Apr 11, 2008

The Tulip Festival

The boys and I just had a marvelous trip to the 23rd Annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. This was one of the "must-do" items on my personal Oregon checklist (for springtime, anyway). We were happy to have Natalie Lyman and her boys join us for the festivities. It was a glorious, sunny day -- perfect for flowers, friends, and lots of fun.

I knew I wouldn't get a leisurely walk amongst the stunning array of tulips today, so I admired from afar with a few photos.

I'm always blown away by the beauty of these flowers!

Our cold, wet spring has delayed the full bloom in the colored section of the field. I've been watching the field report online for a few weeks and knew we'd miss full color if we went today, but the perfect weather conditions got us out the door this morning.

The boys couldn't have cared less about pretty flowers. They were enamored with this awesome water pump/slide contraption. They raced rubber duckies in the troughs and had a great time.

This huge slide was another hit.

Our sweet third children were so patient while we chased their big brothers around.

The big boys got to ride around the tulip field in a cow train.

They got their fill of tulip viewing on the ride.

Our final stop (before McDonald's): a genuine John Deere tractor. Fun times had by all! For the full photo album of today's adventures, visit our Kodak Gallery online.
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