A couple weeks ago I bribed the kids with Dairy Queen blizzards and we drove to New Braunfels for some Bluebonnet pictures. Someone had told me about a nice area off the access road that had tons. They were right. But it had tons of people taking pictures which made my wide angle group of 6 kids hard to capture.
The best I got was this one:
I didn’t love the kids outfits though. Edward’s yellow shirt just didn’t do it for me – I know he is obsessed with neon yellow but there just has to be a time and a place for it.
Adam, on the other hand, looked awesome.
So, I conjured up a new plan. I had to be strategic as I knew if I told everyone I wanted to take all 8 of us 2.5 hours away for another photo shoot I would have had an anarchy.
I bought new outfits (on sale so I really didn’t spend more than $50 total – and it’s all re-wearable) and after our Easter lunch at my in-laws ranch I handed them their change of clothes.
The ranch was 45 minutes into our destination.
With the knowledge that there was a DQ in Llano, TX we headed out into the Hill Country to Pontotoc, TX.
It was a gorgeous drive. Everyone kept asking why we don’t just pull over on the side of the road and take pictures.
Now, I’m not normally an anxious person. But I must say, as the kids got restless wondering why we were still in the car 1.5 hours later, I started to feel the anxiety of WHAT IF WE GET THERE AND THERE ARE NO BLUEBONNETS!!!
Lucky for me, there was plenty. Phew…
Worth. The. Drive.
This brings joy to my soul. To have them documented at this age, at this time in our lives, at this place – it’s the most precious thing to me.
And they even look they love each other! What more can a Mom ask for?
This is the same window X & E stood in 6 years ago.
6 years, 6 kids. I sure do miss my 7th though.
If I never get another Bluebonnet picture before I die, I will die happy having these.
And the kids were rewarded for their cooperation.
No shame in blizzard bribes.