Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Girls Day Out: An Afternoon Of Artistic Entertainment

The first day of Christmas break the Girls and I had a busy day planned.  We would finish start our Christmas shopping, grab some lunch, and then we would spend the afternoon at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

I had been wanting to go since it opened last month, and had actually been offered tickets for opening night but I had a very special prior engagement (you can read about that here) and wasn't able to make it.  I am by no means an art connoisseur, in fact I couldn't even be described as an art enthusiast.  I do, however, appreciate the imagination and uniqueness of art.  I offered L the opportunity to go with me, but he was less than enthused about the idea.  The Girls, however, were all in.

Can I just say how much I love having daughters?!?! Everyone has told me how terrible the teenage years are, and I do realize that things could change in a split second.  But at the current time I am loving this stage in my daughters lives.  They're old enough to be talked to like adults, and still young enough to have such entertaining things to say.

After finishing the Christmas shopping (ever year I swear I won't wait until the last minute and ever year I make a liar out of myself), and grabbing some lunch, we decided to go ahead and find Crystal Bridges.  That was a good idea since the address is so new that Big Momma couldn't find the location and we spent the next 45 minutes lost taking a scenic tour of Bentonville.  After we found the museum we still had time to kill so we went searching for other entertainment, and we found it.  Have I mentioned how we love a good, or in this case a Goodwill, store?  Yea, I'm pretty sure I have!

As we're walking across the parking lot GG looks up and says, "Look momma, a cop".  NG immediately follows that statement with, "Look momma, a Krispie Kreme".  I couldn't help it, I laughed.

I had this bright idea that we could get a group photo if we stood in front of the bathroom mirror.  This was actually much harder than I anticipated.  We also had to wait until the bathroom was empty because people apparently think this is a strange thing to do.  Go figure!  The bathroom is three rooms, one contains the stalls, the middle room has a large mirror, and the third room is the wash room.  We spent close to three minutes huddled in the corner of the room with the stalls trying to suppress a case of the giggles and wait out the lady washing her hands.  Now I don't know if she was trying to wait us out to see what we were doing or if she was prepping for surgery but it took forever for her to leave.

This was the picture I got....

This is not a wooden horse...but if you take the tour they'll tell you what kind of horse it is.
(When I turned my flash off I accidentally turned my timer on, so I decided to just wait it out.  Apparently standing in front of a piece of art holding a camera in midair while it ticks down 10 seconds is considered odd.  Again go figure!)

Here's a model of what Crystal Bridges will look like when the outside is completed.

This was one of my favorites.

This one the Girls and I titled "Snoopy".

This is a self portrait of Oscar.  I mistook him for Don Knots.

Conversation between NG and myself:
NG: We could take another picture of ourselves in front of this.
Me: Can you see yourself? Because that's not a mirror.
NG: Oh, no.  Never mind.

Can you see a Mr. Ed?

Conversation between GG and myself:
GG: This looks like the art you see on the sides of trains.
Me: That's not art, it's graffiti.
GG: Well then this looks like graffiti.

We had a great day, and plan to go back in the spring when it's warm enough to walk the outside trails.  Even if you're not particularly fond of art I recommend going anyway, and if you really want to liven things up take a teen and a tween with you.  Never a dull moment! 

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