Today we made our annual pilgrimage to the Carlsbad Flower Fields.  Every spring the hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean is sprayed with color.  The flowers are magnificent.

This year though I have to admit I was just a tad disappointed.  Although the flowers were as spectacular as ever and the kids had a fantastic time, I was a little disappointed as we neared The Flower Fields to see that the section right in front of the entrance was green.  No flowers *sigh*.  Unfortunately this made the tractor ride a wee bit boring in one section and the view from the overlook at the top of the hill was a little less than spectacular and not worth the walk up there.  The rose garden wasn’t quite in full bloom yet and another area which we normally wander through after our tractor ride was vacant as well.   There were also no photo boards to take goofy family photos and none of the regular musicians there providing background music.

That’s not to say that we didn’t have a great time while we were there, but we certainly didn’t stay as long as what we had previous years.  It was nice to see that they had done a little work to the children’s playground.  Flynn and Jay absolutely loved the sweet pea maze which was covered in flowers unlike last year and the tractor ride was a lot of fun too.

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Not too happy with the wind blowing on his face during the tractor ride.054

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Off and running for round one of the sweet pea maze race. 099

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It’s amazing to see how much the kids have grown over the years of going here.  I was looking back through the past 2 years photographs tonight and cannot believe that last year the little ones were walking, but we had to take a stroller with us.  The year before that they weren’t even walking yet and we had them in carriers.

Jay has grown so much that the size 16 jeans I bought him for Christmas just 4 months ago were so short on him this morning that we went straight to the outlet mall which is next to The Flower Fields to buy him new clothes in MENS sizes.  When did my little boy get so big that I had to start purchasing clothing and shoes in the mens department.

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13 comments

The Blonde Duck April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Popped in from SITS to say hi!

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Manic Mother April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Ok its official, I want you to adopt me and my family so we can go on all of your field trips!

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Jane April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

You’ve been making me jealous of California lately. Love the pics.

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Alisha April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

There are so many great places to take your kids to where you live! Look at how much all 3 of the kiddos have grown up! WOW!

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Tabi April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I can’t believe at the difference in size!! You can tell in the pictures how much he has grown!! I love your pictures!

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Jyl @ MommyGossip April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I wish I could have gone with you. What a wonderful tradition and teriffic pictures!

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Sharlene April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I can’t wait to go next week! I think we will have a blast! Looks like your kids did

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Sarah April 2, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Pretty! I’ve always wanted to go there!

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albert amp; angela fontenot April 3, 2009 - 5:00 pm

OH I love the pictures that you posted of the past two years. It’s so crazy how kids grow right before your eyes, yet you don’t notice it day to day..until you look back on pictures! Glad you had a fabulous day. The pics are fab!love,ang

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April April 3, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Pretty pics! I look forward to taking some flower pics when we go next. Last weekend was too busy to even take the walk. Watching the kids grow in your past photos was fun!

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Bridget Smith April 3, 2009 - 5:00 pm

So gorgeous!! You should have stopped by and said hello :). I loved your flowerfields retrospective. Very powerful.

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danielle April 3, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Wow looks so beautiful!!! I am making it a goal to get out there this year.

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Shannon April 3, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Love your pics! Sorry about the little disappointments though, things that weren’t the same as years past…I remember the most annoying thing for me last year was that ugly yellow “do not cross” tape around the fields. It was so hard to keep those out of my pictures! Looks like you successfully avoided them too (or did they not put those up this year?)

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