Monday, April 30, 2012

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

So it just so happened that the entire family was up by 7am last saturday, and it was sunny, so I suggested we all head out to the tulip festival.  The girls were game so we hustled everyone in to the car and off we went.  We arrived at the first field by 8:30 am.  Kiah had her first face plant in the mud by 8:31am.  Luckily she handled it well and took it as a free pass to wallow in the mud some more.  After checking out the flowers for a bit Moira asked where the festival was . . . whoops apparently she was expecting a full on vendor/crafter fair.  So after getting over that little set back Moira settled in to checking out the flowers.   The first field we stopped at was just that a muddy field w/lots of flowers.

The next stop we made was Tulip Town.  This is the tourist version of the festival.  You had to pay $5 for adults to enter, but hey they had bathrooms.  Tulip Town was much less muddy and had statuary, music, manicured grounds, and many other things the girls thought enhanced the experience.  We rolled in a little after 9am and there were maybe 25-30 other people milling around.  The clouds finally started to break up and out came the sun.  You were allowed to go down the rows a bit here, which made for great photo ops, and it was a hilly piece of property, which also allowed for some pretty fantastic scenic vistas.  After several warnings about playing the "puddle jump game"  Moira had a spectacular fall in to a puddle and was not only covered in mud, but soaked.  After a fair bit of crying Nick managed to convince her to walk around a bit more, and we madly shot pictures in an effort to beat the kiddo clock.  We left the 2nd field just after 10am and it was getting really crowded, and difficult to get a shot without some random person walking through it.  The roads were also insanely backed up as we left town.  So the lesson for next time we go is to bring mud boots, towels, and multiple changes of clothing.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Time for a little catch up . . .

As usual we've been insanely busy the last couple of months. Some of the highlights include Moira's 6th birthday. We had several of her school friends and family members over to celebrate. It turned out to be a cold and rainy day, but we had fun playing games and the rain let up just long enough for the kids to whack open the much anticipated pinata.

After Moira's birthday we had Easter to celebrate.  This year I finally remembered to buy white eggs specifically for dyeing.  The results were happy girls and brightly colored eggs.

Then we headed north for Rykers 2nd birthday.  The weather was great and the kid had a blast romping around the yard hunting down easter eggs.

Next up was Kiah's 4th birthday.  She opted for a rock n' roll superstar dress-up party,  We purchased no less than 3 different outfits for our little fashionista who finally settled on the combo below for the party.  She did however undergo 3 wardrobe changes during the event.  

Here are a couple of online albums with even more kiddo cuteness:

April 9, 2012
If all that plus work wasn't enough to make your head spin we managed to squeeze in Nick's birthday, and a ton of projects around the house.  We've had amazing weather for this time of year and every one's taking full advantage of it.