Today we decided we should get in the car and go berry picking! That’s right 4 Mom’s, 6 kids and 28 degree weather (that’s 82 for all you Americans!) There are a lot of “you pick” farms down here in Portland and you end up with fresher cheaper berries than you get at the store. Since we are now officially part of the Oregon community we want to take part in as much of “Portland Living” as possible, which includes berry picking.
We decided to get an early start, so as to beat the heat, great in theory unfortunately things did not work out as we had planned. After missing our bridge and then next FEW exits on the interstate we managed to add 30 minutes onto our travel time and didn’t get to the berry farm until 9:45. The boys where great in the car but by the time we unpacked and got our boxes things where really heating up!
This trip was dedicated to raspberries and blue berries. We eventually want to pick cherries, apples, and peaches but it is not their season yet. So off we went with all our kids, boxes, strollers, cart and empty boxes. After walking the long road we picked, and picked, and picked, picked, and picked, and picked, picked, and picked, and picked, picked, and picked, and picked………Until our boxes where full! It took a good 2 hours but once out there we weren’t coming home until we had all the berries we needed. Our plan is to make jam tomorrow morning, all though we have never done it before, wish us luck!
The kids did great! AJ and Megan helped pick and test the berries as well as entertain the younger kids when things got “to boring” as AJ would put it. Actually AJ isn’t much of a berry fan but he still had a great time picking away and running around in the hot sun. I was a little worried about Miles but he was a real trooper. I did end up nursing him in the middle of an endless row of raspberries but you do what ya got to do right!?! By the end of the trip the kids where all pretty hot and tired, not to mention the Mom’s, however we got the berries!!! Mission accomplished.
Here we are picking raspberries, please notice Lyndz peeking out in the back left, lol!
Here's me and smage picking some berries together. He did pretty good until he realized he has sat in some berries and stained his new basketball shoes. It was all down hill from there, lol!
AJ is not a raspberry fan and Milies is to little so while Lyndz was busy picking away I decided to let Becks in on the Raspberry fun. I made sure he kept his clothing clean, but honestly, dose it get any cuter!?!
What is this?Squishy...let's have a taste...Not sure.....OH YEAH, HE'S A FAN!
Here we are at the end of our journey and it couldn't have gone any better. It was a lot of work but we had a lot of fun! By 12:00 we were all pretty ready to rush home for naps and then jump in the pool!!!
The boys in the car after 2 hours slaving away in the hot summer sun. Aren't they cute all squised in the back seat like that? We'll do anything to save a few bucks on gas, lol!