It all started as a photo idea; let's sprinkle the flower petals from the cherry tree over Claire while mom takes her picture.
OK, let's do it!
It didn't take long for Claire to show her disgust with this idea.
Matthew figured out he could shake the branch and make more petals fall.
Claire started hiding handfuls of petals behind her back to try and ambush the others.
That provoked Emily to start scooping up her own handfuls off the ground.
Matthew started getting a bit sneakier and hiding a bit more.
Claire thought long and hard...
and decided her best tactic would be to hide.
When that didn't work she resorted to gathering up her own handfuls.
Then it was a free for all with flower petals!
Toby checked out all the action but quickly decided this was too much, even for him.
Soon the patio looked like this,
and the grass was carpeted with a beautiful shade of pink,
and the petals followed everyone inside.
You might notice that Jacob is absent from these photos. We convinced him to join us outside for the fun but after a few handfuls thrown his way he was convinced that flowers being thrown on him was not the ideal way to spend the evening. If you look closely in the 6th picture you can see him standing behind the tree.
You can also see a few more pictures from the flower war on Claire's blog.