Flower Boys

Next to music, reading, and sports, in our family we emphasize recycling/reuse and gardening (for obvious reasons). My boys have recently shown great interest in having flower arrangements in their room, where they each like to put one on their nightstands. So, the other day we used some recycled vessels and gathered some flowers and greens from our garden and had a little floral arrangement sesh - here is how it went! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We love the glass milk jars and the big tomato cans, so we rinse and save them. I let the boys choose their vessels and pick their own flowers, and these are the varieties they chose: honeysuckle, rose, geranium, ranunculus, peony, poppy, hydrangea, and some blooming cilantro. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I gave them a few basic tips on how to start and they went for it. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

We are obsessed with this rose from our garden. It produces massive, aromatic, and beautiful roses. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

This activity was a hit with my boys. They enjoyed it, I enjoyed it, and it was a great way to reinforce the importance of reuse and appreciating floral arrangements. Don't you think?! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Photography and styling by Kiana Underwood

Thoughts: Double Digits

My darling girl turned 10 a couple of days ago, and it really hit me just how quickly time is going by. As I looked through these photos I missed the physical babies they once were, and yet, they are still my babies. Did I hold them enough? Did I kiss them enough? Did I just sit and snuggle with those sweet little faces enough? Probably not enough, as I remember being overwhelmed as a mother of three kids under the age of 5. Today they are older and have a new set of wants and needs, and I have promised myself that I will do the very best in my power to be the kind of mother who will look at another set of photos in 10 more years and not worry about "Did I...?".

Have a wonderful weekend!

Day 0 tulipina / Kiana Underwood

We still thought one child was tough in this picture tulipina / Kiana Underwood

So chubby tulipina / Kiana Underwood

The three musketeers (and by now we were learning that one child was a breeze) tulipina / Kiana Underwood

Top Gun tulipina / Kiana Underwood

Day 3652 tulipina / Kiana Underwood