About 3:45 pm, Jordan called and asked if we could go to the farm. I told them that the farm was closed because of the holiday. Well, Jordan wanted to go somewhere and he thinks his big brother has extra clout, so he put Brandon on the phone. He was also a bit disappointed that there would be no farm and asked if we could do something else. Since everything was closed for the holiday, I told him I couldn't think of anything.
After I'd hung up, I got thinking about what a nice day it was, sunny but not excessively hot and a cool breeze was blowing. I phoned Michelle back and asked her if I could take the boys strawberry picking. She said yes.
We headed out and yes, I did have the camera, but forgot all about taking photos in the strawberry field. The berries were juicy, large and easy to pick.
We paid for the berries and the boys took them to the van while I asked the farmer a few questions. Yes, it was a good crop this year and the berries would last for about ten more days. Whoohoo! We only bought enough for eating this time, but Michelle wants to make freezer jam and I would like a few more for eating. I don't make jam because I'm diabetic and Dwight is allergic to strawberries, so I just enjoy them in season.
Anyway, while I was talking to the farmer, Jordan found my camera. Since he loves taking pictures, Brandon was the subject of most.
Here is the first one. Brandon professes to hate his photo taken, but notice the smile on his face.
This one looks like he got a little more cooperative. It's unusual to get a nice photo of Brandon smiling, so Jordan did a good job with this one.
The game is over and Brandon has had enough. He's totally ignoring Jordan. However, secretly he was having fun because they were both laughing and cutting up when I got back to the van.
When we got back to their place I asked them to stand in front of the tree in the front yard and have their photo taken with the berries, since we didn't get any of them in the strawberry patch. Amid groans of protest, they agreed.
Still being a little devilish, they decided that they would have their picture taken but stick out their tongues while I was doing it. They took turns doing this until I had taken three photos. I told them that they had to stand there until I got a good one. hehe
Finally they behaved for me to get a half decent one. They are still in being devilish mode, but having fun is what life is all about. I can hear them in 20 years laughing about how they pushed Grandma's buttons and tried to make her just a bit crazy. (If they only knew.)
Here are some of the fruits of our labor. An entire pail of strawberries. They are big, juicy and sweet. It only took us about 20 minutes to pick four quarts and in between the boys were tasting and having fun.
This was the perfect outing to top off Canada Day. We had fun and made a few memories. What better thing to do on our country's birthday. ~Blessings, Mary~