Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Staycation Part 2, The Botanical Gardens

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

If you're visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party '09, welcome to my blog. I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful children ages 6 (almost) and 3 1/2. I love posting pictures of the places we visit or the funny things my kids do. There's never a dull moment in this house and you're invited to stick around and enjoy the fun.

Where I left off from Spring Staycation Part 1. (Staycation is when you stay home instead of going somewhere on vacation.) The kids and I took our train ride on the Forest Park Mini Train, but getting there was a major hassle because the entire city was trying to get to the Fort Worth Zoo for half price day (because everyone else is taking Staycations this year for Spring Break). So off we go to the Botanical Gardens. The flowers were really fabulous, but the kids thought the fountains were fascinating.

This was the first thing the kids ran to when we get to the Botanical Gardens.

And Garrett couldn't resist getting a little spray action from the gardener.

The tulips were in full bloom.

And I just loved this fountain.

Unfortunately, Garrett loved it even more, and kept trying to put his hands in the water. I think he would have jumped in if I wasn't holding his hand (or the collar of his shirt). In fact, I had a death grip on his hand while I was taking this picture. Some things are just too much for Garrett to resist.

And here is a beautiful flowering tree. I don't know what kind of tree it is, but I've seen it in people's yards around here, so it's not some rare, exotic tree you find only at a botanical garden.

We only stayed about 30 minutes at the Botanical Gardens because we were starving. My restaurant plans had to be nixed because traffic was too heavy to get to any of them, and the Botanical Gardens restaurant was packed. All the Fort Worth Zoo people that were stuck in traffic decided to take a detour to the Botanical Gardens to let the traffic die down. So we just left, besides, I was tired of pulling both kids in the wagon. My arms were getting tired. But the kids really enjoyed the day. Erin's favorite part was riding the train. When I asked Garrett what his favorite part was, he smiled really big and said "Wagon!" If I had known that, we could have stayed at home and ridden the wagon through the neighborhood.


Person(also known as Mommy) said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the idea of a "Staycation"! We'll have to try that someday.

Have a great time at UBP!

Cassie said...

Nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

LadyBug-Kellie said...

Great pictures! It adds so much to the story when you get to see what everything looked like! Love that!

Jenny86753oh9 said...

I love the idea of a "staycation". Spring Break is next week and we'll definitely be doing it from home!

*Your pictures are great!

Baba said...

Hi! Stopped in for the UBP 09. Party On!

HappyHermit said...

I love Botanical Gardens , I have been to everyone within driving distance !!

Thanks for being @ the party have a wonderful PARTY DAY !!

Vera said...

Lovely pictures!! YES I've already started a post of favorite new bloggy friends - great minds think alike ;) I'm loving this blog party!!

Mum-me said...

I like the term 'staycation' as that's what we tend to do most holidays anyway. A lot of people don't seen to realise they can have lots of fun within an easy drive of their home.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. If you want to try my Caramel Slice recipe, the conversions are
5ml = 1 teaspoon,
20ml = 1 tablespoon,
250grams = 1 cup,
and you can substitue light molasses (or perhaps even corn syrup) for the Aussie golden syrup.

valerie2350 said...

Happy UBP! :)
Hope you have a fabulous day!


auntrene said...

Staycations are the best. I will be having one in a couple of weeks, The week before Easter. I am so excited and am really hoping the Ohio weather doesn't let me down. I have some great places I would love to go and visit.
Thanks for inviting us all to stop by from the Blog party, it has been so much fun!!
By the way your kids are adorable and look like so much fun. Enjoy!!!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

The botanical gardens look absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful day out!


Hoosier Homemade said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have fun!

Brea's Mommy said...

Hi nice to meet you! Your children are beautiful! Hope you are having fun at the party! I would also like to invite you to link to Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post! Yeah Saturday is over, but I would still love for you to link!

Lady Graceful said...

Welcome to the party! So nice to see your precious little ones and hear of your adventure to the gardens. Lovely SPRING isn't it?

Enjoy the party!
Lady Graceful

JamericanSpice said...

Nice to meet you!

Talk about a party!

I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

Simply Sara said...

Staycation- Genuis Idea :)

Your kids are so adorable!

Nadine said...

Hi. Came by from the party. I live in Dallas, but not for long (in the process of moving).

Your children are adorable. Please stop by when you get a chance.

Michelle said...

Hi thanks for the blog follow ;-) The picture of the flowering tree is a magnolia they're truely beautiful.LOL on the death grip on Garrett's shirt.Have a great day.

Miriel said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog from the blog party!
Love your pictures in this blog! And thanks for adding my link and commenting on my winter pictures. You know what they say; "Norwegians are born with ski on their feets" ;) (and thats why I had to have a C-section ;) )