I had my first real apple and pumpkin picking experience last weekend! And by real, I mean I actually picked the fruit off of trees and stems myself.
Fun Fact: Did you know the pumpkin is technically a fruit, not a vegetable? It’s true, friends. But we’ll get back to that in a minute.
Back to Half Marathon Training (sort of)
My Sunday started with coffee and a light breakfast. Scott had rehearsal at the arena, so I was on my own until about mid-afternoon.
I wanted to go to church, but I woke up a little too late to go if I still wanted to get my training run in.
Wait, what? Training run?
Yup. I’m officially running half marathon #3 in less than two weeks!
I’m not training as hardcore as I did last time, but I’m still completing at least two shorter runs during the week with a long run on the weekends.
Against my better judgement, I went for ten miles after not running for a week and partly struggled. I did a four mile loop, came back home to grab water and a Gu chomp, then set back out for six more.
I ended up walking every now and then, so I need to get back out there and work on that if I am hoping to break the 2 hour mark this time around! I’ll be sure to sporadically update you on how training is going.
Miller’s Big Red Cider Mill & Orchards
I returned home with enough time to stretch, foam roll, and refuel with lunch before needing to get ready to visit a new-to-us cider mill!
We originally set out to go to Blake’s Farms, which is a cider mill and orchard Scott and I made a trip over to for a Haunted Hay Ride last year.
We were tight on time, so we opted to check out a closer one called Miller’s Big Red Farms.
Who knew Big Red would provide all of our fall entertainment in one place?
We started off with a trip inside for warm cider and donuts, obviously.
Donuts are a “hole” food, right? The cinnamon sugar ones are good, but I have always preferred my donuts naked. I know I’m probably alone there.
With happy bellies, we set off for our apple picking adventure by boarding a hay-filled tractor.
We quickly arrived to our first stop, the apple orchards.
Each row of apples was labeled and we did our best to find the good ones!
Of course, the best picks were unreachable.
Good thing Scott came to the rescue with his (hilarious) long and sharp apple picking stick.
That thing was awesome and dangerous. Mostly dangerous because the boys ended up playing “orchard ball” with it and loose apples.
And… so is Scott’s “I’m a hot dog” stance.
(There we go. He loves it.)
Alex and Alex, on the other hand, have the “let’s be cute everywhere we go” thing down pretty good.
I was expecting to be able to pick apples, but I had no idea there would also be a pumpkin patch. I was a little too giddy when I heard about the pumpkin patch stop on our tractor ride!
Look Ma, I picked out my own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch!
Isn’t she beautiful?
The pumpkins were surprisingly heavy. Well, I guess that shouldn’t have been too surprising. Maybe I should just say the pumpkins were heavy.
The girls handled the apples and we left the pumpkin carrying to the boys.
We headed back to the tractor and made our final stop at the corn maze!
I had never been in a corn maze before, so I was happy to hop at the chance. Only… this one was pretty short.
You could see everyone around you, which kind of defeats the purpose of the “maze” part of a corn maze.
Oh well! It was still fun.
Scott thought it would be cute to take this photo, so at least that was a win.
We grabbed our fall goodies and walked towards the parking lot to drop them off. We noticed there was a petting zoo on our way there and quickly returned to check it out!
Animals will always have a soft spot on my heart. <3
The end of the row took us to a giant hay stack! I had never seen one this big in person before. Have you?
I shared this picture on my Facebook page and one of my friends asked if we raced those little kids to the top. My answer was:
“No, but Scott almost knocked me off of it when he impulsively did a handstand.” True story.
(Right before the incident we don’t speak of.)
Scott had another practice to get to at the arena, so we were on a time crunch to get back to our area. The three of us dropped him off and picked dinner up at the Whole Foods hot bar (<- yum!) to take home before pumpkin carving.
Welp… I found two things out that night.
1. I’m not very good with scaling my pumpkin carving designs.
2. I’m horrible at roasting pumpkin seeds.
(There’s a drafted post you’ll never see.)
It doesn’t look bad from afar, but up close it’s a real disaster. Especially now, a few days in. The letters have gotten weaker and are all caved in.
What does Cher reference in Clueless? A “full-on Monet”?
Ha… yes, that’s exactly what it was.
Dang. I really need to step it up in the fall crafting department.
Scott got out of practice right before 9 p.m. and while we should have called it a night, we all decided to go see a movie instead.
It was SO good!
I didn’t read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, but I heard everyone raving about it. I won’t give anything away… but I wouldn’t be surprised if a sequel happens. That ending! (Gasp!)
So yeah, that was our Sunday. Now you can probably see why I drew the normal weekend recap out to two posts. I was a little overwhelmed.
It was a busy weekend filled with fun to-dos, but I’m so glad we took the time get outside and enjoy every moment of it!
I hope you all are having a great Tuesday so far.
I’ll see you back here a little later with a new healthy snack recipe!
Questions of the Morning
• Have you ever been apple or pumpkin patch picking?
• What is your favorite kind of apple?
I am a fan of ALL the apples! Scott’s favorite is Braeburn apples, then Honey Crisps. I like both of those, but also buy Golden Delicious green ones on occasion. I love sour Granny Smith apples, but I have to be in the mood for them. Overall, I will pretty much eat any apple you give me!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
I saw Gone Girl this weekend too! I read the book, but what an ending right?! Glad you enjoyed your apple picking. I haven’t gone in a while, but it’s a lot of fun.
THE ENDING! I can’t. I need more.
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
How fun! I really want to see Gone Girl! I need to get on it before the movie is out of theaters!
Yes you do! It’s SO GOOD!
I imagine that you are never bored when you are with Scott. He seems really fun!! 😉
Ha, you’re so right. Bored is never really an option with him! 😉
1. I am glad you didn’t suffer an injury on the haystack 🙂
2. I was on my way to see Gone Girl Sunday when it sold out! I hope I can squeeze it in this week!
Great post! Glad you are enjoying midwesterner’s fall!
Ha, thanks. Me too, friend, me too! You will love the movie!
I love all your pics, especially that alpaca…so cute! Gone Girl was one of those rare movies that I thought was just as good as the book!
Thanks! Like I said above, I didn’t read the book… but now I kind of want to, even though I know what happens!
Sara @ Lake Shore Runner
My parents and I always went to Blakes (Yates too!). I love love love the apple orchard. I really like Jonathan’s and this past trip I found a new favorite – Ida Red. Perfect for baking.
Love Yates, and I need to go back to Blake’s during the day time. Yum, I bet I would love both of those 🙂
Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie
I love love love honey crisp apples this time of year, but just like you, I will eat any apple that comes my way!!
Honey Crisps are so good! But so expensive right now. Boo.
Kim @ Fittin Pretty
Aw the shadow pic is so sweet. 🙂 And it was his idea?? Wow! My husband generally forgets that cameras exist!
Now I’m even MORE excited to see Gone Girl, ahhh!
Yeah! Every now and then he actually likes taking pictures… 😉
how fun!!! i saw gone girl recently too, i just didn’t like the last 5 mins!!! how about you?!
I know right? I just don’t feel like the story is over…
Glitz Glam Gluten-Free
It looks like it was the perfect Fall weekend with apple picking and cider and pumpkins! Btw, had no idea that pumpkins weren’t vegetables, so crazy! Love your outfit for the day too, it’s so cute! And isn’t Gone Girl crazy?? I read the book so I knew what was coming but loved it all the same!
It was! I wish I was a little better at the carving part, but hey… now I know. Have a great week!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
What a fun filled FALL weekend! You guys got some cute pictures too. I’ve been wanting to go to a pumpkin patch all month, but I feel like time has slipped away from me.
Looooved Gone Girl! You gotta read the book!
Thanks! You should go! I probably will end up reading the book at some point, even though I now know what happens. SO GOOD!
I am exhausted just reading about your Sunday! Ya’ll are some busy bees, a movie at 9pm on a “school night” does not happen at our house. Gone Girl was SO good although my husband kept watching me out of the corner of his eye after we got out…
We aren’t always this on-the-go. I think we had the “last weekend before the season starts” syndrome this time around. We wanted to do all the things, and to be honest, I missed having some time at home to regroup!
Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nit
You are too cute! Teach me how to dress fall like you!!
I actually just visited my hometown in Nebraska and we went to the ginormous pumpkin patch there with my family including my 2 year old nephew..so fun! He loved petting the goats!
Ps don’t worry too much about walking while running! There are so many studies (and my personal experience) that you can still keep a good pace when you stop to walk. Recovery is also much better! 🙂
Ha, thank you! I’m a huge fan of layering. I’ve learned to add scarves and live in boots in the Fall in MI! That pumpkin patch sounds fun! Thanks for the running tip 😉