Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mark's birthday (we won't say which one)

for me?
I think he likes it. :-)
birthday dinner at Moonlight
Jude loved the ice cream birthday cake (from Debbie)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Centro-matic farewell

A song I hadn't heard Will Johnson and his band play before...at St. Louis Off Broadway...part of Centro-matic's farewell tour. Gosh, I'm going to miss these guys.
 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

this guy...

is not only a great husband...he's a great grandpa too!







Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kayvon is 10!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

a great gift

For the second year in a row Mark and I made a winter weekend at the Lodge our Christmas gift to each other. We think it's a great gift. The stresses of the holidays are over and it's our time to get away to the lake and peace and tranquility of the Ozark hills. There's something nice about being holed up at the Lodge on a cold winter day and we kind of like the fact it’s nearly empty in January. The Lodge of the Four Seasons is a cool place with a 70s feel to it. Its accommodations are a bit outdated but that seems to be part of its charm. Whether we stay inside the whole weekend or venture outdoors Mark and I simply like being there, so much so that we’re planning to make it our Christmas gift to each other every year.




Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas get-together in Staunton

Luckily Uncle Conrad and Barb decided to have a small gathering at their house this year because when they do it makes Christmas seem just a little more like...Christmas. :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

a day of celebrations

First up, a small family shower for Mandy:


  Followed by Emily's 29th birthday celebration:


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

be merry be bright

my grandsons make a beautiful christmas card :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

halloween weekend



oreo balls
mummy dogs...ruff! 
witches brew (aka mulled wine)
very scary power ranger
robin hood
ninja
the incredible hulk

cutest baby bird ever








jude loves trick or treaters :)


definitely fall

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

chain of rocks bridge

Sunday was a great day to walk across the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Nice fall weather, a little sunshine, and two happy dogs. This great old bridge has seen a lot of history in its time. From its opening in 1929 to becoming part of the renowned Route 66 in 1936 to the site of a film by John Carpenter in 1980 to a tragic rape and murder of two sisters in 1991. For me, it's a bridge that evokes many feelings, memories of childhood, and memories of later times with my dad, and the one thing I always feel while crossing this bridge is an appreciation that it's still standing today. The bridge is now used for bicycling, dog walking, people walking, eagle watching, etc. Hopefully, it will stay around for a long long time to come, maybe even forever.
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/route66/chain_of_rocks_bridge_illinois_missouri.html