Because we knew we weren’t going to get to have a traditional family Easter holiday, we planned to get in some quality time by going to the Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA.
The plan was to meet my sister and brother in law at the festival, grab some lunch, take lots of pictures of the munchkin among the tulips, and bask in the awesomeness that is our collective group.
Well, we figure we got halfway there…
We had so much fun helping out a friend of ours after her surgery. Elise was ecstatic when she figured out the Easter baskets was hers and all hers! Dyeing eggs was a fun first experiment and the egg hunt proved that even though you don’t want your kids to eat candy, they will get it.
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As I mentioned, we had the plan of going to the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley, just about an hour’s north of Seattle. It started off really well with us leaving the house on time, getting a full tank of gas and packing enough snacks and water to survive the zombie apocalypse.
It didn’t matter how prepared were were…
Bec and John left after us and arrived a good half hour before us… The travel karma just wasn’t on our side that day.
- a warm, sunny day spent enjoying
- colorful fields of tulips, gently swaying in the breeze while
- eating a picnic on the lawn of Roozengaarde’s garden.
- Bec and John’s pictures look like those below – photos that you can share with your loved ones, on Facebook, and look back fondly on as a nice excursion into nature.
- a 55 minute drive from Seattle to Mount Vernon followed by a
- 3.5 hour sloooowwww drive to exit off the highway and get to Roozengaarde’s garden for
- a warm, sunny hour and a half spent wrangling a 2 year old into photo ops she was having none of.
- Our pictures are below. Photos depicting all the fun we had while locked in a car with a screaming 2 year old. But we also have the photos with thumbs in them AND some with thumbs and porta-potties. Majestic, yes?
Once we’d arrived, we actually had a great time but we aren’t gluttons for punishment – there is no way we are doing this again next year. We’ve decided that if we ever forget how much it sucked to be locked in a car with an angry 2 year old, we’d review the photo evidence and then book a hotel somewhere inside the Skagit Valley with a professional photographer.
One who knows how to bribe kids to sit still for a picture.
As mentioned, we were visiting with friends to help out but that didn’t mean we didn’t get some great Easter fun of our own.
Grandma came over and gifted Elise her daughter’s lederhosen. Look at this sweetie saying thanks:
We were able to dye some eggs, hunt some eggs and get stuck in hours of holiday traffic. Due to poor planning on my part, I have no photo documentation of the latter, but trust me when I say: locked in holiday traffic AGAIN with an extremely tired toddler is so much fun.
|The little one got to dye some eggs. She was better using her hands than the wire egg holder, even though a few went rolling.|
|Grandma and Elise sorting through the eggs after the hunt.|
Elise was very impressed with the sticker stash the Easter bunny hid. To keep things fair, each of the three girls got a color of egg to hunt (idea stolen from Pinterest, thank you very much).
|Jelly bean sneaking testing. Needless to say, they were a hit!|