As some of you have noticed – I'm getting a bit lazy on the blog again. Just thought I would quickly admit to the best part of my day.
I bought Girl Scout cookies illegally. Shhhhhh. Yes folks, I broke the law. The cookies don't go on sale until Saturday but an inside source hooked me up and the first row of Thin Mints is already down the hatch...my hatch.
Need a fix? I've got 12 boxes. Yes, T W E L V E.
In the dead of winter I can't help but want to throw open the windows, run outside in shorts and just plain BUST OUT OF THE HOUSE.
While this below zero week surely isn't the best time to go rogue, we are busting out of a few things while indoors.
Oliver – bustin' out of his clothes
Jahred – bustin' out his carpentry skills once again
Me – bustin' my hump cleaning, cooking and the like
Axel – bustin' a move at play practice
While we're all trying to keep busy and not get under each others skin, we've decided to separate the boys, moving Axel downstairs (Ty - your bed is still down there...however it's in the pink room now). Because I was feeling bad about Axel leaving some of his custom room decor behind for his brother we've made him a new piece...we call it the "Wall of Wonder."
Total cost for Wall of Wonder: $18
He's in! I cannot believe that of the 100+ kids who auditioned, Axel snagged a part as "Gosling" in the upcoming Great Theatre Production of Charlotte's Web.
It's quite a decision to let him be in the play since we do have plane tickets to Florida during that time (bad Mommy not double checking the performance schedule before hours of line-memorization passed). However when I saw his little name on the "Cast List" my heart was so proud of him and happy for him that I sort of decided right then and there that the plane tickets can be moved, we can still go to Florida, but the show MUST GO ON!
I haven't told him yet about his role, he is still under the impression that he will be the pig ("I told them, 'I will be the pig!'.") But I think he'll take nicely to the idea of being a gosling. As long as he can "sign autographs," which is his favorite part of any play, he'll be pleased as a pig in mud. WARNING: His autograph may take up an entire page in your Playbill.
Click HERE for a link to the Great Theatre web site (and to book your tickets :) Do wait until after the first couple rehearsals though in case our Gosling has a fit of nerves. Also you can see his name on the cast list.
Not long after I published my last post, I heard from Ashley! She would love to have her painting back!
This is what I adore about art! The beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but for a piece of the artist will remain with the art forever!
PS - She checked her Facebook messages by luck today, and does not own a smart phone! I like this girl.
So I bought this painting years ago at the Salvation Army in Mankato, MN. Mostly I bought it for the frame, a pretty gold one, but after reading the back I decided that I would leave the painting inside of it and hang it in my studio (back in the days when I had a studio...sigh).
It hung there for a year and when we moved to Sartell it came along, immediately finding a home on the wall. Of all the pieces of art I have discarded over the years and all of the photographs/paintings that have been replaced by new photos, this painting by Ashley Gish has remained a part of my decor.
Yesterday, I decided that my basement is no longer acceptable and I need to create a "theme" to the art down there. I'm afraid that it's time for the painting to go.
I decided that a painting winning the prestigious award of "County Fair 2001, 2nd Place" should never be ditched at a thrift store for a second time so I searched through Facebook (using Jahred's account that I occasionally highjack for important business purposes) and located Ashley from Cleveland. I sent her a message with my contact information and offered to mail the painting back to her. No word from her yet. Is she possibly the only person who doesn't access Facebook from her smart phone?
Here's my deadline – if she doesn't contact me by next Thursday, January 24th, I'm going to offer the painting (and free shipping) to a lucky blog reader who needs a new piece of art for their wall. The frame unfortunately is staying with me, but the piece is a canvas wrapped board and would be nice for framing or simply setting on a shelf.
If you're out there Ashley Gish...I hope you would like to be reunited with your painting (unless of course you're the one who brought it to the thrift store...I sure hope your Mom didn't). Otherwise, just know that I will be passing your art on in an "Art if Forward" and your County Fair Glory Days will live on forever on the heart and wall of America.
You can pretty much hear the crickets around my blog lately. We've been ringing in the new year with plenty of new experiences – ones that don't involve the computer.
Here's a brief synopsis of what we've been up to:
- Spent a weekend at Breezy Point
- Went for a dogsled ride (the dogs seemed a bit more 'wild' than 'trained').
- Ollie saw his first fireworks from the balcony of our room. I decided that I like winter fireworks better, it's darker and they glow so beautifully off of the snow.
- Swam until even the prunes on our toes had prunes.
- Made an incredibly long hike to the base of a fire tower, with hopes of climbing it for some fantastic pictures.
We found the most depressing sign AFTER the hike.
- Determined while watching the "snowmobile radar run," "snow golf," and the hoards of hockey families go about
their regular activities that there is a difference between "Minnesotans" and "people who live in Minnesota."
(We are most likely the latter.)
- Had my hair cut and colored at Fantastic Sams. Turns out, they're pretty fantastic...and about half the price of your average Aveda Concept Salon.
- Axel tried out for the local theater company production of Charlotte's Web. He was one of three boys, out of 70 kids total, and the youngest by at least 3 years. I was so proud of him for sticking out the 1.5 hour audition completely on his own. Only wish I could have seem him shine. What an amazing kid.
- We're down one tooth! After weeks of him swearing that, "It NEEDS to fall out on it's own," Grandpa said "pull" and Axel said "how hard?" That's all it took for him to yank the dangler from his mouth and to send the tooth fairy scrambling on a Sunday to pull together necessary preparations.
Hope you've all been staying busy and avoiding the cold. Whether you consider yourselves Minnesotans, People who Live in Minnesota, or People who NEVER Wish to Come Here, I feel like I can understand each and every one of you this winter.
No need to file a missing persons report...I'll be writing more often.
While discussing decorating projects for my Mom's new digs last weekend, we concluded that the perfect addition to her kitchen would be an entire wall of chalkboard. She has the perfect house for it, in fact she has the perfect house all around
While I live in my own world, where nothing is perfect and everything is "perfectly irregular" (just how I like it), I decided that while my Mom's chalkboard would look classic, be filled with beautiful drawings/sayings, and would have the purpose of "finishing" a room, I could have a chalkboard of my own with the intention of inspiring, having a sanctioned place for "mess" and giving Axel a place to express his "beginnings" as an artist with fresh eyes for the world.
Things got a bit scary when the black paint went up. It was indeed BLACK. I have to say however, as things progressed I started to go to my "happy place" where everything was coming up art!
I've started to chalk-it-up, but am in need of some assistance to get to higher ground. Jahred doesn't know it yet, but we'll be buying one of those fancy infomercial ladders, the ones that can rest level on stairs. Michelangelo had state of the art scaffolding I'm sure and I expect no less. :)
First things first. Give the kid a designated space. I assume that over time that frame will become a bit of a suggestion...merely an element to include in his master plan. I don't really mind how much space he takes over, just so long as he has art at heart.
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