Big Birthday

“If I didn’t have you as my mom, I’d choose you as my friend.” Earlier this week, I got to spend a day with my mom to celebrate her birthday. Perfect weather, favorite foods and places, and the best company. Totally fitting for a big birthday. Here are a few photos from time spent at…

Garden of Glass at Night

For the first time since Christmas, I have my family together. We spent our first full evening at the Botanical Garden with Tanner’s girlfriend and my Little Sister for the Garden of Glass at Night. Before checking out the glass, however, we wandered around the Garden grounds as the sun went down. I’d somehow forgotten…

Little Surprises

I’m gonna be honest. Sometimes I wish I could be a fast and serious runner. The early-corral-assignment, knows-all-of-her-PRs-by-heart, badass type of runner. But the longer I do it, the more I realize that it’s just not in the cards for me. I’m slow. Running doesn’t come naturally for me. Plus, the only thing shorter than my stride…

Goals

“Ah, how good it feels! The hand of an old friend.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Please forgive this blurry photo, but when you see something this dear, you use whatever you have handy. Which in this case, when I was looking out the window at the art museum, I only had my iPhone. So I…

Life Lately…

Life lately…according to the iPhone. Heart sightings. Valuable reminders. Floral therapy. Beautiful morning skies. Fading tulips retaining their loveliness.

What Happened to My Snowman?

From the students at my church who brought you “I am Not a Turkey” (post here), may I present “What Happened to My Snowman?” “Snowmen shouldn’t go to battle! They would get shot! They would melt! They might get hit by a tank! Finally, they can’t drive tanks! Snowmen shouldn’t go to BATTLE!!!” “Snowmen shouldn’t sit by…

Always Be a Unicorn

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.” Recently I posted about a photography hike and how embarrassed I was about looking weird to other hikers. I’ve thought a lot about that day, trying to understand what I had been so worried about. I finally realized that what made that incident unusual is…

I’m Not a Turkey, I am Cracking Up

In light of upcoming holiday dinner preparations, the second grade students at my church’s school are doing their part to help turkeys escape their fate by giving them disguises. This had me laughing out loud in the hallway as I passed through. Oh my gracious, these are priceless. Enjoy a sampling below. “I’m not a…

Obviously

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel And if who/what she wants to be requires a cape for her holiday baking, she absolutely should wear a cape. Because bakers are superheroes, too. Not pictured: this little girl’s twin, donning a matching cape.

Bowie, Proust, and Sunday Thoughts

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this article with David Bowie’s answers to Proust’s famous questionnaire. (Link here) Not only were Bowie’s answers thought-provoking (and funny), so were the questions themselves. So I decided to answer the questions myself, accompanied by a few recent photos. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Adventures with my kids What is…

Distracted Runner

A couple of really good runs this weekend brought the most distractions I’ve had in awhile. It was remarkable. I didn’t even get photos of everything.  I marvel at some of the random stuff I find along my routes. After four years, I just now spotted this peace sign — the fourth one of these…

Be Vibrant

We’re all crayons in the world’s coloring box. We’re all a little broken, but we can still color. 

This and That, Chi-Edition

While it was a short trip to Chicago, we still managed to see some neat stuff. Here are some miscellaneous finds along the way. A little bit of garage graffiti. And a disgruntled dumpster. And a paint chip profile portrait.. On a completely unrelated topic, it is worth noting that the hotel in which we…

Graffiti Gawking

I’m a St. Louis girl to the core, but I believe that Kansas City absolutely sets the standard for graffiti art. While I don’t always like the subject matter, there is no denying the extraordinary talent and creativity of these artists. These paintings are on point. Here are just a few examples from the weekend….

Putting the “Her” in Hero

What a gorgeous Saturday for my favorite 5K! This was my third time running the Girls on the Run, but this was the biggest one I remember. 8,000 people were registered, all coming together for this wonderful program designed to empower girls through running. Seriously, this view never gets old. And neither do sweet little…

Fairy Tale Tea

“Never look back. If Cinderella went back for her shoe, she would never have been a princess.” This past weekend brought a unique experience for this mother of boys. I got to take my Little Sister to Fairy Tale Tea with Cinderella. My Little was so excited that she called me the night before to…

How BFFs Are Made.

Today I got to take my little buddy Lucy to make her very own BFF. Because BFFs are so very special, we had to go to a very special place: Build-A-Bear Workshop. After perusing a wide assortment of puppies, kitties, bears, and other critters, Lucy found her perfect companion. A purple unicorn My Little Pony. And she was…

Not So Long Ago…

…in an arena not so far away… Late last week the kids and I went to the St. Louis Blues game for Star Wars Night. It was the boys’ first game. I hadn’t been in at least 24 or 25 years. It was a nod to one’s inner geek and a nod to one’s inner jock that made…

Life Lately: Holiday Edition

A few photos on the iPhone lately include glimpses of… …my kitties’ company… and cupcake baking. A full Sunday in the kitchen and I had four dozen from-scratch cupcakes to show for it: red velvet (top left), peppermint (middle), egg nog (lower left), and gingerbread with cinnamon frosting (right row). The irony of this photo…

A Little Closer

This morning as I got ready for work, I noticed some surprising shapes and patterns in my water glass. I’d never noticed anything quite like it before. Maybe because I’ve never looked that closely? I’m not sure. So I gave myself a little photo challenge today to look for unique compositions utilizing textures, details, and…

Santa’s Timely Arrival

This morning during our first snowfall of the season, a monster waited patiently at the downtown train station… …as did a Ninja Turtle (along with lots of little kids)… …for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! Seriously? Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive during our first snow of the season? It could not have been planned to…

Weekend, Part I

So how much fun was this weekend? My answer? A LOT of fun. Saturday morning, I headed to the middle of the state to spend the weekend with my family. First stop: the local nature center with my sister to take an ornament-making class. This plant is real. It stopped me in my tracks on…

Peace, Love, and Hello Kitty

The other day I noticed my neighbor’s little girl wearing a Hello Kitty t-shirt as she skipped to her front door. Obviously I viewed this as a sign of very good character and I wanted to encourage her, as our next generation, to continue making such wonderful decisions. As such, I thought it only made sense to…

Tiny Bite of the Big Apple

What an adventure. A few months ago, Tanner received an email letting him know that he’d won tickets to see U2 at Madison Square Garden. Obviously this was not a trip we’d planned to take this year, but wow, it turned out to be amazing. We spent three quick days in the Big Apple, but…