Category: just for fun
I remember when I first heard about the possibility of a children’s museum here in Rochester. My oldest – now almost 6 – was about 2.5 years old and we were waiting in line at Rochesterfest one summer so he could spray the fire hose. Off to the left on a grassy lawn was a small group of activity stations, which turned out to be a local grassroots effort to raise awareness and funding for a children’s museum.
This group has been the real-life version of the Little Engine That Could. They fought for their cause, found a location, spend hundreds of hours fundraising, and partnered with the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul to become the Museum’s first satellite location. Their grand opening was last month, and the wonderful people who work there asked me to spend a couple of hours documenting the first few days of the museum’s life here in Rochester. Additional images are on the children’s museum web site: check them out, buy a membership and go have some fun!
So I colored eggs with my children for the first time this week. I haven’t colored eggs in at least 25 years. And you know what I learned? That I’m not so great at coloring eggs. The kids, of course, are thrilled with them. The eggs came out splotchy, streaked and dappled with fingerprints. But to me, they’re perfect.
(And yes, that’s snow that they are nestled in. I snapped these a few minutes after I finished taking the pictures in the previous post).
Just play in it! That’s what we decided to do today, and I’m so glad we did. The snow that was three inches deep in the yard at 10 a.m. was completely melted by 4 p.m.
I now present “Boy in Snow.”
I’m having a difficult time remembering that there are pretty things hiding under all the snow out there right now. I originally intended to post this last fall, but life got ahead of me and before I knew it, I’d had the baby! These were taken near the end of October, ridiculously late for such color and texture, but the warm fall helped preserve a few buds and flowers and I wanted to capture them as I saw them that day.
Spring is coming!