Monday, March 22, 2010

Good-Bye Flat Stanley!

Today was Flat Stanley's last day with us.  He's kind of sad but mostly happy to be going back home to see Daniel and visit his school.  He said he had a pretty good time with us and hopes to see us again.  We told him he could definitely come for a visit as long as he brings Daniel with him.  He's a little bit nervous to be sent through the mail, but we reassured him.  The mail carriers in Fort Worth are the best around.  He'll be well taken care of.  Good-Bye Flat Stanley!  Have a safe trip back to Peaster!  We'll miss you!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Food Day!

YAY!  Today we ate out TWICE!  That's a very rare thing for us.  Since it was Stanley's last day we thought he deserved a big breakfast and a big steak dinner...we skipped lunch.

We started our morning at Montgomery St. Cafe, one of the best breakfast and lunch destinations in Fort Worth.  Flat Stanley had the two egg special.

Flat Stanley went all crazy and ordered pancakes.  They were much bigger than he had expected.

We ran a few errands, but spent the better half of the day indoors due to the weather.  It was raining/snowing/super duper cold.  A dreary day indeed.  Flat Stanley wanted the snow to stick so we could make snowmen.  To our dismay it seemed to have accumulated everywhere except here.

For dinner we meet a friend, Jennifer and her son Gavin, at the Flaming Steakhouse.  They were very fun to have dinner with.  We all had such a great time. Flat Stanley had never had steak before and found it to be a mouth watering experience.

Gavin and Flat Stanley hit it off quite nicely.  Gavin let him watch movies on the iPhone while they were waiting for the food to come out.  They became fast friends.  Gavin wanted to take him home so they could play together.

Flat Stanley was so glad to meet Jennifer and Gavin.  He was very sad to see them go but knew that one day he'd see them again! He's had a lot of fun with the Theodore's but he's very ready to go back home to Daniel.  He can't wait to tell him everything that he did!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Art Adventure

Flat Stanley meet with my niece and great niece for lunch at Panera today.  He loved his chicken sandwich.   My great niece taught him to dip his sandwich in the soup, he really went bonkers for that.  He enjoyed the company but was very careful not to end up in the hands of Braeleigh.  She wanted him badly.  I could totally see where that would lead...being torn to shreds! YIKES!  How would I ever explain that to Daniel?

Notice the big smile on Braeleigh's face.  She's a total ham.  Such an entertaining child.  I love her so.

Three of my students were chosen to be a part of the Modern Art Camp at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  It's free for the students and they get to spend all spring break making art with local artists and learning about the artists and artwork in the galleries.  It's a wonderful opportunity for them.  Their end of the week exhibition was today so Flat Stanley and I made the trek over to the museum after lunch.

      If you haven't checked out the Andy Warhol Exhibition I suggest you do so.  I did a quick run through and plan on going back and taking more time to stand in awe of the artwork and drool on myself.

 The Japanese architect Tadao Ando built this museum.  We love Tadao Ando and his wonderful smooth & modern building.

The reflection pond is so peaceful and 
relaxing.  Flat Stanley wanted to float
along the surface of the water and stare
blankly out into the sky.  But then that
would ruin him, so I wouldn't let him do it.

Way back behind Flat Stanley 
are two silver trees.  They're 
actually made out of stainless 
steel and are made by the artist
Roxy Payne.  What a cool name 
Roxy Payne.  This sculpture 
is called "Conjoined."

                                     Flat Stanley wanted to ride Deborah Butterfield's statue of a horse.                                                                                                                       
                                     It looks as if it's made out of sticks and branches, but really it's bronze.

Ohhhh, it's the most AWESOME sculpture EVER!  It's the VORTEX by Richard Serra.  It's massive and gorgeous and beautiful and amazing.  Flat Stanley loved going inside of the sculpture and screaming at the top of his lungs.  It echos quite nicely.  It's funny because Flat Stanley thinks he's being loud but he hardly has a loud scream.  Silly Stanley.

Here's Flat Stanley Addressing the Public.  Just kidding.  The sculpture 
is called "Woman Addressing the Public", it's by the artist Joan Miro.
 We hit up the Kimbell Art Museum to check out the Texas exhibition.  My mouth watered at the sight of the paintings by Max Beckmann & Manet & Gauguin.  Stanley like them too, especially the Rembrant painting.  He's amazed at how real artists can make people look.  He hopes one day he can look as real as a Rembrant painting.

We have only one more free day to do fun things before spring break is over.  We've had a good time together Flat Stanley & I.  We'll miss these days together.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Nature Center

The Fort Worth Nature Center has been an all time favorite activity of ours so we felt Flat Stanley would love the adventure of hiking through the woods.  We hiked along the Canyon Ridge Trail and witnessed some awe inspiring views.  Spotted a few deer along the way but they were way too quick for my camera, plus it was early in the morning so I wasn't quite as awake as I should have been.

It was actually quite chilly out so after our hike we decided to hit the local Starbucks for a cup of joe.  Stanley had never had coffee before and found that if you put loads of sugar and milk in it that it actually ends up to be pretty darn tasty. 

         Today was a good day, some fresh air, some beautiful views,
         good company and good exercise.   This is a great spring
         break thus far!              

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Flat Stanley is here!

My cousin's little boy is doing the Flat Stanley project for school and we were chosen as his temporary caretakers.  He arrived this week from Peaster.  Daniel did a great job decorating him, he's mighty cute. Don't know if I'll be able to part with him.

He was pretty apprehensive about meeting the dogs. I told him there was nothing to be afraid of.  They were nice dogs as long as you don't have food or a ball in your hand.

It didn't take him long too long to make friends with Abbey and Oliver.  They ran and played all day long.  They were so worn out that they all slept in the same bed.  I think Stanley needs some jammies.  It must be pretty uncomfortable to sleep in a tie.

I'm looking forward to our future adventures.  We're going to have a mighty fun time!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Whiskey River

I finished Willie!  I started this tedious embroidery during the first week of Christmas break and finished on Tuesday, YAY!  Embroidery is a bad habit I picked up thanks to sublime stitching,  They have such an awesome assortment of embroidery patterns, not the country craft crap you find at other places, it's totally worth a look see.  Never had any intention of doing any kind of sewing until stumbling upon this site.  Heck, I couldn't even sew buttons on.  Now I embroider like a mad lady, when I have time.  Of course I'd totally rather be playing in a dark room or painting.  But until I get a studio this will have to do.

Next on my agenda is Chris Isaak.  Have it drawn out, floss all I need is time and a swift kick in the butt from Mr. Motivation.