Friday, September 30, 2011

The Touch, the Feel

Atticus has started this new thing, he likes to touch my skin, particularly my stomach.  If I'm on the floor with them, he'll lift my shirt and try to get at my skin and if he does, he'll lay his head down and suck his thumb (as if I'm one of his fuzzy blankets or something).  It's really cute, but kind of odd at the same time.  Maybe it seems a little weird to me because I didn't nurse them, but the weirdest part is that it just started out of the blue.  If you have kids, have they ever done this?  I'm curious is this is something that's common and I just don't know about it.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Slow and Steady

My goal was to post pictures from our pumpkin picking adventure, but instead, I am working on transferring everything off of my computer.  I have used a little MacBook for the past few years but unfortunately it doesn't support Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, which are things I was hoping to get to improve this here blog.  So, I have recently purchased a new computer and like I said, am transferring everything over.  It's a long and tedious process, but hopefully I can get it all done today (fingers crossed).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coming Soon: Pumpkin Picking

This morning my friend and I, along with our kiddos, visited my parents to pick some pumpkins.  It was a lot of fun and the kids didn't want to leave.  I took a lot of photos, so it's going to take some time to get through them all.  Hoping to have them up tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Artprize, Part Three

Here is the second half of the photos Eric and I took on our date downtown.  And there is sure to be more to come.  Next week the top 10 will be announced, so we'll have to make sure to see those so we can vote for our favorite.

The last two photos are from a collection of photographs taken at Sudanese refuge camps.  It made me really emotional, and I pretty much broke down in the hallway.  Thankfully, Eric found it sweet, and let me have a couple minutes to compose myself.  I am not even close to an art connoisseur, but I do know what moves me, and this definitely did.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Wears

This weekend we spent a lot of time downtown, viewing art at Artprize.  The weather was practically perfect, so we walked from our house each time.  I absolutely love where we live, right outside of downtown, so it's only a 15 minute walk. 

On Friday, Eric and I took the boys downtown and looked at all the art that is outdoors.  The boys didn't last very long after their bedtime, so we headed home after an hour and a half.  Once the boys were in bed, Eric and I curled up and watched some of our favorite shows.

Top & Belt: Thrifted // Cardigan: Target // Jeans: Wiliam Rast // Boots: Aldo

On Saturday, Eric's parents picked up the boys before lunch so we had the entire day to ourselves.  We spent the afternoon getting projects done around the house, and then headed downtown for more Artprize and dinner.  We intended to go see a movie but ended up watching one at home and getting a lot of extra sleep.

Dress: Thrifted // Cardigan, Belt & Socks: Target // Leggings: Charlotte Russe // Boots: Aldo

On Sunday we slept in and took our time getting ready in the morning.  We had dinner at Eric's parent's, where we picked the boys up from their sleepover.  That evening we split our time between a going away party and movie night.  The going away party was at a bowling alley, which was a first for the boys.  I think the carpet was one of their favorite things.

Top & T-shirt: F21 // Tank: Target // Jeans: Gap // Boots: Boutique in Manistee, MI

Even though we spent several hours at Artprize there is still a lot more to see, so it's likely that our free time over the next week or so will be spent taking walks downtown.  I don't mind one bit though, any excuse to get outside and take a walk is fine by me.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Artprize, Part Two

For our date night, Eric and I ventured downtown again to see more of Artprize.  We spent over two hours wandering around and only went through five venues, yet we saw so much art.  I don't think I could have spent any more time there, I was beginning to have art overload and I didn't want to keep going without really paying attention to each piece.   Here is about half of my photos from last night.

I absolutely love being downtown during Artprize.  Everything is so busy and people are just everywhere.  Our city is literally transformed into one massive art gallery.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Artprize, Part One

Three years ago, my city started Artprize, an open art contest.  To put it lightly, it's wildly popular with artists submitting things from all over the world.  It runs for almost three weeks and showcases over a thousand pieces of art from every medium you can think of.  Last night was the second day, so Eric and I took the boys downtown to check it out.  We live close enough that we just walked from our house.  It was awesome.  Here are some pictures from our night.

I feel like we saw just 10% of the art in two hours, so there will definitely be more to come.  Stay tuned!