Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkins, Apples, and Corn... oh my!

This week has been one of the wettest weeks I can remember. It has been pouring almost nonstop for 5 days and they are predicting another week of the deluge. Strange. Extreme weather seems to be our new normal around here.

After days of being stuck inside, you have to get out, pouring rain or not.

I have been sick for about two weeks... and these last couple days I finally feel like myself again. We have gone on field trips galore. Today it was the pumpkin patch and apple squeeze at Terry's Berries farm! We came ready for the weather with our umbrellas and the kid's rain boots, and ready for everything else armed with our very best friends.
We went to the orchard side of the farm first, to pick apples for our cider. (Can you see the bites out of the apples in the bucket? Logan thought that 'toddler chewed' apples were a good addition to the cider. Little monster! He took a bite out of every 5th one or so.)
On the way back to the barn we stopped at the pumpkin patch to grab a few pumpkins for our porch. As you can see, The Man had the camera... and the umbrella. ;) By the time we got back to the car I was soaked to the skin. Luckily, it wasn't a very cold day. About 60*. Pouring... but still puddle jumping weather.
(We do live in Washington after all. We didn't even own umbrellas until this year.)
Then, blissfully, we got to sit under a tent and wash, crush, and press the apples we picked into cider. Here is Alex putting the cap on our jug of yummy fresh cider:
After all this we went to the corn maze at another farm down the street. It was a crazy wet and crazy fun time. We all took baths and rested when we got home. I had a grass-fed beef roast in the slow cooker, and we had movies from Netflix... all in all, a wet, but wonderful Autumn day!


Tan Family said...

Extreme weather does seem to be the new norm, doesn't it? Looks like you've made the most of enjoying some of the autumn harvest with your children. Enjoy all of those luscious apples!

Annicles said...

I take it cider is just apple juice in America? I wouldn't give them cider from the West Country in the UK - it's alchoholic enough to knock out a horse!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Annicles: Cider is fresh pressed apple juice. Apple juice here is cooked. If it isn't cooked, then it is called 'cider'. We also have the alcoholic version of apple cider. It is a weird contry when it comes to naming things. ;)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Sounds like a perfect day!

We were out in the cold (high of 40) and rain all day yesterday for a friend's "Survivor 6th Birthday party" We were fishing (in the rain) in the creek, eating bugs, and sifting for shark teeth in the sandbox.

Needless to say, a bottle of wine for mom and dad and hot showers/baths for all when we got home with snuggling under quilts around the tv was the end of our adventure.

Sarah said...

What a fun day! We were hoping to make it to the apple orchard this year to make our applesauce...but sales go way down this time of year and funds won't allow it....

Weather has been weird here too...I heard the other day that it has rained more than 50% of the days here this year....which is NOT normal for here. I wonder what winter will bring....

Katie said...

That looks like a total blast! FUN!

Susan said...

You lucky ducks!! What fun!! It looks like you all had a wonderful time and the pics are great. I'm glad you are feeling better. Do you eat yogurt? We have added yogurt and blueberries to our daily diets to try and ward off some of the ickies going around!!

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