Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pumpkin Picking

It's fall and I LOVE this time of year...except for that it's the beginning of the school year and I'm crazy busy at work.  Not too busy to take a little time out this weekend and visit one of my favorite places...the Cider Mill (and I'm not particular, any cider mill will do).
Today was Papa Ray's birthday and we celebrate with a birthday breakfast and a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin for the fall season.  Allie was overly excited about the cider mill.  "Apple Cideee!!!" was what we heard all the way there. 
I was looking forward to apple picking this year, but I'll guess we'll have to wait another year to make those memories.  Early frost = NO APPLES to pick!  Good thing the pumpkins survived.  Allie climbed up on the tractor next to Papa for a short ride out to the patch.  When we arrived, Allie enjoyed running through the patch and touching all the pumpkins in her path.

Just a few photo ops...that's our little PUMPKIN!

What a funny looking pumpkin!

Papa and Daddy picked out a good one.  It's the perfect size for carving this Halloween...and it wasn't too heavy.

Happy Birthday, Papa!

The cider mills now-a-days are like a mini carnival...haunted houses, bounce houses, 3D movies...Allie had fun jumping on the hay bails in the hay maze and riding the tricycles.

But her favorite thing about the cider mill today was her long awaited, well deserved apple cider in her very own pumpkin sipper.  Thanks, Papa!  She loves it and will be drinking apple cider out of it until well after long as we can afford to buy her cider at $12.50 a gallon!!!

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