Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

We Made It

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lunch in Tulsa

So far so good on the mother of all Lareau roadtrips. The New Atlas Grill was an easy exit from the highway in downtown Tulsa. We ate fabulous food and took a few laps to stretch our legs and see some of the city's gorgeous Art Deco buildings. Now, onward and upward.

By the by, Mer thought the story of Atlas a bit silly. The lack of gravity would make his task impossible, she explained--as if the rest of it were plausible.

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Dawn on the Road

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Running Free Among the Priceless Works of Art

We haven't done a kids event at the Brooks since Meredith was about 2. This weekend we took Keddi and braved the Saturday morning mayhem for The Impressionist Revolution show that's there now. It couldn't have been cooler. The girls made amazing hats from butcher paper, then folded paper boats, and then did a scavenger hunt through the exhibit itself. There were details to find, animals to count, wagon tracks to analyze, and rewards for each correct answer given to a volunteer.

Let's be clear, any actual rewards should have gone to me (and mostly to the guards) for preventing Madeline from destroying any works of art. A high point was finding her climbing on a column to reach one such priceless item. And now I've been sarcastic, which Meredith hates. But if there was ever a time...

Luckily the end of the exhibit has a pretty impressive children's room. Hats for dressing up, a "cafe" for philosophical pontificating, and more.

Part two of the morning was a performance by the students at New Ballet Ensemble. They re-enacted Degas paintings that were projected behind them in a completely fluid and beautiful way. And did lots more besides. I am consistently blown away by the quality of ballet here in Memphis. I recognize that I know nothing about ballet, but it's always accessible, inspiring and relevant. And that's something.

August 13 is pottery day for kids at the Brooks. We might just have to check that out.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

Came home from working late at the coffee shop last night to find that Chris and the girls had made cupcakes and a beautiful sign and put presents on the table (thanks Mom and Dad!). It's already been a great birthday -- not least because the girls and I have each already had two cupcakes!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

On the Deck

It seems that most family visits end up with some of us sitting on the deck playing 20 Questions. Or some version of 20 Questions. More like 172 Questions.

Uncle Stan and Keddi were great competitors. When Mer left the deck for awhile, she checked on them to be sure they were still playing on their own. Madi was mostly content to share a chair with her sister.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Evergreen Neighborhood Parade

Dear heaven it was hot. Festive, but hot. Thank you Trinity United for cold lemonade.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Summertime Sisters

Watermelon on the front porch. On the way to the pool, so sticky is OKAY.

Fixing each others hair.

Meredith raking mulch. Meredith wearing knee socks in July.

Sweet girls.