October: rewind and fast forward

October was one of those months that seemed like the longest and shortest month. Here is what we did this month: Benjamin’s first trip to the pumpkin patch. I think we were more excited than he was.

Benjamin’s first trip to the pumpkin patch. He was much more interested in the straw than the pumpkins. Great sun shiny day!

Since I can remember my family goes to the annual Apple Squeeze in Steilacoom, WA. Steilacoom is the first established city in Washington for you history buffs out there. Basically it’s all things apples. Apple pie, apple butter, carmel apples, apple fritters. But the main reason we go is to squeeze some apples. For $6 you can buy a gallon container and squeeze apples, to get the best juice ever!!! It’s like sticking a straw in an apple and sucking out all of it’s deliciousness. My Uncle Ed owns his own press and volunteers every year. My family is not the kind that typically “know people”…except at the Apple Squeeze. It pays to know my Uncle Ed. The Squeeze has become so popular the wait is 2 hours….but that is not a realistic time frame for two parents with a baby in need of a nap. Uncle Ed quietly scooted to the front of the line. Squeezed our apples, got an “apple float” and were on our way.

Every October my husband’s family goes on a weekend trip together. This year we went to Port Townsend. With a napping baby we don’t get to participate with every outing. But we did go to Fort Worden. The picture below is where An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed. Haven’t seen it, but Kollin recognized it immediately. The weekend is a good excuse to catch up and eat together.

We took a short hike to the barracks on the fort. Benjamin fell asleep in the Ergo. I love it when he falls asleep on me, but not when I am hiking.

Finally, a family decent photo…even though Kollin looks like he is ready for a day on a California beach, I look like I am ready for 20 minutes on a Washington beach.

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