Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Richmond Culture

Richmond is this weird mix between historical and new age culture.  If you want some great civil war history, this is the place to be.  But, Virginia is old, like John Smith and Pocahantas old.  We go back to the beginning here.

In contrast, there are local artists everywhere.  The city is a huge supporter of the arts.  We enjoyed one of them this past weekend.  Richmond, along with other generous people, commission artists from around the world to come and paint murals around the downtown area. 

It's a way to reduce graffiti, etc.  But, it's also just really cool.  We took a tour of the news murals that were put up this summer. 

Here is a small sampling

This mural was lots of writing like this with bright geometric shapes all around it

These guys kept popping up on our tour.  I kind of got a kick out of them.  The fish one was my favorite.  I made Steve turn around and go back so I could get a picture

This is a monument over looking the James River.  I didn't get a good look, but I'm assuming it's John Smith.  Mostly I loved the blues. 

So let's be honest, a lot of the murals were just a little weird.  But, he's fun I guess

Our favorite was this bear.  He looks so happy.  I'm pretty sure it was the only one Cadance understood. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Toddlers, Flamingos, and Youtube

Well, only one toddler to be exact, my toddler.
She has this thing with flamingos. 
And here he is

He's been a part of the family for a little over a year.  It's amazing how a free party favor can become so much of a ... friend, obsession, favorite thing. 

At first he was just there.  A part of the mass of toys that she would play with on occasion, but with an imagination came lots of interaction.  He often puts on a tutu and is a princess.  She puts him down for a nap and feeds him on a regular basis.  Today he had oatmeal and strawberries for breakfast.  He also has a hole, which makes him sad, so I blow him up on a daily basis, which then makes him happy.

We also have questions. 

Enter youtube.  For a long time I didn't do youtube.  It mostly seemed like this complete waste of time that had way too many conversations start with "have you seen this movie  on youtube?"  But then we bought a house and I needed to fix things and yay youtube.  It's also great at answering toddlers questions, like "what do moose say?"

I can't remember what question sparked the flamingo youtube adventure, but this video is amazing.  She asks to watch it regularly.  There really isn't any way to describe it, you just have to watch.