Well here are the same kids from the last post, in the same order, but about 12 years later! We had a wonderful time over the weekend in historic Old Town St. Charles, Missouri. You can't tell from this photo, but the streets and shops were all aglow with twinkling lights. There were carolers, and historical Christmas figures in costume, like the characters from Charles Dickens. There were people roasting and selling chestnuts on the street corners. We shopped for little trinkets and antiques and then went out to dinner. It was so much fun. We have been enjoying the warmth of the fire at home, listening to Christmas music, and baking and eating cookies! I am happy to say that all my shopping is finally done and we are relaxing as we wait for Santa! After Christmas the hustle and bustle will return because I am hosting my family's Christmas on Saturday. There will be 22 of us (my parents, sisters and their families) exchanging gifts. I am still working on the menu which will be finger foods since I can't seat us all at once. I'm sure the wine will be flowing and a good time will be had by all!
I am a self taught artist who has always enjoyed creating anything from a flower garden to the perfect meal. Now that my children, (ages 23, 26, and 27) are all grown up, I have more time to create! I also work 4 days a week during the school year with special needs preschoolers--which I dearly love! The children in my life inspire many of my paintings.