Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Beautiful Pumpkin Carving Fall Event!

The Maxwell's Classic Farm House
This place is so beautiful!
And that table was the pumpkin carving center
The Maxwell's grew some pumpkins and invited
all the neighbors and kids over to carve
press cider
and be ever so merry...
Apple Cider!
We brought a box of apples from last week's pickin'

Gathered Around the Cider Press
At Our Friends, the Maxwell's
The rock area is the stone 'danger zone' around the fire pit.
Dangerous, because it's not easy stepping!

Jake and Sami's Pumpkins
There were more... About 4 babies, and another orange one.
I hate to tell you the horrid outcome.
Sami and Jake got off the school bus on Monday
and found a massacre
Our chickens apparently love pumpkins.
The pumpkins were rescued from a near death experience off our front porch
and are now indoors.

Lou, Snoozing By The Pumpkins!
The Maxwell's Front Porch

When Men Carve Pumpkins
Power Tools.
Notice the big pumpkin in the foreground? It is eating a smaller
pumpkin, and has 'pumpkin guts' around it's teeth.
Oh those men.

Last Sunday turned out to be a fabulous day!

It was a beautiful fall day and I had grand plans of washing windows and catching up on fall cleanup. But at 11 am I was still deep in computer work - beta testing a 'new' program my husband wrote to track our sales and deposit data.. (Insert bottle of Ibuprofen here and Note: Three days later I am still Beta Testing that #(*$ program!!)..

Then, our neighbor Pam, who lives about five miles away (that's a neighbor in our area!) called - 'Hey, are you guys coming over to pick pumpkins?'.

Oops.. I forgot about the invitation to take the kids over to pick out pumpkins... 3pm.

Pam did some sweet talkin'.

'We will be pressing apple cider,
The Kids can Carve their Pumpkins, while we just hang out,
I'm making Potato Soup (it's potato harvest time over in our area - EVERYONE has buckets of potatoes in their storage cellars!)
And.. adult beverages will be served.'
Can you bring some apples??

Hmm... Just bring apples? In exchange for pumpkins, dinner, beverages and a boat load of fun?

Heck Yeah!

So.. the windows are still dirty, the data and deposits are still not done, but as I tucked Sami into bed she said it all...

'Today was a GREAT Day!'.

Oh Yeah... Thanks Pam for making it a wonderful one!

Side Note:
Tomorrow is the day I leave on my scrappy vacation, followed by the Sexton Family Reunion... My photos still have not arrived!! ACK!
And not one thing is packed...
Oh well!
I'm sure it will all work out... :)


Elise said...

I know it will all work out, sweet thing! Scrap supplies have a way of flying into totes on the way out of town: it's the road home that everything gets WAY out of control! Wahooo! You're gonna have such fun! And who cares about the dirty windows! Your family will ALWAYS remember that fabulous pumpkin carving festival, and dirty windows won't even register in the memory banks! I'll have some Ibuprophen in your honor!!! {Lol!} Have a wonderful time, Andi!

Laura O'Donnell said...

a scrappy vacation sounds great - have fun!

Diana said...

Love the pictures of the farm! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Joshua Jiraffe Designs said...

Andi: Guess I missed you...Hope you have a WONDERFUL time! Scraping and crafting for 4 days, with other like minds...fantastic! And if anyone deserves it, you do, kiddo.

Love the photo of the men "carving" pumpkins...what a hoot! And mentioning hoot, what a great photo of the owl.

Glad the family is feeling better...and that Sami had such a great day, makes it ALL worth it.

And you know what? The windows will still be there when you get back...or better yet, next Spring!

Have a great time!

ginalovesdave said...

What a perfect way to spend a fall day! Sounds like great memories were made!

Suzanne C said...

I know you are off now having some fun! Love the pumpkin carving pictures and it looks like sooo much fun. Real apple cider.. Yum. Enjoy your break!

Sue McGettigan said...

ROFLMAO at men carving pumpkins with power tools, and the cool ideas they have for those pumpkins, this is why we love 'em, right?

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

What fun! I love getting together with friends to press cider. Those are really cool pumpkins, too! BTW, love our lamb.

God Bless,

Debbie said...

I loved reading your blog. You have reminded me why this is a favorite time of year. It seems this is the payback for all we have done over the months. Deb

Kelly Booth said...

LOVE the Fall Photos you shared....looks like tons of fun!!
A Scrappy Vacation sounds like FUN!!

Sweet Blessings said...

Looks like you had the perfect Cider Pressing/Pumpkin Carving family/friend fun-filled day! So praying your weekend away, and time with family is perfect too! Sweet blessings!

Tami B. said...

What a beautiful day and I love those funny photos. Ok, I just learned that chickens like pumpkins yesterday. I won a humungous pumpkin by guessing the weight and was laughing about it all day. My friend who has chickens and turkeys asked for the pumpkin after we're done using it for decoration to feed to the critters. So funny that you wrote about it too. Have fun on your girly getaway. Of all the women I know, you deserve a getaway the most.