Pumpkin Patch Family Fun Weekend

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.

Family photo at the sea side pumpkin patch Northern California

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.

front porch coffee date with friends

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.

Friends since birth at Spina Farms pumpkin patch Northern California

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.
Emme helping out at Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch Northern CaliforniaOnce 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.

Reece's bike jump

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.

Sea side pumpkin patch hay bale pyramid Northern California

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.

Reece overlooking Waddell Beach 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.

Pescadero artichoke garlic herb bread


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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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I’m proud to be a part of the Skechers campaign to fight this disease with their line of breast cancer awareness apparel. I love my super comfortable breast cancer awareness running shoes. Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

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Who Will You Wear Them For?

Thank you, Skechers, for sponsoring this post, and supporting breast cancer awareness. All opinions are my own.

Breast cancer runs in my family. My paternal grandmother died from it and my mom was a breast cancer survivor.

Wearing Skechers GOrun 3 breast cancer awareness shoes

I wear these shoes for them.

Due to my family history, there’s a chance that I myself might be diagnosed with breast cancer someday. I think of my daughter and how it would be wonderful if this could be something she doesn’t have to worry about for herself.

Emme trying on my Skechers GOrun breast cancer awareness shoes

I wear these shoes for her future.

The first time I went out running in my Skechers GOrun 3‘s was through a nearby cemetery with my son on his bike. We frequently go through the cemetery because it’s peaceful and mostly free from cars, but wearing shoes that support breast cancer awareness changed my perspective that day

I wondered how many buried beneath those stones had passed from breast cancer. I wondered about the loved ones they left behind.

Running in Skechers GOrun breast cancer awareness shoes

I wear these shoes for them.

How Skechers Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Skechers Performance Division proudly supports American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer with a special collection of products. In addition to the “Awareness” footwear and apparel line, Skechers Performance Division is supporting American Cancer Society in several ways, including hosting San Francisco’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

For the month of October, they also have an in-store donation program you can take advantage of. Customers can round up their purchase to the nearest whole dollar to benefit American Cancer Society for the entire month. If consumers donate $5 or more, they will also receive a 20% off discount for their next visit. Furthermore, Skechers Retail stores are offering a gift with purchase (of either a breast cancer awareness canvas tote bag or pink water bottle) for customers who purchase a pair of limited-edition Awareness shoes.

The Shoes That Support Breast Cancer Awareness

The biggest thing that stands out to me about these shoes is how comfortable they are. I’ve worn my Skechers GOrun 3‘s a few times now for running, walking and various other going about my day activities.

Wearing Skechers GOrun 3 breast cancer awareness shoes at the park

They are incredibly lightweight so that it barely feels like I’m wearing shoes. Better yet, they are the first shoe that I haven’t had to break in–they were comfortable right from the start. I think it’s because of the roominess of the toe area.

Here’s what Skechers has to say about them:

• Improved breathability and flexibility
• Roomy forefoot. 3 layer Power-prene mesh on front panel allows for support while offering ample room for toe splay
• GOimpulse sensors offer flexibility and feedback for a responsive running experience
• M-Strike Technology™ promotes a midfoot strike
• Custom Fit insole is removable for an even more minimal feel
• 4mm Heel Drop to bring you closer to a natural barefoot experience
• Resalyte™ Midsole – Proprietary lightweight injection-molded compound with memory retention helps absorb impact
• Nearly seamless flexible mesh upper with lace up front

Stretching after a run in Skechers GOrun 3 breast cancer awareness shoes

I’m proud to wear these shoes and support breast cancer awareness along with Skechers.

Who will you wear them for?

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Weekend Fail: Apple picking in Northern California

This weekend was supposed to be pretty good–time with the great grandparents who are in town and apple picking on Sunday. The former was good, but by the time we got to Sunday, everything went downhill.

I grew up in rural NY, where apple picking every fall was the norm. It was an family activity I enjoyed and something I missed when we moved to CA.

So in 2010, the year Reece was born, I was thrilled to discover that there were places to go apple picking here and especially happy that there was an orchard with organic apples (apples top the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list year after year, so I do my best to alway buy organic).

Apple picking 2010 with Bumblride Indie

Apple picking with 5-month-old Reece. Was glad to have an all-terrain stroller like the Bumbleride Indie since it was too hot to baby wear.

Each year since then, we’ve headed to Clearview Orchards in Watsonville to stock up on 10-20lbs of organic apples for $2/lb. Somehow we always seem to plan this activity in the midst of a heatwave. It’s hard to avoid, though, since CA tends to have a few heat waves this time of year.

Reece apple picking at 1.5 years old

18-month-old Reece picking apples in 2011

Other than the heat, we tend to have a good time and Reece loves climbing the hills, getting dirty and picking the apples. Now if only I could find some real apple cider, I’d be set (everything that’s labeled apple cider here just tastes like apple juice).

Pregnant apple picking at Clearview Orchards in 2012

Pregnant with Emme in 2012. Don’t let the outfit fool you–we were hot!

Emme definitely enjoyed getting more involved this year too, even though last year was her first time.

Emme Apple Picking

Unfortunately, this year’s apple picking adventure was laced with quite a bit more screaming than other years and a lot of bad behavior. Perhaps it was because we had a late night on Friday and then a lack of naps on Saturday or maybe it was just an off day, but the kids were a wreck most of the day.


The morning started off poorly, but we made it out of the house anyway, driving most of the way listening to a soundtrack of screaming until I brought out some snacks.

Actually picking apples was the best part of the day. The kids had fun, they were happy, and besides a few episodes of rudeness from Reece, it was just what I hope for from apple picking.



However, at some point we had to leave because we hadn’t come prepared to have a picnic and needed lunch. From then on out, the kids were a mess. Screaming, attitude, arguing, you name it.

We had lunch near the beach and they got a few minutes of playing in the sand, but we didn’t stay long because we thought they needed naps more than anything.


After screaming her brains out for several minutes, Emme finally gave in to sleep in the car and Reece followed shortly after, leading to a few minutes of blissful silence.

Unfortunately, he woke up yelling and complaining about something about ten minutes later, which woke Emme up, and the screaming was in full force for most of the drive home. (In case you missed it a couple weeks back, here’s a video I took that shows how awful these screaming spells can be.)

We survived the day, the kids slept well last night and all I can hope is that today will be a better day. 


How was your weekend?

Do you go apple picking?

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