We had time to stop by this winery we love and stock up on our favorite wine which also happens to be Bob Hope's favorite wine. We just call it "The Bob Hope." As in "Don! I need more Bob Hope!"
We also had some nice meals out at some of our favorite restaurants and even a quick swim before the pool is closed for the season--but the best part of the trip was apple picking!
I LOVE apple picking and look forward to it every fall. We always go to a fun orchard that also has a cute little farm/petting zoo, live music, barbecues and a barn store full of delicious stuff like apple cider doughnuts.
But, of course, the best part is the apples! The extra good thing about apple picking this year is that this was apparently the best apple season in the past 53 years! Every kind of apple was available in abundance--I've never seen so many apples!
Here are some highlights (let me apologize in advance--there are a LOT!):
Here are the boys ready to start!
Pickle started eating the apples immediately!
Pickle choosing a perfect apple.
A bad apple!
Pickle enjoyed picking dandelions!
Gooser and Patrick.
Gooser peeking through the apples.
And now onto the pumpkins! I tried to take a group shot amongst the pumpkins for a Christmas card idea I have--I want to do four pics of the kids in each of the seasons. This one isn't super great, but not too bad. What do you think? Should I redo?
More of The Gooser!
Gooser and Pickle:
And here is an attempt at a group shot with some mums:
And now onto the farm/zoo! There was no shortage of goats. This little brown one really bonded with Andy--I couldn't tear Andy away!
Isn't this a beautiful goat?? I would love to have one--I wish I had a farm!
Pickle really enjoys feeding goats! She kept saying "Again! Again!" when she ran out of goat food.
Oh and this is my very favorite--a newly-hatched baby chick! How cute is it?? I have been wanting to hatch a chick at home for a fun project with the kids--I bought the little incubator and everything--I think we'll do it soon!
And finally, a Siamese twin pumpkin!!
Whew!! Sorry so many! We sure had a great time. Oh-- and guess how many pounds of apples we picked? 75!! How crazy is that? I'm going to be making a lot of apple recipes in the coming weeks--including Karla's crock pot apple butter. I have an idea to make the apple butter and use the jars of it at Thanksgiving with place cards tied to them and then let the guests take them home. Good idea?
Also, Scary Mommy is having a great giveaway--a beautiful basket of coffeestuffs. Go check it out immediately!!