Back a while ago, we had the wonderful opportunity to travel to another area and attend a Charlie Brown Ice Sculpture Exhibit. The artist was - drum roll - from China. Our funny friend, Amy, invited us....and boy -- Did we ever have a good time!
The girls (and adults) were silly for most of our 36 hour -- start to finish -- trip - telling funny stories, bugging the stew out of Amy, singing goofy songs, and generally just being themselves.
We got lost in the hotel, tried to open other people's doors with our keys, ran quickly from one event to another - Cirque (lots of talented people bending in half, spinning from the ceiling, and changing clothes in the blink of an eye), breakfast with the Peanuts characters, and of course....the ice sculpture event.
Yes. It was 9 degrees inside the venue.
We all were issued special parkas to keep us warm.
Our faces - well, too bad. They were left to the elements.
We slid down ice slides, and some of us - namely me - looked ridiculous coming down on my hiney with an audience watching. But hey - you do what cha gotta do.
Amy stood around and laughed and smirked while freezing.
She's good at smirking.
Apparently she's good at freezing, too.
In all honesty, she's one of the funniest people on the planet....dry witted to the core.
There was hot chocolate, warm pretzels, wasted mustard packets - good times and good company.
I think we've concluded WHY we all like the Peanuts characters and the stories.
For Amy and me (I think I speak for her on this...) it reminds us of a simpler time - being children and looking forward to the Charlie Brown holiday specials.
You know. Back in the day with 3 tv channels.
She even has the Peanuts Christmas song as her phone ring tone for December.
My girls like the humor - Snoopy crying (It doesn't get funnier than that!), Woodstock fussing, and the interactions of characters - Lucy, Chuck, Linus, and most certainly the "wha wha wha" on rare occasions when grown ups talk.
It was a definitely a memory-making trip....full of fun, fun, fun.
It's a blurry photo, but there's our Sweet Pea receiving her certificate for an art contest -- 1st Place/Kindergartners thru 3rd grade..for our region of the state.
Other kids from around the state won in art or essay contests.
There were 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each region.
The host said there were around 2,000
kids who entered the contest.
Miss First Place Mary also won 100.00.
Whatta ya know?!
Her submission was "kiddie looking" - our state with 4 highlights of this region -
I sat down and showed her photos of notable places of our area and she drew what she saw...the famous gates at the entrance of a historically recognized college, the water tower at an industrial plant, the logo for a children's medical research center, and ballet slipper/paint palette/book.
I reckon she nailed it.
Mary's principal -- my boss -- and Molly at the event
It was held at the state capital.
Even the "Guv-Nuh" was there to speak.
Beautiful and very special
Part of her award was free admission to a museum- so off we went.
It was a great day to celebrate our little artist.
We have to store these memories - in our minds - of these RARE freezing, winter times so we can think about them again during during the long, hot days of August (and even September...).
We have missed a lot of school due to no water pressure at school, boil water alerts, and icey road conditions. I teach in a district where the city's infrastructure needs serious attention. Bless 'em!
Seems I've gotten a good bit accomplished. I've also had some time to chill out, cook new recipes for dinner, and get ready for mission's consignment sale.
I've worked at my part time job some, and now I'm gonna sit - have my quiet time - and look out the window at snow on the ground.
Mary will read books, play, and do some school related work that I have for her.