We are spending a few days in Northwest Arkansas with Daniel to enjoy a little “Spring Break” … While it is snowing like CRAZY back home in Missouri, it doesn’t feel much like Spring here either – but cold temperatures and windy conditions won’t put a damper on our time together.
On Saturday, we visited the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville. The museum was opened in 2011 and has one of the best collections of American art in the United States. Because the museum is underwritten partially by the Walton Foundation (ie. the Wal-mart family), admission is also sponsored by Wal-mart and is FREE to the public. I know some people don’t like Wal-mart for various reasons, but in this instance, Wal-mart has done the community here – and all visitors to this museum a HUGE favor!!
(^ not sure WHY this photo isn’t uploading fully … it is a GREAT picture of Daniel with his 3 kiddos)
Anyway, the museum has American art spanning over 300 years of American artists … but we had the most fun in the modern art section. There’s some bizarre stuff in there! The above sculpture is a “self-portrait” of the artist.
The below picture, Drew was sure he could have drawn him self … if only he’d known it would be so appreciated! 🙂
MiMi’s favorite part was being able to see the water, over which the museum is built, as we wandered around the galleries. There are also lots of walking trails around the museum … and I’m SURE we’ll be back often. This is our kind of place!
Daniel and I both commented that while we did enjoy our 11 years of living “in the middle of no-where” for various reasons (most of which have to do with our wonderful friends there!), we didn’t realize how nice it was to be back in/near the city! To have cultural events and places right there … to only drive around the corner to shop – at any variety of stores … and to have unlimited choices of restaurants from fast food to nicer eating places (remember: my love language is food I don’t have to cook or clean up after!).
We spent more of Saturday going to some of our FAVORITE places: Aldi and 2 of the 3 Goodwill stores in the area … and Daniel introduced me to yet another thrift shop called The Potter’s House, a ministry of an area church.
Speaking of church, the church we have been visiting here had a missionary speaker tonight (Sunday) – veteran missionaries to Germany. These people have been ministering in Germany for over 40 years … and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing their story and watching their slide show (which made me want to hop on the next plane to Frankfurt airport!).
We have a few more days to spend here … Since Daniel doesn’t have to be at work until 2:30 p.m. each weekday, we’ll be spending our mornings with him, and then the kids and I will have some time together each evening.
It’s pretty COLD here right now … but our hearts are definitely feeling WARM here in NW Arkansas. (and that was the absolutely most cheesy ending to a blog post I may have ever written – LOL!) 🙂