The Best Kind of Day

This past weekend we celebrated Dave's birthday with some classic fall fun. October birthdays have to be the best. There are just so many fun and special activities to do: orchards, bonfires, pumpkins, corn mazes, apples, etc. Any of those make such good birthday celebrations. 

Dave is a guy who prefers low-key celebrations and doesn't like a big fuss made about him. Knowing this I planned to surprise him with a few of his best friends, good food, and simple activities. We started Saturday off with a brunch and apple donut cake. There are few things as good as lingering at a table with good conversation.

One of our favorite things to do this summer has been heading out to the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. So we included our guests in this ritual. It's been so fun to see the market produce change with the seasons. This time of year, there was an abundance of late season veggies and many pumpkins.

We left with a good load of pumpkins and gourds. The sun and crisp air had us all in cheery moods. Everything became a joke and it was hard to stop smiling.

We weren't ready to go home yet after the market and made a quick decision to stop by our local orchard. It was their annual Apple Butter Day. We didn't quite know what to expect and ended up extremely happy we'd stopped by.

They had a huge cauldron of apples on a fire. We were there long enough to see the apples become mush and even helped stir the pot a bit. Someone had to constantly be stirring to keep the apples from sticking to the copper.

We finished the day with some cornhole at home and our favorite skillet pizza. It was the sort of day that had just enough activity to stay interesting and refreshing. By the end we were feeling filled up and satisfied, not exhausted. I don't think I could have planned a better time if I had tried to micromanage everything. It ended up being just right the way it was.

Happy Birthday, Dave. So glad we got to celebrate you for a whole weekend.