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Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Garvan Woodland Gardens

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!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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And then she decided she was over it.

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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 🙂

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Have you heard of Garvan Woodland Gardens?

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  • Reply
    Heather @Fitncookies
    March 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    If this is the second comment, delete one! My computer froze.

    These pictures are gorgeous! Each one is better than the last. Her open mouth smile is so adorable! Love that outfit she was in. Annabelle just about doesn’t fit in the bumbo lol Her legs are too big, haha. I can’t get over the pictures of you and Adeline. They are too precious. Family pictures are hard to get but you guys have a beautiful one now! I need to work on getting family pictures!
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    March 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Adeline is such a cutie!

    I’m curious about a comment you made regarding being excited to take her to see the tulips once you found out you were having a girl. Does that mean you wouldn’t take a boy to see the tulips? As the mom to 3 boys and as a woman working in a predominantly male field (I’m a controller/accountant in construction and the main breadwinner for our family) gender stereotypes are something I am sensitive about, especially since all 3 of my boys do not like many stereotypical boy things (like sports, though they do love video games). They all would have loved to see the tulips when they were little. Maybe now that they are 10, 13 & 16 not as much (although my 13yo probably would still like the flowers – that kid loves color!). Anyway, I don’t mean to offend or anything. As I said, gender stereotypes are something I am hyper aware of. I was just curious about your comment and if you’ve thought much about gender stereotypes and parenting.

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      Sweet Miles
      March 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Christine, I did not mean to offend you either! I’m so sorry if you took it that way. I understand why you would be hyper aware of such things, makes total sense! I did not mean anything more by that comment other than literally what I said – ever since I found out we were having a girl, it was just on my bucket list to take her in her little frilly outfit to see the tulips and do fun pictures together. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t take a little boy had we been blessed with a son – I would have loved that just as much and I would have loved putting him in a sweet little outfit as well. I happen to love flowers myself, and do hope that my daughter grows up loving flowers as much as I do, and I did not mean for that to come across as a stereotype at all. If we have a son and he loves flowers, then that will be wonderful as well, and I will be thrilled! I’m sure if our next child is a boy I will be equally obsessed with taking pictures of him in front of anything pretty as well. My husband loves flowers and gardening even more than I do, and hates sports. I was over the moon excited to have a little girl first, and I do intend to do all things “girly” with her while she’s little, and that may or may not include doing things that are stereotypically more “girly”, so I’m not really sure how to avoid that being called a stereotype. My husband and I will raise Adeline with the choice to love whatever she wants to love, whoever she wants to love, and will love her unconditionally no matter what her choices are. But while she is a baby, yes, you better believe I will be doing as many “girly” things with her that I can because time is already flying faster than I’d like to admit 🙂 I hope that made sense. Again, I am sorry if I said anything that would have come across the wrong way. I’m just sharing my experiences with my girl.

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