Welcome back friends! We have had an interesting few days to say the least. We made the decision (after hours of discussion) that we would like to add a member to our family (and no, we won’t be bringing chocolate chip cookies to work anytime soon!). We had contacted a farmer in Lynnville who’s herding dogs just had puppies. Clark being a lover of border collies was sold immediately! The puppies were supposed to be ready to go February 14th, how appropriate, but we got a text Thursday saying our little Theodore (Teddy for short) was ready to go! We of course drove up and picked him up! Man did we forget how hard a puppy is! Especially with a very active toddler and 2 jealous poochie brothers! Because of our newest member of the family, we wanted to keep our adventure close to home. We did some research and decided since we had done the capital last week that Terrace Hill (aka the Governor’s Mansion) would be a perfect idea! We all got ready, put Teddy in the bathroom with his bed, some food and water, and his new favorite toys and headed to Des Moines!
We pulled up to the beautiful Terrace Hill, got Eyra out of her carseat and started walking up the long driveway. We were greeted by a very nice Iowa State Trooper who informed us that the Mansion is closed until March. He allowed us to take a nice picture of the outside and encouraged us to return when they re-open in March since this is the time the governor has some peace and quiet in his home which is understandable.
As we headed back to the car, we were at a loss of what to do! A few searches on Google later and we decided, “hey, we’ve never been to the Des Moines Art Center!” so we decided that would be our destination besides we were only two miles away! We arrived and were pleasantly surprised that admission is free! We hung up our coats and headed in.
First thing you should know… The Des Moines Art Center… NOT a place for kids. Eyra was very well behaved but the temptation to touch things was just way too much! We ended up needing to carry her most of the time and she was not down with that! Also, having a kiddo at the Art Center means the employees watch you with hawk eyes (get it? The Iowa Hawkeyes! I crack myself up!) and will even follow you around. One lady followed us around for about 5 minutes just waiting to yell at us! There were some very cool sculptures as well as paintings!
This sculpture of the shell with musical instruments underneath it was very cool and Eyra was dying to touch it! Eyra’s favorite moments were definitely the open hallways where we let her run and touch the windows!
My favorite paining was one that was supposed to be Pope Innocent. It supposed to be the pope sitting on his throne, but to me it looked like a man being electrocuted in the electric chair! His mouth is open and he looks like he’s screaming! Really creepy, but really cool! Eyra at this point, enjoyed a nice snack in front of this painting while Daddy took some silly photos of his reflection in another sculpture!
Another art piece that really creeped me out, was the sculptures of what looked like headless children all lined up! That one definitely gave me the heebie-jeebies! Another creepy one was the 3D painting of what looks like teeth coming out of a hole!
Overall, it was a very cool museum and we look forward to going back when Eyra is a little older and will enjoy it more! As we were leaving, the attendant told us that they have lots of classes for kids around Eyras age and that we should come back then so she can have a little fun! As we were leaving Eyra put on her bear coat and decided to go and check out more statues. It was cute because she looked like a little bear scoping out her prey!
At this point, we were HUNGRY!! We decided to head to Ritual Café in downtown Des Moines for some grub! It is a cute little café (with definite “hippy” vibes) that has an all vegetarian or vegan menu! This was pretty cool since Clark and I have been vegetarian for about 5 months now and it was awesome to have lots of options! Clark ordered a grilled tomato and hummus sandwich and I got a spicy 4 cheese sandwich with artichoke (YUM!!). Mine was definitely better than Clarks! J We also enjoyed some yummy pastries and an Horchata Latte!
We made one last stop at the Pappajohn Sculputure park because we noticed that there was a HUGE version of Clarks favorite sculpture from the Art Center right there in the park! Although we had to improvise most of our day, we ended up having a great time! We can’t wait to see what next week will bring!
To be continued…