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Showing posts with label Adventures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adventures. Show all posts

Monday, March 14, 2016

Adventures with Keegan: Ice Castles

This post seems like miles from where we are now. It has been so long since I've been here to write and this one has been sitting here for weeks. I started and never got around to actually posting it. We have been full on living life around here, enjoying our weekends together, feeling the spring warmth on our faces and just getting outside in the fresh air.

I'm sure there is much more of those times to come, but first, lets take a trip back to just a few short weeks ago, when it was still winter....

We took Keegan to visit the amazing Ice Castles that are built every year in Minnesota. I have never been before, but have seen so many pictures and post about it on Instagram. It was calling to my photographic eye and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Everywhere you turn is another beautiful shot, even though we went on a day that was warmer than most and there where people everywhere. 

Our Hats (Love your Melon)

We even saw that Anna and Elsa where there from Frozen, stood in line to visit with them, only to have Keegan freak out and hide when it was pictures time. But hey, I remember being that was too when I was his age. Maybe next year.

We had a great time and can't wait to go back next year. They even have a night time walk through, so here's hoping next year it will be cold to make another castle. Check out this site for more info!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Adventures with Keegan: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Well, it's a total freeze fest up here in the great white north of Minnesota. Brrrr.

It always gets like this this time of year and I struggle on a daily basis to find things to get us out of the house that involve not being in the freezing cold. Luckily we live in a city that has many indoor activities and we are bound and determined to hit up as many of those as possible before the spring comes.

With Keegan not having school on New Years Eve, I took they day off and decided we would go visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art. But first we had to make a stop at Bogart's Donuts. We were gonna start the last day of 2015 with a decent breakfast.

We both loved the donuts, I dont think I have ever seen Keegan eat anything so fast in his life. We even brought some home for later. After feeding our faces, we headed over to the museum just a few blocks away. MIA has a gorgeous entrance with tons of stairs off of 24th Street, but they close it off during winter time due to all the ice and snow.

As we made our way inside, we had already found one of my favorite pieces hanging in the lobby, a Chihuly glass sculpture. I have seen his work three times now, in Milwaukee at the art museum there and in Las Vegas at the Belagio. This one is my favorite yet. It reminds me of flares coming off the sun.

I have been to the art museum before with Jared, but experiencing it with Keegan was something new. He loved wondering through the museum, looking at the sculptures, and he loved the photography wing. Keegan brought his donkey along and even let him get in on taking in all the museum has to offer. This will forever be one of those photos I keep near my heart.

Next, we are on to the Walker Art Museum for another fun adventure. I'm sure donkey will be along for the ride as well. But this time our day will start minus the donuts. Any more and we'll both be busting outta our warm winter coats!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Adventures with Keegan: Oh Christmas Tree

Sunday, after recovering from Friendsgiving, we ventured out to get our Christmas tree. We headed to little place down the street from us, decided to forgo the big stores and support small business this year, and hunted for our fresh cut Christmas tree. I was really hoping we would be able to go to a cut your own tree farm this year, but with just me and Keegan going, I was not going on that adventure by myself. Me, small child, saw, drag tree. Ah, raincheck on that one.

Snowflake Sweatshirt here

We brought our tree home, and started decorating. This year was a lot easier to get the tree in the house, last year I cut off the netting before I brought it in the house. #youliveandyoulearn

I am so in love with our tree this year, you can just tell the quality is great, no needles falling off yet and the tree is so full and smells fantastic. This why I just could not give in and buy a fake tree. My family always had a real tree growing up, it was a tradition we did every year around this time. It's just not Christmas to me without a real tree.

As I am sitting here writing this, I am watching White Christmas and having a glass of tea while Keegan is taking a nap. It's pure bliss, an afternoon doing nothing but putting pen to paper (or actually fingers to keyboard in this case). This time of year is my favorite, that it is a time of year that brings everyone together. That the snow starts falling, that everything is decked out in magic.

I always try and soak in as much as I can, enjoy the little things like watching the thrill in Keegan's eyes as we look at the lights, pick out our tree, and begin to buy gifts to share with loved ones. This year I plan on really trying to enjoy the season that was cut so short for us last year. As most of you know, last year at this time, my Dad was on hospice care and he passed away just two weeks before Christmas. I spent an entire week away from my son and by the time I got home, it just didn't really feel like Christmas. So this year, we are going to enjoy as much Christmas as we can have.

Advent Stockings here

Friday, November 13, 2015

Adventures with Keegan: Franconia Sculpture Park Part II

I hope you enjoyed some of the last photos from our trip to the Franconia Sculpture Park, because this post is going to be a few more. And by a few I mean a lot. This place is like a photographers dream, I am only hoping someone begs me to do a shoot there soon (any takers?)

I honestly don't even think I could pick a favorite sculpture if I tried, but the color mirror wall and the big wood circle are two of my favorites. Also the floating house from the first post (click here).

We walked over to this sculpture and he would not leave it. He loved ringing the bell so much, He kept saying it was for the other people, but I kept trying to tell him it was just the two of us. Crazy kid. I finally pulled that ever so sly trick of bribery with some goldfish to get him to leave it and keep walking.

After a little break, we decided to start heading home. But we ended up being in the park another hour!! There was so much to look at as we headed to the exit, you even get to walk through the area where the sculptors are making new art. We kept walking and found just what Keegan was was
waiting for all day: a sculpture made just for kids, slides and all!

The last thing to look at on the way out is the stereo wall. Keegan kept trying to listen to what was playing but there was no music, although that would be cool if they could make all those stereos work at once.

I can't wait to go back again soon, and the best part is, we didn't even see the whole thing. Hopefully we will get back in the spring next year, although I think I might take a trip up myself this winter to see how things look with some fresh snow.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Adventures with Keegan: Franconia Sculpture Park Part I

It's been awhile since I have broken out the camera just for our own fun, so this weekend I knew was the perfect time since we headed out to the Franconia Sculpture Park. I have been using my phone for pictures so much lately, it was great to get back into the swing of things while taking some fun shots of Keegan.

I drove by this place a few weeks ago, when we where on our way down to hike at Taylor's Falls, and knew if we had a free weekend, I had to bring Keegan here. You can't see that much from the road, but what I did see stuck in my mind and I knew I would be back. Let me tell you, this place is AMAZING! It is a 43 acre outdoor sculpture park, open dusk to dawn, 365 days a year that host 40 different artist and it is TOTALLY FREE! Can't get much better than that!

We both were excited when we pulled into the parking lot, me even more so when I noticed we where the ONLY PEOPLE there! It was a little chilly which might have kept some people away but, I knew it would be a great time to get some shots just of Keegan!

There are so many pictures I want to share of this place so I decided to make this into a two part post. Please enjoy the first half of this Adventure with Keegan! Can't wait to show you more!

See you soon for the second half of our post! Stay tuned!