Little Boys Blue

by Stefani on 15-April-2010

It’s a tradition in these parts, a responsibility even, to celebrate spring by throwing your poor children out on the roadsides for their annual bluebonnet pictures. In early March we start scanning the open areas for signs of blue and scouring drawers and stores for the perfect photo duds. Once those fields burst into wild rivers of blue, we are ready, cameras in hand, to capture the fleeting moment.

We do it to celebrate Texas at its finest… this audaciously lovely time before the hell heat of summer. We do it so that our children will know that they are a part of the beauty of Texas and that it is a part of them.

I’d like to think that spring’s blue blooms will one day make my men think of me and all our spring rambles together… but really no one can claim the bluebonnet as her own flower. The bluebonnets belong to all of us. They are everything wild and free, old fashioned and true about Texas. They are so much a part of us.

*** there are couple of years missing in there. If memory serves, 2006 was too dry for a decent crop of bluebonnets, and 2008 was too wet. At least I think that’s the way it was.

Sarah :: greenclogs April 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

you know, of course, that the first photo is killing me. What a fun tradition! Maybe we should try it with blooming prickly pear. Or not. 🙂

Stefani April 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Oh I know! That first shot kills me too. We were both so new at the whole mother/son thing. I remember looking at him in those flowers, just a month old, and still not believing he was all mine. And now I look at him in the 2010 shot and can’t believe how quickly and how wonderfully he’s growing up. Sigh. Why does it have to go by so fast?

It’s funny that you mention the prickly pear. We found a lovely spot where the bluebonnets where all mixed in with cactus. For a split second I thought about what a great photo it would make, and then I considered what it would be like to pick prickles out of their skin. Um… no. No thanks.

Leah April 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Beautiful pictures – 2009 shows so much more personality than just a ‘standard’ picture, and 2007 is a beautiful family shot.

Stefani April 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

It’s funny that you say that about 2009, because I was so frustrated last year that I didn’t get THE one good portrait that I wanted. Any other time I like candid shots best, but for this shot each year (and the christmas card photo) I’m always after everyone’s faces and smiles.
Looking back though, I have to say that 2004 probably makes me smile the most. We could not get those two boys to be still to save our lives. That photo says everything there is to know about having busy, happy 2 and 3 year old fellas!

Cassandra April 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

What a perfectly lovely tradition! I love these little snapshots of your sweet, sweet family!

Sherry-Ann Hoogland April 15, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I do the same thing here in Central Alberta, only mine is usually taken in the dandilions, yes that is a weed here but I see such beauty in the yellow flowers. I am a mother of 8 and have the hardest time getting them all to sit still so sometimes you just have to go with the flow! I am new to your site and I love getting a glimpse into your past thanks for sharing!

Misha@ ~beautyandjoy~ April 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Oh my goodness! This is incredible! You need a whole photo wall in your house dedicated to these. 🙂

Eren April 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Oh, I just want to eat your little man in that firs photo. Seeing these pretty bluebonnets has done my heart good. I just spoke to my Mom and she said they just started blooming on their place. Bumper crop there too.

Diane April 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Love the shot for 2007. The lighting was just perfect and the flowers looked wonderful.

renee @ FIMBY April 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Thanks to you we read the legend of the bluebonnet, great story. Also, that biography of Lady Bird.

Angel Funk April 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I love this! Thanks for sharing.

Marianna April 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

When I lived away from Texas one of the things I missed the most were the bluebonnets. I have only one of those ubiquitous bluebonnet shots taken when we were here for spring break one year. Just yesterday I noticed that the bluebonnets around here (North Texas) are starting to bloom. My daughter and I had a long talk about the one year we took bluebonnet shots on the side of I-20. She was NOT a happy camper for those pictures…it didn’t help that Momma forgot about Texas fire ants (: I think we will try again this year, but be more diligent about avoiding fire ants!

Dawn April 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm

This is such a cool tradition Stefani! They are all great in their own special way…
One day they are going to be giving you pics of their kids in the bluebonnets. 🙂
So fun!

Angela April 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

We have a similar tradition, the wild roses bloom on my mother’s birthday so my son and I pick her a giant vase full of wild roses from the ditches!! How lovely!!

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