I’m about to say something that will seriously annoy most of my stay-at-home parent friends: I really enjoyed Spring Break. 24/7 with the girls seemed daunting…..but without trying very hard we had a crazy-packed week. I kept our Monday as Just Us Girls and it was a spectacular way to start. Evelyn has been giving me some serious push-back on rules & boundaries lately, so I wasn’t sure how it would go…..but she really stepped it up. Even the weather cooperated!! We started our morning early – breakfast in the car, even – and went up to a favorite beach-side park. After chasing around some hermit crabs, we snacked on a picnic lunch. Claire fell asleep before we’d even left the parking lot…..so on a whim…..I decided to check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I’d been curious about it, and another friend had mentioned it just that morning, so it was fresh on the brain. I wouldn’t call it Kid Friendly – lots of driving between fields, lots of “Don’t Touch That!”, lots of older ladies “tsk tsk-ing” the kids (who were doing GREAT)……..though there were ample ice cream stops. It was not a trip I could have done with anyone else. All my attention was on the girls and the tulips, but it was amazing. Gorgeous color – mountains on both sides – alpaca farms! – it turned out to be a great day.
The color was so intense, in fact, that the off-brand lens I had on my camera couldn’t handle the reds. They’re a blur. I’ve never gotten images back like that.
And while the day was lovely and I’m so grateful to have seen it – – – I hope to get back up there some year in the rain. (without kiddos) My shutter-bug self wants to get some of those dramatic foggy images that belong in galleries.
We’ve been so fortunate to enjoy a Spring Break – IN SEATTLE – that actually felt like spring! From what I hear, that’s pretty unusual….and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.