Traditions are such an important part of my life.
Growing up we had many traditions we partook in every holiday and they bring back fond memories of huge family gatherings, lots of food, laughs, and photos.
Living in Los Angeles and not close to any of our family members, I was bound and determined to start our own traditions when we had Baby D. The wheels started turning and I had grand visions of Pumpkin Patches, Easter Egg Hunts, Trimming the Christmas Tree while listening to Christmas carols, and Apple Picking.
I have ALWAYS wanted to go Apple Picking! In fact I am slightly obsessed with the thought of it! I spent days looking up the best places in LA to go picking at. I asked people on Twitter about it. I planned the day, outfit, photo ops, etc. I said I was obsessed!
Last Saturday we packed up and made the 9o minute drive to Oak Glen and Riley's at Los Rios Rancho with an 8 month old to go pick some apples and start one of our many family traditions.
The baby cowboy boots Baby D received as a gift were the perfect "footwear" for the day.
They stayed on all of 10 minutes!
I had these thoughts of sweaters and boots to wear that day. Perhaps a nice cool day of picking apples and feeling like fall was finally upon us in Southern California. HA! That was not the case. It was HOT! And sweaters were not part of the attire. Not. Even. Close.
"This is not the East Coast" I was reminded several times that day by a certain father of my child.
On the picking agenda for the day were Rome, Red Delicious, and Granny Smiths.
Baby D got in on the picking action and even tasted the fruits of his labor.
*We washed the apple before he gnawed on it*
And my vision of the perfect photo op was indeed just that.
I will forever cherish the memories this day brought for us and remember that family truly is the most important thing in life.
And I will also be in the kitchen making everything Apple related for the next few weeks!
What are some of your favorite holiday or just family related traditions? How important are traditions to you and your family? Are there any new traditions you started with your family that you never did growing up?