Artscape!

Artscape might be in the running for my favorite Baltimore event. It helped that it was a mere one block walk from our doorstep. It also helped that the weather was gorgeous. But even without those factors, it has a lot going for it. Beyond the typical artist booths with local artists (of which there were plenty, Artscape had…. live artistic performances (e.g., the aerial dancing show we caught), street performers, interactive artsy exhibits (see: silent disco & psychedelic drum tent below), great food (& surprisingly strong margaritas!), plenty of music staged within cozy outdoor spaces, & lots of stuff for kids (Ben’s favorite: the inflatable wacky waving tube men). Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival–visitors amount to 350,000+ over the three days–so the downside was that it was pretty crowded on one of the two days we went (Sat.), which of course happened to be the day we brought Toby along. Luckily we had already enjoyed plenty of time there on Friday, when the traffic was much lighter: lively, but not crowded.

Watching aerial dance performers:

photo 2 (27)

 

Inflatable Wacky Waving Tube Men:

ArtscapeWackyInflatableMen.jpg

Silent disco (you can’t really tell in the picture, but these people all had headphones on and were dancing to their own beat):

photo (81)

 

Psychedelic art tent with drums:

ArtscapePsychedelicTent1.jpg ArtscapePsychedelicTent2.jpg

photo 1 (31)

 

 

Dear Ann Arbor Art Fair,

You are definitely awesome in your own way, but you should pay a visit to Artscape & holla at your brotha from anotha motha here in b’more. Ya might just learn a thing or too. 😉

xoxo, K

PS. I am sad we are missing you this year, but we we will have four years together ahead.

 

 

Advertisements

Grandpa’s Visit

Benjamin’s Grandpa visited this weekend!!!  We received the amazing gift of a delivery of Lou Malnati’s (Chicago deep dish pizza) & Portillo’s (Italian beef sandwiches) so that we could dine-in and enjoy some of our old Windy City eats. THANK YOU JOHN SR!  But we also made it out to some of our Baltimore favorites: B Bistro for brunch & Faidley’s for the famous crabcakes.  We caught an Oriole’s game and walked around the Hopkins campus & the Inner Harbor. We watched Germany win the world cup and played some Yahtzee.

It was an awesome weekend!

 

Three generations:

DSC_0447

 

Enjoying iPad time with Grandpa:

Ben&GrandpaIPad.jpg

 

 

 

Working in Daddy’s office while Grandpa gets a tour of the chambers:BenDaddysWork.jpg

 

Cheering on the O’s:

OriolesGame.jpg

 

Bedtime stories for both grandson & grandpuppy:

Grandpa.jpg

 

This marks the last visitor we will have in Baltimore. Sad! 😦

We only have 2.5 weeks left… how did time fly by so fast!?!?

A Very Special Fourth

Fourth of July is always one of my favorite days.  There was this one summer…way back..was it 1996? ’98? Lying on a beach in Northern Michigan…feeling the cool sand and the warm summer breeze… watching the sky explode with color. I feel like every Fourth is fun in it’s own way, but for many years I’ve felt that I’m always chasing after that one perfect Fourth of July.

Until July 4, 2014.  And July 5th, 6th, 7th… There is only one thing better than fireworks on the Fourth: having family gather round from near and far to camp together. Camping always seems to make the best memories. Maybe it’s the mandatory sharing of tents (or campers), staying up until 6:15am (looking at you Slucter sisters!), sipping on drinks all day long, having fireside conversations sweetened by toasted marshmallow fluff. I could go on, and on.

This year, the occasion for Fourth of July camping was a wedding. My cousin Erin got married at a beautiful campground in southwest Michigan. It was an incredible celebration of two very beautiful people and their families. It gave us a reason to have a weekend together that we’ll never forget.

DSC_0375

DSC_0313

DSC_0326 DSC_0337

DSC_0198 DSC_0195 DSC_0189 DSC_0182 DSC_0157 DSC_0110 DSC_0101 DSC_0097 DSC_0096 DSC_0093 DSC_0084

DSC_0377 DSC_0385

DSC_0390 DSC_0422

photo (77) DSC_0224 DSC_0237 DSC_0245 DSC_0259 DSC_0260 DSC_0286 DSC_0294 DSC_0304 DSC_0307

photo 3 (18)photo 2 (24)


IMG_3307.JPG

photo 4 (10)

photo 1 (26)

First Haircut

My hair is pretty awesome. (Especially in the wind.)

BenCrazyHair.jpg

And it’s pretty integral to my baby modeling career.

photo 3 (16)

For weeks, my parents kept putting off my first hair cut. My mommy kept saying, “but it’s so adorable all long and shaggy.”

BenHair.jpg

But eventually, I had enough of the hair in my eyes. It was time for my first cut.

photo 5 (4)

The plan was to recreate this vintage haircut picture. This is my Papa when he was one year old! Wasn’t he so cute, just like me!?!?

photo 1 (25)

 

But when my Mommy and Daddy found out the barber would charge $15, they said “WHAT!? $15 to trim a baby’s bangs!? No way!” (My mommy and daddy do not like to waste money.)

So they bought scissors and threw me in the high chair. Nevermind that neither of them had ever so much as cut a hair in their lives. Mommy said, “He’s one.”  Daddy said, “Who cares.” Mommy said, “It will grow back.”  (I was a little worried.)

But I got lucky–it turned out pretty nice. As long as you don’t look too closely.

DSC_0023

Do you see my busted lip in that picture? It happened at a rest stop in Ohio. I was bleeding all over. Ohio is not a very good place.

Anyway, here I am taking a bunch of selfies of my new haircut and posting them on Instagram.  Follow me @babybenmeix.

BenSelfies.jpg

(JK! My mommy won’t let me use Instagram until I’m two years old).