Apple Picking and Other Fall Activities

I love summer and the warm weather, but I have to admit, every year I welcome fall with open arms. It’s my absolute favourite season (is it a coincidence that it’s also football season?!). This fall Odin is much more mobile and into exploring. He loves being outside, as do we, and recently he took a liking to apples.

Our neighbourhood is surrounded by apple orchards and I had never been apple picking before. The three of us headed out to Cannamore Orchards (a 5 minute drive from our house) on a mission to pick a lot of apples. I have a list of fall treats I want to back this year and a lot of those recipes call for apples. Odin has also become an apple fiend, so the timing couldn’t be better. Odin helped us pick some apples, and made friends with three chickens that were wandering around. We also made a pit stop at the orchard to take this photo, which I see being an annual thing:

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A few other fall activities (aside from watching a lot of football!) on the agenda this year are:

  • Visiting a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin for our front step
  • Selecting Odin’s Halloween costume
  • Watching Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus x 10)
  • Putting together ¬†Halloween treats for the kids in our neighbourhood
  • Drinking warm apple cider
  • Lots of fall baking and soup making

What are some of your favourite fall activities to do with your little one(s)?

Staycations are Sometimes the Best Vacations

It’s been a great week-long staycation in our house – aside from all three of us catching colds that is! After our trip to NYC and our upcoming trip to Boston, we wanted to take some time to relax and enjoy some more local activities as a family. We had friends over to watch football, visited with family, I got a lot of running in (next Sunday¬†is race day!) and enjoyed having some time at home. Our house is currently for sale, so we did some more cleaning and decluttering, and ran errands, went to appointments – you know, the usual stuff.

We took Odin to Cannamore Orchard to go apple picking, which was a ton of fun:

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And of course Odin spotted some new animals – chickens – to make friends with:

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Odin is infatuated with animals of all types. We kept seeing ads around town for a new special exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature here in Ottawa – Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. We had taken Odin to the Aquarium at the Bay in San Francisco earlier this year and he had a blast and loved looking at the jellyfish, so we knew we needed to take him to see this exhibit.

On Thursday’s from 5pm-8pm, the Museum of Nature exhibits (the regular, permanent ones) are free for the public, which meant we only had to pay $8.00 (plus tax) per adult to go, as Odin is still under the age of 2. Odin loved looking at all of the creatures glowing in the dark – especially the clownfish and the moon jellyfish. We ventured on to the bird exhibit and then to the dinosaurs, which were also a huge hit with Odin. Odin loved “driving” the bird rescue car:

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On Friday, my mom came over for a visit and Odin enjoyed showing grandma how he completes his puzzles, pulls his wagon and all of his other newfound skills. It’s so fun watching the two of them together.

The remainder of our staycation was spent relaxing and getting prepped for the week ahead. After being sick all week, the three of us just wanted to lay low and watch football. I baked apple crisp with our apples from the orchard, baked M&M blondie bars (recipe here) and made homemade soup using a recipe that my sister taught me last year – she is the soup queen!

Now it’s back to work and back to daycare for us!