Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Paintings and Weeds

It's been a while since I've posted consistently...I've been really busy getting ready for an upcoming art show for next Saturday and pulling lots of weeds!  Since spring hit really early in Wisconsin everything has gotten really out of control.  We've truly never had so many weeds at this time of year EVER.  I think being away for eight days during spring break sort of threw me off a bit too--lots of yard and housework to do in addition to creating.  Trying to get some fresh paintings to take to the show--here's one of my new creations that I'm going to take with me next weekend at the Racine Lakefront Art Festival.  I'm really looking forward to it because it's my third year there and they really take care of their vendors and I've met some great people as well.

What's on the horizon for you?  Any exciting events coming up?  Are you enjoying spring in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Back to Reality

Well spring break 2012 is officially over for us.  We're back to the reality of being home, being in Wisconsin and heading back to work and school.  2009 was our last trip out-of-state when we went to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  This year we spent two nights in Vegas and six days visiting my mom in Lake Havasu, Arizona.  Our first time in Vegas and our second time to Arizona to visit my mom who spends three months of winter there.

Vegas was vibrant, chaotic, energetic and a bit shocking at times, especially since Isabella was with us.  It was fun and lively but Shane and I aren't really gamblers so our two nights were probably good enough for us.  We stayed at the Paris, Las Vegas Hotel which was amazing in its decor.  We chose this one because Isabella has a growing interest in the "real" Paris, so we got to see smaller-scale Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arch d'Triomphe and replicas of Paris street cafes.  The view from our room on the 24th floor was great because we could also see the dancing waters of the Bellagio across the street as you can see in the picture.

This is our last morning eating breakfast at an "outdoor" cafe in the hotel.

We drove two and half hours in our rental car from Vegas to Lake Havasu which was full of mountain views even some in California as well as lots of brush, cacti and palm trees.  I'll admit I'm more of a coast-lover myself but we saw tons of beautiful sites and we even learned some history as well.  Lake Havasu is now home to the London Bridge and we heard a lot about the man who actually bought the bridge and had it shipped to Arizona.  I still can't believe someone actually had the money to do this...we took a boat tour on the Kon Tiki and got some history of the city as well and learned the same man founded the town, bought the bridge and was an inventor too.  Pretty amazing story.

Here's a view of the London Bridge where you can see some of the mountains in the distance.  On our ride we went to an area called Copper Canyon which was so peaceful and beautiful.  Now it was only peaceful because college spring break was over, but we did see two guys jump off a 40 foot rock in the canyon.  Pretty daring, given the fact that people have died jumping off of it.  I would've loved to go into that little cove with just my family on a boat and just float because the greenish, blue waters we so clear and it was tucked away from the rest of the lake.

I could go on and on and share a ton more pictures but I know blog readers only want to read so much, right?  I'll leave you with just a couple more pictures that are my favorites.  We're now back to reality as I said and it's always good to come home, but I definitely miss the warm weather!

Thanks for stopping by!  I know I've been gone a while and I appreciate your visit.  
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