What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Field Trip: Corning Museum of Glass

Once upon a time, we took a trip to the Corning Museum of Glass.

It was actually one of our 12 Days of Christmas treats, hence the Christmas tree in the entryway.  


The great thing about this museum is that it has free admission for anyone 18 years or younger.  

When a museum has that sorta perk, and you happen to have five children, you kinda wanna jump on it.  

Too bad I can no longer pass for 18.  



 Here is my sister and I and our passel of children.  

Passels of children make me happy.




Coolest chess set ever...






After seeing such incredible beautiful glass works, we continued following the hallway to check out the next room when Ineke exclaimed, in a clear and exuberant tone... "Oh my GOODNESS!  This is beautiful! So, so beautiful!"

What was she referring to?

This:
 

Ummm....... kay.

My favorite spot will always be the stained glass area. 









From far away, the pieces are so magnificent!  

But if you step up close, I discovered just how 3 dimensional the art can be, which I guess I never really knew.










We discovered Grandma has a glass museum in her kitchen!


The children thought a highlight of the trip was the unlimited access to any number of computer tablets explaining the different exhibits.  They don't usually have free access to the computer.  

All I could think about was the germs that they were undoubtedly laden with having millions of grubby hands swiping 'em all over every day.

But the puke bug had recently visiting our entire household, so these things were on my mind.


Then we entered into this brilliant, bright, white, ginormous wing of the museum.




And I discovered it was absolutely PERFECT lighting for portraiture!


And then I found all the people close to me so I could snap pictures of them...



Aw, Mama.  You are so WEIRD.




 
Some were more willing than others.  A-hem, Christiana!





The kids sometimes had a hard time trying to figure out what the art was 'saying'.  

(Me too.)  
I guess I am just not that sophisticated.









And then, right before we left, we watched a live demonstration about making glass eyes.   (They even make little red glass wisps for the blood vessels...)




You never know when this information may come in handy.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The Audacity



Three days before Christmas, this girl had the audacity to turn three years old.

 And I had the audacity not to post these photos for almost three months.

She wanted RAINBOW colors on her cake.  
 




It's tough having your birthday just a few days before Christmas.  It is a slapdash affair.

I bought her a doll when Toys R Us was going out of business (I am particular about dolls- they need to have pretty faces which happens less and less often these days.  Have you noticed this?) and she got a book (because.... well, books!)  

But knowing more Christmas gifts are going to be inundating us in just a few days really makes me wanna hold waaaay back on the *stuff*.

So the poor girl got mostly practical HANDMADE stuff (which may be considered not cool some day but until then- totally cool.)


Flannel PJ's




(she had totally stolen Adele's mermaid...)




A little tunic and matching dress for her birthday doll... which have matching hair accessories if you want to bother with hair accessories.  

Which we often don't.  Clearly.





And a reversible flannel cape for those milder days when a coat seems a bit overdone but still, a little something is needed.  

Those days are coming... right?