Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Story of My Life (Week 9/52)

This one is also late, but my goal is to be caught up by this weekend!

Colin still doesn't say 'mommy,' and it's actually pretty hilarious. I can't decide if he really thinks he's saying it or he's just that obstinate...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Precious Moments

Matt and I drove to Springfield, MO a few weekends ago to go to a hardware trade show. We left Colin with his grandparents, so we were able to take our time and see a few sites along the way. 

I would say Precious Moments could be considered a household name. Everyone recognizes those little children figurines. But I didn't know anything about them or the artists other than that.

The artist, Sam Butcher, built and painted a chapel on a piece of property in Carthage, MO. It's a little town a few miles outside of Joplin, and it's definitely off the beaten path. But apparently it's so well visited, that maybe now the path is quite beaten ;)

The chapel offers free tours, and of course there is a gift shop available. Butcher also has a house on the property where he stays when he's not spending his time in the Philippines. 

This is the front view of the chapel. Around the chapel is a huge garden full of  Precious Moments statues.

This is the entrance to the chapel. There are two more doors like this just inside. All three doors, front and back, are carved with intricate designs. They are carved in wood from the Philippines, which is apparently one of the hardest woods.
Here is the main part of the chapel. The wall to the left is full of  paintings depicting stories from the Old Testament, and the right wall depicts stories from the New Testament. The section at the far wall contains three murals about heaven. And of course the ceiling shows heaven and all the baby angels. All of these paintings use the same Precious Moments style children. 

The area that wraps around the chapel contains stained glass windows, also scriptural references. There are 30 stained glass windows throughout the whole chapel.
The whole things is pretty amazing. There are some bronze plates on the outside of the chapel that he also carved intricate designs into. I can't believe how many different mediums this artist can work with.

The whole thing is beautiful and amazing, and it was the perfect Sunday activity as we drove back from our weekend in Springfield.

My review in short: If you ever get the chance, go see it. It's pretty awesome!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Hour (Week 8/52)

This post is...about a week late, but I am determined not to give up on this goal. Therefore, better late than never!

What with Sonic being more plentiful than McDonalds around these parts, my friend Eleece and I have made it a habit to make a Sonic run for happy hour about once a week. Colin always loves these excursions because it means he gets to play in the car for half an hour while we sit and talk. It also means he gets to sip strawberry and cherry limeades at his leisure (this kid loves drinking anything through a straw).

In the picture above, he is also enjoying a tater tot. Yum!

Although we've only been doing this for a few weeks, Colin now gets excited every time we even drive past a Sonic. I know there's either a Sonic of Braum's in sight when I hear Colin squealing excitedly from the back seat...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nap Time (Week 7/52)

How cute is this kid??

He fell asleep while eating his lunch this week. Colin has been transitioning from two naps a day to one for a few months now, and as of last week, we're down to one nap about 90% of the time. The tricky part is figuring out when to put him down for a nap and how to fit lunch in there.

He was so deeply asleep that he didn't even wake up when I cleaned his face or hands off. I was laughing so hard the whole time I was cleaning him up...

Hilarious and adorable. That's my little guy!