I was treated to one of those few instances when she wasn't easy-peasy this past Thursday, when I loaded up the three girls to head over to the University of Texas's Blanton Museum of Art. Austin has just about everything you could ever want, but until about six or so years ago, we lacked a world-class art museum. Now, though, we have one, and how years have passed without me visiting and/or bringing Ava is beyond me! Anyhow, when we heard that every Thursday the museum was open to the public at no cost, we just knew that it was our time to visit! This was much better in theory than it turned out to be in practice.
A while back, I mentioned that Ava had given up her nap. While she's since taken it back up occasionally, she is still mainly past her nap days, despite still being in desperate need of one come lunchtime. So why it sounded good to me to take the girls AFTER lunch, I'll never remember, but that's precisely what I did.
Somehow, and I'm honestly still not sure how, I was able to calm her down to the point of being able to reemerge back up to the second floor and continue our tour of the museum. She even managed to participate in the "Human Touch" kids activity, where you get a bag of objects and have to find them in the pieces in an exhibit, and we managed to find all three of hers! All in all, it wasn't the most miserable experience we've ever had, but I do think that in order to enjoy the museum, I'll likely go alone - or at least in adult company - next time!
Here are some of my favorite pieces before the meltdown: