Thursday, May 25, 2017

Strawberry Picking

Back at the end of April, Carrie and I took the kids to pick strawberries one Saturday morning. We went to the Jerry Marsh farm in Locust Fork. It was about a 40 minute drive. I really had no idea what to expect, but it was a beautiful little piece of property out in the middle of nowhere, with rows and rows of strawberries.  

All the farm had was a little tent where you could get your baskets and pay, and that was it. It was definitely nothing overly special and no other activities there. But, it was such a fun experience! Of course I had to get 2 buckets for my crew, one for each kid. It was $10 for one, so for $20, we had more strawberries than I knew what to do with!

 The kids ate a few along the way too. Nothing better than a freshly picked strawberry! Rooney literally had strawberry juice all over her by the end. Not sure how much picking she really did...pretty sure she ate her weight in strawberries!

The kids spent about 30-45 minutes picking strawberries. It was fun watching them try to get the best ones, or the biggest ones, funniest shape, etc. Definitely worth the trip!

 I spent about an hour that afternoon cutting up strawberries. I froze 2 big bags full, kept 1 big bag for us to eat that week, and gave 1 big bag to the Reed's. It was a ton!

First thing the boys wanted to do with them was to make a strawberry milkshake. They are really into making their own milkshakes these days. They put anything and everything in them, and do it all themselves! They just find whatever they want in the pantry and fridge and go to town. It's fun. They had not done a plain strawberry milkshake yet, so they were pretty excited. We were keeping Rooney that night too, so she helped make it too! (that cup of strawberries ended up on the floor about 2 seconds after this pic was taken--ooops!)

 She LOVED it! They did a pretty good job if I must say so myself! The milkshake was fabulous!

The next day, we made strawberry muffins and they were the best strawberry muffins I have ever had. Such a fun little experience. We will definitely do it again next year!

And just because I don't have little girls that will let me play with their hair, I had to post a picture of sweet Roo who let me French braid her hair that night! We had so much fun!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


We had a great Easter this year! The Easter bunny showed up, which was very surprising to Harrison because he was thinking that he had not been good enough for the Easter bunny this year. We never said anything about the Easter bunny not coming though! He just had it in his mind that he had not been a model little boy lately! :) It was like Christmas morning when he saw his little basket full though (the Easter bunny doesn't bring much--if it can't fit in a basket, it's not showing up on Easter Sunday!).

Why does he look so OLD in this picture!?!?!

 After a few obligatory pictures, it was off to church!

My family joined us for lunch at our house. Now that I am finally getting to host family gatherings, I brought out the Blue Willow china that Joel's grandmother gave us as a wedding present almost 12 years ago. She passed away shortly before we got married. I love this china and was so happy to finally get it out of the box! Shame on me for waiting this long!

 We had a little egg hunt too!
 Things were going SO well...
 Everyone was happy...
 Until Harrison found the golden egg! I did not even realize that Hudson was in the background until after I took these pictures.
 He was SO upset!!!
He threw his basket and stomped off, going inside, and locking himself in his room. He even missed lunch! It was hilarious...he may have gotten some of my competitive spirit! :)

The golden egg had about $1 in it. It was not high stakes at all. And, the boys were the one to fill it up so they knew what was in it! Haha!

My family ended up staying half the afternoon. It was such a beautiful day and we spent most of it playing in the yard! Hudson did finally come around. I can assure you that there will be no more golden eggs in our near future though!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Rest of March

Well I'm tired of looking at my gray headed 8 year old Thomas Edison, so it's time for a new post. And I have over 300 pictures that I've taken since the beginning of March, so this is a little bit daunting! I will keep it short on this one because the rest of March was either pretty quiet, or I just don't remember anything that we did!
Our days/nights/weekends were filled with baseball. Every.single.night. Whew. We loved it, but we love that it is over too! :)

March is still busy season for me at work, and Joel was out of town for a few weeks that month as well, but we did get to go to the cabin for a few days at the end of spring break. Since our pups don't get much air time, here's one of my cute riding buddy, Chloe!

 We went down to the lake one day and checked on the progress of the new house. It's going to be amazing once it's finally done--which may take another year! :)

Carrie and Rooney joined us at the cabin and we drove over to the Pocket one day to see all the wildflowers in bloom.

April is up next!