The girls found a kit today - "Build a Tin Can Robot". We've had it for a couple years but never made the time to put it together. Not only did we get to learn about motors and assembly (while practicing following directions), they decided a commercial was in order too. I filmed, they wrote a script, rehearsed and acted. They're equally proud of both I think. Mom is too.
Last weekend we spent 4 days in Duluth, MN at Art in Bayfront Park. It should have been our 3rd show of the summer, but due to some delays in our transition from store to studio, it was our first. The Tall Ships Festival ended up being in Duluth the same weekend, so not only did we get to hang out by the harbor, there were hundreds of thousands of people in town - we were stationed by the world's tallest rubber duck.
Every time we set up at an art show, I am struck anew at the kindness and generosity of my fellow artists. My girls were extremely proud to be asked to "booth sit" by one of their new friends AND took me to the opposite side of the show to introduce me to another artist vendor they thought I should know. I let them wander the park together with one condition - they must be close enough to touch each other at all times. They took charge of grabbing all of our food from nearby vendors and did an amazing job working together. I am so proud of these kids!
I definitely learned a lot on this trip. I honestly don't remember the last the the 4 of us have been together for 5 solid days! Luckily Jess was able to be with us for the entire show. He's already drafting ways to work more "family space" into the back of our booth and streamline our packing some more.
Last but certainly not least, we have made some awesome new friends; clients and future clients, fellow artists, and a magazine editor! Most notably are our booth neighbors - Natalija Walbridge (handmade bags and tees, designed, sewn and silkscreened by Natalija from Dock 5) and Lynn Schultz from Safe Journeys (handmade journals and paper collage, including the custom journal my oldest is anxiously awaiting!) Honorable mention to Dan Wiemer, a super nice guy who's paintings I'm in LOVE with. Success all around!
Next steps - getting into the groove of homeschooling and rather desperately trying to get my studio put together!
We'll, here I am at the park - more or less alone. There is a beautiful view, only a few people around and a lot of birds. Is have a little time between my appointment and the end of the school day. Believe it or not, I'm not sure when, if ever, I have been in a park alone.
I realize that I have spent a few too many years being a grown-up . I'm going to slow down and take more time to play, with the kids and on my own. This is really a challenge for me - breaking the "busy" cycle. I'll get there, but it's going to take practice! My art, my writing, most importantly my family and myself, will flourish because of it.