Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas, Part 1. (yes, there are parts because I am camera happy and Christmas happy)

I haven't blogged in a while. Sometimes I have so much to say that I don't know where to start, and then I just never start.

Well fast forward to Christmas break. It was so wonderful to be with all of my mom's family in St. Louis. I don't get to my family but once a year, if that, so it's always a treat to be with them. And St. Louis will always have a piece of my heart, and I think it's especially magical at Christmas time. Making cookies with grandma, wearing big coats and scarves, waking up to snow, and seeing big brick houses with wreaths, bows, and candles in the windows. My heart is full.

One of the first things we did was go to the Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park. Even in wintertime, it was gorgeous. I haven't seen it in the spring, but I can only imagine how amazing it looks in bloom.

The gang.

My dad thinks he's pretty funny.

They had an info board with this picture and I loved it. This is part of the garden many many years ago. Not sure who these ladies are but I love their big hats. My grandpa said rumor has it, you could stand on those lily pads in the pond. On a side note, history is everywhere in St. Louis. Makes me happy.

This is the inside of the building in the last picture.

That's my grandpa. He's a keeper.

It was Jason's first time in St. Louis. I was excited for him to see the city! (PS After looking at this picture again, I realized the owner of this garden is buried in that building behind us. If that's not romantic, I don't know what is)

The garden used to be owned by a very well-off man named Henry Shaw. This was his vacation house on the grounds. And really garden workers, did we need to park the golf cart right in front of the house?

These plants were nice and puffy.

Yes, that is my father in the center, looking especially regal.

Alice in Wonderland time!

I wish I could sit here and read a book all day, every day.

Imitation is the best form of flattery, right?

More puffy, fluffy winter plants.

My new friend

For some reason, I took a liking to this guy. Not sure he could say the same thing about me taking a picture of him.

Yes, that is my husband, and yes, that was all his idea.

We saw the cutest robin, among many cardinals. Both such pretty birds.
This was inside the climatron, which simulated a rainforest environment. My camera lens was foggy the whole time, but it made for some interesting pictures.

My lil bro, who obviously loves having his picture taken.

And lastly, an amazing fixture by Chihuly.

Stay tuned for more pictures. This is probably only a quarter of the pictures I've taken - yikees!


  1. HAHA oh Jason! We just gotta love him!! Also I love that you snapped a picture of the Plant Doctor!! And your hat is super cute! I'm looking forward to the rest!

  2. um em! did i tell you how awesome of a picture taker you are?!?!?! these are grrrrrrrrrrrrreat!!!! i love them!!!!!

  3. Emily, You've really captured some great winter-scape here. I'm proud of you, you're such a talented woman!