Friday, April 18, 2008

Strawberries and Water!

I know you are all going to laugh at me, but I think I could be a country girl. That is, when a big city is only an hour away and you get to do all of these fun things. Seriously, we love it out here. For those of you who have never been to the Texas hill country, you are totally missing out. It is BEAUTIFUL!! No tumbleweed out here.

So, today when the everyone was up and moving, we packed up all three girls and headed to the strawberry orchard. You get to pick strawberries until your little heart is content. It is prime season right now and there are so many berries on the plants. The girls each had a box to put them in. You are told that you are welcome to sample the strawberries, but to please not make a meal of them. Lucy did not quite understand that and ate almost every single one that she picked. Her little chin was totally red when we went up to pay. They said she was the best advertisement for the orchard that they had ever seen! It was a little cold and windy, but that didn't stop us from having a blast. Lucy and Taylor both kicked their shoes off and ran in the mud!! Silly girls.

Then we came home, played in the yard for a bit, ate some lunch and the girls took a nap. Once everyone was awake again, we loaded up again. First we went to the small local airport where only small planes fly. The girls could go right out where the planes are parked and examine them. We saw several land and take off. Then we headed to Elizabeth's parent's house. They live on this amazing land that has a creek running behind their house. It was warm and the wind was gone, so the girls went straight for the water. Taylor was so happy that she just eventually laid down and rolled in the water. It is seriously the most perfect creek for small children to play in. The water is barely moving and is about a 6 inches deep. The shores are sandy. It is narrow and they could run back and forth. Lucy's favorite thing to do was throw rocks in the water. Her and Taylor both "cooked" us a lot of things in the pots and cups with sand and water. So cute.

And then to top it all off, Liz's mom made this beautiful tea party for the girls. She had out REAL silver and all of these cute snacks. The girls wore hats and high heels. Again, Lucy was in heaven because her ideal meal is snack food. We finally headed home, scrubbed the girls down and they were sacked out within minutes. I want to brag on Lucy that she has been so easy with sleep even though we are in a different place. She lays right down in a big girl bed and goes to sleep. I can even leave her when she is awake and she does not get out of the bed. She just wiggles around a bit until she is comfortable and passes out. She is definitely ready to move to a big girl bed. Also, she has been so social and happy. I love it when she shows others how much fun she is all of the time with us!!

Now, when we head back home, this girl is going to be so bored without all of this excitement to fill her days!

The pictures from the creek are some of my favorites I have ever taken. Again, it is so beautiful, peaceful, and fun here.

walking to field.jpg
Barefoot and covered in strawberry juice. Does she belong in the country or what??
looking at strawberyy.jpg
This is Taylor. Can you tell she loves the creek?
Heading back to get cleaned up for the tea party.
Lucy was the first one seated. She waited patiently for the other guests to get ready.
Here comes Taylor, the tea, and the food.
Another friend has joined in on the fun.
Ladies, don't forget your hat!

Who knows what fun tomorrow will bring........


Kristin said...

Looks like the little ladies had a blast! I'm so glad you guys are having fun!

Great pics, as always, Kelly!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful :)

Susan said...

Petunia and I are so envious of your fun time. We've both loved the photos so much! They're all so beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your visit.

Leslie & Shaune said...

your photos are getting so good Kelly! the poppy ones blew me away and these ones too. did you get photoshop yet?
hey, you should be really proud of your photos.

lucy is a doll, i love seeing her photos.

Kelli said...

Those are wonderful pictures! Glad you are having such a wonderful trip in the country!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos! It sounds/looks like you're having a wonderful time!!! Enjoy the rest of your time there.

Anonymous said...

Don't you totally want to live like this all the time?! Or at least a lot more often? Beautiful pictures, totally representative of beautiful life!!!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness am I jealous of your summer-day fun while there is snow in my back yard! I love those pictures - you are a great photographer! I especially like the one of her little hand picking a strawberry - adorable!

R&H said...

OMG these are AWESOME pictures! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lucy!!!

my3 kids said...

What an adorable little girl you have. My VN princess is already 8.5 years. Don't know where the time has gone!!

Anonymous said...

Kelly--the pics are fabulous! I'm so glad that you've been having such a great time!! Tea parties are so much fun. I didn't know we had found crocs. What size are they? I've been keeping my eyes open for them-they were perfect for the stream/fields/etc. Kiss the girl for me. Love and kisses, LeeLee

dwayne and melanie said...

Hey, Kelly,
What a smile Lucy brings to my face. Love the strawberry pictures and the creek pictures are fabulous. Thank you for praying for us. I hope Kaylee will be here soon. I know a lot of people want to know who she is. Maybe it won't be much longer.

Sharon said...

It looks beyond fun! The pics are wonderful too!

Kate said...

sooooooooooo cute!!! strawberry juice, creek soup, and tea in the mint julep cups! yummmmmmmmm!!!!

Shawna said...

So darling Kel! I'm really happy that you and Lucy are having such a great time. Oh, and Lucy's Juicy suit is super cute!

Sara said...

Love the photos! Kelly, you are getting to be a really great photographer...and it doesn't hurt having such a marvelous little subject :)

Miss you guys! We should plan a get-together sometime soon. I'd love to see Texas!

Anonymous said...

what a trip! excellent photos!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,
I just spent the weekend with Holly in Houston and we talked about Lucy and your blog so I logged on today to find your Hill Country pics. Were you in Marble Falls at Sweet Berry Farms? If so you were right by my house! Your pictures are amazing and Lucy looks as beautiful as ever.

Hope you are doing well!

Alison Nathan

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