Last week, Dan and I spent four days exploring the western end of our province with Violet before he returned to work from his parental leave. Can we take a moment to acknowledge how awesome it is that either parent can take paid time off of work to spend with their newly expanded families?
We spent time in our provincial capital of Halifax, visiting with our awesome friends and sharing oodles of laughs, just what my heart needed. Heidi and Kenny were our hosts for three nights, and little Tate is V's newest favourite man. We also met Kelsie and Adam for a delicious brunch (breakfast bean burrito, what?!) on the last morning of our mini vacation.
One of my favourite experiences? Apple picking in Wolfville at Noggins Farm. We had spent another day exploring Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Chester, and we were eager to visit Wolfville for its farmers' market. Heidi mentioned that their favourite apple picking site was nearby, and after a little GPS mishap, which took us to the middle of nowhere, we arrived at Noggins. Dan and I pushed a snoozing V in her stroller through the wicked corn maze (the arial view is in the shape of an apple) and snacked on freshly popped kettle corn. We hopped on the back of a wagon and ventured into the middle of the apple orchard, where we picked a huge bag of apples. Noggins has over 15 varieties, but we concentrated on McIntosh, Gala and Cortland apples. The Honeycrisps will be ready in a few weeks time. (Darn!)
Dan and I have decided to make apple picking an annual event for our little family. Spending hours together outdoors in the fresh air, creating memories, was so special. Next year, V will be snagging apples of her own off the trees!