Ryan, Chase, Sadie and I kicked off the weekend with a 4-mile walk before heading home to change and drive to Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. (FYI, we heard from Sadie’s vet on Friday and got great news! Two of her lumps were benign tumors and the mast cell tumor was low-grade and the vet thinks she moved it completely. HOORAY!)
(Chase’s face in that picture kills me! Ah!)
Apple-picking season began September 4 at Carrigan Farms and we learned last year that waiting until October means waiting a bit too long to pick apples. September is where it’s at for apples in this part of North Carolina and we arrived to find the orchard overflowing with Golden Delicious apples.
We had no trouble filling our large bag with perfectly ripe apples of all sizes and I have a feeling we’ll be eating apple pie, apple sauce and apple crisp in our house an awful lot in the coming days! (If you have any must-try apple-based recipes out there, please let me know. We’re clearly in the market and I’d like to try something new!)
Chase ended up sleeping for our entire adventure which suited us just fine. I fed him before we loaded him into his car seat and while I packed by baby carrier to wear him around the orchard just in case he was antsy, he ended up snoozing in the stroller the entire time.
In addition to the orchards, Carrigan Farms also has a petting zoo, so we made sure to pay a visit to the goats, sheep and adorable piglets before grabbing some apple cider to enjoy on the walk back to our car.
(I told Ryan I highly identified with that mama goat.)
Since Chase was being so cool, we decided to pop into a local Italian market on our way home to pick up lasagna and stuffed sausage meatballs for lunch.
If you live in the Lake Norman area, please make a trip to Ferrucci’s ASAP for some of the most fantastic Italian food around! We’ve had their eggplant parmesan and burrata cheese before and both were fantastic! The shop is tiny and located in an unassuming strip mall, but it’s absolutely worth a visit.
The rest of our Saturday was spent on the boat watching a local wakeboarding tournament before we crashed hard at home after dinner. When I say we crashed hard, I mean it! Chase and I fell asleep at 7 p.m. and Ryan joined us in our bedroom at 9 p.m. We slept until 6 a.m. and even though there were definitely some awake periods thrown into the mix in the middle of the night, I woke up feeling the most rested I have in a while. It was a fantastic start to our Sunday!
Ryan went to the gym right after we woke up so he could be home to stay with Chase while I took my turn and went to Pure Barre at 8 a.m. Once I made it home, Chase was ready for a feeding and nursed before we leashed Sadie up for a family walk around the neighborhood. We spent the rest of our Sunday around the house and Chase and I decorated for fall together (well, he hung out in the baby carrier…) and things already feel more festive around here!
I hope you guys had a great weekend!