big baby stuff or even new toddler toys. This year it was all about Sydney’s wardrobe. Fall is coming and she needs some new clothes. We both ended up doing pretty well this year. I ended up finding a couple items for me which was quite surprising, but also pretty exciting. She made out with a pretty good start to her fall/winter wardrobe. There are a couple consignment sales each season that I shop at so I’m pretty sure she’ll be all set as far as clothing goes pretty soon. And without breaking my poor wallet. Win-win.

yay clothes!

yay clothes!

My parents and my uncle always set up a table at the yard sale so after we did our shopping we hung out there for a while. It’s a lot of in and out of the car so I wanted us to have plenty of time to stretch our legs. Sydney set herself up a little play area and went to town in the dirt. She played there for like a good hour or so. Every once in a while she would bring me some treasure she found from one of my parents boxes. We did not end up bringing home any of those treasures because, well, no.

Just playing.

Just playing.

After a long day of yard sale shopping, dirt playing, ice cream eating, and Nana & Grandpa spoiling time we ended our day relaxing on the couch. It isn’t often that she will just lay still like this but it is what she asked to do and I happily obliged her because I was beat and was happy to have some rest time of my own.

All tuckered out after a full day of shopping

All tuckered out after a full day of shopping

Lions! Tigers! Bears! OH MY!

National Zoo.

National Zoo.

Recently Sydney and I woke up early one Sunday morning and we hit the road for the National Zoo and I was excited to check something fun off my Summer Bucket List. I was pretty impressed with my ability to navigate the Metro with a stroller and a curious toddler that doesn’t enjoy sitting still for anything. Also, I had no idea where the Zoo was when we got off the Metro in the city so I walked about 2 blocks past it and had to turn around and go back. The whole time Sydney was asking when we would be at the zoom. Eventually I figured out that I was on the wrong side of the street so that’s why I didn’t see the GIANT sign that said Zoo. It’s all good. We made it and it made for an adventure which is always fun.

She asked me to take her picture in front of this.

She asked me to take her picture in front of this.

We got up pretty early that morning and that helped us beat a bit of the afternoon heat that day. I packed us a bag of snacks, some lunch, and plenty of water and made sure we were covered in sun screen (with some extra in my bag for later!) and we hit the road.

First Metro ride!

First Metro ride!

First stop in the day of first for Miss Sydney was a trip on the new Silver Line. The whole trip took about an hour and we had to change trains but it was fine – Sydney was well behaved and enjoyed herself and it isn’t like I would actually drive a car in to DC so it was basically the only way we were getting there.

She asked me to take her picture in front of this.

Me and my girl

If you have never been to the National Zoo know this – it is huge. Miles and miles of walking to and from various animal habitats. It is also quite hilly… at first you don’t realize it, because you are going down hill, but then you decide your day is over and you go to the main exit to get back to the Metro and BAM! It’s a hill. And a pretty big one. So keep that in mind. It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Zoo that I completely forgot about that big hill.

Checking out the animals

Checking out the animals

I knew going in to this we’d cover a small portion of the Zoo. There is no way to reasonably do it in one day and on a day as hot as this I knew some of the animals probably would be hiding from the heat. We tried to visit most of the inside exhibits to give us a break from the heat and see a fair amount of animals.

Animals!

Animals!

We saw so many animals all day though that we definitely made the most of our visit. Sydney really enjoyed seeing the animals too – until I got her ice cream and then she cared only about the ice cream and zero about the animals.

Animal statue pictures!

Animal statue pictures!

These are some of my favorite pictures. For one, I am fairly certain I have some of me and these animals somewhere in my parents house… one day I’ll probably find them and maybe I’ll share them if I can remember. For two, she was SO excited to sit on that bear – she called it “nice bear” and kept petting it. When I asked her to stand with the panda she made faces which made me laugh. And by the time we got to the Eagle she was basically over my nonsense.

Overall, we had a really fun day! I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to go and that I took that opportunity!! I’m also excited to go back… but maybe in the fall when it isn’t quite as hot haha!

Three Day Weekends

Me and my girl

Me and my girl

Three day weekends are the very best. There’s just enough time to get stuff done, be busy, and also relax. There’s just enough time to really enjoy being at home with your family but not quite enough time for them to make you crazy. Three day weekends are my very favorite kind of weekend especially when I get to spend so much quality time with my girl.

Pool time.

Pool time.

This weekend we made the absolute most of all three of our days at home. We spent plenty of time playing at the pool. One morning we went and there was no one else there so we had the whole place to ourselves. It was amazing. Sydney is really enjoying all the time we’re able to spend at the pool and I’m enjoying spending so much time outside but also in the water so that it doesn’t feel so hot.

Rockin' Independence Eve

Rockin’ Independence Eve

Friday afternoon we headed to the downtown mall area near our house for their Rockin’ Independence Eve party. There was music and food and plenty of entertainment for the kiddies. Sydney had a blast just running around playing with her flags. We even indulged in some fried oreos because she was being so good (& who doesn’t love a good order of fried oreos!)

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Once it started to get dark we made our way over to watch the fireworks display. We found a nice grassy spot to sit and we ended up being right next to where they were setting off the fireworks. I love watching fireworks. I always forget how much I enjoy them until I see them on the 4th and then I remember that they are beautiful and amazing.

watching the fireworks

watching the fireworks

Sydney was a little less than thrilled by the noise the fireworks made and she (so very sadly) kept asking for them to be all done. I was able to reassure her that it was just loud noise and once she believed me she seemed to enjoy watching them light up the sky. We didn’t make it out to any other fireworks display this weekend because of the weather, which was a little disappointing, but at the same time I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have been too excited about the noise again.

You look like the 4th of July

You look like the 4th of July

Saturday we enjoyed a nice long nap together because we were preparing for staying up late for more fireworks… but we woke up to a huge storm and that pretty much put the kibosh on sitting in the grass to watch any fireworks that night. Oh well… we filled our time with a nice long walk and then we went to visit Uncle George at work and bring the lifeguards dinner.

Playing in the pool

Playing in the pool

Sydney really enjoyed another trip to the pool. I didn’t really plan for swimming this trip, but Sydney didn’t seem to mind that she was playing in her dress. Whatever makes you happy, kid. Whatever makes you happy.

My little daredevil.

My little daredevil.

Sunday we enjoyed a very relaxing day and another trip to the pool (of course!) in the afternoon. After a couple hours of pool time it looked like it might rain a bit so we headed home to rest a bit (because there are few naps around these parts lately…). After it decided it wasn’t actually going to storm we headed over to the park where Sydney showed off her daredevil side! I wasn’t quite as excited about this as she was, because she’s pretty clumsy, but she did a good job and her excitement was enough to calm my fears. I only let her do it once though because that was all my heart could take.

Weeee!!!

Weeee!!!

We ended our weekend happy, tired girls. I was pretty sad to head back to work yesterday because I really enjoyed spending so much time with her… but it was nice to be back in the office where no one was throwing fits (because two-and-a-half is a very hard age sometimes).

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!

Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum

Da Plane! Da Plane!

Da Plane! Da Plane!

Sydney and I had the opportunity to visit the Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum near us. It was a nice little museum, but it definitely doesn’t compare to the one in DC. Sydney really enjoyed seeing all the planes because she loves watching them in the sky and both our parents live in the flight path for Dulles so she has a lot of opportunities to see planes fly overhead.

Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery

When I was pregnant the Space Shuttle Discovery flew in to down and has been housed at the Udvar Hazy museum so we got a chance to see it up close and personal. It almost doesn’t look real because it kind of looks like it’s made of puzzle pieces. It’s really cool to see in person though and Sydney was pretty fascinated by it.

Enola Gay

Enola Gay

In addition to seeing the Concord and a whole bunch of other awesome planes we also got to see the Enola Gay which is not just a famous plane it is a really cool looking plane. I love how museums bring history to life. That’s my inner nerd shining through.

Sydney loves planes

Sydney loves planes

Sydney was a bit hard to capture on film during our trip because there was so much to see and so many people to watch she was too busy to stand still for a second. This was one of the best pictures I got of her all day and I’m just glad I was able to snap one or two that she wasn’t moving too much in 😉

Overall, it was a good trip. I can’t say it was truly worth the $15 to park because we were only there for a little more than an hour but it was still something fun to do. I think if Sydney had been a little older she might have actually appreciated what she was seeing, but like I said she loves planes and she loved looking at all the planes so she was happy at least. If you’re looking for a quick afternoon trip but don’t want to head all the way in to the City this would be a fun place to take the kids to. They do have some guided tours and I saw a little activity set up, but it was just ending so I didn’t pay much attention to how often or what kind of activities they had on a regular basis.