I returned home late last night after a magical trip to Chicago!!! Our trip was extended a bit because my Grandma passed away. All the guys met us up in Chicago, and we headed to Wisconsin to celebrate her life and soak up as much time as we could with family that we get to see way too little of.
We made some GREAT memories as we traveled to see our sketchbook, and here are some highlights!
After we made it to our hotel, we explored some of the terrain not usually tredded on by the "Potter" clan. As you can see here, we visited "the ocean." Yes, that's what I called it. Mom quickly corrected me that we were not look at the ocean, but in fact Lake Michigan. ...I'm an artist, what do you expect ;)
That night we rested up, (I'm pretty sure I fell asleep around 8!) and the next morning, after a delicious breakfast at the Ritz Carleton Cafe of eggs benedict, we made it. All together now: "Hallelujah Chorus!"
We were HERE!!!! it was happening. to us. right now!!! We could see all the books, and Caitlyn and Eliza, and Shane! We felt like we knew them from all of our research of the Library, and it was all coming to fruition!!!
Naturally, Mom checked out my book, and I checked out hers. Then, from the pleathera of unique covers, we were allowed to choose 2 more to view *squeal!!!* Mom picked the polka dot cover, and I chose the red cover for her :D
iHanna's, and a magnificently decorated black and white sketchbook.
Jo and her children Shibon and Ian. They had started this project while their husband/dad was serving in Iraq to complete as a gift to him upon return. He was so thrilled when he got home that he wanted to participate as well!!!! Jo's sister even completed a book!!! We just loved making this new friendship with such a sweet family :D
The Art House. We loved hearing about how their dream for this project has grown in this last year. It was all we could do to not say, "we're moving out there and becoming part of your team!"...or maybe we did say it ;)
For me, it has been a creative outlet as I entered into motherhood. I looked forward to working on pages during nap time, and used it as a bargaining chip for myself to do the dishes and laundry :) It has also been a way for my mom and I to team up doing something fun! I cherish my time with her, and we have had so much fun along the way!
For mom, it has been a leap of faith. Although she does not claim to be an artist, she is. She pushed herself through her sketchbook, experimenting and thriving along the way. She doesn't always see it, but she has been developing her style through this experience. Now that her book is done, she continues to be inspired and works in her newly made work space with gusto!
After having such an amazing experience at the exhibit, we both ordered our sketchbooks for next year!!! I chose the theme "Folds and Stitches," and mom chose "Encyclopedia of." I hope you will join us on this amazing journey!!!