Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Look Back at 2013 - AUGUST - Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

 One of my favorite places to go is the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens.  I LOVE all of the different colors you can see out there!  They have lots of things for the kids to do in the children's garden as well.  I took Phineas and went with my sister-in-law and her kids, Carson and Kaylee for about 3 hours in the afternoon and then after Eden got home we went again with all the kids and her friend, McKenzie for another 2 1/2 hours!  We LOVE it out there!

 Finn playing with wooden blocks in one of the caged silos.

 I love taking close ups of flowers.  So pretty!

 They had a new little playhouse in the children's garden which the kids loved playing in!  They love to look at all the fish and play in the giant sandbox.

 They had a great sunflower garden this year with many different types of sunflowers.  The kids loved running inside of them!  We found one that was bigger than our heads!

 Reflections in one of the ponds.  They love it out there!  I think cousin Carson lost a matchbox car in there earlier in the day that the boys fished out!

There is one area that they love playing chase through.  I love being out there around sunset.  Everything is just gorgeous!

 "Sherlock Gnomes" scavenger hunt.  There were about 20 - 30 different ceramic gnomes with different names hidden throughout the arboretum.  We got a map and went on a gnome hunt.  So much fun!

We've loved going to the arboretum for years and years and we had taken Eden and McKenzie when I used to babysit her in preschool.  Of course we had to re-enact the pictures the best we could! 

 Gorgeous sunset!

 Jaren in the Children's Garden.

 Finny posing on the rocks.

It looks a little like a heart... an Ollie heart.  He's always with us!

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