Tuesday, October 9, 2012


When did October show up?  And how have I gone so long without a post?


80 degrees and sunny a week ago, and 50 and windy today.  I have to say, as much as I love summer, it is about this time of year that I let out a huge sigh of relief when I know all the hard labor for the season is done.

Oh, wait.  Let me re-phrase---all the hard labor of harvest season is done.

There is a whole new kind of hard labor just around the corner for me!

So, never mind.  There is no sigh of relief for me this year.  Still too much to do!

Aaron and I celebrated 6 years since the night we met last weekend.

Well, we didn't so much as "celebrate" it as we did acknowledge it.

It went something like this:

Me:  Honey, happy "night we met" anniversary!

Aaron:  Oh, wow. 6 years?

Me:  Yeah, can you believe it?  That's it. Only 6 years.  Feels like an e-ter-nity!!

Here we were 6 years ago on the night we met...just a couple of fancy-free single city folk out for a night on the town--doing a little polka dancing at Oktoberfest in lederhosen and a gold shimmery tank top.  No responsibilities awaiting us the next day...no one to wake us up at 5am insisting on climbing into bed with us with a sippy cup of milk...no wine in tanks that needed tending to...no big decisions to make on renovating buildings....no, well, you get the idea.   We had no idea what was in store for us.

And here we are today--as a family of almost 4 standing out by our vineyard in the country, our life overflowing...in many different senses!

6 years.

Here's a better view of our vineyard post harvest, and my completely tilled up garden!

 And my big ol' belly!

We decked out the chicken coop and had our annual Harvest Party.  It was a chilly night, so I had to bundle up my little guy.  He LOVES dancing around in the chicken coop. And he loved the new boots he got to wear for the first time that night!  I think they felt so heavy after wearing his crocs all summer long!

The chicken coop is going under some renovations this fall to get ready for opening our tasting room next year!

Aaron gave tractor hay rides!

And THEN...we had a bonfire and burned up all the brush we collected over the summer.  We got a lot of brush contributions from our neighbors, so it was fun to have them all out to see it go up in flames!

Yikes!! This was a little scary to see from afar!  

And apparently the people from the other side of the lake thought so too...because they called the fire department! 

It's not a party unless a fire truck show up, right?!  Good thing we had our burn permit! 

I told Aaron that next year, maybe we should start the brush pile a little farther away from the vines!

Everything else is plugging along!  We've still got a list a mile long of projects to do this fall, winter and next spring.  Not to mention squeezing in having a baby in A FEW WEEKS!  Eeeeek!

This Friday, Aaron will be attending the Progressive Dinner being hosted by our friends and neighbors at Parley Lake Winery and Sovereign Estates.  While we aren't ready to participate by hosting a course at our place this year, Aaron is going to go give a toast to the group.  If you are looking for a fun night out on Friday, there are still some seats available!