This weekend was the epitome of family time and I loved it! I’ve been wanting to take Adeline to go see the tulips ever since I found out she was indeed a girl, and this weekend we made it down to Hot Springs to Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was a beautiful day, though a little chilly, but we still had fun and Adeline LOVED it. She is a happy, joyful, smiley baby 90% of the time I’d say, and Saturday at the tulips was no exception! She would smile and smile at everyone who walked by, never cried, peacefully took her bottle, and enjoyed looking at all of the pretty colors. I, being the crazed photographer mom, brought her bumbo as well as a plethora of toys and blankets and outfits to make sure our trip was fool proof and successful. Of course, not everything turned out to be exactly how I imagined it to be but I think with an almost 5 month old baby we did pretty good! We never had to change outfits, thank goodness, and we just moved her from one sunny bunch of tulips to the next, plopped her down in the bumbo, made silly first time parent faces and noises, scooped her back up in a blanket, got out of the sun, and moved along. Easy peasy! Being the middle of the day, the sun was super bright and the shadows were abundant, so it was a bit of a challenge but we survived. She wore a sweet little chambray Baby Gap bubble, but it was still a little big on her. It looked super bunchy on her when she was squished down in the bumbo, but that’s ok – still cute!
So here’s a glimpse into our family day. I love my little family so, so much, and love creating these memories together. I told Adeline that the next time she goes to see the tulips she’ll be running around like a wild child! Heaven help us!
The gardens have tons of trails, and it was much more wooded and hilly than I anticipated. It was so beautiful though! Once again, Arkansas, you win. We didn’t even see everything because it’s so big, and with Adeline we just didn’t want to overdo it. We’ll definitely have to go back and walk the rest of the trails though. (I also would probably take our Ergo next time – love having the stroller to carry everything in, but a lot of the trail is gravel and I didn’t really enjoy pushing the stroller through the gravel and over rocks.)
The first part of the trail we stopped at was this overlook. It gazes out over Lake Hamilton, I believe, and it was so pretty!! Also, my heart melted into a puddle while Adam showed Adeline the view – so sweet!!
A nice lady offered to take our family photo, and I’m so glad she did! It is so hard getting pictures with the three of us, so I was very appreciative of her asking! I always try to offer when I see families as well, and now I know how nice it is.
After we stopped in the shade to give Adeline a bottle, we started the tulip photos! She is such a ham. And her smile is as big as her face.
And then she decided she was over it.
The rest of the evening we spent snuggling at home, and getting take-out for dinner. On Sunday, we took her to Bass Pro to see the Easter Bunny for the first time, and she was pretty unimpressed. We also took her 5 month pictures and Easter pictures, and I can’t wait to share!
Ps it probably looks like we had her out in the sun in her bubble for hours and hours but I promise all of these were super quick and in between we had her snuggled up in a blanket or in her car seat 🙂