apple picking!

Last weekend the kids and I set out to go apple picking. Since Brad works on Saturdays, I'm always looking for fun ways to fill the day. Apple picking is definitely the thing to do on an October weekend, and we had so much fun!

We went to La Magie de la Pomme in St-Eustache, which was right down the road from the Lavender Fields we went to in August. I checked out a few, including Quinn Farms, which seems to be the most popular among local parents, but La Magie de la Pomme was the best deal, and I already knew I loved the area. La Magie de la Pomme is a little under an hour's drive from Montreal, but totally worth it. Last year we bought all of our apples at Marche Jean-Talon, but it's all about the experience of going and picking the apples ourselves! Climbing the orchard trees, eating fallen apples (I think my kids seriously ate about 7 each! Lily said, "apple picking is more like apple eating!"), and taking the tractor hayride to get to the best picking spots, all made this day trip totally perfect.

I'm so thankful to be in this stage of parenting now where I can go somewhere without a stroller or a huge diaper bag, not worrying too much about when we'll eat or who will nap ('cause nobody does!). We left right before lunch time and arrived around 1pm. I had packed a few snacks, but they really filled up on apples! And at the end of picking, we each had an enormous apple fritter. Oh my GOODNESS. I kind of felt sick after, and Chloe didn't have more than a bite of hers, but they were incredible.

I always forget how much easier my kids are when we're out of the house. We live in a small space and it's easy to feel cooped up and stir crazy. When they get extra rowdy and disobedient, I just make the boundaries smaller and smaller and we all are on each others nerves by noon. Then it usually dawns on me that HEY, we need to get OUT! And once we do, we're all much happier. It's intimidating to leave the kids with your kids, especially if you're solo, and especially if it's to a new destination, but in my experience it's always worth it.

Now, what am I going to do with a 20lb bag of McIntosh apples? Ha!

You'll notice all three of our kids are wearing Luv Mother sweatpants in night blue. 
We got these for Iceland and they're hands down the best adventure pants. 
Dark enough to not stain and the merino wool is so cozy, even on damp chilly days. 
Lily is also wearing the Aha Hoody and Oli is wearing the Everywhere Merino Sweater
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