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Friday, April 16, 2010

You know it's Spring when...

You know it's Spring time in Texas when the Bluebonnets are in bloom.   The Bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and they are so pretty!  They grow wild all around where I live.  Many people spread seeds in the fall so that they can have a beautiful blanket of blue in their yards come Spring time!  We keep forgetting to do our seeds and so our yard is just green.  That's ok too though!  (better than brown)

This time of year, when the Bluebonnets are in bloom, you will see people on the side of the road with their cameras and kids.  My husband always thinks this is ridiculous.  Plopping kids in the flowers on the roadside to take pictures of crying children seems crazy to him.  I must admit, we did it when I was a kid!!  Now, as a parent, I worry about crazy drivers, ant hills (we have fire ants that bite!) and even snakes.  Last year, my sister was renting a house that had a field of wildflowers in front, so we went there and took pictures.  I even brought a stool for the girls to sit on!  This year, like the past 3 or so, we went out to Chappell Hill, Texas where they hold the "official" Bluebonnet Festival.  There is lots of food and shopping and they have an area for the kids, pony rides, face painting, and a few activities.  We love to go, usually the weather is just lovely and we can enjoy a day outdoors together.  On the way home, we saw a big field of flowers that was off the highway, away from cars, so we stopped.  We took a few pictures, took in the sweet smell of the flowers, and then headed on down the road.  Satisfied. 

Happy Spring!  It's finally here!

11 comments:

Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

The flowers are beautiful! I love when wildflowers bloom. Your girls are adorable, as always :)

Erin said...

Bluebonnet season is my favorite in Texas! I've been meaning to take pictures in the bluebonnets for a few weeks now. I'd better do it before they're gone.

Danielle said...

Those are some beautiful flowers. I learn something new everyday!

Ode to Motherhood said...

It looks lovely! You just have to stop and appreciate those flowers while it lasts! Happy Spring!

myletterstoemily said...

i'm coming down to bluebonnet heaven
on monday! at least, i hope waco is close
enough to see them.

we're visiting our son at waco.

thank you for the lovely photos!

6feetover said...

Awwwwww I miss Texas! Crazy because a friend of mine who lives in TX just posted on his facebook that the bluebonnets are back and I responded with how I miss being able to pull off on the side of the road and take photos in the blooms!!

~melody~

Alyssa said...

Andrea, your blog needs to carry a warning, at least for me:

"Warning: Reading this may make you want to move to Texas"

I better go now...

Brodie said...

Happy Saturday Sharefest- I miss Texas too- we just moved to NY from texas after being there for 4 years- it's so darn cold in NY:(
love your etsy shop~ if you are looking to promote it I have ad space open on my blog-
have a great day and stop by sometime http://1princeand3princesses.blogspot.com

Tiffany said...

Happy Saturday Sharefest! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I always wondered about stopping on the roadside to get pictures of my kids in a sea of beautiful yellow flowers. (that's what they have planted here in Florida) But I worry that the kids would be scared and the cars are going by way too fast.

I'm stopping by for a bit. I like your writing style.

Lynette said...

This is stunning...I just love those pretty blue flowers.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I love Festivals like that!!!! We have a ton of them June - October and we try to hit as many as we can.