Archive for September, 2012

Art Night in Suessian Neighborhoods

Carla Sonheim had us exploring the world of Dr. Seuss in this week’s exercise from Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun for Art Night. We came up with some pretty interesting neighborhoods!

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Mom even managed her masterpiece with a wrist brace on!

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Props to anyone who recognizes the dress-up dress that Charlotte has on and can name the school photo in which I am wearing it.

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Oh…this is a little blurry. I guess it’s just evidence that the days are getting shorter that we have to resume taking Art Night photos inside instead of out.

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Rachel!!

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We combined Art Night with a little celebration for NURSE Williams who passed his LPN test! Grammy brought cheesecake and we brought the party….

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Jacob!

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And with that, we completed our “imitating the Masters” exercises. What’s next for Art Night? Stay tuned!

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Daily Joys

I love, love, love being able to see Harriet and Jemima and Edmund almost every day. Who wouldn’t?!

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Someone Had a Birthday

Who could it be?

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Could it be Someone who got three bracelets from these three girls?

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And earrings from this girl?

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And a coffee gift card from this boy?

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And pumpkins from this girl?

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And more bracelets from this girl?

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And a blouse/jacket from this guy?

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And some Sour Cream Raisin pie?

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Could be!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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A Wedding and a Hike

Labor Day weekend, most of us got into our various and sundry vehicles and headed west and north to the Black Hills where we got dressed up to attend…

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Jenna and Graham’s wedding!

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(Clara had the privilege of photographing the event!)

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The next morning, Tim and I headed out for a much-anticipated hike to Harney Peak (while Joey and the rest of the crew made good use of the motel’s swimming pool). We saw this fella on the way there.

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And these.

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Now, I will say that Tim decided that we would hike to Harney Peak the masochistic more challenging way. This trail was through a wilderness area, so we had to register.

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This was my view much of the time we were hiking.

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Because Tim’s legs are longer than mine.

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We did pause occasionally, however.

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Two hours and forty-five minutes and 2225-ft.-higher-than-where-we-started later, we MADE IT.

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A LOT of other people had made it to the top, too. Including a plethora of pre-school-aged kids. But, they had all come up the “easy” side. So it was slightly anti-climactic for Tim and me to arrive huffing and puffing and profusely sweating after conquering this fairly tough trail only to see lots of other not-so-sweaty folks sitting around with their picnics. Oh, well.

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Then we started back down on the NOT easy trail…as indicated by this sign.

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Tim-the-tree-hugger.

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Tim said I would lose blog followers if I posted nature photos. Do I have blog followers?

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Oh, my goodness, I was happy to see this sign!

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And five total hiking hours later, our dusty boots testified to our 10-mile hike!

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On the way back to the motel, we saw this:

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And Mt. Rushmore.

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And, finally, with everyone on board, we headed home.

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What a fun little Labor Day Weekend family trip!

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State Fair Fun, Part 2

After the excitement of posing with Larry Gatlin, we wondered if the midway rides could measure up! I think they did. At least the reports from the participants seemed to indicate that they did. Those of us who had already been on the tram waited patiently.

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While Levi and Eleanor went on this crazy Ring of Fire ride.

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Despite the theatrical screaming coming out of Levi that almost had us literally ROFLOL, they survived.

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Then Levi and Margaret went on this ride.

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They came out sweaty, but alive.

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Next, it was time for the free hot dogs, compliments of the summer reading program (which also provided the gate tickets, thankyouverymuch)!

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Finally, we went through the 4-H building and attempted to locate the kids’ 4-H projects. At least the photos were easy to find.

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(I dubbed this section the “Pinterest Area” of the building…what do you think?)

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We found Margaret’s watercolor, too.

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And Tim’s wildlife exhibits.

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Charlotte remembered making a beaded bracelet at one booth last year, so Edmund and I watched her bead for awhile.

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It was time to leave…but not before one last Tiger Show!

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We bid farewell to the State Fair.

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It really was a lot of fun!

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State Fair Fun, Part 1

We experienced a first this year: we went to the State Fair without participating in some type of competition. While I enjoy supporting the kids as they show dogs or style clothing, I could definitely get used to this, too. We had so much fun!

We decided to cruise over to the Fair after Lydia participated in physical therapy in the morning, so we arrived at about 2 pm. Right as we pulled in, we heard the announcement that there were still wrist bands for the free afternoon concert! I did not even realize that there was an afternoon concert that day! I said, “Okay, girls, let’s go!”

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We got great seats to see…

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Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers!!

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It was a super-entertaining show with plenty of sing-a-long songs that took me right back to the Hall of Fame. All I needed were my boots and Joey. The show was so fun that I think we might have secured the next generation of Gatlin fans. (Although Charlotte was wondering why the “Lady was broken”…?)

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After all of that singing, the girls needed some ice cream.

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Then we saw Nebraska’s Largest Steer.

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And sat on a hay bale couch.

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Each of the girls picked one “ride” that day. I got to go with Charlotte and Lydia on the new tram.

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Clara, Levi, Margaret, Eleanor and Jemima helped us keep a perspective on how high we were going.

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As we got higher, Lydia and Charlotte were pretty excited!

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The tram ride was one-way, so we started walking back toward the midway when we saw…

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Larry Gatlin–who graciously greeted us and posed for a photo!

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Is that fun, or what?

We eventually made it to the midway…stay tuned for more fun!

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