Last week we made our first trip to the botanical gardens. It was such a fantastic day! Admittedly, we were probably the furthest thing from botanists...we didn't exactly pause to take note of the genus and species of each flower, bush, and tree...but we had a great time tromping around the grounds.
This summer there are seven treehouses on exhibit throughout the gardens. In addition to the amazing landscaping and lush sculpture hike, the girls were so excited to explore the treehouses.
I had hoped to get some really gorgeous pictures of the girls. I dressed them in these delicate white tops, thinking it would be a great contrast to the colors in the garden.
The girls had other plans, though. The didn't cooperate for even one posed picture. At least you can tell they were interested in their surroundings...almost every picture I have is of the backs of their heads! ;)
The first treehouse we saw...a relatively traditional one, a nod to Henry David Thoreau. The girls (and Daddy) were itching to explore it.
Checking out a "wishing pond"...
We spotted a spiderweb that was full of dew. Just like in one of our books, it truly looked like a web of diamonds!
Another "wishing well"...the girls were *almost* tall enough to see in. (I love the tippy-toes!!!)
This was indicative of Baby A's look most of the day. She was just taking it all in, I guess. Still, I love her eyes in this picture.
On the sculpture trail, the girls were both in love with these smaller statues. Here is B, "beeping the nose" of a frog.
And here is Baby A, squaring off with a lion. Doesn't she look fierce?!!!
I love this shot of Baby A "in flight". If she sees a step, she *has* to jump off it!
I didn't take many pictures of "things", but I had to capture my favorite treehouse...an enormous fish with CDs for scales!
I told the girls that they would get to play in the treehouses. We climbed in all of them, but this last one was really the only one with something they considered "playing"...a slide. It was a great end to our botanical adventure!
We bought a membership to the garden, and I'm already looking forward to their scarecrow displays in October, and a number of Christmas activities in December. This is definitely right up our alley!