On Friday, I decided to take a half day to do something extra special with my best girl. It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I’d been feeling the itch to get outside and explore a little. (I am also trying to remember to actually use my vacation days since I no longer need to hoard them all for maternity leave!) When I heard about Texas-Tulips, I knew I had to make a trip happen, and I knew A would love it. I recruited my MIL to come with us, left B home with Adam, and we took off, ready to enjoy a half day off work doing something with just us girls. After having B, I’ve tried to carve out special mommy-daughter time with A when I can, and every time we spend one-on-one time together, she just eats it up. I knew this would be perfect.
Texas Tulips is a you-pick tulip field here in north Texas, about a 50 minute drive from the DFW area. The field feels like it’s out in the middle of nowhere, and it’s a gorgeous drive along back roads, through tiny towns, and past the most beautiful ranches. I hadn’t seen much Texas ‘countryside’ yet so it was a pleasant treat driving up there and back. Sometimes I think a change of scenery is the best way to get you out of a funk, and I loved getting out of our daily grind to do something different.
When you arrive, you park in the field, and pay a $5 admittance fee. Then, you simply pick a basket, then pick your tulips! You can pick any tulip you want, however many you want, and then they wrap them up in a bouquet for you and you’re done! It’s such a fun concept, and I’d never been to a pick-your-own flower field before. I couldn’t believe how many tulips there were – rows and rows and rows, and every color you could imagine. Definitely worth the drive to see them. Beware: if you go on a Friday like we did, you’ll be in good company with dozens and dozens of little old ladies, and college kids posing for the perfect Instagram picture.
A LOVED it. She loved picking out her favorite tulips – especially the pink, red, and purple ones! Of course. I could tell she loved the extra girl time, and got her Honey (my MIL!) all to herself for a bit! Seeing her point to her favorites was so fun, and it was so sweet seeing her take the lead and make decisions on her own. She eventually yanked off her jellies, and ran wild through the dirt aisles, only stopping to either dig in the dirt, or point out a unique tulip she hadn’t spotted before. With her braids flying in the wind, and her tutu dress flopping around, I couldn’t help but wish she’d stay this way forever.
The sun was shining bright, and it was about mid-day, so it was tough to get too many decent photos, but we took them anyways because I just had to capture this experience. I have several baby photos of A in tulips, so it’s been fun to compare and see her grow. I almost brought B with us, but I’m holding out for the bluebonnets to bloom and will take some spring photos of him then. (I can only imagine chubby baby B in blue jean overalls in the bluebonnets, ahhh my heart! Can’t wait!)
Here’s a glimpse at our little adventure. I highly suggest taking a half day to visit Texas-Tulips, or do something similar. If you’re a working mom, use that vacation time. Use it to make memories. Use it to spend even more time with your littles during the work week, and avoid those weekend crowds. Use it to pull them out of preschool and surprise them with a special day-date. I promise you won’t regret it. It’s taken me a long time to learn that self-care comes in many forms, and one of those is taking a day off work just because.
Have you been to Texas-Tulips if you’re in the area? Do you have something similar near you?