This was a hard week. There has been so much pain in our national dialogue, and people have died here and around the world in acts of terror. I've felt so helpless seeing everything happening around me, and its been difficult to find words to explain everything to our children. We decided that we had to go to Charlottesville - to pay our respects to those who lost their lives while fighting for justice.
After our anniversary trip to NYC, we decided our kids needed to see the Met. Growing up, our parents dragged us around countless museums, and I believe it makes a difference! I researched artwork by time period and regions, and picked out 15 individual pieces for each kid to look for as we went around the museum. When they found the piece, we gave them a card with the image on it. Here are Nuelie and Ellie with their clipboards!
Welcome to our family room/study. We usually call it our study, but we pretty much live in this room. It is on the second floor, and sits above our living room, and is the same size! It has our main computer, our tv, most of our non-kid books, a big work table, and a couch. We have art supplies and cork boards, and it has great windows. Nuelie has decided that he's going to plan out their after school program here... :)
I had the incredible privilege of seeing part of the Whitney Biennial in June. Unfortunately we visited a week after the full show came down, but there was a smaller collection of work that will be there until the fall. The work reminds the viewer of all of the things that are current in our world, but asks us to zero in on the artist's point of view. So many of us have seen the horrifying video of Philando Castile's last moments, but Henry Taylor allows us to see it again in the quiet of a museum; instantly recognizable, obviously a painting. Through photographs, sculpture, and drawing, we are asked to go deeper into a world that we think we already understand.
This picture says so much about our daughters. I love how photographs can capture personalities. These photos were taken at Dumbarton Oaks - a wonderful park with beautiful gardens. Go check it out in Georgetown!
Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing about our little day trip to Calvert Cliffs in Maryland. This beautiful state park has so many things going for it. A hike, a beach, and fossils! It is only about an hour outside of D.C., and is great for families. For more info, check out the state park website.
I can't believe how long its taken for us to get this bathroom done! It has been almost a year since we moved in, and our contractors did a great job making this room, but we've taken forever to hang the mirror and put up art. This bathroom is in the basement, and it used to be a room with just a toilet (not even a sink) but now it's the best bathroom in the house!
The Metropolitan Costume Institute's Spring Exhibition is always a big event in NYC. The opening of the show is celebrated with the Met Gala, and this show was unusual in that it celebrated a living artist Rei Kawakubo. I really enjoyed the show - go see it yourself! It is up until September 4th! Below is the Met's writeup on their website. #MetKawakubo
Ritter and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a four day trip to NYC. This post is about the food we ate there! We researched vegetarian/vegan restaurants, and had a blast! Our trip consisted of amazing gallery visits, museums, etc, but food was more than half of the purpose of our trip.
Happy Friday! Today is our 10 year wedding anniversary - I am so thankful for my husband and our family. This blog post is first of a few that will show photos from our trip to Portugal a couple years ago. Today's post is about Obidos. I've been to Obidos many times over the years, ever since I was as little as my kids in this picture. It is a medieval walled city that has been continuously occupied, and there are about 3000 residents now. It is one of my favorite places in Portugal.
Happy Friday! As it is the first Friday of the month, I'm sharing about our home. One of the best rooms of our house is our sunroom. It is right off of our dining room/kitchen, and gives us access to our backyard. It is always bright and cheery there, and is a wonderful place to take a nap!
We had a dinner party on Wednesday. It was so much fun! I was thinking about what to post this week, and I realized I could share about the food we ate! Two birds, one stone. Everything in the above picture is from Aldi - I love that store. They are not only cheap, they have really good appetizer food! They have a LOT of organic food, as well as a whole line of gluten free products. I'm not being paid by them to say this - I just love them, enjoy what they do, and hope their prices don't go up!
When I started blogging weekly at the beginning of the year, I hoped to have a post about prints I was working on at least once a month. It is already May, and this is the first time I've had the chance. With all of my photography work and setting up our house, my inks have dried up in their containers and paper sat in flat files. I've been really excited to be able to mix up colors and print this week. Have a look at what I've been up to!
Yay, it's vacation picture sharing time. From two years ago... Two summers ago we took a month long trip to Portugal and Spain, and there are sooooo many pictures that it seems impossible to go through them. So, I've started to chip at it and will share parts of it on the blog as I get through it! The kids look so little - of course I've been mourning their growing up with lots of wails and tears. (only partly kidding) So today I'm sharing about Barcelona, and this amazing structure is La Sagrada Familia. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, it's been in construction since 1882, and its still going!
Yay, we are finally sharing our living room! It was a lot of fun to put this room together. In our almost 10 years of marriage, Ritter and I have collected a lot of things from places we have lived in and travelled to. We also love finding "treasures" at thrift stores and Craigslist - it is so much more fun than buying at a big box store.
Our family went to Williamsburg for Spring Break. We had a great time, and here are just a few (just kidding, its a lot) pictures from our trip!
Ritter and I wanted to build our own house before we realized we were crazy and couldn't do that while having jobs and kids in D.C., but we've always liked making things. Our kids have loved playing outside for several hours a day these past few months while the yard has been warm and not yet overwhelmed by mosquitoes. We know the mosquitoes are coming, and we mourn that very much. We've racked our brains to try to figure out how we can let our kids enjoy our backyard while not being eaten by bugs. Our solution is a shed with a LOT of windows, in our backyard.
This week was a bit busy, so I gave myself a day to make work for the blog. I have wanted to make cushions for a while, and I had this grand plan to make a bunch in a day. Yeah, I ended up with two. I was very close to making five - I had all the pieces cut out and put together, but for three of them, I didn't get the front and back but together to finish it before I needed to photograph it... Oh the joys of deadlines...
Happy Friday! I'm sharing our son Nuelie's room today. His room is definitely the best room of the house. It sits on top of our garage, and it always feels a little bit like you're entering a fort because you have to step down a couple of steps to get into it. It always has great light except for the day I shot these pictures - a day of thunderstorms in the middle of a sunny and gorgeous week.
When we redid the girls' dollhouse we told Nuelie we would do something special for his room. His room is very small, but there is a little alcove where we made him a set of shelves for him to play with and keep his legos. We wanted to make it special, so we used old maps and two books by Oliver Jeffers.