Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ruby Slippers

This weekend I flew to Kansas to visit my dear friend, Amanda, and her cute family! I had never been to Kansas before (and can now say I have been to Missouri, too, since that's where the plane actually landed).
Amanda took me to the Crown Center to see all things Hallmark. I saw this painting, The Kansas City Spirit, by Norman Rockwell. Probably could have stood there and looked at it all day, it was totally amazing! There was also an original painting by Grandma Moses! Imagine being named "Grandma" as a little kid... *kidding!*

This is the visitor guide for Lawrence that has been decorated with beautiful doodle art by the wonderful and talented Aimee Dolich (who I am pictured with below)! I was lucky enough to meet her in person for breakfast on Saturday morning along with Christy Schneider, who is as sweet and adorable as her artwork (still kicking myself for forgetting to get a photo of all of us together!). Amanda introduced me to Christy when I was first trying to figure out how to get started in children's book illustration. Christy was so kind to point me in the right direction and now I am lucky to have her as a friend! I met Aimee through Christy, and it has been wonderful becoming friends with her, too! Having a chance to meet these lovely ladies finally in person was a highlight of my trip!
(Number 4 below is Christy's Project Nerd Power Pocket Protector Set that is in the May 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine!!!)

Aimee is great at finding art wherever she goes. Lookie here! I found a purple rat!
Amanda introduced me to "Bubble Tea." It is an iced tea type-thingy with giant pieces of tapioca in it (they are the little black dots in my beverage).
This is a view of Clinton Lake, which was amazing. There were birds flying everywhere, and the clouds were spectacular.
This is some of the countryside. So lush and green.
Beautiful, no?
We all went for a nature hike on Sunday morning. Heard and saw some Minnesota birds, like cardinals and Canada geese. Also saw a snake! Have no idea what kind it was, but it was pretty big!
More clouds! It was great to see my friends and visit a new state. Kansas was charming. I even played on a Wii for the first time! I am not an awful Wii bowler and skateboarder and am very adept at crashing Super Mario carts!!! So, I clicked my heels together and am back in Minnesota. Dorothy was right, there really is no place like home!


Christina Rodriguez said...

Daaaaaaaang, Nina, you are CONNECTED! I'm totally impressed with Christy's work. Her talent spans so many disciplines!

I'm glad you had fun on your trip. Kansas looks better than I imagined!

Christy said...

Aw, shucks -- thanks. I'm glad your trip here was so much fun. I had a great time (finally) meeting you in person too! And I can't wait to see the new book on the shelves!

Sharon Wagner said...

I used to be addicted to bubble tea. I'm glad you had a good time.

aimee said...

had so much fun with you! thank you so much for spending saturday morning with us! you are such a delight! xo

Toby Speed said...

Looks like a fun trip, and I love your clouds. I am a cloud lover, too!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great trip Nina. Enjoyed the pictures. Bubble tea sounds interesting. I think it is something I'd be willing to try.

lauradoodles said...

Bubble Tea is the best!! And sooo addicting. It sounds like you had a fun time. :]

Bella Sinclair said...

Aw man! I need to visit Kansas! Look how cute you are. And WOOOHOO, you got to meet Aimee! Oh, I'm so jealous. :D Thanks for sharing the great photos!