Tuesday, December 23, 2008

* It's almost here! *

2 days and counting! Are you ready? I'm not! Today Alannah and I are working on a few last minute things and decorating cookies. Then its off to do some celebrating with fun friends!
Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, December 22, 2008

Silver Dollar City

A month ago we took a trip to Branson, MO to attend Silver Dollar City's Christmas festival. If there is anything that will put a person onto the Christmas spirit it is a visit to this place. There are lights everywhere! Over 4 million of them! Christmas music is always playing, there's a chill in the air and on our first day there were snow flurries falling. It was the perfect holiday setting! 

This 5 story Christmas tree is the highlight of the place. It's lights dance in unison to some awesome Christmas music!

Alannah loved snuggling up to Frosty. 

We vacationed with these fun people! Chad (Greg's highschool friend), his daughter Madeline, his girlfriend Robin and her son Jonathan. 

The kids had a very fun time!!

The 5 story tree in the daylight

ok, so we chose the wrong time of the day to have our photo taken......the lighting is WAY wrong....but we had to have a few photos of all of us!

mmmmmmm, a yummy cookie from the Silver Dollar bakery

Sunday, November 09, 2008

* Randomness *

I am still alive! It has been a very busy past few weeks and blogging took a back burner to tending to my family, painting business, paperwork and my home.
 So here are a few shots from the past several weeks....enjoy!
I had the pleasure of helping decorate this wedding cake for some friends from church. They put me in charge of overseeing the decoration of 3o round cakes and this main cake. I had an awesome time of meeting and  fellowshipping with the sweet gals that were helping and I had a blast decorating all of these!

The autumn colours have been gorgeous this year! I have enjoyed photographing them. Here are some of my favorites!

 ... And a beautiful Indian summer sunset ...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

** Day 2-Galena Trip **

Here are more photos from my girl's trip to Galena, IL. Day 2 we went walking around downtown, visiting the quaint little shops and having a fun time laughing and being goofy, as evidenced by this photo of Sarah....

downtown Galena

I love the contrasting colours of this building, so sharp and striking. But I thought it looked like it has a big nose (smile)

so picturesque 

I really enjoyed the awesome, unique architecture that this town has

Thursday, October 16, 2008

. Girl time .

A couple of weeks ago my two friends, Sarah and Em, and I took a 3 day trip. The purpose was to celebrate our birthdays, which all happen to fall within the month (Oct. 2-Nov. 4) and to have some great girl time. It had been waaaay too long since all three of us had done anything together so this was the perfect thing to do!

Day 1 ~ Stopped in Dubuque, Iowa for some lunch and sightseeing/photo ops! We found lots to photograph there and had a great time!

.. a unique way to display a unique leaf ..

I looove old architecture and Dubuque certainly had plenty to choose from!

The camera freaks! You see, all 3 of us have digital SLRS and it was probably quite the site to see us walking around town looking like this.....
In fact, we had a lot of people ask us if we were photography students....well in a way, yes! We just don't have a teacher, we are simply teaching ourselves through trial and error!

The end of the day.......
our destination, Galena, Illinois...what a beautiful way to end a beautiful day!
To see more photos of our fun trip check our Sarah's blog, and here and here

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I have never posted for a WWWAT before. This was fun! 

I love the architecture of my 108 yr. old house!

Monday, September 22, 2008

* fun at the orchard *

A week or so ago I felt the urge to get out and make a trip to the orchard. It was a cool day and one could smell autumn in the air. The forecast was calling for rain for the next 5 days so I thought, "we need to take advantage of this day and spend time at this beautiful place!" So I inivited a dear friend and her 4 little girls and off we headed to Wilson's Apple Orchard in Iowa City! The girls loooovvved it! They ran and ran and ran some more! They each were excited to have their own little buckets to pick their apples off the ground. That is, until the buckets started to get heavy and then it was," can you carry this, it is too heavy." Or, "I don't want to carry my bucket any more." But all in all they did very well and played very hard! And us mamas, well we left feeling refreshed from the abundance of fresh air, the joy and delight in watching our children enjoy themselves and the beauty of God's wonderful creation!

These four girls are the best of friends! They play and squabble together like sisters.