Monday, August 20, 2012


I've been trying to squeeze in as much as possible lately.  I feel this desperate race of time with school starting back up soon.  There is a bittersweet battle going on inside me.  One half is craving routine and is excited to start my new improved schedule (read this).  The other side of me feels like sobbing on the spot at the idea of being alone again.  My life is a lot different here than it was in MN.  Even though I've made some amazing new friends I don't see them often and school equals solitude.  Which is good and bad.  Grrrrrr.

Anyway the girls and I have been fieldtriping lately and our first stop was to visit daddy for lunch.  My little chick is very sentimental and emotional.  She hugged daddy like she hadn't seen him in a month.  She's pretty good at letting you know exactly how she's feeling.  Love that she wears her heart on her sleeve.

After lunch we dropped into the famous Jefferson Hotel.  I've heard all about this historic landmark since moving here, but this was our first visit.  It definitely was grand and lux and all sorts of extravagant.  I had the wrong lens on my camera to really take in the enormity of this room.  Those stairs were amazing.  Apparently they were the inspiration for Gone with the Wind.  Pretty cool.

We snapped tons of pics and then moved on to another place I've been wanting to visit since moving here...

The Virginia Museum of Fine Art.  I love art museums.  They blow my mind wide open and I really wanted to share that with my girls.  They were just as impressed as I was.

I have to admit that museums and fancy hotels make me feel extremely out of place.  Look at this guy in his uber cool GQ outfit and loafers.  He fit the mold.  He looked cultured...not from behind, but I promise you he looked the artsy type.  He was reading the descriptions and taking it all in like he knew what it was about.

The girls and I were like...ooooh that's weird.


oooooh look at her muscles.

Love this...wish my house paintings looked like that;)

Or my favorite...I could do that!  Art is definitely in the eye of the beholder. 

Art is as individual as the individuals that create it.  I think the thing we took away from our visit was that we all have our own style.  It can be serious or fun.  It can look real or NOT.  The common thread in every piece was that it made us feel something.  It made us stop, look and step in closer.  It evoked some sort of emotional response.

It was a good day.  We drove home completely spent, yet full and overflowing.  I cataloged this day in my mind.  Love it when I can actually feel myself do's like a little memory seal has been placed and I'm making note that this was a day I won't forget.  This is one I'll remember when they are grown.   

The day we tried to be cultured...and ended up just having fun instead;)

Have a blessed day.

725.  crumbling old brick roads
726.  the yellow impatiens that spill over my flower baskets
727.  fancy things that make me grateful to be simple
728.  daughters that love their daddy
729. building up that memory bank 
730.  girls that let me take silly pics without complaining;)

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  1. Oh sweetie, what a beautiful memory! Happy week to you!

  2. What precious memories you're creating!
    Enjoy the last bit of summer!!

  3. I so enjoy your blog and pictures. May God meet you in the alone. So honest you are. What new adventures does He have in store for you this fall? What new, more available relationships? Artsy pursuits? Time and silence with Him? All to be looked forward to. It's hard to move, but you have been brave and up to the task. Back to lurking....

  4. Perfect day! Who knows maybe Mr. Arsty Cultured GQ was noticing the lady with two girls thinking, "Oh, I wish I had it together like that....They are having such a good time, that's what art is really about." Or, maybe not?

    I have been feeling the ache that comes at the end of summer too. Everyone gets all busy again and there isn't as much time to stop and just be together. Let's enjoy it while we can!

  5. What memories. What beauty. What blessings!!!

  6. What a great experience for your kids to introduce them to different styles of art!

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  7. love that your taking it all in....enjoying every bit.
    you inspire me to be a better mama.

  8. Hoping for another memory-bank day on Wed. How'd it go, this ayem?

  9. Looks like a great, fun day!! Making good memories - cultured or not - is always a good thing!

  10. What a fun day. Be sure to go back to visit the Jefferson at Christmas time. Bee-u-ti-ful!

  11. What a great day!

    I love the last photo. Little Chick's freckles.

    Just a Sprinkle of Unique for You, from God!

    That is what I tell my Aubrey when she talks about "her spots" - coming through on her little nose. :)

  12. fun always wins in my book! love that you have given your girl's so many fun experiences. they'll always remember these summers.

  13. Your girls are so cute (and that hubs is a cutie too:)! What a special day.
    I wanted to forward this to you in case you have any interest: The Global Etsy Craft Party in Richmond is hosted at Quirk Gallery this Friday night.
    Lots of "cultured" and fun people should be there to craft together and chat! Just wanted to pass the invite along:)

  14. I SOOOO wish I lived by you. really!
    I just know there is something really special around
    the corner for you this year!!

    as for being either. I feel out of whack at places
    like that too. Good for you all to just go out and have fun.
    My favorite picture is of big chick posing like the cute:)
    back from vacation and slowly getting in the groove again...or something like
    that:) love ya girlie

  15. Fun trumps being cultured every day!

    Looks like such a great day, and reminds me that I've been wanting to take my girls to the Jefferson Hotel for tea. Which sounds cultured, but would really be a giggle fest of total inappropriateness:-)

  16. that a REAL LIVE DEGAS big chick is posing by??? the ballerina girl???? oh my sweet heavens!!! Degas is my favefavefave!! i might be there tomorrow to have a looksee myself!

    richmond is a really cool city...i bet it's cool living there ;)

  17. Thanks for sharing your day with us. Hubby is looking good for sure and those girls, "cute as cupcakes." And, of course, you are the icing on the cake. :o)

    I have never been to the Va. Museum of Art and not sure I even knew they had one. Shame on me!

    Wishing both you and the girls a good school year!

  18. I love the shot of the lady and her muscles...she looks like she's got a lot to say. :)
    I also love the shot of your girls looking up at that picture and the one of your little playing in water...that one could be framed.

    you captured your day with them beautifully. :))

    praying for you as you start your routine again...praying for a good bible study...good work out times....and some good time to create bc you do it so well and it ministers to your soul when you do it. maybe you could do some field trips by yourself to explore and create...I'll have to go back and read your routine plan....I think you gave a link!

  19. What a fun day! I love a day at the art museum! :)

  20. What a great day!!! And as always amazing pictures!!!!:O) I look forward to school this year sort of,I just want to really CLEAN!!!:O)with no boy's laying all over the place:O)Have an awesome day!!!!!

  21. The art museum looks like a great day! your girls look like fun! and yes I like the huge picture of the house, it evokes something in me too....! maybe I will try and take my son somewhere like this. Enjoy the rest of the holidays, Heather x

  22. sweet and perfect! my favorite picture is the last... what a great moment to capture!

  23. So fun! Love all the little field trips you have been on lately. Maybe someday i'll be able to get us all out the door sanely and in one piece, and we'll be able to enjoy things like this!

  24. Becky - I can't even begin to tell you how in awe I am of the beautiful relationship that you, as a family, have together. It's amazing and I can you that it blesses others. And the smiles that I always see on your girls' faces just warms my heart! They are so sweet!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  25. Oh what a sweet day. I almost feel like I was there having seen some of it on instagram! LOL

    I am counting the DAYS my friend. I thought it was sooner than it is and then last night I counted and it's like over four weeks!~ I thought it was more like three... I was bummed. LOL

  26. Be sure to go to the Jefferson at Christmas - amazing decor!

  27. Oh Becky, another wonderful memory with your girls. You are a great mother. ...And there should be fun mixed in with all of that culture. I loved the commentary you shared with us as you viewed some of those artist paintings. Art really is in the eye of the beholder, but like you said, we can judge our art by how it makes us feel something. I liked that comment you made.

    Your chics are sure growing up. Especially big chic!!!

    ♥Lee Ann

  28. I'm late, but hope you see this. I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Just stopped blogging for the summer (inadvertently). Love your visit to the museum. I'm a sucker for museums. Love them! Bring your girls when they're young and they'll want to return with you when they're older. That's my plan anyway! ;)

    Hope all is well with you in your world. Here's a big shout out from your old neck of the woods from the St. Croix Valley!


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