Beau March 25th, 2009
The pace of spring is quickening, and like that of nature it seems our lives are becoming equally hurried. We spent last weekend running all around, essentially a of couple days with family, friends, food and fun. Which included an uncharacteristically large gathering for dinner with relatives from out of town. Lots of great food and conversation, and birthday celebrations too. A magician was brought in for entertainment- that was a hoot. I’ve never really been to a “magic show” on a birthday, but the kids really loved it. The gent was pretty funny and the kids were mesmerized. It was one of those nights where you eat too much, and it all ends too soon with everyone heading back to rejoin their own lives. We also spent a day with the cub scouts on a grand outing for the kids. It was a busy, fun-filled day that included a train ride and a tour of some impressive sights.
See if you know where the mystery photo of the day is from… isn’t it beautiful? This is very large, probably thirty feet across the side.
For a closer look, here’s an inset from the right side, rotated to show a better view. Maybe it holds a clue! I can’t imagine how long it must take to design and build stained glass art.
Update: Yes! It’s the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City- an amazing building. Under the capitol dome above, between the two cherubs is a banner- which says “Missouri State Capitol – Made from Missouri stone.” The entire capitol building, inside and out, is made from limestone marble from various sites throughout Missouri. The only exception are eight columns in the House chamber that were made in New Hampshire. They are one-piece solid granite columns weighing over 26,000 pounds each. The murals, paintings and stained glass throughout the capitol were incredible.
The tour was very interesting, as well as learning more about Missouri’s history. With a band of active young kids it wasn’t all about art and history though. We finished the day by spending a few hours playing ultimate frisbee football, which is kind of like touch football, only you have to stay where you are when you catch the frisbee, and then throw it to another player on your team. A few of the adults joined in- what a great time! I can’t remember when I’ve had grass stains on my knees from diving catches while playing a game outdoors… its been many years.