Thursday, October 13, 2011

Apple Orchard Picking

It's harvest time in Minnesota ~ apples are ready to be eaten and pumpkins ready for carving.  One of our favorite seasonal traditions is heading out to the apple orchard this time of the year for some fresh, handpicked apples.  Most have a variety of apples to choose from. 


This particular orchard marked the different varieties with different color ribbons on the trees, so we knew which color to look for and pick.  My favorite was the golden, green apples and we all ate our fair share before filling our bag and hopping back on the tractor and trailer to move on to the next red apple trees.

Riley was particularly fond of the tractors occasionally driving by and loved running through the rows of apple trees.  Makayla was very concerned that the pony's that we passed on our way to the apple trees were going to be gone by the time we finished and arrived back at the barn.  To her delight, they were still giving rides after we had picked our apples and ate some Dutch Apple Pie for sale in the barn.

Eat 'em and chuck 'em:


 cousins:

Apple hoarder:

 Cale carrying the apple bag:
Enjoying her pony ride:
 Tractor and trailer ride out to the picking trees:


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Colors

This is truly my favorite season in Minnesota for so many reasons.  It is still warm enough to enjoy playing outside in the sprinkler, but cool enough at night to have a campfire.  The fall colors of the Midwest are exceptional ~ I wish I could capture the palette in a picture, but it doesn't come close to the true beauty of the peak of this season change.

Riley and Makayla chasing pigeons on the St. Criox River in Stillwater with a paddle boat in the background:
 Stillwater lift bridge dividing Minnesota and Wisconsin:

Como Zoo afternoon:
 Como zoo with grandma and grandpa:

Riley enjoying an afternoon walk, crunching the colorful leaves that have already fallen:

St. Croix River:


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Father Hennepin Park Minneapolis

The pictures really do say it all.  The fall colors are amazing right now and Minneapolis is a beautiful city.


My dad tells me that he used to "hang out" at this park back in the day...I wonder...maybe someday I can tell my kids that too.  After all, grandpa did take us for a short hike there today.  Hopefully, the Stone Arch Bridge and the river will stick around long enough, not so sure what the future holds for the historic Pillsbury building.


Production in the Pillsbury mill ceased in 2003 and the mill lay empty since.  In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation included the mill on its list of the 11 Most Endangered Places.  Built in 1881, it held the title of largest flour mill in the world for 40 years.

Intriguing place that old building.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Some R&R at the Cabin


Quiet, peaceful, fresh, relaxing are all words that come to mind when thinking about this destination.  I have been fortunate enough to have been invited back to my in-laws weekend get-away for 12-years and it has been tranquility, until the babies started arriving. 


This R&R was filled with "shows" given by Little Miss M herself and her little brother trying to keep up behind her.  What once was relaxing by the campfire with a cold beverage in hand, is now, "EVERYONE sit over here on the stage (deck) and watch!"  As she continues to dance around singing to her own beat, making up her own words.  Then, we would have to join in to any given song, until it was solo time again.

So much for the R&R.


It was still nice to listen to the animals wrestling in the forest and the trees blowing in the fall breeze.  A couple short walks down the trail and a pontoon boat ride that I should've had my dramamine for ~ all made for a fabulous couple days in Wisconsin.

Makayla and grandma baked a pie for daddy.  It was a peach pie, but daddy really likes mango, so Little Miss M insisted that it was actually mango pie for daddy.


Of course she didn't eat any, but had a great time serving the pie for breakfast the following morning.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chicago!

A quick adult trip to Chicago from Minneapolis, for one last wedding of our 2-week whirlwind holiday, was fabulous! We were able to meet up with Kev's cousin Megan, then some old college friends before the wedding.  It was great to catch up with everyone.

Sears Tower with cuz Megan:

The W City Center ~ What hotel doesn't have a disco ball when you walk in? 


Congrats to a great couple, Tom and Nicole on your marriage! Thanks for including us in the celebration and giving us a good reason to get to Chicago for a quick weekend away!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Night with TT

We were excited and nervous about our short reunion with our Boxer TT.  Makayla knew we were going to see him in September and couldn't stop smiling when we buckled into the car for the short drive to see our great friends that have been taking care of him. 


Makayla ran, arms extended, to give him a big hug and of course, Riley followed close behind.  Our puppy dog that we haven't seen since February, remembered us!  Jumping, licking and trotting in circles bumping Riley down and Makayla wouldn't let go of him.  Things will never change.



We are so grateful to our friends for taking such great care of him, along with their 1 1/2 year old twin boys and two dogs themselves.  It was great to see some old friends! Also, a special thanks for making the drive over to see us Joe and Madeline!

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