Thursday, May 21, 2015

Strawberry Picking | 2015

One of my favorite weekends of the year is the weekend we first go strawberry picking. I know it sounds silly, but to me it is the official kick off to summer, warmer weather, longer days, and the simple things in life. After a long cold winter and spring, there's nothing better than getting outdoors, getting some sunshine and picking strawberries straight from the plant. (And eating a few along the way if I'm being really honest).

This is our third year going to High Rock Nursery in Lexington, NC. They're family owned and operated and are the nicest people. We've bought plants and other vegetables from them, and each year we pick strawberries at least two times there. Each year, Landon becomes even more of a pro and enjoys it just as much as I do, I think. This year he was way more interested in eating than picking and even found himself a nice little seat right in the middle of the rows to enjoy himself a snack.

We went back again the next weekend for round two and have been loving having fresh strawberries in our house and for lunch each day. I really hope that as Landon grows up, this is one of the traditions that he loves and appreciates, and hopefully carries on with his kids. It truly is the simple things, like homegrown strawberries, that make life so sweet.

Monday, May 4, 2015

the thing about a three year old and nap time

So here's what happens when your child turns three apparently....they decide they are way to old and busy to take a nap. The thing is? Lord have mercy, they need it more than ever. Landon does pretty good throughout the week napping. On daycare days he takes a semi decent nap, and then on days he is with Ms Liz, he takes a great nap. The problem comes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Previously, on Friday afternoons when I got off work, I would pick him up, grab some lunch and lay him down for an afternoon nap and a couple hours to myself. Pretty much since he turned three, those Friday afternoon naps are increasingly more difficult to make happen. I've resorted to at least popping in a DVD in the playroom and having him have some quiet playtime by himself while I get a few things done. And for the most part it works. On the weekends we are normally on the go and Landon is not one to miss out on any fun, so again- it is hard to get him to settle down for a decent nap. Cue the tantrums, and whining, and tears because you didn't pick the right lid for his cup, or Josie (yes the dog) is looking at him.

I wish I was joking. 

So while we are in this phase of semi-naps...when they do happen? I love them even more than usual. So much so, that I documented the occasion. Crazy mom, right here.

Can we also make note of the jeep that is tucked in under the blanket with him? He insisted.

just fishing

It's not uncommon at all for John to pull in the driveway after a long day at work, change clothes, grab the fishing rod and head down to the pond with Landon to see if they can catch a fish before dinner. For me? It's one of my favorite things to watch. When we found our land a couple years ago John talked about being able to fish with his kids everyday if they wanted, and now...its a reality. Landon isn't so fond of touching the fish yet, but he sure loves reeling them in!

Usually when they go fishing I stay back and catch up on stuff in the house or pack lunches for the next day, but on this particular night I venture down with them. Thank goodness I grabbed my camera before I walked out the door otherwise I would have missed documenting this moment.

That cheesy grin in the last picture cracks me up every single time I look at it- he refused to touch his fish but he was so stinking proud!

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