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.
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?
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'.
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.