It’s not often that I write about day to day family life, but we took the best little trip over the weekend so I had to share.
My sister (herefore refered to as Sisser) lives in Skagit Valley with her boyfriend (Jimmy Jimster). My parents live a hop, skip and a jump away in Bellingham which is where Sisser and I grew up.
Last summer Sisser and Jimmy Jimster suggested that we bring the kids down this year for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I haven’t been since I was 7 or 8 years old and had fond memories of our trip so I looked forward to sharing the experience with Bean, Turtle and The Hubs.
What a fabulous trip we had. We went down for the weekend and Sisser, our mom (Muma) and I went to see the Bellingham Roller Betties with a group of friends. I’d never been to a roller derby match before. It was so much fun.
Then the next day we got up and headed out for the tulip festival. Jimmy Jimster decided that Roozen Garde would be a good place for us to start out. Being used to Vancouver prices I was ready to spend an arm and a leg on our day out but was shocked that parking was free and entrance into the gardens was $5.00 for adults and free for kids! What?!?! You’d never find that in Vancouver.
We spent the next 4 hours exploring the gardens. We saw (and smelled) hundreds of varieties of tulips.
Turtle and Bean posing for a picture with the tulips.
Turtle lost his socks somewhere along the way. He was so engrossed in all of the bright colors that he didn’t even notice.
Everywhere we went people were taking tons of pictures. The Hubs was no exception. There were a lot of people with tripods and fancy professional looking cameras.
They had neat little signs with the name and variety number of each of the tulips so that you could order bulbs. Sisser looked for the prettiest tulips so she could order bulbs for the farm land that they bought where they will be building a house in a few years.
Jimmy Jimster was all about the smell of the tulips. Some of the flowers like this Little Red Riding Hood variety were close to the ground so we had to come up with inventive ways to smell them without getting muddy.
There were tons of great locations to take family photos. This one is of Sisser, Bean, Turtle and myself.
Jimmy Jimster photo bombed this photo of The Hubs, Turtle and I… but that’s ok because we like him.
A little sisterly love in the tulip garden. Sisser and I will often pinch each other’s butts in photos to make each other laugh. Sisser just said to me “I guess I can’t pinch your butt because there are so many people around.” I said “Why not?” Then pinched hers just as this photo was taken.
My sweet little family. I think Turtle was trying to steal Bean’s chocolate rabbits.
Across the street from the garden there were fields of tulips that stretched on and on. It was like a rainbow planted in the ground.
My sweet little gnome peeking out of the tulip field.
I loved our trip to Skagit Valley for the Tulip Festival. I think we will make it a yearly tradition. Do you have any spring traditions you do with your family?
What a beautiful field of tulips! Wish we had something like that around here. Very cool!
Hi Jennifer! It was a gorgeous day. One of the perks of living in the pacific northwest for sure.
In northern NY sugar house visits are a spring time must… maple goodies and wagon rides. Delicious but not nearly as beautiful as tulips!
That sounds like so much fun. Sugar house visits remind me of something out of Little House on the Prairie which was my favorite series growing up. 🙂
That looks like a lot of fun, and great pictures!
Thanks so much for visiting Alison! It was a really fun day. I’m so glad to have all the photos to captivate the memories. 🙂