Apples and Donuts and Cider (Oh My!)

     Like many of you, we like to go to the cider mill as a family every Fall.  We are lucky to have several to choose from within 20-30 minutes of where we live.  We even have one local family orchard about 10 minutes away that we frequent every Fall and drive by on a regular basis (we still might make a stop there sometme soon).  This year, however, I thought it would be nice to "change things up" and take the kids somewhere different.  Blake's is a very big orchard that my family used to go to when I was a kid and it is about an hour away.  Nothing like a good old-fashioned Sunday drive. 
      It was one of our kids few non-sporting event days and the weather was supposed to be nice!  We decided to get there early to "beat the rush" so we arrived in the morning before the big crowds.  We were happy to find out that my cousin and her family were going to be there at the same time.  So, we met up and had cider and donuts (what else?) for breakfast, walked around a bit, took some pictures, got some yummy Honeycrisp apples, watched the cider being made and then we had to part ways. 
     Our little cousin Lucas is a total cutie and it was fun to watch him show us around.  We think he is the greatest and wish we lived closer to that little guy!  Everything he does is mesmerizing and hilarious to my kids...they don't get to see the little ones in our families very often, and there aren't too many of them anymore.
     We did not stay too long as we had decided ahead of time to continue another hour north to our summer place in Lexington and do some fall cleanup and prep for.... w-i-n-t-e-r (more on that later).
      For now, we are loving this crisp Fall weather and all of the activities that go along with it!!

Armada, Michigan

Pressing the Apples for Cider

Now That's Fresh!

My Big Kids...By the Big Scarecrow

Megan (babysitter wannabe) with Lucas!


Give them donuts and carmel apples...
they will do anything!!

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