Gifford Vineyard Harvest 2017

I’m only a month late sharing this, but better late than never right. The first weekend in Oct Mark and I headed over to E WA to help my Aunt and Uncle with their grape harvest.


We were so thankful that good friends offered to let Sky spend the weekend with them back home which freed Mark and I up to be able to work in the vineyard without trying to keep an eye on Sky. Bonus…we could sneak in a little date night dinner on the way over. I love our kiddo, but it was kind of fun making the trip over just the two of us.

Highly recommend Zesta Cucina if you find yourself hungry in Yakima…really good food!

Anyway, we were so excited to be able to help with the first official harvest at Gifford Vineyard. We’ve seen the transformation from family home to vineyard, we helped plant the very grapes we were going to harvest, and have spent several weekends over the last few years helping out around the vineyard. It finally felt like all the hard work was paying off…literally they had a check in hand at the end of the day!

Harvesting is a lot more fun than planting. It’s still work, and it’s still a long, full day, but a lot easier on the body than planting, or cutting grow tubes off! We were so lucky to have a beautiful day with sunny, cooler weather and it just felt like a celebration all day long.


I have a whole new appreciation for all the work that goes into a bottle of wine, and I’m only talking about the growing part…I’m sure there is a ton of work on the wine making side of things as well. Thank goodness there are those out there willing to put in the hard work so that us winos can enjoy a good bottle of vino! 🙂


There was a little oops loading the truck, one of the containers dumped off the tractor while lifting it and we ended up with a pile of grapes in the driveway…we had fun stomping around in them after!
Wine makes, wine growers, and signed, paid for contract! Over 3 tons of grapes picked, and loaded!


Very satisfying work indeed. And, since Sky wasn’t there with us we brought some grapes back with us so she could stomp them, so fun!

Cheers to a successful harvest!



Life Around Here

Park Time

Just a few pics of what we’ve been doing around here the last few weeks. I kind of like life once school starts. We tend to be home more, and a little less busy, which is nice for Team Yeatman Family Time!

Rainbow nails for the first day of school!
Ventured into T Town for splash park/playground time.
Burned out tail light replacement crew!
Big batch of pigs in blankets for kick off Sunday. Sky and I have been eating these for days….so yummy!
Enjoying some scooter time at the park.


Golden Hour

Most photographers live for “golden hour”….that time of day when the sun is going down, but not set yet, the light is softer and more golden. It’s a lot more pretty for photos than glaring, bright sun light.

Unedited…this was the height of the eclipse for us. still pretty light, but it was such a pretty light. This photo does not do it justice. 

I’m pretty sure we all know there was an eclipse yesterday. Sky was super excited about it, and wanted to go somewhere to view it, and make is special. So we headed to Chambers Bay Park and found our spot in the meadow to watch the show.


I’m not sure what I expected to happen, but that first glance up at the sky with the glasses on and I was floored. Sky was too. She couldn’t get over being able to see the moon in front of the sun.


What I didn’t expect was the amazing light that happened at the peak of the eclipse. We were not in the path of totality so there was still a decent amount of light. It did get noticeable darker, and cooler, but not totally dark. Instead we had this totally amazing golden light that was gorgeous. Made me wish I had a real camera and was ready to take “real” photos. It was so pretty.


Sky thought it was pretty epic to say the least. All I could hear from Sky was “I can see the moon! Mommy this is so amazing. I will remember this forever!”

I love being able to do stuff like this with her!

Hands On Children’s Museum

Last year one of the kindergarten field trips was to the Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia. Sky loves it there, but she did not love the trip with her class so much. She was forced to do what the group wanted to do, and didn’t get to spend the time she wanted to doing what she wanted. She was so mad she told me I don’t need to go an anymore field trips with her class. (Whatever…I’m still going, she can deal).

The one thing she wanted to do on her field trip was spend time in the “Vet Clinic”, but none of the other kiddos in her group wanted to…that’s what pushed her over the edge. She played in there for ages while I sat outside the window and read my book.

I told her we could visit during the summer, just her and I, and she could do what she wanted for however long she wanted to do it. So, that’s what we did. She had 4 hours and complete control over where she spent her time, and she was in Children’s Museum heaven. She may beg for a baby brother or sister every day, but being an only does have it’s benefits. And, being able to do exactly what she wanted for as long as she wanted is one of those benefits.

I highly recommend a visit to the museum if you are local. Totally worth it and right now Groupon has discounted tickets!

Umm, yea she spent a good hour of her time on this stage singing, dancing and pushing the applause button on the sound effect board. Girl will create her own hype when needed!


She’d be a scary officer!
She still insists she wants to be a police officer. We shall see.
See Mommy I’d be a good older sister. I know she would, that’s not the issue. We are just done that’s all.

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a 4 day weekend! Not because I don’t want to go to work, but because I had 4 whole days with Sky. I’m not going to lie, I don’t love spending our week days apart, and I really don’t love having our life, travel, and plans in general dictated by the school year.

Hanging out!

I have zero desire to home school and totally support public schooling, but it’s an adjustment after 5 years of being able to do what we wanted whenever we wanted to do it.


Our Mid-Winter break came at just the right time…I needed those 4 days to be free to just enjoy being with Sky and having fun with her.

We can spend an hour just talking, and tickling on the couch and be completely content.
Too much sun in her eyes!
The Ruston Way Waterfront has grown so much! We loved hanging out in the sun and eating pizza by the slice!
Watching Harry Potter together!

I am very thankful that working as a sub allows me the same days and time off as Sky has. We still get a lot of time together which I love!

What are you thankful for?