Friday, March 21, 2008

spring has sprung

To keep my sanity as a new mother of two, I decided that getting out of my PJ's, brushing my teeth and heading out of the house at least once a day is just what I need.

(Not to mention poor Jack who is bored off his rocker watching me nurse half the day away)

I have had my sights set on a few outings in our local area. First stop...the herd of sheep off the side of the freeway. I geared up with baby sling, snacks, and camera to make this trip successful. We trekked along this potholed, dirt road (lucy probably now suffering from shaken baby syndrome) to reach our furry friends. Jack hops out with excitement, points to the sheep, and what happens? They all run away.





Oh well. At least we tried. Jack was still satisfied watching from a distance and hearing the sweet hum of "BAAAA".



Now, I'm no 4-H expert, but I think next time I will come equipped with some apple slices, carrot sticks, grains and nuts, or perhaps some left-over easter candy to persuade these guys to be our friends.

Our second spring outing was inspired by my parents and Ryan Southwell...a photo tour through the wild flowers. I called up some of Jack's friends to meet at the field at 8:30 am. Up the hill we climbed in search of some good photo opps with 3 toddlers and a baby. (thanks fitness queen Amy for taking my babe)


3 boys talking airplanes, sports and girls

Jack sampling the indigenous vegetation.

Honestly, we DO feed him!

Eat your heart out Julie Andrews.....the hills are alive....



and where was lucy all this time? oh...just precariously perched on a 60 degree incline.

14 comments:

Lindi said...

So cute, love your pictures and all the great colors!!! Love that lucy is just content hanging out by herself on a hillside. Being newborn has it's advantages!!

Heidi said...

it was fun--sweaty, but fun and it was good for the kids to see eachother and kinda sorta get to play together!

Amy said...

My biceps are totally bulging from the car seat carrying! I'm glad I could help out. Love the pictures!

Oler Family said...

Such cute pictures Ali! That's awesome that you get out once a day I remember that being so much work!!

Katie said...

love the pics

carlandchantel said...

That last picture is the best! Seriously though, where was this? I would love to throw my rough and tough boys into a field of pretty petals!

ali degraff said...

chantel - This little hill is right behind our housing development. I am sure Temecula has TONS of places.

throw those boys in their undies and snap away!

mindy said...

That looks beautiful. We are still waiting for spring here in Chicago. In fact, we just got a foot of snow. On the day you were out frolicking in the flowers, we were rolling snow for a snowman. Give me spring!!!

Joseph said...

So gorgeous! I love the flowers. YOu take great photos!

Cory, Jenna and Calvin Broadbent said...

Remember when you just had a baby???? Isn't it too early to be back trekking around the hills and taking amazing photographs? Shouldn't you be home eating salty carbs and watching daytime TV like normal moms?

Glad you guys are doing well. She's beautiful.

kelly said...

ali. i finally saw the pics! Love 'em! the boys look so cute all together out there!

rockkinrobbins said...

If I remember right, I was the first one up the hill, I turned around and you weren't there. I turned around again and you were driving off. Besides my kid would have been in your great picture. It was fun to see you there!

Adrienne said...

Amen to Jenna's comments, Miss already climbing hills and making healthy soup!

Oh Ali, i hate those first few weeks of going crazy cooped up, but being too scared to leave the house.

But that little trip to the wildflowers....that's the beauty of toddlers--they dig even the simplest activities. Good for you....

MSGottfredson said...

I stayed inside for like 8 weeks with Allie. Sadie was going crazy and that's when all the "fits" started. Doing better now that we can get out. Its a catch 22. Stay in because it is too cold and are adjusting to "newborn life again" and then I think its going to happen again. SUMMER IS GOING TO BE TOO HOT for a little one in her carseat or my front carrier.
Your little Jack is so dang cute! I think our kids would have a great time together. I wish we could see each other soon . . .