Despite feeling a bit under the weather, we enjoyed a weekend of pumpkin patch fun in temperatures that were mild enough to wear jeans. Thanks to our typical hot October weather here in Northern California, I haven’t had to cover my legs too much yet this fall, but I was glad to have the protection from the pokes of the hay bales at the pumpkin patches.
I’ve been nursing a cold all week and only got in one day of cardio in addition to teaching my two Pilates classes, which is part of why I didn’t do my usual Sunday night post. The other part is because we were just having too much fun yesterday and I didn’t have time to post anything.
Even though my weekend included many cups of tea and a big bowl of pho, I was glad that I was feeling well enough on Friday to watch a friend’s son (tip: two four-year-olds are MUCH easier than one. For reals!) and then have their company for our front porch coffee date.
The boys helped make the chocolate chip cookies and enjoyed foamed milk with cinnamon while we sipped iced cappuccinos. So glad to have a Nespresso Machine! And yes, Reece is dressed like a pirate. :)
Our pumpkin fun started Friday when we met up with a couple friends at Spina Farms, including one of Reece’s little friends we haven’t seen in forever. I wasn’t feeling 100% and the afternoon sun was intense, but I’m glad I powered through so the kids could have fun together.
Yes, they are all the same age. Yes Reece is a little on the shorter side. :)
This is cute family fun pumpkin patch with a hay ride, train ride, petting zoo and pony rides, all for a fee (some reasonable, some not. We opted out of the $5 petting zoo and $10 pony rides!). It was pretty crowded since it was the weekend, but the kids all had a good time.
I discovered on the drive there that I had left my wallet at home! My friends covered the rides for us, but we held out on picking our pumpkins since we knew we were headed to a pumpkin patch at the coast the next day. Instead we helped our friends pick out theirs.
Once we got home, I crashed on the couch for a bit while Doug took the kids out front and made them a jump for their bikes.
Emme gave it a try on her balance bike and even though she crashed the first time, she was brave enough to give it another try later on when no one had their camera ready. We might have to make it bigger next time since they took to it so well.
Sunday, Doug headed out for a bike ride to the coast with a friend and I loaded the kids up in the car to meet them there for lunch and more pumpkin patch fun.
The weather at the coast was much more enjoyable, especially for October. We followed our friends’ lead and picked a pumpkin patch that was on the sea side of the street.
Hay bale pyramid with a backdrop of artichokes and ocean
We all enjoyed the peace of this simple pumpkin patch–no trains or hay rides here. Simply ocean breezes, a hay bale pyramid and some of the most perfect pumpkins I’ve ever seen.
After leaving the pumpkin patch, we stopped to check out a beach where our friends like to kite board.
Then we swung by the small town of Pescadero to pick up some fresh and hot out of the oven artichoke garlic herb bread. So soft and warm and stuffed with artichoke hearts.
We also brought home a loaf of partially-baked olive bread. I love those because you can cook them just so they’re warm and still leave them a little undercooked. Yum!
After not falling asleep at all during the day even though we did a good amount of driving, the kids finally succumbed to sleep on the way home, but not without a fight. We transferred their sleeping bodies to bed early for the night and finished the weekend with a peaceful night at home.
It was a good end to a good weekend, so good in fact that I barely remember how sick I felt for some of it and the screaming in the car is almost a faint memory. Almost.
Did you enjoy any fall family fun this weekend?
If you eat mostly paleo, do you make exceptions for amazing deliciousness as pictured above??
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