Sunday, October 11, 2009

Trains, Grains, Pumpkins and Apples.

My little sister Grace is still sleeping all the time.  I really don't understand it because I hate going to bed.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Dad went back to work and I went to day care.  However on Thursday we all went to the Zoo!  I was pretty excited to show Grace around the zoo.  I can you believe this was the first time she's ever been to a zoo.

To celebrate Grace's first visit to the zoo we even got to take the zoo train.  I really don't know why we don't take the train every time we go to the zoo.

On Friday we had breakfast at Bob's Red Mill again but this time we took a tour of the factory.  For a guy who really likes seeds, I was really impressed by how many different seeds you can actually eat.  Did you know that flour is just ground up wheat seeds?

On Saturday we went out to Sauvie Island to pick some pumpkins.  While we waited for little Andy and his parents Matt and Linda, we hopped on a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch.

This is my fourth year picking out pumpkins and let me tell you there is much to consider when choosing your pumpkin: shape, size, color, and stem.

A brought all potential candidates together for comparison.

and there where a lot of pumpkins to compare.

It's all very exhausting work and I had to lie down a bit.

Andy did pretty well picking out his pumpkin.

Grace however slept the whole time so I picked out a pumpkin for her.  Grandma and Grandpa Steves sent me some pumpkin money and I was instructed to get Grace a pumpkin too so that worked out just fine.

Just the right size.

I even got some change back in the end.

After the pumpkin patch, my buddy Alice and her parents Robyn and Dan came over and brought dinner for us.  We had pumpkin pasta and apple crisp and I got to show Alice all my toys and my new sister Grace.

On  Sunday the weather wasn't quite as nice and the wind picked up a bit.  This didn't deter us from checking out the Apple Tasting Festival at the Portland Nursery.  So many apples and pears to choose from, we picked up a few of a couple varieties including these little pears.

They even had a lot of kid's activities at the Apple Tasting Festival.  I had a dragon painted onto my cheek and got a cool ride in the wagon we borrowed from the nursery.

Way down in Florida it was my buddy James' birthday a few days ago.    Happy Birthday James!!

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