Photos by Chris Cox | Photographer

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Chris Cox (photographer extraordinaire) took some pics of Ruby and Clara when he visited in the fall. Picking my favorites to share with you here. You can see more of Chris’ work at chriscoxphotographer.com or stop by Gaspard Gallery | 235 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MICLARA-RUBY-SMALL-009 CLARA-RUBY-SMALL-010 CLARA-RUBY-SMALL-011 CLARA-RUBY-SMALL-016 CLARA-RUBY-SMALL-017

CLARA-RUBY-SMALL-018Chris! Thanks so much for capturing your nieces so well! We love love love the pics and will treasure them forever.

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Weekend with Chris

Ryan’s brother Chris drove down to spend last weekend with us. Friday night we went out for dinner at a new place in CBus that we’ve been wanting to check out. The owners go to our church, so we felt like we were supporting the local economy AND our friends at the same time. I got a cheeseburger (no change there) and it was delish! When we got home, Chris and Ryan prepared for their morning coffee experience. 

Saturday’s weather was rainy, cold, dreary, nastiness. So after breakfast we drove downtown to check out the Annie Liebovitz Master Set exhibition at the Wexner Center. I would not have known about this, except that Chris is a photographer and was hoping to check it out while he was in town. Once we were there I was literally stunned by how many of the images I was familiar with. It was incredible, and will be going on until December 30th for those of you in town who want to check it out. Here’s a pic of Chris, John Lennon and Ryan… who appear to be growing beards at the same rate.

Saturday before the sun went down, the weather had cleared a little bit, so we went to see Chief Leather Lips. These pics are dark and grainy because the sun was almost down, but we had fun walking around the park by the river.

And of course, the men grilled us a wing feast for dinner.

The next day it was very cold, but not as rainy, which meant we could hike! Woohoo! We considered driving down to Hocking Hills, but with the weather as nasty as it was, we opted for Highbanks instead. Lucky for me, Ryan and Chris carried the girls on their backs and I got a break. 

Clara had reached her hiking threshold by the time that last pic was taken. Such a great weekend with Uncle Chris! Thanks for making the drive Chris! we love when you come to visit!

ArtPrize 2012

Ryan and I spent the weekend in Grand Rapids to check out ArtPrize and especially to visit Chris Cox Photographer’s photo gallery on Division Avenue (or as Chris calls it, “The Ave”)

Saturday morning Ryan’s parents came with us to check out all the fun ArtPrize stuff downtown. My favorite thing was the giant human-sized pinboard that you could push yourself into.

We also got to stop by to see our friend Matt’s art, “Crime Wave”, which was voted one of the top 50 of 1500 entries. Matt and Kim were in our small group in GR. If you ever need a bronze sculpture commissioned, our friend Matt Large is your man.

Saturday night we grilled out chicken and Chris, Kyle and Sarah came over too. Sarah is expecting TWIN GIRLS due in February. It will be so fun to double the little ones on the Cox side of the family.

To top off my visit, I got to meet my dear friend Bree’s newborn baby girl Taylor. She was as precious and squishy and gorgeous as any baby I’ve ever met. I miss my sweet GR friends.

Nothing quite like a weekend with Chris

Ryan’s brother Chris drove down to visit us last weekend and let me just say, it was really fun. First of all, Chris is hilarious. His life is like a movie – and the stories he tells about his life are unbelievable. We laughed so much and loved having him here.

Friday when he arrived we celebrated with a grill out followed by a trip to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Ruby and Clara love their Uncle Chris.

Saturday we explored the waterfalls and hiked around in the woods all morning. It was hotter than blazes, but I love Florida, so I just imagined I was there.

After hiking to Hayden Falls, we took Chris to Indian River to show him the falls there too. Once we got there, it was all dried up – literally not one drop of water going over the falls. Oh well. Maybe next time Chris visits we won’t be in the midst of a drought.

While the girls napped in the afternoon, Ryan and Chris took a bike ride in the heat of the day. It was literally 105 degrees. Here’s the “before” pic. They were geared up and had a lot of extra water. Le Tour de France has been on TV at our house pretty much 24/7 because Ryan records each stage. Someday I will take him to France to ride his bike through the countryside… until then Ohio’s countryside will have to do.

Sunday we took Chris with us to our church and then downtown to drive past the new Children’s Hospital and Ryan’s new office, then to eat at this cool deli in German Village called Katzingers. Chris and I were matchy matchy in our greens and blues.

We loved having you here Chris! Can’t wait to see you again soon!