Fall is here. So is Apple Picking.

I didn’t really want to say Goodbye to summer but with the weather we are having the last 4-5 days, it still feels like hot summer days! I’ll eventually embrace fall with cozy sweaters, socks and maybe even a cup of tea. Who am I kidding, it will be hot chocolate – not a tea drinker.

One thing we do every fall is go apple picking. We’ve been going to Gates Farm in Port William (NS) for the last three years. This past weekend, we decided to go last minute. They do a wagon ride around their orchard and tell you the best spots to pick the apples or pears. We even got some small pumpkins – it just fees too early for pumpkins 😉

Hiking through the fields


You can’t go apple/pear picking without tasting 1 of each. OR 2,3,4…..!


Pretty sure this bag is too heavy Mom!


After filling these two bags, she was calling it a day!


One last stop to check out the sunflowers. 


In the end, we had two – 10lbs bags of mixed apples and pears! Guess I should get baking! I’m hoping we can get in a corn maze and some pumpkin people next month! It’s hard to believe that October is next week!

What’s the one thing you are looking forward to the most this fall?

Do you go apple, pear, or pumpkin picking?

Is it feeling like fall or still summer for you?

Terry Fox Run & Apple Picking

This weekend has been such a busy one. It started off with a Terry Fox Run at my daughters school, traveling to the city for Maritime Race Weekend and running two races (recaps to come). After we ran the Terry Fox run this morning and went apple picking. Phew!

I received a message Friday evening from a friend of mine … “Terry Fox Run Sunday 10am, are you guys going?” I knew the event was happening but didn’t think about since we were at Maritime Race Weekend but replied with yes, will do it. You don’t pass up an opportunity to go somewhere with friends. So, Sunday morning after sleeping for 10-11 hours (no joke, we went to bed at 7:30 last night), I got the girls ready to run 2k as my husband was working.

If you don’t know who Terry Fox was… well… he was a true Canadian hero and icon. He was diagnosed with cancer and had to have one leg amputated. He decided to run across Canada with his prosthetic leg to raise $1 per Canadian in 1980. Unfortunately, his cancer spread and he passed away but his legacy has carried on. We gave our donation today as well as during Lilly’s school run on Friday to help raise money.


It was a warm morning with the sun peaking in and out behind the clouds, there were young and old people, runners, walkers and strollers. The route was hilly at first but fun. We mainly kept to the sidewalks, crossed a few crosswalks and we were back quickly to enjoy some banana’s and local apples. I loved running with my girls and friends and wish there were more parent/kid events like that. The 2k distance was just enough for them.

As we returned back, one of my girls asked if we get to meet Terry Fox? I’ve explained to our oldest but she forgot so I talked about who he was and what he did. Death is a little hard for them to comprehend and they’ve only experienced our dog passing away this past June. It’s a hard concept to explain to a 3.5 and 6 year old but they understand the basics. I love that we can be involved in a great event as a family and hope that this local event will continue to grow in numbers but also in fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Apple Picking

This was our original plan for Sunday. We ended up going right after the run to a local farm called Gates Farm. We picked Macintosh and Cortland apples and some pears too. I’m pretty sure the girls ate at least three apples each and 1-2 pears! You can’t go apple picking without tasting the apples you are picking?


I’m slowly getting to writing my race recaps for Maritime Races but both my husband and I had really awesome runs and are very happy runners waiting for our next event 😉

How was your weekend?

Did you participate in a Terry Fox Run? Ever hear of him before?

Have you gone apple, pear or pumpkin picking yet?

Happenings around here lately…

I’m sure happy to see Friday roll around again. Being on maternity leave you tend to forget what day it is because everyday is pretty similar to the last one. It’s been a long two weeks in this house – we’ve all been sick; battling head colds and the croup, Maclean has recovered from her surgery and Sai has been away. TWO busy busy weeks for me.

With the help of my Dad, last weekend I played 5 soccer games! Yup, five games. We were in a tournament and it was great to be back playing again. We also spent a little bit of time at the playground in between games.  I was surprised that my fitness was really good and I wasn’t hurting on the field but then I ached in the evenings. I was hoping to run most of this week but with a sick baby all my focus was on her.

Soccer playground fun

Sometimes it’s hard being parents…okay it’s hard a lot of the time but you get through it, move on and do it again the next day. I’m exhausted at the end of most days and just manage to get the dishes done, some laundry folded and then I crash.

Sometimes I raise my voice at Lilly. And yes, yes, I feel super guilty but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t raise my voice at her. Three year olds are hard work….they can talk back, they don’t listen except when it involves their favourite food and they can have the BIGGEST tantrum over the smallest thing: example – Hilary looked at me, said Lilly one day crying hysterically. Oh yeah!

Anyway, I’ve had a few days of feeling like a bad parent and then I came across this video and had to share. It me feel better, slow down and just enjoy the time I have left on my maternity leave.

Back to Friday….it means that we are only one day away from Lilly running her first EVER race! 400 meters with a few of her friends. I’m just slightly excited. Then on Sunday I run 5k in the morning; both races are at the Valley Harvest Marathon. After I run, we’ll be heading to Halifax for Thanksgiving dinner…yum yum!

Yesterday I went apple picking with Lilly’s day care … these are the days I love being a parent!

Apple picking Oct 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my fellow Canadians this weekend. Eat lots, drink a little (or a lot), get outside with your family and enjoy *fingers crossed* the lovely weather they are predicting!

What are your plans this weekend?

Anyone running this weekend?

What are your Thanksgiving plans ?

(You can answer this too if your from the US….what will you do in November for Thanksgiving?)

AND – don’t forget about My Race Ragz Giveaway!

Fall Bucket List: Apple Picking

Thanksgiving weekend in Canada (for me) has always been about spending time with family. With my husband’s family in England, it’s a little hard to have a “whole” family dinner/time together. We are lucky to skype with Sai’s Mom almost every Sunday afternoon – it’s become a tradition for us.

This year, besides spending time with my family in Halifax, we took on a few family fun adventures from our Fall Bucket List.

Things we have done so far:

  1. Baked Vegan Pies (Apple and Pumpkin Pies)
  2. Apple Picking
  3. Went to a Pumpkin Patch – Hunting for a BIG ONE.
  4. Drink Fancy/Warm Coffee Drinks


We live in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia – this means apple orchard after apple orchard. It’s awesome!

Last year’s adventures: Lilly and I went to Dempsey’s Corner Farm with our friends. She was about 15-16 months old – what a difference a year makes!

This year’s adventures: Sai, Lilly and I (and of course baby #2) went to Gates Family Farm to pick apples and pears!

Looks like I’ll be baking with apples and pears soon!

Got a great apple muffin recipe in my back pocket.

Have you gone Apple Picking this fall?

What’s on your Fall Bucket List?