Last Saturday Elena and I joined some friends at Spencer Farms for strawberry picking. It's an annual tradition for us now that we're back in Indiana, as it's a place I used to go to as a child. It was a lot easier this summer, not being 7 months pregnant and all. I had hoped to bring Eli along so he could experience his first strawberries as they were truly meant to be eaten – local, sweet and totally messy. Unfortunately he was dripping snot all weekend, so we left him at home with Mike. The camera gods were on my side that day, so I got some good pictures of the whole experience. Elena and her friend Evelyn became expert pickers within minutes. Elena picked a whole carton by herself, and probably ate another carton along the way. Elena took the whole endeavor very seriously, and as you can see, strawberry picking requires a glamourous look and an attitude to go with it:
In other produce notes, our garden is humming right along. We're enjoying fresh lettuce whenever we want, and soon we should have carrots. I did a little jig right next to the tomato plants yesterday when I noticed a teeny tiny green tomato developing. Here's Elena gathering some leaves for our dinner salad . . .
Other than that we're just enjoying the more laid-back days of summer vacation. Elena is in camp this week through Fishers Parks and Rec and this Saturday is her birthday party. We're having fabulous weather this week – temps only in the mid to upper 70s, so we're enjoying it before the real heat hits.