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…