March 15, 2009

A Month of Strawberries

March has been the month of strawberries our family. In the beginning of March, we went to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City. I have always wanted to go to this festival, so Steve took me for my birthday. It was not quite what I expected, but it was a fun (and cold) day. We started off at the 4-H show of cows. Once Carter got over his shock of how big the cows were, he loved listening to them "moo". Then, we went over to see the roosters and the rabbits. Carter perfected his rooster sound as he listened to all the roosters crow. He "cocka-do-do" all throughout the roosters and the rabbits.
Next, it was time for the "big truck", as Carter calls it. It amazes me how large those tractors are. He looks so tiny next to the wheel!
Grandaddy put Carter on one of the tractors. We had to pry him off of it so other kids could get on. Does he have farming in his future?

After we all filled up on corn dogs, strawberry shortcake, fried Snickers, fried Reese's Peanut butter Cups, fried Oreos, and bacon dipped in chocolate (yes, you read that correctly), we headed over to the pig races. These were a "snort"-pun intended. Carter liked watching them run around the track, and he especially liked watching them jump into the water and swim.

Finally, it was time for the concert. We saw Rodney Adkins perform. He was a great entertainer, but not great enough for Carter. I got to sit in my seat for about 5 minutes before Carter said "walk", and took off for another row. Luckily the concert was not sold out, so Carter and I sat in the very back and watched. Well, I tried to watch and keep Carter from eating rocks and falling off the chairs on his head.

Carter's opinion of the concert. Even food did not keep him occupied for long.

This weekend, we went strawberry picking about 45 minutes from our house in Sorrento. Steve and I have never done this, and it was really fun! We picked strawberries with Carter for about 20 minutes, when he decided that smashing them between his fingers was more exciting. I can't believe how big and juicy the strawberries were! We picked so many, I am making two desserts with them today, and we will still have some left over.

After picking strawberries, we cooked hot dogs over a fire on the property. Steve is the master hot dog cooker. Then, we gorged on a strawberry milkshakes and strawberry shortcake.

We are probably going to go strawberry picking one more time this month. The weather has turned nice again, between 70-80 degrees, so we are spending as much time outdoors as we can before it gets over 90 degrees. It was nice to be together as a family since Steve is working so much lately with umpiring baseball. I'll do my best to keep you updated more frequently.