Chickadee Thursday

It was unusually warm here this morning (in the 60s!), but that’s set to change dramatically this afternoon/evening, so I decided we should sneak in a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden while we had the chance. There was a little rain when we first got there, and Chickadee loves any excuse to use an umbrella!

The rained cleared up quickly, and we had a very pleasant walk around the Garden. We especially loved stopping in the Japanese Garden to observe the ducks and geese…Chickadee was very entertained by them!

Chickadee Thursday

Yes, we’re still celebrating Christmas!

Every year, I wonder if this is the last year the Fisher-Price Little People nativity scene will be played with…that will be a very sad year, indeed! Fortunately, Chickadee still loves it…she started beginning me to get it out at the beginning of November! She’s been edging the three kings closer and closer every day, and she’s also still playing with the sheep and shepherds and all of the other animals, and making sure the Holy Family are comfortable in the stable.

I know that one of these Christmases, she’ll no longer be interested in it, and that will be the end of a long run of Little People in our house. Until then, though, I’m going to enjoy watching and listening to Chickadee tell the Christmas story!

The Top Five–Photos of 2017

Choosing my “Top Five” photos of the year is one of my favorite more recent traditions. Of course, if I’m honest, the “Top Five” always turns into six, because I can never totally limit myself!

The first of my favorite photos came early in the year, at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Chinese Garden. Not only do I love the photo of the garden itself, I also love that is was covered in snow!

My next favorite photo is also from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Climatron was lit up beautifully for the “Garden of Glass” exhibition, and I love the beautiful colors!

This picture from the Naper Settlement is beautiful to me both for the stunning green of the scenery, and for the women in period costume outside the log home:

Chickadee loves posing for pictures, and there was something special about her in her London shirt, holding an umbrella on a rainy day:

Back at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a lovely fall photo in the Japanese Garden during its 40th anniversary:

And a bonus picture of the Fab Five at St. Charles at Christmas Traditions…this is always one of my favorite spots for a family photo, and this year’s picture was especially amazing!

So there you have it…another year of my favorite photos. I can’t wait to see what kind of pictures I take next year!

Chickadee Thursday

We’re finally getting around to baking the Christmas gingerbread and sugar cookies! Chickadee loves using her little rolling-pin to help me with the dough!

Chickadee Thursday

This morning I stopped at SchnucksĀ to pick up a few things for Christmas. I was not expecting to run into Anna from Frozen while I was there. Of course I had to run back home and get Chickadee, so she could meet her, too. I loved seeing her face light up when we found her in the store! Chickadee was especially tickled when Anna told her that when she got home, she had to give Sven a bath, or he’d ruin their Christmas party!

Lucia Morning in Belleville

I’m always excited when Santa Lucia Day comes around. I had everything ready to go last night:

The girls were very excited to dress up and serve breakfast this morning…Chickadee got to carry the lussekattes for the first time, and she did a great job!

Happy Santa Lucia Day!