Quilling at The Nelson

Max (my almost 11 yr old) and I decided that we needed a date night before the baby arrived. There were a few things on the table, the art museum being one of them, but we hadn’t decided. When a facebook friend posted this picture (below), along with an invitation to come do some quilling at the museum for free, it sealed the deal.

Pretty cool, huh?

So the plan was made. Picasso exhibit, followed by some quilling, followed by chocolate fondue at The Melting Pot. It was the perfect date.

Outside in the sculpture garden. It was his idea to pose with the birdie. I love this kid. (Spoiler alert: this is where we’re doing our family portraits in November.)

At one point, I needed to stop and rest (39 weeks pregnant), and Max took the opportunity to get in some good hill rolling.

This piece was particularly interesting. Depending on how you looked at it, the shapes and colors changed. Max challenged me to look at it from some angles I wouldn’t have tried.

We had no idea there would be a live techno band to entertain us while we quilled. As I finished my project, Max got up and danced. He said he was feeling shy, but wanted to dance so he did it anyway. I told him that I have never regretted dancing, but I have regretted not dancing. He gets it.

Another dancing pic. I got video, too. It was seriously awesome.

On our way to the Melting Pot, we saw a gay rights activist group doing some sort of event. Some of them were holding up a sign that read “Honk for Homos.” We honked like crazy, and they whooped and cheered. It was awesome. Max said, “Why isn’t everyone honking? Who wouldn’t honk for homos?” I honestly didn’t know the answer to that one.

Waiting for a table, still with some energy to burn. Him with the energy, not me.

At the Melting Pot. I should have taken a picture of our chocolate fondue, but by the time it got there, we were both too hungry to think of such things.

It was a wonderful date night. We laughed so much, and had so much fun. It was the perfect bonding time just 3 days before our new baby would arrive. I love this kid past the last nothing.

What a wonderful date night! Could anything top Picasso AND fondue?

We can’t go to the Nelson without having to go down to see the piece in the fourth picture. It was on the summer sculpture tour and my kids became obsessed with it. And maybe I did too. We know more about that piece than nearly any other piece in the collection.

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