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Ranunculus Fields

One of my favorite pictures because I never want to forget his little hugs, and tiny arms wrapped around my legs. Sometimes it is just for a hug and sometimes it’s the reminder he wants to be held.

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I have been meaning to post these pictures forever. I had been dying to go to the ranunculus fields in Carlsbad since before Cody and I got married. The lady who did the flowers for my wedding (we got married in La Jolla just a couple minutes from here) told me about this place and I have been so anxious to go but was never in the area at the right time until this year! It was the last weekend it was open and I was so happy to make it before it closed especially at the age Beckam is. I can’t remember when it started but I jokingly had him smell some flowers when he was like one-ish and did pig noises as I smelt them, he thought it was the funniest thing in the world so now every time he sees flowers he makes the same noise. It’s a silly two second thing but it’s made going to places like this that much greater because of those silly, special moments.

Cody and I have been trying to spend more one on one time with the kids. We love family time but it’s fun to have one on one time and get a different dynamic out of them. I put together some fun Mommy-Son Date ideas we like to do to maybe spark some ideas for you and your mini:

10 Mommy and Son Date Ideas:

  1. Plan a Trip – Adventures create some of the best memories. I’ve done annual trips a lone with Beckam since he was little and they are some of my most cherished moments.
  2. Go on a Hike
  3. Make A Treat Together – Honestly I am not the best cook! But I got on this chocolate chip cookie binge a couple weeks ago and made cookies three days in a row (I kept wanting to tweak the recipe) anyways B woke up for two weeks straight saying “Mommy – make cookies” and would pull his chair over to the counter. I’m not sure if he just wanted sugar for breakfast 😉 But I loved that he wanted to bake with me everyday.
  4. Splash Pad – I think all kids love playing in the water! 🙂
  5. Go to the Library – it’s so sad how much we all rely on technology. I am so guilty of it too! But books are still such a major part of kids lives! All the kids get so excited to go the library, I really need to make it their with them more! (I just need to be better about returning them on time 🙂 – I get late fees – always!)
  6. Hide and Seek – ok this seems so basic but toddlers especially can play this for hours!! I was dying the other day B climbed into one of the suitcases and legit popped out and yelled boo when I walked by I was dying laughing because usually his hiding places are like three feet away and he just turns and faces the wall and says “Mom come find me” and I pretend I don’t see him two feet in front of me lol.
  7. Art Class/Craft – Pinterest is the mecca for arts and crafts ideas! You can’t go wrong.
  8. Feed the Ducks – This was one of my favorite things to do as a kid and I love that he gets so excited to do this together!
  9. Fly Kites – A few weeks ago we randomly came across a kite festival in Salt Lake, we just wandered over to watch and the sweetest lady gave B one of her dollar kites and he thought it was the best thing in the world!
  10. Water Fight- I got B a dollar squirt bottle from those bins when you walk in the door at Target (not a squirt gun but the plastic mister bottles) and it is still one of his favorite toys! I think he has ruined our couches from spraying them but he loves chasing me around trying to spray me! I keep forgetting to pick another one up at the store so we can have a mini water fight 🙂

These are just a few ideas I hope they spawn some ideas of your own! Also I  saw a mom on put all her date night ideas for her kids in a box and she would let her kids draw and choose one on the day of their “date night” I love that idea for the older kids I am totally going to steal it 🙂 What are some of your favorite date night activities with your kids?

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XX, Christine



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  1. Natali

    Oh my, these are such a majestic photos and you look absolutely enchanting in this maxi dress! Like a princess!

  2. Maria Jose Abad

    The fields look amazing, so colorful, so pretty, so vibrant, I’m glad you finally got to go and explore. The white dress is perfect for the excursion. I have a similar one and wear it all the time.

    XO,
    Maria
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

  3. MARTA

    These pictures are so lovely! Ypur dress looks awesome!

  4. Marika

    Beautiful pictures!! My daughter goes to sleep before my son does so we always sneak out while my hubby’s putting her to bed and go on a froyo date 🙂

    Marika

  5. Krista

    Great ideas! Saving this for later.

  6. Candace

    Christine! These photos are too sweet. B is such a handsome little guy : )

    Best,

    Candace

  7. Kathy

    I would love to have info on the pink tassel loafers! In love?

  8. Sophie

    What a gorgeous dress!

    I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

  9. La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Simply so beautiful … There is nothing more beautiful than a love from a little child to a mother. Great moments captured for life! 🙂

  10. Emma

    This is absolutely beautiful!!! That scenery is amazig and so is your dress!

  11. sasa

    So beautiful:P

    ranunculus fields in Carlsbad

  12. Alyssa

    This post is beyond adorable!! You look stunning and that white dress is beautiful. Such a great idea. xx

  13. Jane

    You look absolutely stunning here 🙂

  14. Rachel

    What a gorgeous location! Beckham is so cute! I love when my little girl snuggles and hugs me too! She is almost 2 and a half so I treasure every moment. 🙂

    Rachel

  15. Kellyn Rivera

    That dress looks amazing on you!
    I’m going to get dressed up and make my partner take tons of pictures of my son and I because pictures like those truly do mean everything!

  16. Lesley

    Gorgeous!!! Love all these photos! Super sweet!

  17. stylemelauren

    wow you look so so stunnign! I also am loving your half bun! I need to try this!! XO

    @stylemelauren

  18. Monika

    Love that dress and all the flowers!
    Love,

  19. Sara Kate Styling

    Ahh every blogger’s dream.. strolling through a field of ranunculus! Adorable pictures!

    xo,

  20. Lu S

    love the outfit and the pictures!
    They are perfect!

    lu |

  21. Martyna

    i’m in loove *.*

  22. Samantha

    That was a fabulous post and beautiful pictures! Your kid looks so sweet!

    I think you should check out some of the unique products on they are trendy, purposeful, and adorable!

  23. Amanda M.

    These flowers are so pretty! Love the white dress against the pops of pink in the ranunculus.

  24. Maggie

    All of this is so stunning!! Wow!

  25. Kyia Belle

    Oh my gosh this is such a pretty place you visited! Those flowers must have made the whole scene smell beautiful. I also love how your photographs capture the love and close bond you have with your little one- too cute! Loving your blog recently, just so you know 🙂

  26. Vera

    Beautiful photos.

  27. Kathryn

    I’m obsessed with your dress! It’s stunning!!

    xx Kathryn

  28. Ariel Guslandi

    Beautiful place 🙂
    Cheers,

    Ariel Guslandi
    My blog :

  29. Kari

    Those fields are so stunning! I will have to make a note to visit them next year! Next weekend the lavender fields open in Napa for their annual open house so we are heading up there to catch them.
    Kari

  30. Sharan

    So beautiful! Love your dress!

    xoxo
    Sharan

  31. Mademoiselle Coconath

    I love your dress!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  32. brett

    wow! this field is amazing! and that dress is beautiful.

  33. Carmen

    Beautiful dress and lovely pictures!
    Carmen. Find me on my blog or on my

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