Porter was am amazing helper in my jam making marathon. I suppose a more responsible mother would have made him got to bed, however, he asked if he could help, and I replied, "Yes, actually I could use your help!" He stayed up till 11:30, and was completely delightful. He said the funniest things, he just made me laugh, and he worked hard without stopping. The process definitely went smoother with his help. What a great memory we made of working together!
We pick blue berries every year, but have never picked strawberries. When our playgroup planned an outing, we decided to go for the experience. I'd already made 17 lbs of strawberries into jam the week before (I found strawberries for 99 cents a pound).
Sophie picked one bucket, and Preston picked another bucket. They loved it, and Porter, who missed the outing because he was in school, keeps begging me to take him. As we were leaving, the owners had just set a couple of huge boxes of strawberries out, and were selling them for $2 a box. I can't pass up a good bargain, so my friend bought 1 box and I bought 2 boxes. They were super ripe, and had to be used right away, so, I was up all night making jam with one box and freezing the other for smoothies. We've been in strawberry heaven.
Porter had to design a holder for his raw egg to be dropped from the top of his school without breaking. He used the foam the dog ripped out of his dog bed to pad the egg, stuffed that into a lightweight back pack and came out with one unbroken egg. He was thrilled!
the triumphant engineer showing off his unbroken egg