Thursday, July 10, 2008

Frolicking through Lavender (aka:the calming affects of lavender)

Today did not start out as a day that I would want to write about. Lets see. My 10 year old talking very loudly next to a sleeping mommy and baby. Waking up to the sound of two kids fighting about the need for another bowl...once again, loudly. It just kind of went downhill from there. Rachel had a girl scout activity in the afternoon out in Newberg (a 40 minute drive), so I was searching for something to do for 3 hours with the kids in Newberg. I ran across a upick lavender farm and some antique shops while searching online and figured that we could stay busy until Rachel was done. This was still amid chaos and I really did not want to go. I wanted a nap time. (for Elise and me!) I wanted a relaxing afternoon. I wanted anything but a trip that looked like more than I could handle today. But away we went anyway.

We went to Red Ridge Farms for the lavender, which turned out to be the right place to start. One whiff of the lavender and I was in heaven. I can smell it now. (mainly because I have some drying right next to me) This place was spectacular. Idyllic. It looks out over rolling hills of farm land. They have a nice, somewhat classy picnic area with the cute and punny "picnic thyme" sign up. Next to the upick lavender fields is a grassy area under a covered archway. This allowed one of us to sit with Lilly in the shade while the others cut lavender. Away went the chaos of the morning. The girls enjoyed making their own lavender bunches to bring home. (Although, Elise did not want the baby bunch that we tried to trick her with. She wanted a big ole bunch! Why do I ever try to trick a 2 year old?) I was put into a happy splendor brought on by a perfect afternoon. Yes, there was still some crying. Even a very ucky poopie diaper without wipes. (Yeah for wet paper towels!) But the lavender worked its magic. And right after arriving at a church activity for dinner, I overheard a woman telling someone about the calming affects of lavender. Well, there you have it. I think I am going to keep lavender throughout my house.

Challenge: Can you guess what Elise is saying in her picture? How about whose idea it was to sit up there for a picture in the first place? Whoever guesses correctly (or is the closest) is going to get a little surprise in the mail. This should be easy since the viewership on this blog is pretty low. You can make your guess in the comments.


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Leigh Anne said...


Welcome back to the blogging world - I've added you to my rss reader.

So did you dress the girls to coordinate with the lavender on purpose???!!

Love the name of your blog too!

Jen said...

I'm guessing either "No!" or "Down!" and I'm guessing YOU put her up there... LOL Oh wait... maybe she said "Daddy" then... LOL

I have a blog too... I'm so excited you have a blog! I didn't know you had one. AND I've never seen the baby so now I'm going to scour your blog for pictures! Leslie got an announcement in the mail... hmmm... sniff sniff... guess you don't love me as much... LOL

VegasWatkins said...

So good to hear about your great family. Your girls are beautiful! I love that you are so real! Here's hoping that you get more sleep someday soon!

Annalia said...

Elise is saying, "Help! My mean Mom put me on this stupid wall (because I told her to) and now she's trying to take my stupid picture! Someone call the police!"

I'm glad you guys had a good time.

Love ya,

Islandalli said...

She looks like she is saying "Outta my space!" or something to the effect of "Backoff!" Even a two year old needs her space. Maybe one of her wonderful big sisters helped her up and she really wanted down.

It looks like you had a great time. Wonderful way to pass the day.

Linda Tunnell said...

Sarah I loved your quotes on being parents to our children they were spot on! Love your blog and love you...your mommy