Life has been busy - but good. I guess that is typical of summer. Ed has been super busy at work the past months, which makes his weekends at home even more special.
By the end of the weekend the woodshed was stacked full. Everyone felt like they had a huge accomplishment.
So much fun can be found with a bowl of water on a hot day.
Last week our strawberries began. The first few days no berries made it to the house, all were consumed immediately upon picking by the children but now we are getting a few quarts every day.
Even sweeter than strawberries.
I picked peas at a local pick-your-own patch this past weekend. Several years ago I stopped planting peas. I never was very successful at growing peas, I didn't have much garden space, and with a lovely patch only two miles down the road, it didn't seem worth it to plant my own.
On Saturday we dug up a few new potatoes to enjoy fresh peas and new potatoes for lunch. We are eating fresh broccoli almost daily. I remember now why I love this time of year. With the fresh garden produce, I could easily become a vegetarian.
After working in the yard and garden most of Saturday, the children were eager to have a campfire and roast some hot dogs. I'm always amazed at how little it takes to delight children.
Ed made chocolate brownies in his dutch oven. Layered with strawberries and some fresh whipped cream - yummy!
"Please more strawberries." - Our little strawberry monster.
On Sunday afternoon we biked a trail in Martinsburg, WV. The bike trail is next to a busy highway (Rt 9) and wouldn't be our ideal bike trail, except that along its ten miles there is 50 geocaches hidden.
The weather was ideal - warm, slightly overcast, with a nice breeze. We didn't make much progress since we stopped about every two-tenths of a mile to search for the geocaches. And of course we needed cookie breaks too.
We found about a dozen geocaches in the four miles we traveled. The children loved climbing into culverts, turning over rocks, and searching in fences for the caches - the ultimate treasure hunt. (Though today, one of my sons has a bad case of poison ivy.)
We ended the evening with a picnic at a park before heading home for showers and bed.
What summer fun (or work) are you enjoying?