CaseyLand: Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches, oh my!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches, oh my!

A little over a week ago (what?! I'm finally caught up on the blog!) I took the kids to a local apple orchard with some friends. I had heard great things about this place and I was not disappointed! The trees were low enough to the ground that the kids could happily pick apples by themselves, and they had fun filling up their little baskets. I ended up getting a bag of apples, theeee most amazing apple dumpling scented candle, and a half gallon of apple cider. If you know me, you know I am passionate about my apple cider. Apple cider from the store is ok, but the good stuff is made from local apple orchards. It's worth the extra money 100%. Alex doubted me, but we had the good stuff, and then the store bought for a test, and he is totally on the same page now! I really want to go back and buy a full gallon or two haha, it was that good! (Oh, and if you're in Logan, Utah, go buy some Zollinger's cider. Ignore the $$ because it is the best you'll ever taste!)




Then, just this past Tuesday we made an appointment to check out one of the Purdue farms, and they let us pick as many apples and pumpkins as we wanted! It was cool to see all they are working on out there, and it was good to snag some more apples. (I made homemade crockpot applesauce with the others and it was so good!) All of their pumpkins were perfect carving pumpkins, and we ended up snagging some cute little gourds as well. It was fun to have some pumpkins to decorate my porch with!

 Somehow in packing to head to the farm, Amelia's jacket didn't make it in to the diaper bag, so she's wearing one of Nathan's coats I had in the car haha.


 It's very nice to have some tall dads!


I told Nathan to "look cool" haha




After picking pumpkins and apples, we headed back to to Cummock's house for dinner and carving! (Dinner wasn't always part of the plan, Whitney is just super nice and cooked for all of us!) I found this pumpkin carving video on facebook a few days before, and Whitney and I were determined to use the tips despite husband skepticism. We felt like all the tips were worthwhile, although we did forget to try taking out pumpkin guts with hand beaters!

 
 
Some days I can't wait for grad school to be over and get started on the next chapter of our lives, but most days I'm really happy right where we are. We're so lucky to have such good friends to make memories with, and I love watching our kids play together! I'm all about making the most of wherever you are in life, and it's pretty easy to do so when you're surrounded by good people.

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