Ethan and I went strawberry picking this afternoon at a local u-pick that we never knew existed until a Google search unintentionally led us to it. (This place is less than fifteen minutes from our house so I suppose that makes us pretty unobservant.) In the upcoming weeks, lettuce and other vegetables will soon be ready for picking but for right now we were limited to strawberries which was still a super fun experience and a great way to get some fresh air.

The u-pick is located on the grounds of a nursery and landscaping company so the area was comprised of beautiful gardens and really gorgeous waterfalls. Ethan is partial to waterfalls and fountains (as in, we can't leave the mall without watching the fountain for an hour) so he couldn't get enough of the flowing water surrounding him. After choosing a basket full of red, ripe strawberries, we took a tour of the gardens, fed the fish in the coy ponds and met some pretty adorable bunny rabbits.

On the way out, I saw a table of tiny plants for $3 looking for homes. There were jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, romaine lettuce and beefmasters. I know, they're tomatoes, but there was something so unexpected and strangely hilarious about the word "beefmaster" to me. I guess Ethan understood because as soon as I spoke the word aloud, he started cracking up. It was settled: we were bringing the beefmaster plant home with us...and, consequently, Ethan now has the nickname "beefmaster." He thinks it's hilarious.

When we got home, it was time to plant the beefmaster plant. Our backyard is my husband's latest project as it's nothing but a big rectangular mess of dead grass at the moment. Ethan and I were happy to make a contribution to Operation: Fix Our Backyard. We planted the beefmaster plant right underneath our bedroom window amidst a slew of dirty pavers and dead grass. (And I suddenly understand what my husband is talking about when he rambles on and on about how not very cute our backyard is at the moment.) We think we made an improvement.

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  1. a) Ethan is adorable.
    b) I am so jealous that you can pick strawberries on the first day of December!

  2. I discovered a Upick about 15 minutes from our house over the summer! we went several times until the season came to a close and let me just say....those were the best tasting blueberries & blackberries i have EVER had. and it made some fun memories for olivia :) when ethan is older he will love doing that with you!

    and i also had to say he is starting to look just like his mama!

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  4. Oh your little man is just too cute! Thanks so much for joining in on our Tag-Along Thursday Blog Hop, Em

  5. Those strawberries look AMAZING! I'm so jealous that you still have delicious strawberries in December! Ethan is precious, as always :o)


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