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Contest winners

Emily & Mike were our contest winners for the free session in downtown St.Charles. The day was freezing.  The area was crowded.  And the couple… so so cute.  We were so happy to spend the afternoon with this special couple and enjoy all Christmas time has to offer! Enjoy their card that was part of…

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  • TBranDecember 23, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    L O V EReplyCancel

  • Dawn DevallDecember 26, 2009 - 8:54 pm

    Karin!!! these are so stinkin perfect!!! One question though, were you on ice skates too??? If so, I’m really impressed!ReplyCancel

  • adminDecember 29, 2009 - 8:46 am

    No Dawn, sorry. I was on solid ground. It’s effort enough for me to stay standing on solid ground. Ice skates with a camera??? Forget it.ReplyCancel

  • RainyDecember 29, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    I’m jealous….damn basketball!ReplyCancel

  • Susan KuchenreutherJanuary 4, 2010 - 6:21 pm

    I never thought watching two people kiss over and over again could be so much fun. Oh, to be young and in love again! The photo session was so much fun, and your pictures of Mike and Emily are the greatest. Mike’s mom, SueReplyCancel

And the winner is…

Nothing like making it suspenseful!  I apologize for the tardiness of the results. The Secret Santa had a very difficult time choosing.  Amanda, Michelle, Linda, Emily, Danielle, Laine, Jennifer, Tamika, Michele, Renee, Dawn, Emily, Megan, Emma, Michelle, Katherine, Amanda, Sara, Emily W. Brea, Gary, and Rainy – your answers were so warm and cozy and…

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  • Emma SolandDecember 14, 2009 - 12:04 am

    Well Dang!!! I was soooo hopeing we would win! Congrats to the 2 that did! Merry Xmas to everyone!ReplyCancel

  • RainyDecember 14, 2009 - 6:57 am

    Oh my gosh!!! Hannah and I, being super competitive, really wanted to win! Yeaa! Photo shoot with Karin and Rog, what a great Christmas presents. Super excited!ReplyCancel

  • Emily W.December 14, 2009 - 7:32 am

    OMG -this just made my day and it’s only 7:30 AM!!!!! We are very excited!!!! Cant’ wait until Saturday!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn DevallDecember 14, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    I think it was rigged! I am totally kidding! Congrats Rainy and Emmy:)ReplyCancel

  • meganDecember 16, 2009 - 12:45 pm

    haha Dawn- I just txt rainy the same thing-congrats girlsReplyCancel

  • Nikki EmigDecember 17, 2009 - 10:53 am

    Congrats Emily and Mike. I am so happy for you guys:) Have a blast on Saturday!! Karin will do an amazing job and she makes you feel right at home:)ReplyCancel

Free Session Contest

I love the holidays.  It just is a great time to snuggle in and enjoy all the season has to offer.  Historic St.Charles MO is always a favorite spot of mine, but on the weekends before Christmas it really brings out the holiday spirit.  The smell of Kettle corn, the sounds of carolers, carriage rides,…

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  • AmandaDecember 9, 2009 - 1:45 pm

    Holiday spirits in the young and elderly. Giving of time and love. Cuddling with hot cocoa, fires, and loved ones. Overall bringing families closer together.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleDecember 9, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    Christmas reminds us that we are thankful for our families even if they have Jerry Springer tendencies. Spending time with who we love the most!ReplyCancel

  • LindaDecember 9, 2009 - 2:03 pm

    Showing others what the holidays are all about: Spreading joy, donating to great causes to help others and families in need, laughing, remember good times!ReplyCancel

  • EmilyDecember 9, 2009 - 2:15 pm

    Christmas reminds me of how much we take people and things for granted. My father passed away in 1999, and Christmas is the time of year I think about him the most. I get extremely depressed during Christmas at times, but it helps me appreciate the people I still have around me even more. Especially my wonderful husband! Love and miss you dad!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle MazanderDecember 9, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    Cheesy stocking stuffers (mini-kleenex packs, chocolate coins)
    Gaudy tinsel on trees
    Christmas ornaments I made in 1st grade
    Aunt Bethany on Christmas Vacation
    Chocolate-Crinkle cookiesReplyCancel

  • LaineDecember 9, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    Sitting on the couch infront of a fire with the tree lights on and my kids snuggling under the blankets watching old chritmas moviesReplyCancel

  • Jennifer HillingDecember 9, 2009 - 2:49 pm

    The holiday season is about giving, loving and spirituality. It’s about spending the time of your life with the people you love. Sharing memories and laughter and maybe a glass a
    wine or two.ReplyCancel

  • TamikaDecember 9, 2009 - 2:57 pm

    Enjoying Christmas through my son’s eyes…his anticipation for Santa, his love for decorations, & the joy it brings him knowing he is celebrating Jesus Christ…ReplyCancel

  • Michele S.December 9, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    The pure bliss of enveloping my children in a legacy of tradition and spirit of selfless giving that will guide them on their life’s journey.ReplyCancel

  • ReneeDecember 9, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Holidays to me are watching my 2 year old enjoy making all of those annoying Christmas decorations play music (all at once I must add!)ReplyCancel

  • Dawn DevallDecember 9, 2009 - 4:20 pm

    That my kids truly know in their hearts why we celebrate it. That’s the best gift ever given and ever received. Hands down!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Ann BleierDecember 9, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    Hope you, Roger & Curt have a Merry Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • MeganDecember 10, 2009 - 8:31 am

    This year at Christmas everyone needs to be reminded what the holidays are really about….it has been a tough year for many with the economy, so just embrace the love and holiday spirit that surrounds us.ReplyCancel

  • Emma SolandDecember 10, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Christmas!!! The guilt free shopping, lights and decorations, the feeling it evokes leading up to the main day,creating a imaginary world for my son, one word PERFECT!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleDecember 10, 2009 - 7:03 pm

    Christmastime: giving gifts.. over-eating.. over-drinking:).. preparing for a new year.. celebrating life.. being with those I love, especially my soon-to-be husband♥.. Snow!ReplyCancel

  • KLottDecember 11, 2009 - 9:29 am

    National Lampoons Christmas vacation, ugly holiday sweaters, miniature gift bows made into earrings, getting to start our own traditons as a new(ish) family, egg nog!ReplyCancel

  • Sara BeerDecember 11, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Stringing popcorn with my mom all night and the feeling of accomplishment six-year-old me got from finally putting it on the tree. Gaudy Christmas ornaments that I made in grade school that my mom was so proud to display. Cuddling with my husband in our new apartment, looking at our first Christmas tree together. Watching my nieces/nephew open their gifts – wrapping paper and bows flying – and that “This is JUST what I wanted!” expression on their face. Driving around with family all night just to look at Christmas lights. And a full 24 hours of A Christmas Story. I could go on…but these are a few of my favorite things about Christmas 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sara BeerDecember 11, 2009 - 12:06 pm

    Oops – I totally didn’t read the 25 words or less thing!!! 🙂 sorry!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ZikaDecember 11, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock, Christmas is here and it really rocks! Jesus’ birthday and presents galore! Stockings hung and the fire aroar.ReplyCancel

  • Emily W.December 12, 2009 - 9:20 am

    The holiday season is –snuggling by the fire, decorating, kisses under the mistletoe, Christmas morning surprises, cheery music, glowing lights, snow, laughter, gathering together – tradition.ReplyCancel

  • BreaDecember 12, 2009 - 11:17 am

    In the husle/busle stopping to reflect:
    Past-Cheerished life-long memories
    Present-Loved ones here to share them with
    Future-New Hopes, New Dreams…New YearReplyCancel

  • GaryDecember 12, 2009 - 11:20 am

    The best part of Christmas as you might think, is being with family….but needing a drink. But seriously, the best part is receiving gifts. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BreaDecember 12, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    In the husle/busle taking time to reflect: Past-cheerished life-long memories…Present-Loved ones I have to share them with…Future-New Hopes,Dreams…New YearReplyCancel

  • RainyDecember 12, 2009 - 9:08 pm

    Dr. Suess say’s it best in the Grinch…”What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

    Love, Give, Eat, Drink and Be Merry!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ZikaDecember 13, 2009 - 9:45 pm

    So did I win 😉 ????? The suspense is killing me!ReplyCancel

  • Emma SolandDecember 13, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    I agree! I’ve been on here all evening waiting!!!hahaReplyCancel

  • BreaDecember 14, 2009 - 4:03 pm

    Who won!! Who won!! The suspense has me on pins and needles!! I have been checking my email and the web site all day!!ReplyCancel

  • KarinDecember 14, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    Thanks to all that entered! Your answers were all FABULOUS! Please go to the home page of the blog to see the results!ReplyCancel


After spending Thanksgiving with family, many people talk about what they are thankful for.  It’s a great time to reflect on all the things that make this life worth living.  Health, family, loved ones always peak the top of my – and most people’s lists.  Without these things life just wouldn’t be as fulfilling.  But……

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  • T BranNovember 30, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    I am so lovin’ this recent blog! It’s so Karin style! Love all the photos you took, glad to see others bring you treats as well (mine was chips, salsa & diet coke), gonna have to get me some of those slippers, they look cozy – sooooo glad you have high speed internet, lord knows you deserve it and need it. Last – I love how you said “happiness in each event” that says alot. Loved it Karin. Great blog!ReplyCancel

  • T BranNovember 30, 2009 - 3:47 pm

    Oh darn – how could I forget – GOOD job on the closet Rog!ReplyCancel

  • CarlaDecember 1, 2009 - 6:44 pm

    Love you guys! I am thankful that you came into our lives to help document our big day this past August. Also…I am extra jealous of that closet…mine is pitiful compared to that storage wonderland.ReplyCancel

  • DondiDecember 2, 2009 - 2:26 pm

    Oh Karin this blog is awesome!! I am so jealous of your closet. Makes me want to go home and ORGANIZE!
    Well, I am thankful for your blog!!!
    Good job Karin!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda ZikaDecember 2, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    Love this post and love that closet. Jealous!!!!!! LOL! Please share those cake balls!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley BywaterDecember 3, 2009 - 8:24 am

    Great post Karin! I’m thankful for you too. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dawn DevallDecember 7, 2009 - 2:45 pm

    Ok, I’m going to Old Navy tomorrow!
    All this made me smile and reminded me why I love you for being just who you are, YOU!ReplyCancel

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    You should be able to find it easily–it’s only a few blocks away from the church Joe and I got married at in Maplewood. It sounds like a great resource for engaged couples!ReplyCancel