So much rain on all the Mondays in October

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November 1, 2016 by Terumi

Rain in Seattle on Halloween

Apparently October was the rainiest month ever in Seattle. We have had so much rain that I’ve started to carry an umbrella around in my car!  The other day at the grocery store I saw someone put a ziplock bag over their hair because it started to suddenly pour.  But thankfully tonight on Halloween night we got just enough of a break in the weather to get out into the neighborhood rain drop free for a little while.  I even had a record-breaking 9 kids show up at our house for trick-or-treating. NINE!

Pokémon family costume

This year we went as a Pokémon family, and I was Pikachu, but I didn’t get a chance to get a family costume picture.  But again, I’m just thankful we got to wander around in our actual costumes without rain jackets, umbrellas or ziplock bags on our heads.

If you do need an umbrella in Seattle, an amazing place to find one is a store near Pike Place Market called Bella Umbrella.  They have some pretty fantastic umbrellas and I have my eye on this unusual looking umbrella just in case this rainy trend works its way into November and December.  If we’re going to have this much water coming down from the sky, this would make a fantastic present for anyone in the Pacific Northwest.  I am starting my Christmas shopping ASAP, so I’ll make sure to keep you up to date with what I’m buying and you’ll see my gift lists on Monday pretty soon.  I hate the stress of last-minute shopping, and it’s so much easier to just get a few things at a time.

Jubilee Farms pumpkin patch

I also have to remember how all the rain might affect our holiday plans.  We almost missed pumpkin patch season this year because the first two times I tried to go we ended up having huge rain storms.  We needed to buy a snow blower for the cabin last weekend and some of the guys in the store mentioned that Jubilee Farm was not too far away.  I had never heard of this pumpkin patch but I was dying to get a family pumpkin patch adventure in this year so I was willing to try anything.

And miraculously the rain stopped for a little while.

Pumpkin slingshot at Jubilee farm

The hubby helped with a giant pumpkin slingshot.  (This was another pumpkin patch tradition I have always wanted to see.  There are a lot of farms with pumpkin slingshots in the Pacific Northwest and it is definitely out of this world to watch a giant pumpkin pelted through the air and then smash rewardingly in a field faraway.)

The boys made cider and we road a tractor through the mud to a field of pumpkins.

We got our family picture.

Pumpkin patch with tractor in washington

And we came back to basket weaving and music.  I absolutely had a blast making baskets with my kids and I hope we can learn to make more before Christmas because these would make gorgeous gifts.

Learning how to weave baskets at Jubilee Farm  Basket weaving and music at Jubilee farm

I also love that Jubilee Farm is a CSA and I am thinking about joining for the summer season next year.  I noticed many people picking up produce at the farm for their CSA box and I love that they were able to pick out their own produce as well as head out to the farm to pick some produce from the fields.  I’ve seen something like this in California and I didn’t realize we had this close to home.  A CSA would also make a fantastic gift for someone in Washington!  I’m so glad we ended up at Jubilee Farm.  I do think sometimes things happened for a reason.

So please cross your fingers that things dry up a little here in the next few months or maybe we can get some rain in the snow variety this year.  Do you like rain or snow? And has it been rainy where you are?  Happy Halloween Monday!

 


8 comments »

  1. mrsportiasmith says:

    Jubilee Farm looks so fun! Loved your photos!

  2. Jubilee Farm says:

    Thank you so much for visiting Jubilee and for sharing your experience with your readers! 🙂 We’re thrilled that you were able to make it out and had such a good time. Kaela, who weaves the baskets, is just fantastic, isn’t she?! We love being able to have some good rainy-day activities going on. And I’m glad you got to see the trebuchet in action, too – it’s always impressive!

    Thanks also for noticing our CSA while you were here! We try to keep it as interactive as possible, since we want kiddos to be able to participate in the process – u-pick is lots of fun, and we also have Farm School during July and August, when the kids get to help harvest, visit the cows, etc. They love it! We’re excited to be starting our Fall CSA tomorrow, and today we managed to grind some Jubilee-grown grain to send flour along in the boxes.

    Thank you again for bringing your lovely family here for pumpkins! We’re so glad you ended up at Jubilee Farm, too! 🙂

  3. fran says:

    The basket weaving looks like so much fun. I would love to try it!

  4. Colleen says:

    A friend of mine does the Jubilee CSA and she raves about it. I think I’m going to do it this summer!

  5. Thanks for the tip, I’ve heard good things about Jubilee farm but we haven’t visited yet. I’ll be looking them up to see what else they have planned.

  6. Angela says:

    Yes please on the snow! I’d love that!

  7. I am so hoping November dries up a litt…lot more! I love little family farms, probably my favorite part about my area. Nothing like teaching our kids how to slow down, enjoy the land, and spend quality time.

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