Happy Birthday Matty Dave

We celebrated our Matthew David’s 12th birthday with our 1st camping trip in our new camper!

We went back to Baylor Regional Park Campground, which is near hardware stores and grocery stores to remedy everything we forgot.

News flash: We. Did. Not. Forget. One. Thing.

Also: I have not forgotten one moment of raising our beautiful boy. Highlights of our wonderful weekend–and a few memories of his first 12 yrs.

New duds. It’s fun clothes shopping for our boy again. (Alas, no more baby blue overalls with cute bunnies.)
Breakfast at Grandma Donna’s, who lives 4 minutes from the campground.
Designated homemade buttermilk pancake flipper.

Tallying at Grandma Donna’s “How do you measure up?” wall:

Water, fresh air, nature’s surprises–THIS is why we camp.

Swimming lessons! Matty with his shadow, Rev.
Dog paddle
Mollie cools off.
A little love-love. Guess who won this grudge match?
Biking and hiking on the great trails.
Frog World (the kids’ designation for a boggy area)
TurtleLand ~ Matt has always liked critters of all types and sizes. The only thing he despised: mascots. We had to keep the costumed critters away from the little guy!
A little Yahtzee in the camper. Matt has loved card and board games since he was tiny. We played Candyland after his naps every day for 2 years. Then moved on to Uno, Monopoly, Clue and others. Yahtzee is a camping fave for all of us.
We eeked in cake and a campfire with various other relatives to celebrate one of the neatest people I know. Happy Birthday baby boy. Love you, Matty Dave.

Art in Bloom: MIA with My Mom

This year, two of my favorite days of the year were one and the same.

1. The NFL Draft ~ Welcome to the Vikings, Mr. Kalil.

2. Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts ~ There were more exhibits than ever this year, with some floral designers (or do I call them artists?) taking on some very ambitious works in MIA’s collection. My mom and I really enjoyed these creations:

Only Bachman’s … nearly 2-story breathtaking display in the Rotunda. The blue orchids caught your eye first, but the true beauty was in the details.


Isn’t she gorgeous?
Love the painting. Kinda love the floral creation.
Modern art isn’t my preferred style, but this was lovely. Especially the vessel.

My beloved Georgia O’Keeffe’s “City Night”
Literal but lovely interpretation.

By far the most moving piece was this.

Notice the genuine artillery vessel and genuine “dog tags.” It was very quiet at this display, and people spent a nice long time in contemplation/prayer/reflection.

THAT’s what art should do! AFFECT us.