Love Overflowing

It is fall… It is fall….

on October 10, 2011

The leaves are falling every where. Pumpkin lattes. Pumpkin mousse. Oktoberfest. Apple picking. That’s when you know that it is fall. The leaves haven’t started falling yet but the morning chill is here to stay. I have to say, fall is probably my favorite season. I love all things pumpkin and Halloween. We usually celebrate fall by attending our local Oktoberfest and go apple picking. Knowing that we had a busy calendar in October, we decided to lump the two into the same weekend.

Saturday morning we loaded the wagon in the car and headed down to Main Street to enjoy the Oktoberfest parade. It’s not a major parade but it’s fun nonetheless. The small crowd definitely gives it a small town kind of feel. And more candy Emily would tell you. Even though Zachary went to the 4th of July parade this year, he still wasn’t sure what to think when the bands came by. He finally warmed up and was waving at every one as they walked past. Emily, on the other hand, is an old pro at parades. She can turn on the charm and get tons of candy thrown to her.

After the parade, we headed across the street to the park to check out the rest of the festival. We stopped at the kids area for some fun. Both kids had fun in the bounce houses that they had set up. Zachary thought it was more of a comfy area to take your socks off but he’ll get the hang of it. Then Emily painted a pumpkin to take home. After burning energy in the kids area, we headed to the food tent. It was only 11:30 in the morning so we decided that it was a little to early to partake beer but we did have a yummy German lunch. Weisswurst, Schnitzel,  German potato salad, potato pancakes and applesauce. Yummy in the tummy!

Oktoberfest was a success!

After church the next day, we decided to forgo Zachary’s nap and head to Grafton for apple picking. This was our third time picking apples at Eckerts. It had kind of become a tradition in our family now.  We got to take a hayride to the orchard and then pick apples. Emily and Stephen went one way and I took Zachary down another section. Zachary wasn’t as interested in picking apples as much as picking up rotten apples and seeing how far he could chuck them. The boy has an arm on him! After we got our 17 pounds of apples, we headed over to the kiddie area. Emily and Zachary got to ride a couple of rides and Emily rode the pony. Everyone had a good time.

Our apple supply has dwindled dramatically! We have had apple pie, “baked” apples and apple sauce. Up next is apple coffee cake! Enjoying the fruits of our labor.

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