first off, was early morning apple picking. a bushel full to be exact. (our home will be filled with lots of apple recipes in the coming weeks, so if you have any great ones to share, please do.)
our little helper loved being able to reach the apples off the trees from her spot on the ground, and also getting a boost from her daddy to reach the high ones way up at the tippy top.
a few times, she'd find a good one, take a bite or 2 and throw it on the ground. just a taste of each kind.
and how could i not get some posed shots?? perfect setting, perfect weather, happy girl. that all equals a clicking mama.
and isn't she just delicious?!
we completed our apple picking with traditional cider and donuts. the good pumpkin-batter, cinnamon-sugar coated cider mill donuts. and they were fabulous. we lugged our bags of apples home, and curled up for a nap.
later that afternoon, we participated in our third annual buddy walk to raise awareness for children with down syndrome. i have the absolute privilege of working with several children with this extra magical chromosome every summer for summer speech groups, and they are delightful. their spirited, happy outlook on life gives me only positivity. it's so fun to catch up with these children and their families at the buddy walk after working with them all summer. harper was a mere 9 weeks old at our first walk, so it's fun to also see her enjoy the live music, good food, cotton candy machine, and of course, the one-mile walk surrounded by so many wonderful people. it's a great event for a great cause. and this year, their 6th annual, brought a record-breaking 850+ walkers for this support team. what a tremendous day it was.