grand illumination

going downtown to see the christmas tree lighting has been a little tradition for my sister amy and i for years. and there are such good memories attached. in fact she even met her husband nate for the first time there. 
its really a wonderful thing...carnival rides and hot chocolate and a parade with drum lines and tiny shriner cars and santa. if you can manage the cold, there is no finer place to be.
in true katie style i got sick on the spinning pumpkins and convinced myself we all might die from the chill. but they handed out 3-D glasses and every street light and carnival bulb looked like a snowflake...we met a professional santa in wire rim glasses...and matt and max and i created a brand new christmas tradition of our own.
afterward we snuck to dinner at the spaghetti warehouse and had the trolley car inside the restaurant all to ourselves to get stuffed and warmed up on bread and pasta.
amy and i got scornful glances from the servers for renacting the trolley scene from meet me in st louis during dinner. 
i guess christmas kick offs can bring the judy garland out in a girl.


  1. if i had been a fellow diner i would have given you an encore! who doesn't love a good judy garland lead in to all things christmas. those scrooges! merry, happy christmas season, memory making, celebrating time!

    ps those tights and that red lipstick are b-e-a-u-tiful as are the cute little men folk in your life!

  2. That is one of my favorite movies. I would have loved to see you do that. Sounds like you had alot of fun.

  3. i love every bit of this, so magical. your town is just darling... and judy garland is the best! ;)


  4. Hooray for the trolley car! My favorite place to sit at Spaghetti Warehouse!

  5. I adore these pictures. When you get a chance, you should check out my blog- I gave you an award! :)

  6. What fun pictures...kind of magical! Love the dreadlocks. Cute family:)


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