Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Bunch of Firsts

The boys are gone again!  Their dad invited them to his house in Napa Valley, California for 2 weeks.  This is their first time to California, their first airplane flight without an adult (me), their longest airplane flight, the longest time they've spent with their dad, and the farthest they've been away from home.  Big stuff!  Of course, they were very excited :)

Before they left, Clay used birthday money to buy a penny board (a small, plastic skateboard) to add to his board collection.  He immediately wiped out pretty hard.  Seeming unfazed by it, he's happy to show off his injuries before heading out.
Ouch.  He is undeterred, and made sure to pack his penny board in his carry-on luggage.

Blossom is super adorable as usual.  Singing something other than her usual ABC's & Twinkle Twinkle Little Star medley:

B and I did our first hops harvest this Labor Day weekend.  We started with doing it on the vine.
Then realized those vines are done anyhow, so just cut them off and it was much easier to harvest them on the ground (and gave any bugs a better chance to crawl out and away)
We had an end harvest of over 3 pounds.  Not bad!  That will dry to much less of course - you've got to add a LOT more wet (fresh) hops to beer than dry hops.  I did brew a batch with the wet hops, weighed and froze a bunch and put more in the dehydrator.  Since we only brew beer every couple months, this should see us through many brews!

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday weekend!

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