Lafayette Square

When you hear the term “Painted Ladies,” it’s likely that the first thing that comes to mind is that famous row of houses across from Alamo Square Park in San Francisco. St. Louis also has a neighborhood full of these beautiful and colorful Victorian style homes, centered around Lafayette Park, the oldest park in the city of St. Louis and west of the Mississippi River. Although much of Lafayette Square was destroyed by a tornado in 1896, the neighborhood retains its historic charm, and has recently experienced a burst of revitalization.

Seamus Day

Last year, on February 26th, I said this:

After having eaten at Seamus McDaniel’s on February 26th for three straight years, due to varying circumstances, I was so sad last year thinking that our fairly new tradition would have to come to an end after 2/26/2016…and then later in 2016, Seamus announced that they would now be open on Sundays! So here we are, on February 26th, a Sunday, and Seamus was open for us to enjoy lunch this afternoon. We have now had lunch or dinner at Seamus McDaniel’s on February 26th in 2014, 2015, 2016, and thankfully, 2017, as well. After four years in a row, there is no doubt that “Seamus Day” on February 26th is a favorite family tradition!

I know I’ve said it before, but I think today’s burger was the best one I’ve had yet. I do know this…eating lunch at Seamus guarantees the most perfectly rare burger you can imagine!

Sartorial Saturday–Fit for a Princess

Pinup Girl Clothing’s castle print Jenny skirt was my first purchase from them (other than a petticoat), and it still remains one of my favorites. I have somehow never managed to pair it with this peasant top before, even though they’re a perfect match. I finally took care of that, and added my replica brooch from the Royal Collection (of course!) to boot:

I’ve been working on more unusual (for me, at least) pairings of some of my favorite pieces…stay tuned for the next Sartorial Saturday!

2016-17 School Year–Weeks Twenty-One and Twenty-Two

I’m not going to lie…I didn’t feel like writing a weekly wrap-up last week. February blahs or whatever. So I’m doing a two-week wrap-up this week, and we’ll just see what all I can remember!

Our studies in One God, Many Gods have moved from the Indian/eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism to far eastern religions such as Shinto and Confucianism. We have also begun to study some cults…the end of the book is in sight!

Ladybug has been working with fractions in math. Finding common denominators, reducing fractions, changing mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice-vera. That’s a lot of fractions. Fortunately, she hasn’t struggled with them, although I occasionally have to remind her to look at her answers and make sure she’s really reduced them all the way. Turkey and Bunny have continued to work with quadratic equations, the quadratic formula, and finding roots in various ways with equations of varying complexity. They have also continued to graph said equations. We don’t have a white board, so I have resorted to using a big piece of poster board when we need to work through a particularly complicated problem together…now I need a nap!

History has been intense and complicated. We have only touched the beginning of WWII, and we’ve already studied Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and General Franco. We also learned a bit about Neville Chamberlin and his “Peace in our time” speech, and Churchill’s opposition to his way of thinking. It continues to amaze me that the same kinds of things were happening in so many European countries at the same time, and yet they didn’t really see WWII coming. It makes you wonder what kinds of things people will look back on as obvious warning signs of our time, that we didn’t catch! We are even starting to learn a bit about people who are still alive today, such as the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos.

Turkey and Bunny just finished up another chapter on weather in science. They learned about different kinds of storms, how they’re formed, and how they’re categorized. Ladybug has moved on to mollusks…she’s already learned about clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, and sea snails. The more I read about them, the less delicious they all sound!

Ladybug is also continuing to read about Greek myths in literature. We are constantly trying to keep up with the family tree of all the Greek gods…it’s more complicated than trying to untangle the family relationships of the royal houses of Europe! Turkey and Bunny have started the final section of Treasure Island, and we’re still anxiously waiting for the resolution to the story!

Thankfully, March begins next week. Hopefully that will be enough to help me shake off the remaining blahs, and really get motivated for the last 10 weeks or so of the school year!

Chickadee Thursday

Another one of Chickadee’s favorite things about going to catechesis with Moose on Thursday afternoons is erasing the white board after class is over. She is very proud of herself for helping, even though she can barely reach the whole board, even with the help of a chair!

Over the weekend, we stopped at Target, and Chickadee had to take a picture with Lego Batman. She is a huge fan of Batman, and Lego, so this movie is tailor-made for her…she can’t wait to see it! In the meantime, she has an awful lot of “Batitude!”

Fifty-Nine Months

Dolly went grocery shopping with us at Schnucks this morning:

One month from today, my baby will be FIVE! It may sound cliché, but my, how time flies!

The Top Five–Places I Want to Visit

OK, first of all, let’s just take London out of the equation. This is not just a place I want to visit…I need to go there, eventually. I’ve said many times that my heart is British, and my British heart is crying out to visit London. It’s simply not fair to put in on a “Top Five” list when it’s so much more than that. So, with that out-of-the-way, and in a category all its own, here are the “Top Five” places I hope to visit someday (yes, the list is again at six…but I figure it’s ok that two baseball locations tie for fifth place!):

  • Florence/Pisa–Italy in general, and the Tuscan towns of Florence and Pisa, were not even on my radar before last year. I mean, sure, I knew that Italy has tons of culture and history and good food and architecture (which is really what I’m looking for when I travel), but there was no place there I really desired to visit. Enter Rick Steves’ Europe. After seeing all that region has to offer, it’s now at the top of my list!
  • Canadian Rockies–I would love to take a train trip through the Rocky Mountains in Canada. And spend some time in Banff. Yes, I know, it’s pretty cliché, as far as Canadian travel goes, but it’s also, as far as I can tell from pictures, stunningly beautiful.
  • Gimmewald–This charming little town in Switzerland is another place I hope to see someday thanks to Rick Steves. He visited there in a regular episode of Rick Steves’ Europe, and went back again for his Christmas special. Gimmelwald was charming and lovely in both, and I’d love to visit that Alpine town someday!
  • Germany–This is a tough one. First off, when would I want to visit Germany? There are two main things I would want to experience…Oktoberfest and a Christkindlmarkt. So I guess I’d have to go hang out in Germany for several months? But that leads to the second question of where? Obviously, Munich would be an awesome place to be during Oktoberfest, but what about the Christkindlmarkt? There are so many beautiful towns that have their own version, I’m not sure where I’d begin. The classic in Nuremberg is an obvious choice, although I also really like the idea of going to Köln. So many choices…
  • Spring Training–I love baseball. And the return of baseball, after a long, dreary winter brings so much hope. Plus, it’s often still dreary when spring training begins, so a trip to Jupiter to see the Cardinals put their team together would be most welcome!
  • Cooperstown–Again, I love baseball. And history. And when you put those two things together, you end up in Cooperstown. I saw the traveling Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit when it passed through St. Louis last year, and it only made me want to visit the Hall of Fame more!

I don’t know if I’ll ever actually get to travel anywhere (but if I do, it better be to London, at the very least!), but I like to keep a list of the places I hope to go, just in case the opportunity ever presents itself! At least we saw the ocean two years ago, because if we hadn’t, that would have taken up a space on this list…that’s one location checked off!