Friday, June 27, 2014

Berries for Days

Sometimes I love our community so much that I feel like I could just burst. This week has been filled with moments that make me want to give this little town that we live in a big love-squeeze. The other night, we closed out the evening with dinner on the beach. This gorgeous beach is the same one that earlier in the day, we celebrated a friend's Birthday at. Same beach, two times in one day, with a nap in between. At the end of the day, we all agreed that we need more days like this.
Yesterday we continued on our mission to soak up every ounce of summer with a past-bedtime marshmallow roast in the backyard with neighbors. Normally our kids are in bed by 8pm. Last night it was 10pm and it was so right. Many, many days it rains around here and when the sun shines, we are learning to step outside and take full advantage of it. I feel like we're finally in the groove of filling up our sunshine tank for the days when things are less sunny and we need that reserve.

So many nights my husband works late and dinnertime is so far less than ideal, but the nights that he's home, we grab hold of and magnify everything good about them. And so...last night it was marshmallows until the sun was long gone and this morning the house was quiet while the kids slept late.
Today's strawberry picking adventure was the icing on the cake of this community that's so full of goodness that I could almost burst. This local berry farm, Sakuma Bros., opened up their 30 acre berry field for the public to pick for FREE until July 1st. In a public letter, they wrote "this is a small token of appreciation to our loyal supporters and employees." 
To me, that seems like the ultimate way to say thank you to a community who truly appreciates their local farmers and it's pretty darn awesome if you ask me.
We hadn't planned on picking strawberries this year since our own little garden has really been thriving, but we couldn't resist this opportunity. It's all about the experience, isn't it?

By the time we headed back to the car, we were covered in mud and stained with berries. Our clothes are presently soaking off the strawberry fields that are caked onto them and my kitchen is cluttered with big bowls of strawberries, waiting to be washed. The funny thing is that we all couldn't be happier.
I would do it all again in a heart beat and we will....maybe even tomorrow.

It was the best morning and our community once again blew me away. Friends, free berries, beautiful farmland. Thank you Sakuma Bros. for your generosity. We truly love where we live.

Below is exactly what it looks like....sister "sniff check" on the field. Life is never dull with these girls!

 ♥ Angela


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