Winter and Spring

I knew when I saw the snow-covered flowering crabapple trees at the Missouri Botanical Garden back in January that I would have to take a comparison picture when they were actually flowering in the spring. I got my chance yesterday…I love how different, and how beautiful, both views are! There is truly no bad season in Shaw’s Garden!

Snow Removal

In honor of Moose’s first “snow” day of the school year, I thought I’d share a few photos I took last week at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I was very interested to see how they handle snow removal on some of the paths at the garden, and the huge roller brush was a big source of amusement to me!

The First Snowfall

On Thursday, we finally got some snow. Not a lot, which was a disappointment to the children, but at least it wasn’t a tiny bit of snow mixed with some ice! And because there wasn’t too much, and the roads were pretty clear, I was able to take a walk around the Missouri Botanical Garden, which is uniquely beautiful when covered in snow:

Hopefully this first real snowfall for the winter won’t be the only real snowfall…I’m still hoping for a snow day at some point!

A Last Look at Christmas

On the 12th Day of Christmas, one last look at some of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Christmas decorations, covered in snow (finally!):

Snow Day!

We finally had a much-anticipated snow day today!


Chickadee was very excited to finally get to make a snow angel:


I still think it’s a little ridiculous to cancel school for three inches of snow, but I always enjoy having Moose home, and we all like playing in the snow!

Six Months Ago…And Today

OK, it’s five days or so short of six months, but close enough!

In July, this was our view on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, SC.


And today, our driveway in Belleville, IL.


Sand and snow…but they’re both pretty in their own way!

Snowy Garden

I’ve really been looking forward to seeing the Missouri Botanical Garden with snow on the ground. I was starting to think I would have to wait until next winter, but yesterday we had a decent amount of snow, and today the roads were clear, so off we went. It was just as beautiful as I had imagined…and then some!