Jesus and the Angry Babies

Every once in a while, my husband and I join a few local artists at a drawing group that meets every Friday morning on the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU).  It’s a nice little creative getaway from our kids; plus, we get to mingle with some of our favorite Utah artists: Caitlin Connolly, Fidalis Buehler, and Brian Kershisnik, to name a few (all of whom, by the way, are incredibly down-to-earth people with extraordinary artistic talent).

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After teaching Brian and Caitlin how to fold paper boats (thanks to paper boat folding knowledge I had gleaned from a Curious George book I had read with my daughter a few weeks ago – long story), our little artists group enjoyed a fine lunch at nearby Mountain West Burrito (I LOVED my veggie burrito – excellent fare – I highly recommend it).

Later that day, I was perusing Brian’s website and found some gems.  I love how he captures moments of life and motherhood in his art.  This is one of my favorites, “Jesus and the Angry Babies”.  Because babies will be babies, no matter who is holding them.  And also, sometimes you just want to toss your children onto someone else, especially when those children are driving you crazy with their antics or annoying each other to no end or throwing fits of irrational rage.  Who better to throw your angry children at than Jesus?  I can think of no one else more patient or loving, especially towards angry babies.

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I like this one, too, which portrays how I feel as a mother sometimes.

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Mr. Kershisnik has a great talent for putting moments and feelings on paper.  Please peruse his work here.

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Mason Jar Fruit Salad

If you haven’t checked out le zoe musings, you simply must. This is a divine blog, filled with superb photography, dreamy recipes, and all sorts of other wonderful things. Plus, I love this Mason jar idea.

I’ve basically replaced all of my drinking glasses to mason jars. They’re just so oh incredibly cool and versatile. Zoey doesn’t eat veggies but she loves fruits. Preparing a fruit salad in a mason jar makes it fun, colorful, and majorly appetizing.

Pop a lid on them and take them anywhere and everywhere- car rides, work, picnics, etc.

Mason Jar Fruit Salad by Le Zoe Musings5Healthy snacking doesn’t get any easier or prettier. Not to mention, it’s completely mess-free!

Happy Thursday!

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Dreams do come true in La Jolla

My husband and I spent the past few days in sunny San Diego.  Sans kids.  A small miracle, if you ask me.  (BIG thanks to grandmas and grandpas who were willing to care for our kiddos while we spent some time out of town.)

The main purpose for the trip was the yearly National Art Education Association convention (held this year in San Diego) that my husband attended.  With him in conferences all day, that gave me some much-needed solo free time.  Believe me, as a mom, I rarely enjoy solo time, wherein I have the freedom to do whatever I please, so this opportunity that came with the trip was most certainly welcomed and appreciated.

On a particularly fine morning, I ventured from San Diego to La Jolla, a gorgeous area of southern California to which I would gladly return.  My mission in La Jolla: visit the world-renowned Salk Institute, designed by famous architect Louis Kahn.  The Salk Institute has been on my bucket list of “buildings to visit before I die” ever since I learned about this iconic building in architecture school.  I signed up for the guided architectural tour (I highly recommend it), and I was so happy I did.  I learned so much about the Salk Institute’s architecture that I never would have, and I gained a wonderful understanding and an even greater appreciation for the building.  With all of the anticipation that I carried with me before actually experiencing the building, let me tell you, that this place did not disappoint.

For some experiences, there are no words.  The fewer words I use to describe my experience at the Salk Institute, the better.  So I leave you with some photographs.  Enjoy!

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