I thought this photo of Si was so cute. He's always on the move away from me.
Our second trip to the Botanical Garden (by car) was much more fun. I spent most of the time keeping the kids on the path. Cate kept reading the sign "Please Stay on the Path" while Si wondered off of it. While we checked for trolls under a bridge we bumped into a couple strolling through the park. As they started to walk away I said, "oh didn't you hold the door for us at the library yesterday" (Us being Mom and the super wide side by side double stroller) and in a sweet Irish accent he said while looking at the children, "why, yes." I stood talking with them for several minutes until a nearby water sprinkler caught the attention of my wayward wanders. It was a nice early morning visit. Cate again found the Jack's Frost ground cover and a lovely succulent plant called Jovibarba heuffelii 'Wotan'. We printed a photo and searched the rock garden for the plant. Below is a photo of her holding the printed picture. The only problem with this exercise is that I really can't expect a four year old to recite the latin names of plants. What would you call it, a Jovibarba. Oh I have a lot to learn.
I should add that all of the photos were taken before Cate and Si decided to stomp in a huge puddle of water left over from the morning watering. A man came by and started turning off the sprinklers. He looked at me as if to say "Your welcome." But the puddles still remained and they were so much fun for the kids. I personally was aggravated by their insistence and lack of cooperation but as I look back on it I need to remember to be less controling and let them have a little fun.
When I checked Google Maps the Bellevue Botanical Garden was only 2.4 miles from our house. I figured it would be a nice walk in the stroller. Little did I know that the last three-quarters of a mile was seriously uphill. I was exhausted from pushing two 30 pound toddlers up the hill and our trip was a bit slower than expected. To say the least we were all a bit grumpy by the time we arrived. ;)
Once we arrived I unbuckled Cit and Si from the stroller and they immediately ran for a garden water fountain. While they were swishing their hands in the water a docent walking past with a group of school children and their ever so chic mothers admonished me and said that I should really wash their hands after splashing in that recirculated water. Yea right, I'll drag these two into a public restroom to wash their hands only to pick up more germs before we leave. Si's favorite thing to do is swish his hand in a public toilet every time his sister has to go to the potty which of course is every time we go out of the house.
The visit wasn't a total loss. Cit identified the hostas, ferns, and we found Jack's Frost in the Ground Cover Garden. I'm planning another trip tomorrow morning. This time I'll drive.
In case you didn't notice my little girl had a haircut. I literally cried flowing tears watching my baby be transformed into this darling little girl. Too bad the hair cut didn't nip a bit of that spunk. You might notice that she is sticking out her tongue.