Today Pen and I went to ArtBeast, a kids art studio in Sac, and she painted her first masterpiece. The studio itself is really neat with three different levels for kids and has all kinds of things for kids to explore - visual arts, performing arts, you name it they have it. It also benefits a really wonderful non-profit organization so double score! Pen got a gift certificate for her 1st birthday (thanks Alisha, Nick, and Linden!) so we made a date with some other mommy/baby friends and made an afternoon of it.
P and I got there a bit late since she decided to take a morning nap (I'm not complaining, hooray for naps!) so we hung out in the baby area for awhile with our friends and the kids crawled/walked around, climbed over stuff, and stole toys from each other. :) Not too long after we got there all our friends had to leave so Pen and I hung out in the painting/sand/craft area and I let her loose!
I brought my camera, but had neglected to charge the battery - so there are no pictures of Penelope actually painting, playing, or her in the cute apron... next time I promise.
We focused on painting since most of the other crafts were made for slightly older kids. It was really the first time she had painted; she'd done some finger painting before, but this was her first time with a brush (and an easel) and she really seemed to enjoy it. She also liked playing with the sand, although she didn't want to actually touch the sand - that was apparently too icky. She just liked to stir it with a wooden spoon.
After about an hour of making art I was ready to go, my back was killing me and I was having more contractions. I'll be very surprised if this baby holds out until its due date.
So we took her paintings and left - swung by my parents house and dropped one off (she made two).
Here are pictures of her masterpieces:
It was a fun day, we'll have to go back!
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