Tiptoeing (Throwing Rocks) Through the Tulips

4 05 2012

How lucky were we? Mimi and Poppop made it to town to care for Carter while I had my first overnight trip without the booger (more on that later). He had a ball with them – they went to the Museum of Flight, the farmers market, and of course, to the beach to throw rocks. Watch your rocks, folks, this kid has an obsession. I fear for my windows’ future.

I was fortunate enough to get one day with them before they headed to back to hot Texas, so we drove up to the tulip fields in Skagit Valley, about an hour north of Seattle. Last year, my booger was the charmer of the century. I put him in gathering bins (mom of the year, talk about sharp, rusty edges) and people gathered to take pictures of the cute “little girl” (???? has CJ ever really looked like a girl?).

cj, kim and poppop in the gardens

This year was a little different. That’s right folks, we have a full fledged toddler on our hands! One who isn’t thrilled about his picture being taken.

i’m so happy to be with you mommy!

But he’ll occasionally pretend and drop a smile.

i’ll sit for .2 seconds, hope you have a fast shutter speed!

And then take off on a dead run for the hills…

see y’all later!

As far away from you as he can get – dodging if it is necessary.

haha, you can’t catch me!

The tulips don’t mind being photographed though.

2012 tulips

Sometimes, we could sneak in a picture as he was running through the rows (oops, not allowed).

already breaking the rules by running through the rows

Apparently, it was funny when they would brush his arms.

tulips as tall as me

If any drought ridden Texans need help locating water, this kid is your friend. He’s a pro at finding agua.

agua? agua? agua?

And subsequently, the rocks that belong in them.

this rock does not belong amongst these beautiful aflahs (flowers)

We had to take a break for a snack, because this mama was still on relaxing Mexico time and paid little mind to crazy pants’ schedule. Guess what he had for a snack? No, not a tulip as it appears, but a (free, thank you Roozengaarde staff) hot dog bun, because I’m THAT awesome.

foraging

After snack time he was so much more willing to pose for pictures. 😐

no more pictures please, i see agua! and rocks!?

I mean, so excited about it!

like he’s never met the woman

So we let him run and I snapped some pictures of my lovely parents.

my beautiful mama

and my handsome dad

such a sweet, happy couple

Then I looked over and found boy and agua. Seriously, he can find a puddle ANYWHERE.

more. agua? (this is how he speaks sentences)

And then he’ll dig for rocks to throw in said puddle. He was complete.

surely there’s something in this row i can throw

We had a great day at the tulip fields followed by a wonderful lunch at Seeds Bistro in La Conner. Carter played peek-a-boo with the booth behind us (much to their dismay, I’m sure) while we enjoyed good sandwiches and I told stories about my trip to Mexico.

sweet boy living the life

Thanks to Mimi & PopPop for giving this mom a much needed break. I hope you enjoyed your time with CJ as much as he did with you! He still asks for one of you every morning when he wakes up.