Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday, finally.

Oy.  It's been a while.  I can't say that I've been up to anything super fun or special.  I can say that I have been spending lots of extra special time with The Bug who is constantly counting down the days until his birthday. 

Honestly, taking time to blog takes time away from him and I have been trying to be more of an "in the moment" mom - enjoying his relentless questions, finding fun activities to do around the city, playing good old fashioned Hi Ho Cherry-O a million times a day.  It's been fun and reminds me that I don't have to be on my phone or computer every 5 minutes to stay up to date with the world (ok Facebook) happenings.

So, I will leave you with this as a peak in to what has been happening over the past few weeks...

Upcoming birthday party goodies - Before the rain at the Mizzou/Alabama game - A recent sparkly purchase - Quality time with Nan at his first tailgate

This weekend, it's a margarita (or two) at family dinner out, a couple of shifts at work and a special Daddy/Son activity.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Last weekend, I was super excited to attend the 30-something birthday of my blogger (and real life!) friend, Melanie.  The theme?  Corks and Canvas, held at a local art studio and gallery, Artichokes.

Mel selected an abstract theme and after a few cocktails, we set to work.  We had an amazing teacher guiding us, Noelle Stoffel (who also happens to be a real life acquaintance as well since our kiddos go to school together.)

Here's how mine turned out.  It's currently doing the lean on our bookshelf (with some other masterpieces) until I can figure out a permanent home.

I'm rather impressed with myself!  It's really amazing that with a brush change or use of a fancy tool, the outcome of your piece changes.  Thanks to Noelle for helping me with that coral-colored "blob" in the middle, which is my favorite part.

After the painting, I wandered around the gallery and checked out Noelle's work.  I would like one of each please. 

Into The Deep, Noelle Stoffel

Trinity, Noelle Stoffel

Heartfelt, Noelle Stoffel

The Way We Were, Noelle Stoffel

Noelle's work can be seen on her website, in person at Artichokes and also at Room 39 (delicious if you haven't been, btw.)

Check out Melanie's take on the night here