Dec 26, 2006


Reunited and it feels so good.....


Dec 19, 2006

all I want for Christmas is.......

YOU! Get here quickly.


Dec 15, 2006

It doesnt get any easier...

I fly to America a week on tuesday, but to be frank, it feels like I am never going to get there. This being apart just doesnt get any easier. It just gets harder. I hate it, and can't wait until 2 june when it is over.


Dec 14, 2006

Hey Joel Osteen! See how it ought to be done.

Some of you may have seen the Joel Osteen clip on . Here John "a man's man" Macarthur shows how it is really done. Note how the soundest guy there (Macarthur) is the one who is not hiding behind clerical garb! (It's a bit long - 4 minutes).


Dec 11, 2006

Weekend update.

It's been a quiet weekend here in the S-T-L. I'm a little sad to see it come to an end. I braved the malls on Friday to do a little Christmas shopping. The rest of the weekend was spent baking and hanging out close to home. Here are a few pictures that tell the story of the weekend:

Saturday morning breakfast with Molly at the City Coffehouse

The Freedom Crepe: strawberries, blueberries, and creme fraiche. Yummy!

I wait all year long for kiss cookies!

Tiny Tarts: pumpkin and pecan.

Spritz cookies are like a memory in my mouth! These were always one of my favorites when I was little because I got to decorate the cookies with red and green sprinkles.


Dec 1, 2006

More Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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Nov 30, 2006

Oh the weather outside is frightful.

Saint Louis is being hit by our first winter storm. It's a powerful one that is dumping a lot of freezing rain and ice right now. Sometime tonight it is supposed to start snowing. They are saying we might get up to 1o inches of snow!

An Icy afternoon in University City

Glad I have welly warmers!

Ice on the bushes.

...but the fire is so delightful. I'm tucked inside where it is warm, enjoying a cup of tea, and attempting to finish some reading projects.

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Our family portrait.

We had a little too much fun at work yesterday. We decided to take a cheesy "family portrait" of the youth staff to send out with a Christmas card. We found some lovely sweaters and turtlenecks and posed in front of the youth room tree. There were lots of laughs and I'm not sure people should have this much fun at work!

This is the picture we are using for the card.

One of the many outtakes

What's up with Brad and that cheesy face?

Fun times.

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Nov 28, 2006

Train Ride

This is the view from my carriage as I ride the train to College.


Nov 25, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The Story of Our Christmas Tree Ice Cream and Christmas Trees! Does it get any better?

Strapping her down for the journey home.

All dressed up. She's a beauty.

Christmas has arrived in University City.
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Happy Birthday Baby.

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday Alex
Happy Birthday To You

Happy Birthday baby! Wish I could be celebrating with you.
I'm looking forward to a lifetime of Birthday celebrations to come!
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Nov 24, 2006

The Thanksgiving Festivities.

The Thanksgiving Table

Mmm. Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Brulee, Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Sausage Apple Stuffing, and Cottage Cheese Rolls. I ate way too much!

But, I left room for Pumpkin Pie.

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Nov 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Eve Traditions.

Every year, after spending the evening before Thanksgiving cooking and cleaning our family always sits down to enjoy a yummy meal of Chinese food. Tonight we ordered food from P.F. Changs. As a special Thanksgiving treat they gave us free lettuce wraps. They were amazing and are now my new obsession! After our meal we always settle down to watch Miracle on 34th Street and welcome in the coming Christmas season. However, tonight we were all too tired to make it through the movie so we're going to watch it in the morning while we eat breakfast.
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My favorite holiday.

(last year's Thanksgiving table)

For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food,

for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.

For flowers that bloom about our feet;

For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;

For song of bird, and hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear or see,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nov 10, 2006

Dinner for a Autumn Friday night.

Homemade French Bread rising.

Potato Soup simmering.

A cup of tea to keep me warm.


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