Life Lately…in Pictures

Graffiti: the evolution of cycling…and a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em game of chess. Sheet metal store window display. Open house at my friend’s plant store. Just some random photos of visual goodness. Love this weekend.

Hike in the 100 Acre Wood

  “Hey Mom, let’s take a hike.” Sunshine…Saturday…time spent with my son in the great outdoors… Gee, twist my arm. It’s amazing how much scenery can be packed into a relatively short trek. Along the way, I’m pretty sure we found Piglet’s house in the 100 Acre Wood. If this thing had a door… Don’t…

Top O’ the Weekend to Ya

Lemme start this by saying it: this has been a very, very good weekend so far. While there’s good in every day if you look around hard enough, this is the kind of good that hands itself to you in a colorful package with a big, sparkly bow. A Pharrell-Williams’-“Happy”-playing-in-your-head kind of weekend. It started…

Distracted Runner, Sunday Edition

This morning brought sunshine and my long run for the week. While I enjoy them, long runs are tough for me — but not for the most obvious reasons. Ten and a half miles outdoors provides a lot of territory for observation and the risk for distraction is super high — especially for someone who dabbles…

Morning with the Birds

Made my annual trip to Alton, Illinois, to do a little bird watching this morning. I wish a had a longer lens because the eagles were on the hunt this morning and it was tough to get zoomed in enough. If you look closely, you can see that this pretty fella nailed his treasure. An…

Sunday at the Garden

Early morning trek to the Botanical Garden and I saw this guy along the way. This set the tone for my adventure. I had a smile on my face for the next several hours. Here was my destination: the 2014 Orchid Show. It was more fun when I went last year with my mom, but…

Before the Storm

Got in one more run today in an attempt to beat the nasty storm headed our way. If we get the snow and temperatures local weather folks are anticipating, it’s going to be awhile before I get to run outside again. So I savored several miles, loving all of the quirkiness that is our little…

Sunday

A super cold race…Drew’s first (and FAST) 15k…to start the morning and a Christmas concert at the Fox to close a late evening. And a super long nap in between. I loved this day.

You’ve Got This!

After my less-than-productive run yesterday, I went for a three mile hike with Drew. Gotta say, he’s turned into a bit of a running buff and fitness freak. He’s dropped at least 30 pounds since his chemo ended a year ago. He works out religiously and eats very healthy. It’s been fun to watch his…

Sometimes…

….God smiles in color. And this year, God seems to be smiling a lot. In fact, I’d call it a full-on belly laugh. The trees in our neighborhood don’t even look real this year. It’s absolutely spectacular. A number of four-legged friends were out and about enjoying the colors and cool temperatures. Including this big…

A Quick Adventure

A last-minute weekend road trip to Chicago brought an opportunity to work on a  few pano photos. Above: Cardinals vs. Cubs. And I’m happy to report that St. Louisans saw a winner! I’m happier to report that we witnessed Yadi smack one out and heard “Yadi! Yadi! Yadi!” chanted throughout Wrigley Field by the Cardinal invasion. It…

Quality Time With Santa

A Friday night visit with one super-awesome looking Santa… …and a Saturday morning 5k with a lot of Santa wannabes. And a good time was had at both. Although I now have a whole new respect for kids who are in the Santa Hot Seat. That’s a lot of pressure! I sat down and drew…

Ten Thousand Hills

Parents’ Day Weekend at Tanner’s fraternity house brought a much-needed road trip this weekend. It’s so weird to see how grown up and independent my youngest child has become. Weird, but fun. Early this morning I decided to stop by a state park before heading home. Ten Thousand Hills State Park is just outside of…

Neutral on the Sidelines

My kids + opposing college tennis teams + weekend tennis tournament = a first for this mom. I’ve never seen my guys representing different mascots or flying opposing school colors — let alone having their teams play against each other. Their paths crossed once or twice in individual play when they were younger, but in team…

A good day

Lots of rain…US Open on the television…both of my kids home for the long weekend…made-from-scratch muffins  in my kids’ flavors of choice…that’s our Saturday. Apparently I’m not the only one enjoying having our little family in tact. Our cats have not left Tanner alone since he walked in the door. He’s only been away for…

Panda Slide

Pure awesomeness. And this is how Friday will come to a close. Courtesy of my mom.

Loving the Lantern Festival

Since its May opening, we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about our Botanical Garden’s Lantern Festival. I’ve so wanted to go, but the descriptions of the enormity of the crowds was, to me, a little daunting. (Okay, I know we just ran The Color Run among a sea of people, but that’s different. You’re expected to…

Hope you’ll agree

I know it’s unusual for me to have two video blog posts in a row, but I’m now of the belief that every week needs to close with a whale blowing out a rainbow.

Big Sigh, Vacation’s Over.

 These images are the result of a Sunday afternoon spent playing with some of our Seattle photos in a few apps on my iPhone. Clearly this post-vacation weekend hasn’t been one of the most productive on record. But least I made it out of my pajamas before noon today. Back to the office and back…

Birthday Road Trip

Weekend birthday adventure with my two favorite boys took us to Memphis — Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll — and a stay on Beale Street! Much of our visit revolved around exploring the history of both musical genres. We started out at Sun Studio, one of the most famous…

I spy…

A host of feathered travelers making their way in a perfectly silent line. Bright and early this morning, they were a lovely sight to start the day. Hello, weekend. I’ve missed you.

This about sums it up.

Not an exciting weekend by any stretch, but I’m still sad to see it go.  But I’m digging the House marathon on cable this evening.