Northern California in October: Part 2

Yes, I do realize this is over two months late…

AND that I have a whole new adventure in Korea for Thanksgiving to post…

But Christmas shopping and crafting has taken over my life!  So I’m just going to say that it was wonderful being in Rescue, California for 3 weeks with my parents (in October), just loafing about and soaking up all the grandparent love we could get!

And here are the (tons of) pictures from our adventures:

Apple Hill:

I hadn’t been to Apple Hill since high school!  It’s this area of Placerville, California dedicated to Apple orchards, Christmas tree farms, vineyards and pumpkin patches.  It’s beautiful!  And during October, venders come to sell crafts and food, there are games for kids, train rides, even a cider press to explore.

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Obligatory pumpkin picture
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Mess face cutie!
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Hanging with Grandpa while E plays games

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Grandma and E into the maze
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I love my mom…she is so game for anything!

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And then E decided she wanted to ride a pony!
And then E decided she wanted to ride a pony…
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And she was so brave and even took her hands off to wave at us…
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And smiled the entire two trips around the corral…
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And it was only after she dismounted that we discovered that she is INCREDIBLY ALLERGIC TO PONIES!!! and this was later reconfirmed at another pony incident just a few days later. Poor E, what a trooper!
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Then we took a train ride.

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When E discovered we were going to apple orchards, she thought we got to go and pick them off the trees. So imagine her disappointment when we picked up a huge box of pre picked apples! So then, grandma was determined to get her the apple picking experience but nobody would let us just go out and pick ONE apple...so we finally found an orchard where the parking lot was IN part of the orchard and we searched around between cars and finally found a little apple for E to pick!
When E discovered we were going to apple orchards, she thought we got to go and pick them off the trees. So imagine her disappointment when we picked up a huge box of pre picked apples! Grandma was determined to get her the apple picking experience, but nobody would let us just go out and pick ONE apple…so we finally found an orchard where the parking lot was IN part of the orchard and we searched around between cars and finally found a little apple for E to pick!
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It was tiny, but she didn’t care!
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And she thought it tasted delicious!  Trip to Apple Hill: successful!

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary:

This is a favorite of my kids. The Folsom Sanctuary houses rescued animals and although it is a small zoo, it is very well maintained, and has a large variety of animals here.  I love that all the animals are rescued and that there are peacocks and chickens just wandering around loose!

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Checking our wingspans
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And trying to make eagle sounds!

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Little G is not quite getting it…
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that face!

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Placerville:

OK, so I’m ashamed that I didn’t get any pictures of downtown Placerville.  I meant to.  But my toddler was being a handful and we didn’t have a stroller and I’ve been really wanting to shoot Placerville for years now because it’s where I grew up and it’s beautiful! But, perhaps next visit, eh?  Before any meltdowns happened, I did get some shots of this cute little shop we went to called, Body Basics.  It has a secret fairy garden in the back! E was elated (as you can imagine)!

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After carrying this fairy around for 30 minutes, E decided that she did not want to buy her and instead opted for a necklace that holds "pixie dust." She was crushed hen she busted it out and discovered that it didn't make her fly. Broke. My. Heart.
After carrying this fairy around for 30 minutes, E decided that she did not want to buy her and instead opted for a necklace that holds “pixie dust.” She was crushed when she busted it out and discovered that it didn’t actually make her fly. Broke. My. Heart.

Hanging around Grandma and Grandpa’s House:

My favorite thing to do when I go back home is to just BE at home.  It’s the same house I was born and raised in, so it holds a special place in my heart.

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My brother brought his family over for some cousin time!
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This swing has been the joy of the backyard since I was E’s age.
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My brother and my kids…I love this shot. It makes me want to move back home.
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Little G loves his Uncle Brady.

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My mom's garden shed is full of whimsey..
My mom’s garden shed is full of whimsey..
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and E thought it needed a touch more whimsey…acorn hats.

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My mom is a first grade teacher...so there was much learning happening the whole time we were there!
My mom is a first grade teacher…so there was much learning happening the whole time we were there!

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And then there was the trampoline...a mother's life saver!
And then there was the trampoline…a mother’s life saver!
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So much energy out, so much sharing practiced, so much team building happening, so much giggling…
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Look at that tongue!
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Look at that hair!!
Look at that smile!!!
Look at that smile!!!

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Playing ball right where I walked down the aisle to marry their father...I love this yard.
Playing ball right where I walked down the aisle to marry their father…I love this home.

May you truly feel “home” wherever you are!

blessings,

e

NEXT UP: Our incredibly difficult and enjoyable trip back to Japan…through Oahu!

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4 thoughts on “Northern California in October: Part 2

    1. Oh Rachel, that’s so wonderful! It is so meaningful to have a place to connect to. I feel bad for my kids in that regard…but they’re getting something different – a world view that I never experienced! Have so much fun at home!!

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    1. Oh Tracy, you are so sweet!! It is a hobby that I know VERY little about! I just glean knowledge from others around me 🙂 and I practice…A LOT! It was SO wonderful getting to see you on our trip back! Keep writing, friend!

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