Saturday, August 28, 2010

Frederick

It should be a crime to not explore the places you live...
Not that I've fully explored, well, even my neighborhood, but as soon as I have a day off from "exploring" my classroom, possibly that will happen.

We have had a chance to go explore some of the nearby areas.  Frederick is a bit over a half hour drive and is rich with history... and weird murals!

The walls have eyes...
and wings...
and old men staring out fake windows.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hidden Faces

I've been really fascinated by all the faces in the corners and cornices of  the older buildings around here.
While in Frederick, I first noticed how many buildings in this area have decorative faces.

I realize fully that this is just decoration and nothing overly exciting, but I've really been loving finding all the different faces around.

Some are pleasant and peaceful...

and some are angry and ugly.

Any way, the walls ou here really do have eyes and ears...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Local Tourists

Today, we went to Washington, D.C. with our good friends and neighbors, Nick and Tricia. It’s a short trip from here, but traffic and parking can be horrendous, so the four of us hopped on the train.
This was the conductor on the way back-- perhaps the picture doesn't do him justice, but he was hilariously cartoonish. "All Aboard that's a-going aboard!" (Yeah, he REALLY said that. ha-ha)

We pulled into Union Station (gorgeous) and started acting like tourists.
Since we only live a little over 1/2 hour away, we decided just to visit a couple museums in the Smithsonian (which, as a by the way, is 100% free-- I didn't know!)

Firstly, we ate lunch in the American Indian Museum-- Why aren't there any Native American Restaurants? I forgot how much I love food from the Great Lakes Region Native Americans. It was superb and unique and clean and refreshing.

Then, we hit up the air and space museum, which we've been told is the best-- it was very fun!
Across the street is the Fine Art Museum, which I was lucky enough to see part of a couple beautiful exhibits.
My favorite was the Gothic era Italian collection
And we hit Hirshorn, the Modern and Contemporary museum, which was... um... hmm... interesting.
Some of the pieces were quirky and fun.
Finally, we briefly walked through the "castle", which houses Mr. Smithsonian's tomb. It is so funnily shaped; I doubted he was in there. I suggested we look, but no one else thought that was a good idea. It would've made for an interesting story.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Say Hello to My Little Friends

Don't underestimate your furry family members.  They're smarter than we give them credit for (usually... there are some loopies, of course).  I'm always surprised how much mom's dogs know what's going on.  Now, they don't always choose to obey, but dogs enjoy being good.
Star and Jack posing for their glamour shots.

Jack playing soccer with Kyle. 

The kids waiting their turn in line for kickball.

What a patient girl!


Monday, August 2, 2010

Back to Crafting

Since we've moved, I haven't had a lot of time or energy for crafting.  But, I finally had the opportunity to make a wreath for our apartment door. 
With all the huge craft stores around, I'm sure that soon I'll be a creating fool!