Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bluebonnet Festival 2011

Here are some pictures from the Bluebonnet Festival that I talked about in my last post.

The first thing we did was get Jackson's face painted. He asked for a rocket ship.



Later we found a little petting zoo. Cozy gave Annabeth the outfit she was wearing and it was unbearably cute. I could have eaten her with a spoon. The goats in the petting zoo agreed.



Jackson had a lot of fun with the chickens.



Here's Annabeth digging into the festival food. I wish I could have that big ole glass of lemonade back.



Nana, Papa, and the kids.



This was the best five minutes of Jackson's entire life.



How can we get one of these in our back yard?



On the way home we stopped in a field of bluebonnets to take pictures. The ground was dry and crunchy and the sun was too bright.



The kids weren't really into the picture taking experience.



My daughter was a serious law breaker with her flower picking. Look how gleefully she did it, too.*



We bought Jackson a rubber band gun, which was a big hit. He also won some sweet sweat bands from the ladies of the Chappell Hill Historical Society.



This is the essence of boyhood - rocket ship on the face, sweatbands on the wrist, light-up shoes on the feet, and toy gun in hand. It's good to be Jackson.



*Every child in Texas is brought up to fear
the consequences of picking our state flower. Annabeth narrowly escaped a bout with the Law.

23 comments:

Sister Lynn said...

I love this post!

Yes, the fear of picking a bluebonnet goes deep.

Glad a grand time was had by all!

Immeasurably More Mama said...

There's nothing better than lemonade on a hot day...I especially like it in a mason jar with crushed ice. "The essence of boyhood" picture brought a smile to my face. It was a great day to be Jackson!

Krista said...

Too funny about picking the bluebonnets! I've been seeing things about them from my TX friends on FB, but having never been to TX other than in the airports I didn't know it was such a big thing!

Also, we did that water ball thing at the fair last fall... I wanted to try it, but let my son instead. I should have just gone in because the 3 1/2 year old wanted out after about 30 seconds. Maybe next year...

Jennifer said...

As a native Texas I too was brought up with the fear of picking bluebonnets too. But, on the Dallas NBC news station the other day they said that it's not actually illegal to pick them! I'm still a little skeptical...

Wendy said...

Ohhh, thanks for the warning on the blue bonnets.

What a great day!

Kirsten said...

So cute! Annabeth looked like a Disney princess with the animals peacefully surrounding her at the petting zoo, and I loved the "essence of boyhood" picture as well. Thanks, as always, for sharing, Amanda. :) Have a blessed day!

Our Family of Four said...

Great pics! We passed right through the festival, but my daughter wanted to hop into that big gerbel looking ball so badly. Bluebonnets were hard to find this year and your right, it was very dry. We managed to sneak a few good ones, but that was about it.

Angie said...

What a great family day!
And, yes, that is every boys idea of great things!

Shannon said...

This post just made me laugh out loud. Your Jackson reminds me SO much of my Jackson. And I agree, that was the picture of a true boy!

Lauren said...

I've read your blog for a while, but only commented a few times. But I couldn't resist saying something when I read that last line about picking bluebonnets. That made me laugh so hard! I remember tiptoe-ing so lightly across the bluebonnet patches as a kid, making sure not to break one stem, or else I was sure the cops would show up right away and whisk me to jail. Thanks for the laugh!

spiritmom said...

We did bluebonnet pics with my kids and my brother's kids. I'm surprised they were still smiling with us yelling "STOP PICKING THE FLOWERS!!!" All Texans visibly cringe when I show them the pic of my 3 year old neice two fisting bluebonnets.

Jennifer said...

We went to the Bluebonnet Festival last year and it was blazing hot!!! So glad we skipped on it this year since there weren't many bluebonnets to actually take pictures in.

Faith said...

That's cute! And, whoever painted Jackson's face did a GREAT job! They don't paint faces like that in AL! Haha! :)

Kendra said...

Dude, my neighbor used to make my sister and I rubber band guns - seeing that thing brought back some fun memories. And Annabeth is edible in that outfit. Since I live overseas I just ordered a bunch of stuff (clothes for lilgirl about AB's age) at Target for my Fatherinlaw to bring in a couple of months - but it's just not the same as living in the states and being able to get such cute stuff. Oh well, Ce la vie. ((Sorry for the novel...most likely TMI but I'm bored so there you go:))

Finally an Abrigg..... said...

I love Jackson's snaggle tooth look. Is it wrong for me to hope that Titus' looses his front teeth at 3? They are both extremely chipped.

Thanks for the comment on MDO. We have several years ahead of us for school. Most of the pressure is in my head. However, I have the fear of him being behind...ugh. I know that's a lie!

Sunni, Xavier and I had fun in the choir. We might have gotten in trouble for talking...several times.

The Johnsons said...

That rabbit by Annabeth is Huge! I thought she looked pretty cute on Saturday in her little outfit! Love Jackson's all boy picture!

Nancy Mon said...

They have that ball and water thing at Katy Mills Mall. Peggy is the first grandmother do get in one and have fun. So maybe a summer field trip for y'all.

Tina Miles said...

Thanks for posting that link--I grew up in Dallas and NEVER knew that it really wasn't illegal to pick the bluebonnets!! *Gasp* :) Nice to know the truth!

Marc and Charity said...

That's really funny about the fear of bluebonnet picking. It's still with me. I shouted at Bailey and Addison to NOT PICK THE DAFFODILS that are blooming everywhere. Lord, have mercy.

Shellie Paparazzo said...

I totally agree about the ball thingies in the little pool. How can I get one of those...Uh...well, in my front yard? I don't have a backyard! And, I LOVE a tall glass of lemonade when it's warm outside. Not warm outside here, so I shiver a little when you talk about water play and then remind myself, "It's Houston, Shellie! Not Moscow! It's hot there!"

Heather said...

I never knew the fear of picking a bluebonnet was something you needed to instill in a child. Though I'm not from Texas either! :)

Wanted to ask you to pray for my middle child. He has something going on with his abdomen ... severe pain and severe distension of his belly. we are undergoing lots of testing and now waiting on results of some while trying to get others finished ... just need all the prayers we can get. It's hard to see your baby hurt and not be able to do anything for him to help.

Janelle said...

I'm not sure if Ella would try the plastic ball, but I would! :-) Looks fun. I just picture Jackson's excitement over that. He's such a brave little man. So fun!!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I can tell you exactly when they repealed the Bluebonnet Law - it was the spring of 1988. I know because I was driving to Round Up at UT with my friend Juli, and we pulled over and deliberately picked bluebonnets off the side of the road just because we could. However, word must not have gotten out, because we got seriously honked at and I think some people might have even made un-Christian like gestures to us.

I remember how funny it was that every 18-wheeler that drove by honked angrily at us. It cracked me up that all these big burly truckers were all mad and getting after us for PICKING FLOWERS.

I learned my lesson. I have not messed with Texas ever again.