Monday, November 16, 2015

MAC LEGO Exhibit and Chinese Food

On Saturday, we visited the MAC LEGO exhibit.  It wasn't quite as neat as I imagined, but admission included other exhibits plus the historic Campbell house.  They had a fun little store, too.  I wish we could have spent a bit more time there, but Kylen's knee was bothering him.

7-foot-tall rose

8-foot-tall hummingbird.  Height must include the base, eh?  :)

They had several posters on the wall.  Art appreciation helped us recognize them.  Know who this is?

I think I know why the bike is way up high.  Too tempting!

They have a contest, and this is one of the entries.  Visitors can vote for their favorite.  This was mine.

The lily pads are made of LEGOs!  They're huge!

They had an interesting exhibit with artifacts from the American West.

A ballistic missile launch control console!  Kylen said it reminds him of the original Star Trek show.

A feminist's political button bag.  Interesting.  One button says peace, while the missile launcher is in the background.

A case of artificial eyes, typical of medical supplies sold by pharmacies in 1900.  Next to it is a prosthetic leg and hand.

Next, we strolled over to the Campbell House.  Kylen said it inspired him to write a novel from the period.  It gave meaning to the word "rambling."  Around every corner was another room, hall, or set of stairs.  I didn't get to read all the information available, but I did see a picture of an ornate chair the family owned that doubled as a music box!  When someone sat down, it played "Here Comes the Bride."


Kylen kept wearing his museum pass on his chin, and it was giving Greg fits.

We opted to have an early dinner, which turned out to be an excellent idea.  Our favorite Asian restaurant was almost empty when we arrived but packed by the time we left.  We had a hard time reaching the door through all the people standing around waiting to be seated.


This was Kylen's fortune!!!  Lol!!  At first I thought it would have been better if Greg or I had gotten it, but then I realized that wouldn't be good either!

Bye, P. F. Chang's!  Until next time!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

October Update

Is it really November already???  The last two months have flown by.  I've been completely immersed in school-related activities, especially my art appreciation class.  I like to know a subject inside and out before attempting to teach it, and it's been a true blessing expanding my knowledge in an area that has been such an important part of my life.  I've loved art since I can remember, and yet I was completely ignorant of basics like famous artists, art styles, and the elements of art.  It's been eye-opening!

Kylen's schedule is heavier than I anticipated.  I really was hoping for a lighter year, and it IS lighter in some respects, but he is still struggling to get everything done.  Monday was our last day of co-op.  It will be nice to have Mondays back for a couple months, and I am hoping Kylen can use that day to catch up.  He's not horribly behind - 2 hours in one subject, 4 in another, etc. but I don't want to wait until summer!

Kylen passed his driving test on the 17th!!  He can't get his license until he turns 16 in January, but we are thrilled he has the tests out of the way.  He missed 12 points, although 6 were from something the driving instructor warned him about, and Greg didn't take it seriously!

I'm currently working on catching up after a busy couple of months.  School will continue in earnest through November, although I'm hoping for an easier schedule in December.  Two things that have made my life easier this year: I'm not doing all the pictures for our co-op's yearbook, and I'm not planning the Christmas party.  A student volunteered to take a bunch of the pictures, and a member offered to take on the Christmas party.  I also was able to hand off preparing the family bins to another board member.  Plus, a different board member told me she will be ready to take over the newsletter in the summer, which was my last big job.  The strong urging I've felt to get rid of my extra co-op duties is fast coming to fruition, and I'm excited to see what new things God has in store for me.  Until then, I'll enjoy the break and focus on my art class!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

We had a different kind of Halloween this year!  Instead of dressing up and answering the door to trick-or-treaters, we enjoyed a fun family evening playing a game, watching a show, and eating crock pot spaghetti.  I've been wanting to try making crock pot spaghetti forever, and I decided Halloween was the day!  It turned out really good!!  A highlight of our evening was when my brother's and sister's families stopped by for a few hours so we could see the kids in their costumes.  And my sister-in-law brought the most amazing cupcakes.  :)

Look at the bow on top!!!

My brother-in-law was running on low sleep.

My sister-in-law's beautiful cupcakes.