Friday, May 13, 2011

teach them...when you sit down...when you walk around (in flowers)

We figured it out. *insert laughter*  The whole age-appropriate vacation (and you still get to sleep in your own beds thing).  When they were at the baby/toddler stage we realized that a vacAtion was just a trip to the park that ended with dipped cones.  A little swim in the pool.   The beach swing set.  Short and sweet.  A date was a red box movie and perhaps Chinese take-out at approximately 8:32 pm (or as soon as  babies sleep).  We've come a long, looooooong way.   I was so excited.  Since the price of gas is doing its very own thing and it doesn't make sense to travel far...and since I got amazing, (one day only) FREE tickets to our lovely, local conservatory...well,

what could be more fun in this dreary, winter's done but spring has not come yet weather?! (updated to say...thank the Lord, the sun has currently made it's appearance).  So we did.  Right after a drive through fast food, because what is more happy to a kid than eating food of absolutely no nutritional value in the car on the way to...

"paradise"?!
all age-appropriate planning lost in the murmuring of
children shocked that anyone would consider
this a good time.
Little girls adjust.
Paradise just might be
found.

However all things planned are not necessarily met with joy expected.
"oh, (sigh of dismay)...it's a FLOWER PLACE?"
did quite rapidly turn to enthusiastic running
when at entrance the girls were handed
a pencil to "treasure hunt".
(Though the final "prize" turned out to be small and plastic,
God bless the woman who promised "reward". ☺)





 one of our favorites.
the girls took "turns"
controlling the fountain spray ☺


 yarn butterfly. check.

and she runs
around
and
around
and
we sit
and
sit
and enjoy
momentary "pause"
"snap"
and she's
running again ☺

we named it the "strawberry-banana"

garden fountains
surely
intended
for children
to walk
through...
see the
"growing"
bumble bee?

in between drips of rain
we discovered this outdoor play garden
 


smell
the
coffee!

it was evening as we entered
the most
magnificent
land of
butterflies
and
orchids.
Did I mention
that God's Creation
is
tremendous?!



you know that verse
pray with ceasing?
you can praise
worship
without stopping too!

sleepy butterflies
 
good night butterflies
 good night pineapple palm.
and good night 
beautiful darkening sky.

7 comments:

  1. Looks very pretty...and fun!

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  2. okay, so i know where we're headed next. your post convinced me. :)

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  3. Annette,
    You are amazing! You bring so much creativity to our family. Thank you for being you and who God created you to be. The pictures are beautiful Annette but the joy and beauty of your smile that evening was priceless. I love You!

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  4. hi, first time visitor here. these pictures are great. i seriously just had a lot of fun looking at this place. thanks!

    happy sunday,
    rachel
    http://www.upperbottom.com

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  5. So glad you stopped by my blog today! Your little corner of the internet here is lovely! Blessings, friend! ;-)

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  6. Amber, the Friday before Mother's day you can get free tickets to your local garden/conservatory in most states! It was a last minute deal i discovered :).

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  7. This looks like a place I could spend several days! Where is it?

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