Friday, April 12, 2013

"Stop picking the flowers for crying out loud!"

 It's so weird.

I remember ten years ago, when I had a two year old, and a baby.  It was pure chaos, all. the. time.  Chaos, I tell you.  Both of them were in diapers.  One had acid reflux, screamed all the time, and only wanted her Mama every waking, and sleeping minute of the live-long day.  The other was literally running into walls with his body, constantly making noise, and never stopped moving, climbing, running, jumping off tall things, and gave me a big fat daily, "No thank you, I'd prefer to stay awake for eighteen hours straight," when guided gently to a bed for nap time.


I got the brilliant idea that we should begin making an annual trek to a Western Washington tulip field.  You know, for those stunning photographs of happy, smiling people and swaths of colorful tulip rows as far as the eye could see.  The ones that make it onto the Christmas card and the huge canvas you spent way too much money for, hanging above your sofa.  Yeah.
Only, you can't walk in between a lot of the tulip rows... you can't pick the tulips, you can't jump over them, you can't run down the paths, and you have to stay away from trenches of mud that will suck you down like quicksand.

(Okay, the mud is only that bad if you're under two feet tall.)

Good times. Now add a toddler and a baby, and a forty five minute car ride to get there in the first place.

Idiocy, because we, the parents, should have known not to punish ourselves that way. 

We broke every darn rule.  Every single year.
 The kids always picked a tulip, or fifty. 

They always took off running down the rows like Dorothy trying to make it through a poppy field before falling asleep.

They always made bee-lines for the mud.

There were always tears at some point.

And then Adrain would remind me that I was a big girl, and needed to set a good example for the children.

This year.

Nobody picked tulips.  Nobody got sucked into a quagmire of mud.  Nobody tore off running down a path with a sign clearly saying, "Please stay out of the tulip rows."  Not once did I utter, "Stop picking the flowers for crying out loud!"
And the only person jumping over the tulips was me, as I tried to navigate a photograph angle.

It was downright boring.
The most exciting part of the whole adventure were two cows making like a couple on a honeymoon, in a field.  

If you know what I mean. 

The backseat, filled with recent health class graduates, erupted with giggles and finger pointing.

And yes, I took a photo, because I'm twelve years old. 

My children are growing up.

And I'm not sure I can stand it.

The end.


  1. Ha! I totally snickered at the cows. What beautiful photos! We are heading to Seattle in June for my 30th birthday, I wish these were still around then! We are looking for out of the ordinary things that the locals love! :)

  2. OH my - haven't we all done done this? Whether it's tulip fields or pumpkin patches!!! I could certainly relate. But -- what beautiful photos! And, um BTW... could that cow be umm.... any LESS interested? LOL Hum-de-dum, I think I'll just eat grass while this is happening. Oh my, too funny. [I am twelve with you.] Happy weekend girlie!

  3. BEAUTIFUL photos! Just what I needed on this very dark dreary west coast day here in BC. And yes, the cow photos IS hilarious! Love your blog!!!

  4. Haha. The cows made me laugh too! So funny to see that photo in with all the beautiful ones. :)

  5. We used to live on a farm with many a cattle and many a National Geographic educational experience. Also, that's how I had my first "sex talk" with my oldest daughter. It was filled with very scientific and big words like "BOY COW BOTTOM" and "GIRL COW BOTTOM." Clearly, I should be writing educational books for children.

  6. lol at you taking that picture of the cows!! still giggling here.

    love the pics, sorry your little peeps are growing up on you... you can borrow my Eli any time you would like. He'll pick flowers, sink in mud, all that good stuff for ya! While you and Eli are enjoying that "fun" I will take your well behaved mature children to china shop??? What does one do with children that don't run through the mud?

    Hope you are having a great day, my friend!

    PS not sure whose coat I am loving more, yours or Ava's :)

  7. I laughed so hard at the cow photo I nearly woke the baby from nap time! Thanks for that laughter, it was much needed. I miss the tulip fields up there terribly, this helped lessen the pain. :D

  8. That is fantastic!!!! I'm so glad you shared, I didn't even know a place like that existed! and I LOVE tulips !! Your photos are always stunning, you have some fantastic shots in this post. And it is so refreshing to hear what life was like when you kids were toddlers. As a mom, a wife, and a blogger, sometimes I wonder how other bloggers juggle it all. I've decided that while my kids are little I'm not going to stress about getting daily post out, because they're only little once, and little people are a lot of work :) Thanks for sharing, as always, hope you have a great weekend! ~Bre

    1. Oh girl... no kidding... they ARE a lot of work!! I didn't even start blogging til we were way past that stage... they were still a lot of work but it was different when they could feed and dress themselves. Enjoy it while it lasts! :)

  9. I sooo needed the chuckle at the cow photo...[it appears I'm 12 also!]
    You take such beautiful photos and your dialogue in your posts make me giggle most of the time. I've never heard your voice but I SWEAR I can hear you ;)
    Thank you for sharing your life so candidly. You always manage to put a smile on my face and lately that is greatly needed. Your children are so sweet and you are absolutely beautiful, inside and out. ♥

  10. So there is hope for the chaos! ;) Um, mine are just now both out of diapers. Glory! The chaos hasn't left though, that's for sure. I will say that 4 and almost 3 are really fun ages. Your sweeties are presh. They really look so much like both you and Adrain.

    I love these pictures. And how amazing to have a cow shot like that. I'd say you hit the jackpot.

  11. I laughed so hard when I saw that picture of the cows...apparently, you're not all by yourself being twelve. :)

    Tulips are my favorite and you captured them so beautifully. I can't imagine what it must be like to see them in person.

    I relate to so many of your words here....remembering all those years when my kids were little bitty ones...trips like this were so hard..and now, we're amazed at how much easier they are. They're growing up fast....too fast!

  12. BwaaaaaaHaaaaaaHaaaaaa, that is the geatest picture you have and will probably ever take! I know you know which one I'm talking about here. So proud of you and your inner 12 year old, you truly are my sister!

    Love, Officer McJakey

  13. Love the pics!

    Love the stories!

    Love the cows!

    Laurel :)

  14. Great photos! Yes, the kiddos grow up too, too fast!
    When I read your reference to Western Washington, I thought, we're practically neighbors! I live in Portland.

  15. How did you manage to take so many pics of the tulip fields with no other people in the background? I've been to that tulip festival many times and it's always packed with people! :)

  16. What a beautiful post and a beautiful tradition you began.

  17. My fave post ever! Thank you!!
    The tulips -- gorgeous!
    The cows -- hilarious!
    The peeps -- so great!
    Ava's denim jacket -- perfect!!!

    You always make me smile! Thank you.

  18. Ha the cows always good for a laugh!! Sweet Mother's Day picture.

  19. "There were always tears at some point.

    And then Adrain would remind me that I was a big girl, and needed to set a good example for the children."

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! I love you. I get you. Oh, and I am 12 years old too!! *Snicker*
    (Not actually 12, but, you you are 12 ;) )

  20. Beautiful photos, beautiful babies, awesome blog. Thanks for sharing! :)

  21. Beautiful tulips, funny cow story and a delightful read. Happy weekend!

  22. My phone is dying. Had to see the cow pic. They were just enjoying the beauty of the day. Lol!!!

  23. What a wonderful tradition - beautiful pictures - thanks for taking me on a mini vacation.

  24. Your kids are so are these fields of tulips! And as for the cows....bahahahahha!

  25. I have been reading your blog for about six months. I love seeing your beautiful photos of your beautiful life. How wonderful to have a tulip farm close by (even if the kids don't act like kids anymore when visiting). Maybe next year you can pretend you are taking a trip to Holland?? Feel free to stop by my blog and check out my life:

  26. I love my state of Texas...but man when you post hiking photos...or these kinds of photos it makes me want to venture out! haha gorgeous as always!