We are trying to soak up as much of this summer that is left. It's hard to believe that school is starting next week already! Henry and Vinny got to see their classrooms this week at the school open house, get their pictures taken, and do all of the things they needed to in anticipation of getting back into the routine of school again. Oliver will be starting preschool in a few weeks too, so mom and dad will have free time available that we never knew existed! :) I think it will be good for all of us!
Last week I took the boys to the Hemker Zoo in Freeport for a couple of hours. Its the perfect size zoo for kids of all ages! This has become a little tradition of mine to do with the boys each summer before school starts. One of their favorite things is to feed the giraffes. If you haven't been there, I highly recommend it!
Today the last pumper and cement trucks arrived (for a while anyway) to finish up the foundation walls. We let the boys come out and watch this morning because they are probably going to miss a lot of the construction now because of school.
They had a blast! They climbed on all of the dirt piles and sand piles, and learned some about how buildings get put together. It made their dad a little nervous, but it was nice to have all of us out at the site and soak all of this excitement in!
OH! And I almost forgot! We received our federal winery license from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) this week! So now we can finally apply for our state farm winery license. We are waiting on some insurance information to come back, but soon we will send our state application in, and hopefully within about 30 days we will have that important document!
Next up, the plumbers from Mission Mechanical will come to start their work. Then the basement floor can be poured and walls can start going up!
Joe has also been busy finalizing his equipment list and getting things ordered. Equipment should start showing up next week! Because the building will not be finished in time for harvest this year, and we won't be licensed in time, this years production will go differently than we had hoped. We will have to juice all of the fruit and have it frozen until we are able to get into the building and start making wine. We aren't the first winery that this has happened to, and probably won't be the last :) We just wish it wouldn't have ended up this way for us.
Life is always throwing curve-balls, but we are trying our darnedest to juggle everything and make it work.
All in the name of a crazy dream we have.
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I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.