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Friday, December 17, 2010


The original of these photos did not have the reflections.  The reflections were created in Photoshop.  I love the artistic freedom this program allows.  I'm learning new techniques every day. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Photo Shoot

Thanks, Beth and Steve, for letting me do this shoot for you.  You have a beautiful family and I am so thankful for you all.  We loved having you here to visit and hope you can come again soon. 


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

St. Charles, Missouri

A few photos from historic St. Charles.  This is the cutest historic town I think I've ever visited.  You literally feel like you've stepped into another time.  The streets are lined with beautiful old homes and buildings some still homes and others turned into shops.  During the holidays, Christmas characters roam the streets from Nutcracker characters to civil war Santas to Scrooge.  There are carolers, horse drawn carriage rides, and Dickens-like characters roasting chestnuts over a fire.  It's beautiful with all the lights and decorations.  It's becoming an annual event for us and something I look forward to each year.

Trip Back in Time

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to go visit historic St. Charles, MO.  You feel as if you've stepped back in time and entered into a Charles Dicken's story.

While Beth, Steve, Megan, Nicholas, Ari and Anthony were here visiting for Thanksgiving, we made the drive out to St. Charles.  We met several characters while on our visit and I got lots of pictures with that "box that shoots lightening at you."  Jack Frost was his mean self again this year. 

Some of us had hot chocolate and apple cider and a few tried real fire-roasted chestnuts hot off the firepit. 

We ended the night with dinner at the Trailhead Brewing Co. Restaurant, which turned out to be quite the blessing. 

We checked in early to be sure to get our names on the list seeing that there was a 1 1/2 to 2 hour wait.  One girl put us on the list as another told me to come back in an hour to get our pager because we wanted to go walk the town during the wait.  However, when we returned, because we didn't take a pager, the first girl thought we weren't coming back.  We had been taken off the list.  So, we were told 20 minutes to wait...which really isn't bad seeing how we had expected an 1/2 hour when we returned.  Our 20 minutes turned into 50, when John decided it was time to talk to the manager.  We got seated shortly.  At the end of the meal, the waiter told us our bill had been covered!  There were 9 of us and we didn't pay for one meal.  This was way beyond what we had expected, but they did the job restoring John's faith in the restaurant.  We will go back.

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