Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Three Guesses

For those of you who don't already know where we went last weekend, I'll give you three hints:

How much more typical Louisiana can you get? We went to Minden for Roger's grandmother's 75th birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, Mams! On Saturday, over 50 people came over to Roger and Jeana's to celebrate with her. It was a day of food, fun and sun, and Braden got the sunburn to prove it!

Braden had lot's of fun, as usual, at his Grandy and Pappaw's house.

He went fishing:

Went to the local Wildlife Museum and posed with taxidermied zebras:...and gorillas and ostriches (not pictured is the hyena taking a bite out of a gazelle to the left of Roger.) They tried to get me in the exhibit, too, but I just couldn't bring myself to get that close. On Saturday night, Braden built a campfire with his dad and Pappaw. He roasted marshmallows and made smores, but I think his favorite part was holding twigs in the fire and watching them slowly burn. I personally preferred the smores.

Madeline had a big time, as well. She met a lot of family, including her Pappaw (not pictured), her Grandpa:and her Mams:

Again, the traveling iwas hard on her. And it's been pretty rough since we've been home. Although, yesterday she started rolling over from back to front on purpose, and this morning she discovered that if she rolls from back to front then immediately from tummy to back, she can get somewhere. She ended up halfway under the sofa!

I wish I had more pictures to share, but when we're with Roger's family I don't get my camera out much. Jeana, Roger's mom, is a professional photographer, and I can always count on her to get everything on camera.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Gallery Opening

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of a very impressive art exhibit!

Braden's preschool class, the Blue Room, invited parents to come see what they've been learning about over the past week. The teachers have been very busy teaching our kids about individual artists and how their styles are so different from each other. Each child got to try making a masterpiece in each style, and they created a "gallery" for each one.

When we arrived, we were greeted by our child, given a "ticket" to the exhibit along with a list of rules about how to behave in a museum, and offered grape juice and cheese. We were then guided by our child to each gallery to oooh and aaah over all the different interpretations. It was adorable. They were all so proud of their work, and so eager to impress the moms.

Here are some highlights:



The B.R. Museum wasn't the only major event yesterday - it was just the most fun. We also spent the morning enrolling Braden in the Walt Disney Magnet School for kindergarten in the fall, and after I dropped Braden off at school I had to take Madeline for her 4 month checkup, where she was traumatized by 5 (FIVE) immunizations! (Thankfully, one was oral, but still!) Needless to say, the afternoon was a little rough.

It is a very dreary day today - cold and rainy - so unfortunately Braden will be missing t-ball again (last week it was cancelled for unknown reasons), which means he'll have cabin fever all day. Oh - and Roger is out of town till Tuesday.

Wish me luck!