It’s officially Fall and we’ve already got one of our family’s favorite traditions checked off the list, apple picking! On Tuesday, we made our way to Quinn Farm and loaded up on some delicious apples and had some good ol’ family fun. Since Jude is currently only attending school for 1 hour a day (a post on that to come), we decided to take advantage of avoiding the weekend rush and boy was it worth it. From playing in the playground to running between the rows of apple trees, Jude LOVES apple picking. This little dude loves nature and being able to explore the wide open grounds, definitely not like his Mama 😛 While I’m swatting mosquitoes and other bugs, he’s running wild having a blast.
Quinn Farm is about 20 minutes west of Montreal, located in Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot. Depending on the season, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, corn, pumpkins, squash and Christmas trees. They have a picnic area and a snack barn with a variety of yummy food to choose from. Currently, it’s their Fall festival every weekend till the 10th of october. Live music, pony rides, visiting the farm animals and much more family fun to be had!
Before we started apple picking, Jude spotted a tube slide that he wanted to go on, but then stopped dead in his tracks and refused. He threw himself on the ground, pressed his chin hard on my arm and refused to move. He was scared and given that this is new for us, we’ve had to learn pretty quickly how to turn that fear around and help him overcome it. We went down the slide showing him that it was safe, encouraged him to try it and that we could slide down with him, without pushing him too much. Unfortunately, this time around he really didn’t want to give it a go, but we won’t give up.
I can barely recall Jude ever fearing something, except for dogs. Given the few hospital trips and many stitches, he’s always been a wild stuntman who pushes the boundaries of safety ? #MomLife As of late, things that he used to love, he’s started to fear. From running around the house when it was pitch dark and laughing hysterically to now calling out for me because he doesn’t want to be alone in the dark.
I always want Jude to know that whenever he is afraid or has feelings of anxiety and discomfort, that I will make sure that I will recognize and acknowledge that said fear, and help him to feel safe and understood. Whether it’s a fear of a tube slide or a barking dog, this mama’s mission is to make his life easier.
After the brief little hiccup, off to pick the apples we went! We headed over to collect one of the free nursery farm wagons with a few boxes to collect our very own apples!
It’s funny how motherhood will force you to go completely out of your comfort zone and do things that you normally wouldn’t for the sake of your child. Nature and I, we aren’t exactly the best of friends. My entire body just feels itchy and uncomfortable at the sight of bugs or having grass touch my skin. Yeah, I’m a real peach. But when we do these types of outings, seeing the smile on Jude’s face makes it all worth it.
If you are loaded with a bunch of apples like we are and you’re looking for some new recipes to incorporate them into, keep your eyes peeled for some new apple recipes heading your way next week! You definitely don’t want to miss it! Comment down below your favorite fall tradition! I always want to add some new ones to our lineup 😉