Sunday, April 20, 2008

Poppy Pics from Mt. Diablo


(photo courtesy of Britt Callaway!)

Not to be confused with "picks"! I promise there was no picking of our State flower! John remembers when he was little being told that it was against the law to pick poppies, so he honestly thought an alarm would go off until he got old enough to realize flowers don't have alarms! (...last year!)

Anyway, we had heard that the poppies were in abundance up at Mt. Diablo so we headed there on Saturday to check them out (we don't need much prodding to go to Mt. Diablo!) I think we missed the peak but it was absolutely beautiful nonetheless!

Alex: "Mom, what's biggest mountain in the whole wide world?"
Me: "Well, I'm pretty sure it's Mount Everest."
Alex: (excitedly) "Is it even taller than Mountain Diablo?"
I almost didn't want to break it to him that "Mountain Diablo" (he never shortens it!) is actually quite puny comparatively! Puny, but oh so Pretty!

Hannah and the poppies

Alex was more interested in the rocks!

Jake, annoyed that he has to pose for me--he was looking at bugs!

We set off on a little hike and I passed off Owen when he got too heavy...

Good thing Aunt Kim was there to pick up the slack! (John was in Baja, Mexico riding motorcycles!--more to come on that trip in another post!) We're so glad to have Kim home from college for the summer! Isn't she hot with her bangs?!

Kim came up with her boyfriend Dustin who was a great sport. What guy wants to be up on lookout mountain with his girlfriend...and a dozen kids!?

Blazin' Trails...




The girls!

The girls plus Cole!

The Gang! Maren, Cole, Neve, Hannah, Drew, Alex, Kiera, Jake

Loving this group shot!
Great Day!

16 comments:

Mandi Crockett said...

Okay, please invite me when you do stuff like this(even though i was in or) this is my favorite post of yours so far!! I love the "mountain diablo" and the pictures look awesome! It is amazing what natural light does!! I love you and thanks again for the fish tacos!

AnnieB said...

What are you saying about all my old posts? They have feelings too!
;)

Camille said...

Looks like this is totally up my alley! jealous much....we should have done that when i lived there, blogging gets us ambitious! Your kids are perfectly scrumptious, especially the one with Hannah in the flowers, so cute !

Leisa Waldron said...

We need to do something like this as a family! What fun! I will let Josh know you think he is a sexy Cowboy. :) And thanks for eating a piece of Mango, that made me feel better!

Britt said...

Your photos turned out beautifully. I adore the one of Hannah. You need to frame that one. I will email you some more.

AnnieB said...

I can't believe I called your husband sexy, Leisa! So innapropriate! ;)
(I gotta get John a pair of cowboy boots!)

Rach said...

oh so cute! I'll have to use some for my post too, since I was the loser with no camera. you need to fix yours soon so you don't miss any posts!

Rach said...

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love ya

Fam said...

I love the nature pictures and the people shots. It is hard to believe how much cool stuff there is so close to home! I hope they figure out how to make this blogging into bound books/journals soon. How cool would it be to look at all the pictures and journaling in a book format! Maybe they do that already and I am just really behind times.

Paige said...

the fear of picking poppies is a CA kid thing that we ALL had,and now my kids have too! Great pictures, I posted about the fear a few weeks ago and now your CA kids get to have it too! A fun legacy.

Wendy said...

I totally remember being told not to pick the poppies. Scary repercussions would occur if one did such a thing. :) I love the "mountain diablo" - that's cute.

Marilyn said...

Great pictures, Annie. It looks so fun, and the kids are all adorable. What lucky children they all are to have such good friends to grow up with. Dad reminded me (as he said he reminded you), that we used to go up on Mt. Diablo to see the fantastic view. I remember seeing the view, but I don't remember how I got up there! Surprising, too, because I'm really an "enjoy the journey" kind of person. Love you!

Marilyn said...

I forgot to mention how gorgeous Kim looks! Wow - she is beautiful.

jess said...

I so love these picture and the way you write- Your one of those who can say just the right words to help tug at heart strings- your kids are going to love reading all the things you have said about them someday- I know I do! You have such a beautiful family! I really miss seeing you guys more often!

Caroline Brock said...

Annie- wow-what great pictures. It makes me miss n. cal!! What great memories of walking the hills--good for you- you go supermom!!

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