The Saturday evening after we'd returned from Jamaica, we threw the kids in the car and went on a hunt for some sunflowers. Actually, we were headed directly to a friend's house that lives out in the country - she had said we could borrow the sunflowers in her backyard for pictures anytime. But, when we got there (unannounced), we realized they were having a party in their backyard (where the sunflowers are!). Obviously we didn't want to interrupt so we turned around to leave. But then Katie Wynn spotted the cutest double adirondack swing so we had to do some quick swinging before getting the heck outta dodge!
Isn't this swing just the cutest thing you've ever seen? I seriously want one. Who wants to help build me one? (Dad?)
I still haven't actually told my friend that we were at her house and borrowed her swing. I guess I should probably do that sometime.
I had already promised Katie Wynn that we'd see some really big yellow flowers, so we set out to find ourselves a different field of sunflowers. I knew there were some close because my mother-in-law had seen them when they were in town. We passed one field that looked like it was almost dead, before driving up on a perfect field of the big yellow flowers.
And the first one out of the car and into the flowers was this dude.
Katie Wynn wasted no time finding a broken sunflower that she could carry around with her. For the whole photoshoot.
I just love how they were planted in evenly spaced rows. :)
This picture totally cracks me up. Doesn't it look like she's popping her neck like she's going off on somebody?
Right across the gravel road from the field of sunflowers was a rusty barn-shed-thing. We used it as a backdrop for a few pictures. Some of the cutest ones are on Matt's phone, though!
No pictures of Thomas in front of the barn-shed-thing because he was way more interested in the gravel road. Of course.
Follow the sun, sunflowers.
Here's a bee, just doing its thing.
Katie Wynn went back into the field...
...and then we lost her.
If she wanted to switch to a different row to walk down, she would look at the sunflowers and then say, "Hey Mama, you open this door for me?" meaning, could I hold the sunflower stems to the side so she could walk through.
Anywhere she goes, he goes too.
"Hey, wook Mama! I found a wittle bitty one!"
Did I mention that this photshoot took place on July 11th? And that it was, like, a thousand degrees outside? Yea, we were pretty sweaty.
It was a hot and fun adventure. To be honest, I wish we could do it again, but I'm guessing the sunflowers are all gone now. (Right?) I'd like to have a redo and go right after dinner instead of right before. I think that would make happier kids and be better lighting. Oh well, next year, I guess!
UPDATE: Here are a couple bonus sunflower pics from the phone. :)