Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Break Cleveland: Day 4

We let Mike sleep as late as possible to finish recovering from his experience at the Schvitz on Tuesday. I hope he writes about it while the memory is relatively fresh, because the story is epic.

Since Mike wasn't joining us, we took advantage of being unburdened by his weird pepper allergy and went for Mexican food. Liam got a magnetic knife, which was super weird.

Then Mike joined us and we went to the Museum of Contemporary art. Here's Liam practicing his levitation skills:

while Thea uses her scarf to either protect her eyes from the sun or create a performance art piece in protest of inequality and strife across the globe.

The main exhibit at MoCA was "Dirge," and it featured a collection of works that centered around the topic of mortality. My sunny son has no interest in such topics and spent most of his time in the play area with Aoife creating intricate sculptures from straws.

I got to explain the concept of manipulative art to Thea, but mostly the pieces were amazing. Here are two of my favorites:

Guido van der Werve's Nummer Acht: Everything is going to be alright (with Thea and Mike pretending to walk in front of it):

and Steve Lambert's You Are Still Alive.

Later we went to Mike's best friend's place for a dinner party. Before it started, I took Liam for a haircut about a mile up the street. On the way there, we saw a dog running into traffic. I pulled over and coaxed the dog into the car, wondering what I could possibly do. The dog was a large pit bull, and she was totally freaked out. There was a woman walking by with another dog who said that the lost dog lived in the neighborhood behind the busy street. She tried to help, but the dog was so anxious out that she snapped at her dog. Liam and I realized we were on our own with this one.

The lost dog was exceedingly grateful to be in our car. She licked our faces and nuzzled our chins until we shoved her off, then settled down in the back seat as if to say "Thank you! Okay, take me home now." We drove around in circles for about a half hour, asking people if they recognized the dog. Finally we saw a boy on a bike who claimed her tearfully. Liam and I are heroes!

And we still had time to get Liam his haircut.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Break Cleveland: Day 3

Cleveland has a market that dates back to 1840. It's huge, always packed with people, and has a dizzying array of produce, meats, and cheeses you can buy, all mixed in with food stalls. We went there for ramen noodles for lunch.

And, sure, why not, pastries. We're on vacation!

This lamb just hanging out in the aisle freaked the kids out.

That night we went to hometown hero chef Michael Symon's restaurant Lolita. We went with a bunch of Mike's favorite friends from Cleveland and split things like bone marrow, pig ear and tail, and chicken livers. Thea and Liam are adventurous eaters and tried everything. Thea liked the pig tail a lot more than I did.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Break Cleveland: Day 2

We went to the Cleveland Museum of Art. It's down a beautiful, scenic road in Rockefeller Park, but it's very winding. Thea and I got outrageously carsick. Chris had to pull over and let us walk the last half mile.

I tried to distract Thea by asking her questions. Later, when she could talk, she said, "Why wouldn't you leave me alone to die in peace?"

We're still very sick here, but powering through, yo:

Made it! We're still thinking about that awful road

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break in Cleveland: Day 1

While the grown ups and baby went to the Westside Market, I took the kids to the lake. Here we're playing on the rocks at the beach with Lake Erie in the background. 

Liam and Dash played on the shore while Thea and Rosie looked at graffiti on the rocks. 

Rosie was appalled at this one:

At one point we saw a dead cat floating in the water. Later Thea told our friend Brent about the horror. Liam overheard and chimed in, "I thought you liked cats." :-/

It was a super windy day, which was mostly fun. We all felt like we were flying. Then we went on a pier about two stories above the water. Not sure if you can tell from this picture, but we're all terrified. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring break!

The kids are off for spring break and we're headed for Cleveland with some of our best friends!

UPDATE: We made it in about 7 hours and the kids were absolutely jewels for the entire drive, until the last 15 minutes or so when they went a little stir crazy. So did the adults, though.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow day

Mike's walking Thea next door for a sleepover. Holy moly this snowy night is beautiful!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Important message

Liam's message on the bathroom door. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy new year!

New Years Eve was sort of a bust this year. Both kids had sleepovers

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thea's violin recital

Tonight was Thea's first violin recital. She's been taking lessons twice a week since the beginning of school, so only a few months. She can already read music, and has progressed past just plucking the strings. She even had a solo, unlink any other string player! I couldn't be more proud.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Opening at Mike's museum

Mike and I love taking the kids to openings at the museum where he works. We do it a couple times a year, and it's always a blast. The kids are very well behaved and excellent company, and it's great that they get to do something that is unique to our family.

At this opening last week, the museum had a photobooth kiosk by the dessert table, so we took our picture a couple of times. It didn't have much of a timer before the camera went off, and I kept having weird faces. I think here I'm saying, "Oh, shoot, was everyone ready?"