Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lillian's Grandparents

We love all our grandchildren, and we are very fortunate to live about two hours away from Lillian, Ryan and Dara's daughter.   We have been able to see her a lot lately.   We even got to keep her for four whole days without her Mom and Dad.   We had so much fun with her.  

When she visits we like to cook together:

She gives Grandpa big hugs:

She plays nosey nosey with Grandma:

She loves shopping for groceries:

She practices the piano:

She loves to eat:

She goes for rides on Grandpa:

She beats Grandpa at stick fighting:

When we visit Busch Gardens she waits patiently while her Mom and Dad ride scary roller coasters:

We have so much fun being around her.   We look forward to every visit!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Hirshhorn Museum

One summer afternoon in early July, Skip and I decided to go into D.C. to check out the Smithsonian Folk Festival.   After arriving and stepping out into the 100 heat we decided to step into the nearest air conditioned museum, and that just happened to be the Hirshhorn.  It specializes in modern art - painting, sculpture, and other types of installations.   We really enjoyed looking at the works there.    One of the exhibits there was called Supersensorial - experiments in light color and space, and we had fun taking a few pictures there.    

Above picture was taken in the room below that was painted all white with three partitions - one illuminated from above in green, one in red, and one in blue.


This was kind of a neon fence running diagonally across the floor.

Skip and I had so much fun that we wanted to take Ryan and Dara to see the exhibit during our family reunion.   We were able to see other art work we had missed the first time, and had a fun time posing by some of the art.

On the lower level of the museum, we turned a corner and were blown away by the larger than life statue below.   It is untitled, but popularly known as Big Man. 

One of my favorite pieces is this one.   It is a white canvas with a suspended strings hung in front of it.   When you look at it straight on, I think it looks like musical notation.

Here's another colorful favorite:

I like the way this one looks - layered rectangles laid on top of one another.   It would be easy to recreate at home.    

I think the Hirshhorn has officially made our list of top things to do in D.C.