Valentine’s Pictures

21 02 2010

Here are some random pictures from Valentine’s Day celebrations at our home.  All of which somewhat pertain to food…

Here was our table setting for Valentine’s Day:

And here are some of the foods Mom fixed for us the day before V-Day:

I hope your Valentine’s Day was a great one!  Love from the Muse and Murse!





Going to a Switchfoot Concert!

10 01 2010

Switchfoot has been one of my favorite bands for a long time now.  They call themselves “San Diego Rock” and are often categorized as alternative or even Christian rock.  Their sound is great, always.  Their lyrics tend to carry good meaning.  And if that wasn’t enough they are heavily involved in artistic and activist/charitable work.  Put that all together and you have one extremely awesome band, to say the least.  I’ve seen them twice in concert.  The first time was a long time ago when the band was still starting out and the second was a few years ago.  And let me just say, they put on a superb show.

Well, we got word a few days ago that Switchfoot is going to play in St. Louis in February.  Eric and I have waited somewhat impatiently for Switchfoot to come to good ol’ Missouri, so the moment the tickets went on sale for this concert we seized the opportunity bought two.

We are beyond excited to go see Switchfoot!  Pictures will definitely be taken and stories told.  Though, I don’t plan on living behind the camera this time around, I have to make sure to enjoy the music and the moment as well.

So, all of this to say, we’re counting down the days…

*Pictures found on Switchfoot’s Official Site.





Letter to My North Face Beanie

8 01 2010

Dear Dearly Departed North Face Beanie,

I’m sorry that I dropped you on the way in to work this morning.  Once I figured out you were gone I searched high and low to no avail.  I’m seriously bummed that you are gone for good.  You were so nice, warm and soft.  We’ve been many great places together, as I’m sure you remember.  Ah well, it’s over.

My sincerest wish is that whoever found you either really needed a warm hat or that finding such a treasure as yourself made their entire year.  I hope you move on and have a marvelous life and that you understand as I move on as well.  I took my first step towards that this evening as I purchased your identical twin on the North Face online store.  We hit it off and I think there is definitely a future there.  May the same be true of you and your new owner.

Warmest wishes,

Kara “Sky” McGinty





Celebrating the Holidays in Branson

12 12 2009

This week Eric and I went on vacation to Branson to celebrate the holidays with my parents.  We all stayed in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge.

Eric enjoyed building our fires and he was rather good at it, as long as the wood cooperated.

We roasted some mini marshmallows.  It was a delicate process.

Our cabin was lovely, except for one humorous detail, that all of the pictures on the walls were of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (it was evidently themed after him).  Since we’re not NASCAR fans, we made some simple drawings to put up over all of the pictures.  The mood changed immediately.

In the morning we headed over to a cafe that we had heard about.  It was a fun experience.

Then we headed over to Silver Dollar City.

We rode the open air tram into the park.

After walking around to many of the shops we made sure to catch the Christmas tree lighting.

All of the lights were beautiful.  And it was more than cold enough for it to “feel” Christmas-y.

We took a couple of pictures with the ginormous wreath at the entrance of the park.

Once we got our fill of lights and cold we grabbed some cinnamon rolls from the bakery, ate at a restaurant and got cozy once again at the cabin.

The next morning we said goodbye to the lodge.

It was tough to leave, we had such a relaxing and fun time there.  Perhaps we’ll be there around this time next year…

There are many other pictures we took of our adventures in Branson.  They can all be found at this set on Flickr.