Harvest Festival a la Damp

On Sunday we packed a picnic and headed over to Jonathan Edwards Winery for their annual Harvest Festival with some of our friends. We like it there, and not just because they never looked at you funny for wearing a baby during a wine tasting.

We’d only been there for an hour when it started drizzling. I kept saying hopeful things like “Maybe it’s just this one cloud! It could blow over any second!” but oddly that didn’t prevent the sky from opening and pouring on us a few minutes later. While all the sane people ran for the tents, we hauled our stuff up to the patio and rigged a little shelter out of sun umbrellas where we had our own party while the kids jumped in puddles.

We were all cold and wet and should have been totally miserable, but instead we stayed for almost 6 hours.

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My kids love these kids. They love their parents and grandparents and friends too. We hung out with them in various configurations all weekend and Caroline STILL cried going to bed because she missed her friends.

There are not enough words to describe how nice it is to have friends, especially real life “let’s go get ice cream” friends. Real life is hard, especially when you’re talking about couples-with-kids friends since there are three or four people involved instead of just two. My husband might not like her husband and my kid might not get along with his kid, and when you add MORE friends there are more things to go wrong. It’s a complicated dynamic and I’ve seen some friendships fall apart in totally fantastic implosions worthy of an epic novel.

I really, really lucked out with these people.

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They even tolerate – nah, ENCOURAGE – my crazy photo taking.

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jonathan edwards harvest festival jonathan edwards harvest festival My shoes are still wet from Sunday but we’re already planning a wine night to reprise our fun. Take that, Mother Nature. You may dampen our socks but you can’t damped our friendship. Especially when they’re already soaked in wine and paint.

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8 Responses to “Harvest Festival a la Damp”

  1. sarrible says:

    This is basically the most Connecticut thing I’ve ever seen.

  2. Shari says:

    So fun!

    Also: Caroline’s hat is ADORABLE.

  3. Erin says:

    Looks like so much fun!!! Caroline’s hat is adorable! And all the kids are as cute as ever, even in all that cold and rain. Must have been the wine :)

  4. molly says:

    I’m glad you had a good time. And I’m glad you have good friends to share it with.

  5. barbra says:

    Such a neat day! There is a winery here in Spokane that didn’t look at me funny when I walked in the first time wearing Knox in the Ergo. In fact, when he became squirmy and I put him down, the very nice lady even brought out chalk to color on the floor. She entertained him so I could finish the tasting. We always go back there when we have friends in town or want an adult-ish activity but no sitter. As a result, we buy lots of wine from them.

    I love when businesses accept and encourage families. Makes life feel like more of a community.

  6. Audrey says:

    I’m totally jealous. I loooove the photo of the vineyard with the nets over the vines. Gorgeous.

  7. raincheckmom says:

    Caroline painting the pumpkin! When did she grow up?

  8. Sarah says:

    I want wine! And time with the Ginger kids! Man I wish we weren’t a whole country away! Also, I kind of love that you posted pictures of Caroline in a messy shirt! My kid is so messy! I think they’d be pals. :D

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