Sunday, February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Explore Follies...Definitely a Wise Choice

Finding teen-friendly activities that don't break the bank can be a challenge. Neither of my kids are athletic...and who am I kidding (neither are Steve and I!) but what to do with them beyond arcades like Epic 6 and Incredible Pizza (the only thing incredible being the headache I will have after spending an hour under flashing lights and annoying beeps and whirls) or sitting in a darkened theatre -- with the only interaction between us being a whispered "Pass the popcorn". None of these activities are cheap either.

Therefore I've made it a mission to revisit some of the places we have enjoyed in the past. Two weekends ago we stopped in at Laumeier Sculpture Park and were pleased to see a brand new installation. In fact, we nearly bumped into the artist (unbeknownst to us at the time) as he was exiting the Aronson Fine Arts Center after giving a presentation to Laumeier docents.

The solo exhibition of artwork by internationally acclaimed artist, Mark Dion is called Follies and consists of five sculptures and a dozen works on paper that explores the intersections between nature, science and architecture in ways that are whimsical and thought-provoking. Dion's exhibits are meant to be touched and explored. The kids and I had so much fun opening a treasure-trove of nearly 300 boxes -- consisting of decades of collecting. For all of us it became almost an addiction. After opening a few boxes we'd look at each other and say, "Ok -- just one more". No telling what you'd find. A small marble, a set of skeleton keys or maybe a feather.

Entrance into Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Dion exhibit is FREE. The exhibit will be on display now through May 24th 2020.






Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Deep Thoughts From Noah #98

Me: Wow! I can't believe how much the weather has changed in such a short time. It got up to 50 degrees.

Noah: What? It did not even feel like 50 degrees...it felt more like 49.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Deep Thoughts From Noah #97

Noah has started to expand his palate beyond mac n' cheese and chicken nuggets. He ate my lasagna without complaint, however, he has some suggestions for improvement.

"You know what this needs? Bacon. Maybe next time you could add bacon."


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Musings From Natalie #161

Natalie: Oh shoot...I can't remember what I was going to tell you....You know, when you forget something it's just your brain keeping a secret from you.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Musings From Natalie #160

Natalie was thinking about the close of the year...

Natalie: So, you are going to be 47 soon.

Me: Nope. 48

Natalie: Whoa! That's almost 50!

Me: hmmm...really.

Natalie: Oh! Don't worry, Mama. You're only halfway there. (to death, I presume. lol)

(I love her half full mentality)

Friday, December 20, 2019

Musings From Natalie #159

Last weekend I introduced Natalie to a favorite childhood movie of mine - The Dark Crystal. 

I think she liked it because I realize I now have a new ringtone - skeksis Chamberlain's whine. 

Mmmmm...