Happy Hallowtide! Last weekend Michael and I set out on a search for pumpkins - and not just store-bought pumpkins, but pumpkins from a legitimate farm...because that's how us Midwesterners roll. However, we had our work cut out for us down here because pumpkin farms - in South Florida? Who has those? Well, apparently there is one (one!) in our entire county so you'd better believe we hopped in the car and drove nearly 45 minutes to check it out.
They had a nice market (we bought apple cider! yum), fresh corn, and a ridiculous amount of food and other random vendors that gave the entire thing more of a carnival-like feel than I have ever seen at a farm where you can pick out pumpkins. Florida "fall" just continues to baffle us "northerners."
|That corn was consumed about as quickly as I could blink|
|Gabriel was falling asleep....|
They also had a "hayride" which was actually just a couple of shaded benches being pulled by a tractor...but we totally took a ride and will count it as Gabriel's first (at least until we live somewhere else that has hayrides with, you know, hay). I will say that the ride was quite peaceful, sunny, warm, and we even saw an alligator! This was our first natural sighting since arriving in Florida and I was quite happy that our tractor-pulled ride was much too high off the ground to strike any fear into my heart. Instead we all took photos and gasped in amazement while Michael and I continued to muse over how incredibly different everything fall-related tends to be in such a tropical climate compared to what we're used to.
After the hayride we selected three beautiful pumpkins that happened to come in what we considered to be perfect "Daddy, Mommy, and baby Gabriel" sizes.
We then took advantage of the fact that we were already 45 minutes from home and drove the remaining 8 miles to an authentic Korean restaurant because again - good Korean restaurants in South Florida? Few and far between. Times like these certainly make us realize how good we had it with Asian cuisine back in Ann Arbor. Yum, Asian Legend....
|Tired little Pooh Bear|
Yesterday was Halloween so Michael and I had lots of fun dressing Gabriel in his costume, sharing an intensely-decorated caramel apple (courtesy of Publix Greenwise), and painting our little family of pumpkins. Then we ended the evening by starting my all-time favorite Halloween movie: Hocus Pocus.
All in all it's been a festive week since our trip to the farm and I'm finally feeling like it's actually autumn around here...because Florida weather tricks me into thinking it's still summer everywhere. Hooray for pumpkins, apple cider, Hallowtide festivities, adorable baby costumes, and having loved ones to share it all with! I feel so incredibly blessed.
Happy All Saints' Day!
"Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered... the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith... All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown."
-St. Thomas of Canterbury