Joining Amanda for weekending . . . .
Oh the days and weeks speed by, I can't believe another weekend is over and we are heading for the middle of June.
We worked on several house projects, attacked the usual laundry towers and I attempted to be organized. The organization is actually helping-I am finding more time to work, and actually feeling more relaxed even though my schedule has revved up monster-truck style. I also felt a little sad that I can't get around the interwebs to visit everyone as often as I have in the past. The reason for this shift is good-more work on the art front and children developing their own interests, but still . . . .
This weekend was filled with some exploring and gardening-Greg planting our Thumbelina sized tomatoes. Poor things. Next season plant the seeds in March Angie, March.
On Saturday we went to the Mark Twain House in Hartford. What a beautiful estate. Twain was an incredible man; he lived quite the life. We learned a lot about the Twain family's lifestyle, politics, more details about their attitudes towards race and justice, Twain's auburn colored hair, decorating preferences and how they existed and celebrated life-very interesting. We took a carriage ride and listened to "Abe Lincoln" read several of his addresses and letters. They chose an excellent actor for the part of Lincoln. Later, Greg and I took turns to visit the Race, Rage and Redemption and A Sound Heart and Deformed Conscience exhibits. It is too intense for little kids. It was almost too intense for me. If you are in the area, you should definitely see this exhibit.
We also took a tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. She lived a few hundred yards from Twain. She was also an incredible person, not to mention that she was the mother of twins too. The story behind her book Uncle Tom's Cabin was fascinating. As with everything people have a hard time confronting, the powers that be misrepresented the story, turning it into a 'comedy' of sorts for stage and film while contorting the character of Tom, twisting him into a weak, lost, undignified simpleton. Again, if you have the opportunity to visit the museum and learn more about Stowe and her book, take advantage of it.
Sunday we ventured out to our town's local arts and crafts fair. Elijah and Helena explored the jewelry makers' tents and asked all kinds of questions about the artists' technique and materials. They were also quite impressed with a wood artist's creations. I must say I love these events and being around people who create and celebrate the handmade.
The most nerve-wracking time for me was watching Helena and Elijah take their first ferris wheel ride ever, and they did it alone. Doran begged to go down one of those Super Slides which I think he kind of regretted as it took him a long time to let go. We didn't stay after the three kids took their rides as Eden was miffed because she couldn't ride anything. Also those ride tickets for were crazily expensive ($2 for 1 ticket and most good rides were 2 tickets per person). Yipe.
How was your weekend?