Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Andrew and Will Visit the National Gallery


Today, Katie and I took the boys down to the National Gallery. We parked right out front on Madison (per Brigham's instructions as he guided me telephonically to our resting spot. If only he could apparate in case of parallel parking requirements or diaper changes.) We had 2 hours to get in and out. At stake was a ticket for an expired meter and an expired registration on the car.

The boys were wonderfully behaved, even if they prefered eating Katie's french fries from the Cascades Cafe to the pizza I tried to force feed them. (The cafe and the gift shop alone are reason enough to take kids to the National Gallery.)

We focused on three exhibits: 18th century Dutch Christian, Native American, and Modern. Modern was a big hit. We were not allowed to take photos in many parts of the modern section, which I still don't understand as much of the art looked like it could be purchased at Target or from me, but anyway. The mobiles were great and the boys took delight in blowing on one and making it change shape. The guard took delight in them. Really. Above is the airplane the promise of which acted as a silent magnent on Andrew and thus enabled our party's progress from one side of the exhibit to the other. Will quacked at the Warhol of Donald Duck. Really, modern isn't my thing but it sure was great for the boys.





Katie got Andrew to smile in these by telling him not to, Brig wanted me to include a joke about how Will was moving so quickly he was just a blur, and I wanted to add that Will and Andrew were being playful and that no bodily injury was intended or actualized.

And I imagine the above photo in a gallery frame and added to the other pieces of my own personal art collection.

10 comments:

Tat said...

I love Will's red overalls and shirt. Way cuter than (probably) most of the modern art (not my thing, either).

Maddy said...

Thank you! That's always nice to hear. I'm still learning, I definitely have a long way to go but I really like it.

Your boys, they are so cute! I love Will's outfit haha, it's adorable.

Erin said...

How fun! ...I have been meaning to check out your blog. I have really enjoyed reading all about you and your cute boys :)

We really do need to think of ways to better serve. I struggle with that one, mainly because it seems overwhelming to involve children but there has to be something out there.

Momo Cannon said...

It looks like fun. It is great to see Will vertical like such a little man! Thanks for taking care of Katie while she was back there. You have been great. Love, Momo

Monica Merced Rich said...

Your husband's comment about Will's speed made me laugh until I cried. He sounds like the perfect man for you; I hope to meet him one day.

Thanks for cracking me up, yet again.

Sarah said...

I miss all the awesome free museums in DC, especially the National Gallery. You're right about modern art. It's kind of a joke.
I also wanted to say how cute Will looks in his little outfit, toddling around!

Jenny said...

You are a good mom to introduce your kids to art galleries! Very cute pictures. I've always been partial to the Old Masters too, and I specialize in Golden Age Dutch and Flemish, but I have to admit that I've grown to love certain modern art pieces too. I especially like some of the French and German Expressionist works.

Ashlee said...

Wow! The National Gallery! You're so brave! Way to go!

Tara, Doug, and Isaac said...

Holy cow, you're a gifted writer. I can't believe how bland my writing has been since baby number 2. Would you do me a favor and tell Allie (formerly Lee) that I want a blog invite? She just went private and I don't have her email address. I'm hoping you guys are blogging buddies!

Tara, Doug, and Isaac said...

Whoops. And my email is: tara40bowen@gmail.com