An Apple A Day

October 19, 2008


An apple a day keeps the doctor away......

and since school has started, we have seen more of the doctor than we care to, so we are taking that age old advice. We headed to the nearest apple orchard to stock up for the season!


Nick was our master picker....the apple of the day was "Mutsu", they are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Japanese Indu apple.....great for baking and eating!


Of course Sarah wanted to be the one to carry the 20lb box of weighed almost as much as she does!

My creation

Along with apples, you could pick red raspberries. They were few and far between, so it took us a long time to fill one pint....but once again Nick saved the day. He had quite an eye for the ripe berries!


On the way out they had pony rides! As soon as Sarah saw them, she went running over. I thought she might be scared but she walked right up. We put her on and a big smile came across her face in an instant!


I was a little worried that she wouldn't know how to hold on or keep her balance, but she did great.


They walked her around the ring 3 times.....she loved it and did not want to get off!

While we were standing there, Nick said..."Mom, we could put one of these rings in the backyard, we have enough room to keep a horse back there. Sarah's birthday is coming up and she would love a horse"

I had to we could just run out and buy a horse for her birthday in four weeks! I told him maybe when she gets a little older we could sign her up for lessons, but that's as far as it goes. I think Nick was the one that wanted a horse, but Sarah's bday comes before his, so he thought it was worth a try!

After our day at the orchard, we came home and started some serious apple peeling and slicing. Apple Crisp is on the menu for tonight! In fact, we are off to eat some right now....come back tomorrow, I will post the recipe and smells like heaven!

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!


Kate said...


These are wondrful pictures!! Looks like Nick and Sarah enjoyed their visit...and you know just what to do with those apples!! I baked an apple pie this afternoon with the apples we picked last weekend....and gosh it really does make the house smell nice!!!

Sarah DID look happy astride that horse....I'm just saying...a horse ring doesn't HAVE to be huge...again...I'm just SAYING....

Hope you have a great week!!


Briana's Mom said...

Aww, come on Mom! I don't think asking for a horse is too much, do you? ;)

What a beautiful day for pickin' apples! And yep, Sarah is as fearless as Briana!

Kam said...

Lisa, I am lovin' those apple pix! And I can't wait to see the product of all of your work (along with the recipe!)...I can smell it already!

Leslie said...

What Fab pics Lisa. It looks like a beautiful day at the Orchard.

I think I can smell your apple crisp from here. Yummy, I can't wait for you to post the recipe.

Jodee said...

Oh my goodness! Those pony pictures are the cutest! Are you sure Sarah can't have a pony b-day party?!

It looks like you had a great day! I am glad Nick could join you this time.

Michelle R Photography said...

You do need to stock up on those apples!! Either that, or you'll need to start a co-pay savings account. :-)

These are GORGEOUS pictures!! I just love the photos of Sarah on the pony. She looks like a pro. And Nick - asking for a pony for his sister's birthday. That is just precious!

Have a great week!!

missy said...

Ok, so what do you think about prearranged marriages??? I think Nick and Paige would make a beautiful couple one day : ) Wouldn't we have fun being inlaws...imagine the wedding and the shopping... OH WAIT...why am I commenting? Oh yeah : )

You captured such GREAT images of your babies. I love the pics of Nick in the apple tree and of Sarah riding the pony. What a fun Fall day!!!

I can't wait to see your recipe for the apple crisps. Sounds delicious!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Such fun and beautiful pictures! What sweet little ones (ok maybe not soo little anymore :)) but so cute! Oh I think it was cute of Nick to want to get a pony for Sarah, hehe!

Belinda said...


what a fun day with your kids! cant wait to see your receipe for the apple crisp YUMO...

Kim said...

Love the pictures..
Looks like a Wonderful Day..
I want some FRESH Apple Crisp...
Have a Great Week..
Hugs girly..

Shari said...

My dad always had a thing at auctions about running up the price on things (especially if it was for a charity). Well he was at a church auction and bought a HORSE...oops. Someone forgot to tell my dad we lived in the city and he brought the horse home and kept it in the backyard until a new home could be found. (Unfortunately this was before I was born). My siblings all have great memories of riding the horse in the backyard...don't you think Sarah and Nick deserve that???
She does look like a natural, and Nick can pick apples for it:)

Jennifer said...

What a perfect fall day! As usual your pictures are great! The apple crisp sounds wonderful!
We did the same thing this weekend...

P.S. How is the potty training with Sarah going...

day by day said...

Oh, I am glad to see that you made it to SA! It is nice there, isn't it? What beautiful pictures you got!!! Sarah looks like she just loved the horse ride...Ella did, too!

Anonymous said...


I love the photos of Nick again today! He is a handsome guy! And Miss Sarah looks happy as can be on that pony!

ZONE F DG TEAM said...

I love apple crisp and only wish I lived closer so I could snatch a piece....mmmmmm.

Shell in your Pocket said...

When can I come over???Save me a piece of apple crisp

Cute pictures...your son is so handsome! I love her on the pony!!!
Happy Monday!
-Sandy toes

Jboo said...

Great photos Lisa!! I've got to agree with Nick -- get that girl a horse! She looks like a natural on the pony!

Have a great week!! And happy birthday to you!


Kate said...


Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a good one!!

Denise said...

We are going apple picking this weekend and I can't wait to take pictures. As always, yours are wonderful!

I still haven't figured out the Flickr stuff yet, but I need some quiet time to do it, and that is hard to find around here!

And BTW, Happy Birthday...hope your day is filled with much happiness and a few surprises!

missy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LISA!!! 29 is such a special age : )

I hope your day is super fabulous!


Sherri said...

Hey, it's your birthday?!? Well....happy birthday! (I read the above gave it away!) Have a great day!!!!

The pics are beautiful! Those apples are huge. I laughed when I saw the pic of Sarah trying to pick up the box! Too cute....

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures and happy birthday :-)

redmaryjanes said...

Oh my word! Those photos are incredible!

Amy said...

Sounds delicious!:)

I look forward to having that recipe.

Your pictures are beautiful, as always.

And come on, MOM! Get the baby a pony for the backyard.;)
You have to admire his positive and hopeful spirit in asking that for his little sister.;)

Out of the mouths of babes.

God Bless,

jennifer said...

I wish we lived somewhere near apple orchards! My boys love apples and would love to pick them off the trees. Looks like fun.

Lori said...

Happy Birthday Lisa! It has been a long time since I've been here! :) (I was "following the leaders" over here! lol) I hope your birthday was fabulous!
Love your orchard pictures, especially the one of Sarah trying to pick the box up!
You look so much like Kim @ 3 Peanuts...have you been told that before?! :)

Lisa said...

Oh how fun!!!!! It looks like you guy's had a fabulous day! You mean you just can't go and buy a pony? ha!!


paige said...

love the horsey pictures!what a doll
we haven't been to an apple orchard in several years. always fun!

jenbusymom said...

Happy Bday Lisa (thanks Jodee)! Hope you enjoy your day! We missed out on apple picking this year with all the happenings in our life lately but I do want to take the girls to the pumpkin patch soon. Sarah looks like a natural, are you sure you don't want a horse!

Marla said...

Beautiful pics!! Looks like it was a perfect day!

M,R,J1,J2 said...

The apples look yummy! I can smell the apple crisp - LOL!
We don't have apple orchard's like that and/or pumpkin patches for that matter :-( I saw a sign for a pumpkin patch in New Smyrna Beach this past WE and got all exited! Well, they had a few pumpkins laying around and that was about it. Nothing to write home about. is the 20th - Happy Birthday Lisa!

Kim said...

Happy Birthday..
Love ya girly.
Have a Great Day..

kerri said...

Oh come on Mom, just one little pony!!! LOL.
My girls think we should just go out and buy one too, presently they are both working on their Grandpa, LOL.
I just adore the first photo..

3 Peanuts said...

She looks like a natural on that horse. I love the photos and I am so envious of everyone apple picking and baking. It is hot here and I don't even think apples grow in Texas!

Anyway, sounds like a good weekend. How is the potty training going?


3 Peanuts said...

P.S. Happy Birthday!!!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Those photos just get more and more gorgeous! Looks like so much fun! And I heard through the grapevine that you have a birthday today? Happy Birthday Lisa!

Sharon said...

Oh i wish you could just go get that pony!! Me too! She looks like such a natural, that is rare!!

Cindi said...

Hi Lisa!

Such great photos! And what a fun day!

You do a great job recording increbible moments with your kids...

Sarah does look like she's been on a pony many times!

Tisha said...

Just beautiful!!!!! Looks like a great weekend; from the Big Apple to picking apples! Which one was better? Hope you're having a great Monday!

Kayce said...


Hope your year is full of love, laughter and lifes surprises!

Aspiemom said...

Those pictures of Sarah on the horse are just beautiful! They look like magazine pictures!

Apple picking is so fun. Except for bee's.

I made apple dumplings tonight, myself. And a pie the other day. And applesauce.

Unknown said...

What a beautiful blog and what beautiful children. I am praying for you and your family right this second. What a blessing!

Bridget said...

Looks like a perfect day at the apple orchard! I love the fact that Nick wants a horse and a horse ring for his little sister what a great big brother! Lucy looooves horses she would have been right there with Sarah! Hope you have a great week!

Jennifer said...

What a great day! Love the pictures. Apple crisp sounds delicious. I still need to make my apple pie with these apples I picked last week.

Nick is funny asking to a horse for Sarah! What a brother!



Steffie B. said...

Great pictures....the first one is my favorite....Sarah looks just too darling on that pony! ;)

Robin said...

Apple Crisp sounds yummy. Loved the pictures, looked like a perfect fall day.


Ashley Winters said...

Your photos are simply incredible. You really captured a glorious fall day.

Our Complete Family said...

What beautiful kiddos in such beautiful pics! Yes, it sure does look like a grand time! I hope the old addage works and no more dr visits for a LONG time! You guys have had your fair share for a few families all put together! How on earth did you make Sarah's dress pop color in those photos? Girl, you are truly the blog photo guru! I love coming by to see how you've managed to capture such amazing precious times with the kiddos! High fives to Nick and hugs to Sarah. Love ya, Les
p.s. Ankle is still HUGMONGO! I go in tomorrow. Fingers crossed they say it's on the mend. Thanks for checking on me hun! xo

Shawnstribe said...

what great memories.
Love the photos, and cant wait for the recepies :)

fleur de lis cottage said...

Sarah looks like such a big girl on that horse. It's so cute that Nick wanted to buy her one for her birthday. I bet that apple crisp is going to be delish.

Deb said...

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!
Love the pics of Nick in the tree.
Handsome boy!
Sarah looks like a natural on her pony.

Denise C said...

OH what precious pictures....I love that big brother wanted to get a horse for little Sarah! Chelsi would love to have a horse too.....but I told her the same thing.....maybe riding lessons...but that is it. :)
I hope you had a most amazing birthday my sweet friend!!! I have been away from the computer for a few days.....and I really am sad that I missed your birthday! You are such a precious friend.....and I am so glad we have "met"....I hope your day was all that you dreamed it would be and so much more!!!
Hugs and b-day wishes!!!