Washington, D.C.


Nina stands next to an outdoor sculpture exhibit designed and created by Nora Naranjo-Morse, the mother of her sister Bethany's boyfriend Zak. She is a celebrated potter, sculptor, poet and film-maker from New Mexico.
Nora, a Tewa Pueblo Indian from the Santa Clara Pueblo, beat out more than 55 other Native American artists, to become the first female, Native American, artist to have an outdoor exhibit on the mall in Washington, D.C. Her sculptures are in front of the National Museum of the American Indian.
Her exhibit, entitled "Always Becoming," consists of five clay sculptures, which are purposely designed to naturally decompose back into their native environment. Indigenous architecture, family and male/female relationships influenced this body of work.


Nina simply loved this exhibit!


Learn more about this incredible exhibit: http://www.nmai.si.edu/alwaysbecoming/AlwaysBecoming.html


Next, we visited the Natural History Museum.
We think it's truly wonderful that all of the many, incredible museums on the mall in Washington D.C. are free to the public; however, this causes the museums to be perpetually over crowded!
Next, we met up with Nina's closest childhood friend, Megan, for some dinner near Chinatown.
Megan and Nina were never apart from each other as kids, but now Nina lives in Colorado and Megan lives in Washington D.C., so they see each other as often as they can. It helps that they both visit their hometown, Santa Fe, NM from time to time and that Chris' family lives in Maryland and Virginia (just a hop, skip and a jump from D.C.).
Megan and Nina show they're ready to eat! Megan took us to "Matchstick," a new hot spot in D.C.; however, the food turned out to be disappointing.
We stayed the night with Megan and Craig (who recently became her husband!), in their lovely home in Potomac. Plus, we got to meet their wonderful family of adopted huskies. Craig and Nina are in competition for the biggest dog lover in the universe award!


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