Do you have a yearly summer activity that makes you want to go back and pull up the pictures from the previous year, just to see how your family has grown and changed?
That’s how I feel about berry picking with my young family. I can’t help but think back to the previous summers’ adventures while reaching into the prickly plants in search of the darkest fruit.
The first summer we went, Chase, only a few months old, stayed in the infant carrier most of the time, content to stare at the sky and feel the breeze on his little face. Trenton, on the other hand, must have eaten his weight in berries, judging by the empty pail and red lips.
The next summer, Chase was a contender, straddling raised strawberry rows with ease and staining his own lips red. Can you pick out both little blond heads in the picture above? Three, actually, if you count mine.
This year it occurred to me that this was our first berry-picking adventure in which both boys were essentially on the same level. Considering that they’re only 18 months apart, I think it is going to stay this way for a good long while. Even though I feel like we have earned every day of it, I can still barely believe my little family is starting to grow up. (Time to add another to the mix?)
What yearly summer activity makes you reflect on your family’s growth?