Our busy summer led right into fall. It started with a weeklong visit back to Iowa, and ended with Labor Day weekend. It was a fun time and a much-needed break. While we were there, Uncle Scott came out for a few days, too. So, the boys got to spend some fun time with both Nelson uncles. We visited the zoo, went to an Iowa State Cyclones tailgate party, and swam at a nearby lake. We spent a little quality time with Great Grandpa and Grandma Buechler and remembered to take the annual four generation photo. Nana gave Maddox his first haircut…he transformed from my curly headed baby to a little boy right in front of my eyes! It was a fun week. Most of all, the boys loved being spoiled by Nana and Papa and everyone enjoyed some laughs.

The rest of September and early October flew by. Between work and school there’s never a lack of items on the to do list. Eric’s vineyard held their annual “grape stomp” weekend. Teams of two competed to see who could stomp more grapes and fill their gallon jug. It was quite a hoot to watch as each team had their own strategy for success. Eric’s restaurant continues to stay busy and he’s trying to find time to focus on the strategic plan for the new place. He’s shown me the architectural renderings and it’s sure going to be a cool place! You’ll have to come out for a visit next summer to check it out.

I’m happy to say that the farmers market came to a close on September 29th. It was a rough season. So, not having to give up my Saturdays anymore is a real blessing. I’m currently writing the final report for the USDA grant I had obtained for the past two market seasons. I’m proud to report that despite the challenges of this last year, when comparing our actual stats to the goals I proposed (back in April 2010) we successfully achieved all but one. As Maddox sings quite often in celebration, “E-I-E-I-O!”

Speaking of that, since it’s now October, it’s time for the annual trip to the pumpkin patch. The boys had tons o’fun racing through haybale mazes, sliding down shoots, riding a zip line, taking a barrel train ride and munching on apple cider doughnuts. What a great annual event! (You may recall this is the place that we went last year to get our family photos taken. There’s amazing gardens, corn fields, goats, and pumpkins everywhere.

Enjoy the photos of our latest adventures. I’ll hope to get another post written shortly after the ghouls and goblins come out. Meanwhile, happy Halloween in advance to everyone. Dress warm and don’t forget the flashlight!

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