a day at the gardens

Sep 28, 2016

Whenever we move, one of the top things I search for is a botanical garden. This is purely a selfish move, because no one else really wants to go. They go because they know their lives will just be easier if we do one thing that mom wants to do.

So that was Sunday. We didn't have a lot of time to go do something because Sunday's are insane, so I just wanted to get everyone out of the house for a couple hours.
Columbus, GA Botanical Gardens
Once again, when we got there we noticed that the place was rather small. That seems to be a running theme for us. I look something up online, get everyone on board with the idea, then we get there and everyone says "this is it?". Small town means small attractions right? But it wasn't any less charming. I just told the kids to walk slow and it might appear to be bigger. Ha!
Botanical Gardens, Columbus GA
There were lots of cute houses, and a large barn that would be perfect for family pictures. Or senior portraits, just depending on how crazy you want to get. It was also about 90 something out, which never stops us. Chris said at one point, "I think we will be the only people wearing shorts and sandals when it is in the 50's." And I think he is right. We are the only people wandering around in this heat, not in search of air conditioning. We just can't get enough of summer.
After we walked around and saw the flowers, we decided to just play in the open grass area. There is also a trail here, but sandals don't make for good trail shoes. Rain check on that one. Instead Chris and I knew we only had a limited amount of time to get out as much energy from the kids as possible. And since all my children have an incredible competitive spirit, we had them race. 
Avalon wasn't winning so she just sat down and pouted. Odette cheated and only went half way and turned around. Work smarter not harder kids. And Pierce will never accept defeat, so him and Ace kept on racing for another 30 minutes. 
Everyone was hot. Everyone was sweaty. And everyone was begging to get into the car. 

Then three out of four fell asleep on the way home. 

Parental hacks are my specialty. 


  1. A girl after my own heart -- I love botanical gardens! We have one right by our house and it's great for a morning stroll with coffee in hand. I love Odette's sweet smile in these -- she just looks SO happy :)

  2. I absolutely love botanical gardens!! There is just something so majestic and relaxing about them.

  3. I hate when things are less than I expected. I take it too personally. But hey for kids falling asleep in cars. Winner winner!!



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