The closest to Normal (Illinois) that I've ever been.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Surprise vacation

The kids had Spring Break this last week, and we impulsively decided that we really needed to leave Normal, so we quickly packed it up and went to Cleveland for a 4-day weekend.
The kids had a great time with Grandma Dorinda.

We went to the Cleveland Museum of Art. I hadn't been there in ages. There was quite a bit of construction, but we got to see the armor and the other old galleries. It was kind of bizarre--some exhibits had been moved but replaced exactly in other rooms, giving the impression that everything was exactly as when I was a kid, but somehow the orientation and light had changed. Sam was super-excited about the armor and weaponry as well as any paintings dealing with death and gore. Joseph had a fantastic time filling out this treasure hunt sticker book that one of the guards gave him. It was very tricky, and really got both of us to stop and look at some of the paintings that I tend to skip over.

The gardens were still open, and it was a beautiful day.

The kids strike their best superhero poses.

Next, we went to Coventry Rd to eat dinner and browse the post-post-hippie gentrified stores, etc.

We gave each of the kids $5 to spend at the novelty store Big Fun, and it took them nearly an hour to make up their minds. Sam bought some growing animals. Joseph was delighted to discover that for $5, he could buy 20 sticky rubber cockroaches. When we got home he carefully made a cockroach enclosure with leaves like the one that we have in the lab.

The kids had a great time and the playground, especially rolling down the sledding hill over and over again until they were really stoned.

Danny and I amused ourselves testing the weight tolerances on the playground equipment.


Beth said...

The picture of the boys holding hands in the museum is priceless.

Jessica and Adam said...

I was thinking the same thing, good call Beth.