Winter Already?

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Yes, we had our first snowfall of the season on Friday.  Thankfully it was short, and most of the snow melted that same day.  But we live in Pennsylvania, after all, and I know more snow is sure to come.

We had an interesting weekend.  Yesterday we had family photos taken.  Everyone behaved well for the most part, but Jonny was a difficult subject.  He kept doing the opposite of what the photographer wanted him to do!  She kept saying, “Everyone had good smiles but Jonathan!”  We should have an interesting set of proofs to look at tomorrow.

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Today after church we decided to take a road trip.  We needed some wine for the holidays, so we visited the Nissley Vineyards in Bainbridge, PA.  We used to go there fairly often years ago when we lived near Harrisburg, but now we average one trip every other year.  It’s a neat place with a self-guided tour of the winery, and in the summertime they’ve got music festivals on their large front lawn.

The big boys had their video games as usual, and Ben and Nate just sort of hung out.

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The owners’ dog was very interested in the boys:

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It’s so beautiful there, even if it was freezing today.

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We didn’t stay long.  We tasted a couple of new wines we’d never seen there before, paid, got our precious bounty into the van, and left.  We really need to come back here when it’s warmer so the boys can run outside.

We made a couple of brief stops for photos on the way home.  The Nissley Winery is only a very short drive from Three Mile Island…

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…and we even stopped so I could get a photo of the Star Barn before it is moved to its new location in Lebanon County.

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We got home in time to make a quick dinner and get everyone off to bed.  Overall, the kids did well on the trip.  (Unfortunately, Jonny drank an entire container of one of those dreadful Nesquik milkshakes.  It didn’t agree with him and we had to make two emergency pit stops at area bathrooms, but he seems OK now).

I hope that as the kids get older we can take more adventurous day trips with them.

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7 Responses to “Winter Already?”

  1. Heidi @ GGIP Says:

    It looked like a lovely trip. Even the cooling towers can make interesting subjects for photos.

    Glad you had fun! I think it is unseasonably cold. I can’t remember the last time it snowed so early here… I’m not complaining, I just think it’d odd.

    Have a great week!

  2. Maureen Says:

    That winery looks beautiful. And it looks like you had bright blue skies even if it was cold. Sounds like you had a great weekend!

  3. kayla Says:

    I love your pictures, I am not ready for the snow yet. I found your blog and i just wanted to stop by and say hello. I wish you the best and you have a great blog site. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Sara Says:

    Your pictures are beautiful! That star barn is gorgeous. It sounds like you had a lot of fun.

  5. Deni aka Mrs Chicken Says:

    Fantastic photos Karen! Sounds like a great day out – don’t you love it when you actually achieve some thing on a weekend, and have such great photos to show for it!

  6. Sandi Says:

    The snow looks lovely…but I’m sure not ready for any here!

    Love all the pics! Very beautiful scenery and that barn is gorgeous. Thanks for the link, I’d never heard of it and enjoyed reading about it.

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

  7. Anne Says:

    I love your gorgeous photos! They remind me of home!

    So glad to read that everyone is doing well. That baby of yours is getting so big! And it’s great to read about Ben’s progress. Keep up the good work, everyone!


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