Art program at the Riffe Gallery

Columbus has so many art opportunities, one of the free ones we always try to take advantage of is the occasional Sunday program downtown at the Riffe Gallery. About every 2 months when they get a new exhibit they offer a free family art program. This program was for the photography show called Deep Space (which much to Laura’s disappointment didn’t have anything to do with outer space.) It did however have to do with spatial effects, we were inspired by the photographs and the advice of one of the artists to create collages that were supposed to show depth through layering.

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Beth decided not to follow the rules on her first piece and just did a story collage using any pictures that spoke to her or were questionably appropriate. (why is that always the case with my kids?)


A little chocolate snack to keep the creative juices flowing.


You can’t create without making a mess. We must have been the most creative group there because we were definitely the messiest!


Beth with both of her collages, the one on the left is her second creation and her first attempt at following the suggested guidelines, while it didn’t use layering to create depth she did create a person using pieces that weren’t just body parts. The one on the right is a hodgepodge of what’s in Bethany’s mind.


Ros LOVED all the cat magazines that were offered, so both of her collages were of all the great cat pictures she could find. Then she got to take home as many cat magazines as she wanted, double bonus!


Here’s Thomas with his picture of a black hole sucking in the universe and ET (and a pot leaf, really I don’t know what is wrong with my kids.) I think the fact that the program was called Deep Space subliminally affected the kids; Louisa, Thomas and Matt all worked on pictures of outer space.


And here is my collage, I also didn’t follow the rules. I just put together pictures that I liked based around an art theme. In my mind it does tell a story but it just seems to lengthy to type out.


Thomas first OSU football game

Thomas got to go to his first game 2 weeks ago when OSU played Ohio University. The final score was OSU 43- OU 7. The boys had a great time at the game. And Beth and I had a great time downtown at an art festival.

Thomas getting pumped up before the game


Dan and Thomas at the game:

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Stand back that’s dangerous…

Sometimes we say the silliest things. There have been some kid type fireworks sitting on a shelf in the kitchen for months. Nothing big: smoke bombs, little poppers things you can buy at the grocery store. I asked Thomas if he cared if I threw them away. He decided it would be fun to throw them in the fire that was going outside.

So Dan says, “Stand back that’s dangerous,” not: that’s dangerous don’t do that, just stand back. I thought that was funny.

Thomas listened to Dan at first and tried to throw the fireworks into the fire from the driveway but they just weren’t making it to the fire. So i suggested he could get his self made shield and use that. He loved that idea, I think he was pretending he was in a  bomb squad.

And after all that they really didn’t do anything when they burned. But he had fun with it anyways.

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Trip to Loveland Castle

This year we’re studying medieval history in our co-op, what better way to start than a trip to a castle, Loveland Castle to be precise:

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This was a knights castle and it’s sole purpose was to house the knights and not allow entry by the enemy. We learned why these stairs were an important guard against attack. The enemy, if they make it through the very heavy wooden door will not make it upstairs without you taking out a significant number of them.

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Of course, Thomas found where they were selling weapons and just had to have a dagger. I really don’t understand the fascination with weapons. Daniel came home for an hour this evening to eat dinner with us and the first thing he did was get on my computer to show me the Scottish Claymore Sword that he plans on buying. Why????

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It was a lovely day at the castle with friends and our tour guide was  a hoot. He definitely kept everyone entertained and was a wealth of knowledge about the castle!

A new COSI volunteer

Everyone that knows me or has read my blog knows I’m a big fan of COSI, our local science museum. Not necessarily just for visiting but definitely for their volunteer opportunities along with all the classes, camps and special programs they offer. COSI has played a huge roll in Daniel’s life, starting when when he was 10 as a volunteer which turned into an internship then finally his current job. he learned public speaking at COSI where he has to give demonstrations in front of huge crowds of people. He’s come a long way from the shy little 10 year old who’s fist job at COSI was a greeter at the front doors, since he never talked to people I wasn’t sure how that was going to work but it did and he moved up the ranks.

Now its Thomas’ turn, he has been counting down the years until he would be old enough to volunteer. He technically was old enough last year but Daniel suggested waiting an additional year since sometimes the young volunteers don’t last. COSI has gotten a little more strict with their volunteers, they are treated like employees, so any goofing around or not following the rules can get you written up or even fired (yes, you can get fired from volunteer positions, we also have some experience with that in our house.) In an effort to make this as positive for Thomas as it was for Daniel I decided to wait an additional year before I let him apply.

He filled out his application over the summer, mailed it in then waited and waited. Finally we got the call asking him to come in for his interview. For the interview they want the child to demonstrate an activity to a group of COSI employees while teaching them how to do something. Daniel showed them how to do something with a ring thrower and Beth taught them to tie a bowler knot. This is a big decision, what to teach, it has to be something you’re good at and something that’s easy to demonstrate without too many steps.

Thomas threw around a few ideas before finally deciding on teaching them how to hula hoop. It has been the summer of hula hooping after all. Thomas lucked out in that COSI was actually closed for a deep cleaning when he came in so instead of having a panel of employees at his interview he only had 1 person. They did have to change rooms for the hula hooping instruction but all went well.

After his demonstration he made a quick stop in the hallway, where I was waiting, to let me know that he made the cut, he is now officially a COSI volunteer. I went in with him for the final paperwork and to chat with his interviewer, Terri. Thomas had put on the application that he was interested in working in Little Kidspace but after they talked about his goals (to learn public speaking) and what ages he likes to work with (kindergarten and up so he can teach them how to do things) they decided that working with the science carts out on the floor would be a better match.

Now he just has to go in for his orientation, do some paperwork at home and explore COSI while thinking about how he would be able to help visitors with simple questions that he may be asked (like where’s the closest bathroom, elevator or the cafeteria.) Since Thomas has been going to COSI regularly since he was born I think he’ll be able to answer those questions and more without to much prep.

Good Job Thomas, I am so proud of you. I’m sure you’ll have just as many great experiences at COSI as your brother has!

Videos from STLFW

I am most definitely NOT a videographer! These are pretty crappy videos and I somehow completely missed one of Beth’s walks (possibly the lens cover was closed, who knows)

We LOVED the music for the fashion show. Beth especially loved the song that is playing in this video.

Beth looks so much taller than the other girls in this line up.
Two great songs in this video but I can’t find either of them on iTunes, darn.

St. Louis Fashion Week

Well its not NY but we still had a lot of fun. Beth had a great time doing her show Sat. night. She got to reconnect with some friends from last year and she made some new friends. She was initially nervous about walking but once the shows start she enjoys the adrenaline rush. This years fashion week was a little different than past years instead of having designers from around the world the focus was local boutiques. The culmination of the week was Saturday night’s show Liquid Style taking place in the renovated Old Post Office Plaza Downtown. The shows featured St. Louis boutiques, including Sole and Blues, Rung, Klutch Boutique, The Eye Bar and Boutique 83 (formerly Perchelle Boutique).

She walked twice for Klutch Boutique:(Dan was having a hard time with the dark lighting and the camera, thus the blurry pictures)


Ironically she lost a contact the night before the show, then she ended up wearing fake glasses in the shows. If she had brought her own glasses she could have worn them and been able to see.


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Beth was a little nervous about these boots because they were a last minute change and she hadn’t had a chance to practice walking in them before she went on the runway. They ended up being fine.

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Next she walked for Rung:

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I’m still working on the videos…

hurry up and wait…

…is the world of modeling. Get to the theater at 2pm for 2 hours of fittings, then 2 hours for the walk through, then 2 hours for hair and make-up, then finally at 8pm the show is scheduled to start. Which means the show should start by 9. During the time Beth is off with the other models we try to make ourselves as inconspicuous as possible. All the other model moms that I met last year were at the Friday night show. Today we are the only behind the scenes parents milling about. its much more awkward to be the only one. The theater is only a 10 min walk from our hotel and Beth would be fine here with the other girls. We may leave for awhile or we may just stay in the this basement hanging out waiting for the brief moments when we actually get to see Beth through this whole process. We’re not needed but we don”t want to leave.



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This is what the models eat throughout the day. Monster is a very popular beverage, along with a fruit tray and veggie tray. I overheard one girl offer to share the food her mom packed for her, lamenting that her mom, “was such a mom’” but I couldn’t help but think she was happy that her mom had actually packed her something to eat.


I started the day attempting to be fashionable, heels although not nearly as tall or skinny as the much younger girls, I also wore my hair down. After a few hours into the day and 1 trip back to the hotel I ditched the heels and got my hair out of my face. I don’t know how all the pretty people do it, living in heels always being dressed up,  it’s exhausting!

Here is Beth during the practice runs. It was a beautiful day to be sitting outside listening to the show music blasting through downtown (I love the show music I wish they sold a copy of it!) and watching Beth walk the runway.



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The start of the makeover process:


The final look (this is after the shows are all over and back in our hotel room, so she’s a bit windblown and hyped up but tired all rolled into one):


I literally finished this post walking out of the hotel so the editing may be a bit off.

Back in St. Louis

IMG_3463people have been asking, “what’s happening with Beth’s modeling?” and the short answer is nothing. She had braces put on several months ago to fix a problem she was having with TMJ, so that put her into the “in development” phase, while we all wait for the braces to come off. The braces should be off by the end of the year then hopefully we’ll have lots of exciting model stories to report.

In the mean time she was invited back to do St. Louis Fashion Week. This time it’s just Dan and me accompanying Beth as opposed to last year when Dan couldn’t make it but my parents and Thomas joined us instead. The set up is quite a bit different from last year with most the models only participating in one show and all the shows being hosted at different locations around the city.


We drove into town Friday evening in time to watch some of Beth’s friends in the Friday night show. It was fun to see all the excitement of a fashion show again even though this one was a little different. It was done in a very upper class shopping mall and all of the outfits were styled by the mall stores. So now we have an idea of what styles are in for fall even though we still can’t afford to go buy new wardrobes.

Beth is in the Sat. night show so that gave us a little bit of time to wander around St. Louis on Sat. morning. One thing Beth wanted to do was go to the Valerie Mills boutique. Last year we ended up with 2, $25 gift cards in our goodie bags and Beth was determined to use them. After a crazy round-about detour thanks to an angry GPS unit we finally made it to another very upscale shopping area.

Following the GPS led us around a corner and to a rd that completely torn up, we almost hit the sign.

Who knew St. Louis had so many exclusive shopping areas. You know when the Ritz Carlton is across the parking lot that it’s not going to an inexpensive shop.


It is however the cutest little boutique! With a lovely golden retriever that kept Dan busy while Beth and I looked around.


We very discreetly tried to find something that would be even close to $50 with no luck. You know when tank tops are $125 and leggings are $195 that you’re probably just out of luck. But I told Beth to go talk to the 2 sales people and see if there was anything in the store in her budget. They very sweetly went through the prices of the very simple earrings that were all just barely in her budget. Then one on the sales people went into the back and came out with a great pair of white pants an a blank tank that had been left over from the summer clearance sale. Originally priced at $350 for both we ended up buying them for only an additional $30 on top of the 2 gift cards. Definitely the best deal in the store.


Fountain outside Valerie Mills


Now we’re off to wait for tonight’s big show and all the fun of the day!