Monday, August 29, 2011
After finding a nice shady spot to park next to the Basilica we were ready to explore! Since it was still just after 8am. the morning shadows kept us cool as we walked around the outside and admired the architecture of bygone days. The limestone (which I later found out was brought in from Italy) was standing firm, and the detail was impressive considering the time in which it was cut and molded into the beautiful building we can enjoy today. At the top we could see the large green tile dome of the cathedral.
Tours are free, and at designated times of the day. Since we were too early for a tour, we wandered around and marveled at the massive mosaics on the ceilings and walls. We were told that there are over 41,500,000 pieces in more than 8,000 shades of color. The information man at the front told us that on May 1, 1907 the Archbishop Glennon broke ground for the great cathedral.
The quiet atmosphere and peace that envelopes a person walking around this big beautiful testament to the life of Jesus and the Catholic faith is well worth taking time out of your schedule when touring St. Louis. It was nice and comfortable, and history just leaped out at us through the pictures. There are public bathrooms there and a great museum downstairs that tells the history. The gift shop is full of treasures from artists around the world. They welcome photography - just mind the folks that are there worshipping. There were a few there to pray down front when we first got there, but before I made it through the first right corner of the building, they were leaving. This gave us more places to photograph. Most of the time you don't need a flash, but I did use it on occasion. I took many pictures, but will include a few below for you to give you an idea.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
As time flies by faster every year, I wanted to take a moment and go back in time. The blanket in the picture below was originally made by me for Cory. (Cory was not a blankie kid -but Brian was!) So, the well loved and worn blanket below (complete with holes) and his beloved black bear, Gilbert are/were Brian's most precious things. He couldn't sleep without either one of these as a little baby. There is no telling how many trips across town we made if he left it there! Somehow sweet dreams are made of these:
This precious stuffed dog is lovingly named, "Puppy". This little dog was carried everywhere by sweet Cory. YES- I'm letting the internet world know that Cory does have a soft spot for this sweet dog. We ended up buying a second one of these dogs as a standby so if one was left behind, we had a back up!
Sigh! I feel better. I do miss those days....
Thursday, August 18, 2011
On August 8, 2011 Sweetie suprised me with these flowers and a loving note thanking me for being his girlfriend for 20 years! I, likewise remembered the day, and prepared a special dinner for the family, but forgot it had been 20 years! Oh my! :) Yes, we shared it with the boys. It's important to do that.
Here is why I feel that way: 1. So many of their friends parents' marriages are being attacked ending in misplaced trust affairs, seperation, and divorce.
2. They need to know that Sweetie and I promised to never use that word (divorce)- EVER. We promised each other in front of God, family, and friends for better and worse. That means we both promise to work hard to keep our marriage strong.
3. Structure for the boys. This way they know things may not always be perfect, but tomorrow is another day, and with God at the center, we can survive- and succeed!
4. Most of all - we hope to model a good family structure. Hopefully, prayerfully this will help them as they grow and make choices, to not make hasty, rash decisions. To work hard, (it takes two) on relationships with each other, friends, and family, and one day their spouse.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Saturday I got to have a special lunch with Best Bud, her mom, and her sister. We went to a restaurant called The Blue Owl in Kimmswick, MO. Kimmswick is a little town that has all sorts of artists that sell crafts out of their homes right in the downtown area. This gem of a restaurant is right in the middle of all the action!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The roads along the historic district are brick, in various sizes, so your tires will let you know when you are in the heart of it all. Off to the left you can see the Missouri river, and on the right you see streets filled with dated majestic and humble homes. Inside of these various old business buildings and homes, you will find many of the areas treasures made by local artists, antiques for learning about, and several you have the option to purchase.
We parked next to the old mill, where a once working water wheel still sets against the left outside wall. The morning shadows slowly back away to revel a small dining area nestled in a grove of gnarled trees. If you get a chance to shop in this wonderful area of town, keep in mind that most of the shops don't open til 10, or 10:30 am.
The first shop we popped in (they opened early!) was The Flower Petaler.
Oh this is a wonderful shop. On the windows walking up to the door were some beautiful wreaths. Thinking this was just a flower shop, I figured I would be in and out quickly. BOY, was I wrong! First off, there were several rooms and two upstairs! The first room was full of fall arrangements. These looked real! Wow. There were lots of pumpkins, gourds, little squirrels, acorns, and bronze, orange, and deep yellow leaves scattered amongst various arrangements. Not really needing anything for fall, I moved on into the other room, oh! This one was full of very rich colors, deep reds, and such. The next room was full of greens, so many shades and styles, I really spent some time looking around. My best girlfriend found an arrangement she wanted in this room. Hooray!
Wandering around we discovered there was also jewelry, scarves, and some antiques purchased from local estate sales. Yeah now I'm jazzed. Snooping around, with help of a great sales lady, I found all sorts of neat items I was interested in. There was even a Christmas room, with all sorts of trees decorated up and any ornament imaginable available. The nativity scenes, and ornaments, and the nutcrackers were beautiful and affordable. Upstairs, I managed to find the sale area, (go figure huh?).
Leaving the store, my friend and I both found an arrangement we couldn't leave without and a few other little items too! Score!
For lunch, we decided to try Lewis and Clark Restaurant (http://www.lewisandclarkrestaurant.com/). We had great service, and the food was great! I got a grilled feta chicken and side order of alfredo. Delish!
So, if you are ever in the St. Louis area and want a great historic shopping/dining experience, please consider stopping by St. Charles. The people are friendly, the food is great, and eye candy is just everywhere!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
"AWESOME!" is what both boys said when I showed them the homemade jawbreakers that I brought back for them from the Candy Kitchen. While both were excited over them, they tried all sorts of ways to get these things in their mouths! Hello....jawbreakers...