Friday, October 10, 2008

Aamodt's Apple Farm and Stillwater


Rob, Zoe and I took my mom to Aamodt's Apple Farm on Saturday. On this particular weekend they were supposed to have hot air balloons and my mom loves photographing the balloons so I thought it was a great weekend to go. Well, the weather didn't really cooperate so they were unable to launch any balloons - we went anyway. It was a little chilly but it was still a great fall day to go and pick some apples and hang out in Stillwater.

We arrived at Aamodt's and headed over to the barn. They have a petting zoo, pony rides, etc for the kids - obviously Zoe is still a bit small for any of those activities but it was fun to see the other kids playing and looking forward to next year when she will be able to be down there getting in to the fun!

The apple farm is also the St. Croix Vineyard. We walked through some of the grapes and snapped a couple of pics.

We headed over to the apple barn and checked out what they had in stock. I had already decided that we weren't really going to "pick" our own. Simply because I am an apple snob when it comes right down to it. I like my honeycrisp and they don't have those for picking - so we "pick" from the barrel! Which I think is just as fun! We tried a new variety this year too - Vestar or something like that - it's a new variety being grown at the U of M. I figure we are supporting local agriculture and they are very similar to honeycrisp and they are quite tasty.

We wandered through the barn picking up apples and other treats and stopping for a family shot!

On the way out we decided we should at least pretend we picked our own apples and pose for some shots! My mom was happy to oblige! We also managed to make our way through the vineyard's wine tasting area - we had to taste the local flavor! We ended up leaving with a couple of bottles to enjoy with our apples! hehe!

After the apple picking adventures we headed in to downtown Stillwater to have some lunch. We walked around town a little bit checking out some of the local shops. We took my mom in to our favorite store in Stillwater and we ended up leaving with a very cool snowsuit for Zoe! Thanks momma! We also stumbled by a pumpkin growers contest. We saw some of the biggest pumpkins I have ever seen in my life! It was pretty funny! And so random!

We enjoyed a great lunch at the Mad Capper. They have great food - this time I had a burger that had guacamole and pepperjack cheese - it was so good! I realize the fat content because of the avacado may have been a bit extreme - but at least its good fat! And it tasted even better! We also had a little fun with Zoe. We gave her a lemon and let her decide if it was a taste she liked or not. She made some classic faces and just kept putting it back in her mouth! She couldn't get enough!

After lunch we took a stroll through town and then walked down by the water. It was windy so it was a little cold. it didn't seem to bother Zoe any. She was quite spent after the long day so she napped in her stroller.

We had a great day and it will be a great memory and a trip I will want to take every year with Zoe and any other little Hendrickson's that may come our way!

Twins Game vs. Chicago White Sox

So, I am quite behind on my original goal of posting almost daily! Oh well, life gets in th way - and no one is really reading this anyway!

We took Zoe to her fourth Twins game on Wed Sept 24th. We had gotten these tickets weeks ago when the prospect of the Twins making a playoff run was quite a possibility. They did not disappoint. Going in to the series with the White Sox it really was up to who ever wanted it the most. We swept the White Sox during this three game series - it was awesome!

We went to the middle game of the series - there were so many people at the game. They estimated it was about 40K people on Wed. We went to the game with my mom, Melissa, Rob, my brother Matt, his girlfriend Tanya, Zoe and me. It was a zoo trying to make it through the dome - we had not been to a game all year that had been that crowded. And people were so excited! It's pretty much common knowledge that Twins fans don't really care for the White Sox and more specifically AJ Piersynski (sp). I loathe AJ, however I do not participate in the booing that occurs each time he comes to bat. I have a theory, as twisted as AJ is - I think he actually thrives on the negative energy that Twins fans send him - he actually had a couple good hits in the game. So, I just make sure I am not part of the booing and then I can't be blamed for his success - under my theory of course.

I was a little worried about how Zoe would do for this game. The other games we had been to with her were day games and she was much less mobile at those games so they went really well. She proved what an awesome baby she is and was perfect at the game once again. She did really well even though we didn't walk out of there until 10pm. She passed out in the car on the way home and went to bed with no fussing when we got home. I hate to say that she is so great all of the time - but she really is! I am glad that we have exposed to her to so many things in her young little life - I think it has made her tolerant of many situations.

Unfortunately the Twins lost in a one game playoff with the White Sox on Tuesday the 30th. However, the White Sox got their game handed to them by the Tampa Bay Rays last week so all is well in the baseball world again.