friday fun stuff

hi everyone! applecheeks is officially back from an October-long hiatus. 

as many of you know, little emma has been sick for most of the fall so far.

but, we've managed to squeeze in some fun times that i thought you might like to see.  several weeks ago, in between emma's infections, matt and i took our little apple cheeks mcgillicutty on a whirlwind tour of the area's two larger, more trafficked family farms:  Butler's Orchard and Homestead Farms. 

they both have their own special charms. we visited Butler's Orchard intentionally. we only landed upon Homestead Farms by (happy) accident while we were driving around Potomac, Maryland one lovely, sunny, October Sunday several weeks ago.

both were a big hit with emma because they offered a magical combination of games, farm animals (think sheep and goats and cows and pigs and chickens and ducks, oh my!), hay rides, and pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere. 

Butler's Orchard had ponies though, which made our day there all-the-more special because emma had never ridden a pony before. and, although she didn't seem to love it quite as much as we'd hoped, we had a blast taking our little angel on a pony ride.

in fact, i think we may have had more fun than emma doing just about everything that weekend. it was just such a joy to be outside on two of the prettiest days of the year, celebrating Fall and its bounty with the light of our lives. 

it was one of the best weekends i have ever had and has made the rest of the month, which has been challenging for emma medically, more easily endured.

here are some fun photos of our farm festivities for your friday enjoyment.

happy friday everyone! apple cheeks will be back and running full steam on monday.

until then,
apple cheeks' mama.


  1. What beautiful pictures! Emma is a natural on that pony. I really love the pic of her on the bail of hay. Looks like it was a fun time for all. Ema is lucky to have such great parents.

  2. So cute! I love the pic of Emma in the pumpkin patch.