Art on the Square 2018

Between a very busy weekend schedule, and some rather unpredictable weather, I was worried that this was the first year since Ladybug was a baby that we weren’t going to make it to Art on the Square. But the weather cleared during a break in our schedule on Saturday, so we had a (fairly quick) walk around to see the sights.

There are always so many unique and beautiful things to look at!

One of my favorite things to do at Art on the Square is watch the artists at work…we were lucky this year, because there were three different women demonstrating their various crafts while we were there:

It’s always nice to see such big crowds turn out for this event!

Saying Goodbye to Elementary School

Today was Moose’s last day in elementary school. He started at that school when he was just barely three, in the early childhood program. After almost three full years of that, a year of kindergarten, and grades one through six, he is done. It was a bittersweet day for me, and kind of a reverse of his very first day there almost 10 years ago, because I cried when I picked up him up instead of when I dropped him off. There have been ups and downs there, especially in this last year, but it was familiar. The junior high is uncharted territory, and while change is hard for everyone, for a child with special needs (and his mother), it is downright terrifying. He is an awesome young man, and I know he will do great, but it’s still challenging to go forward into this new world!

2017-18 School Year–Week Thirty-Four

Yesterday was the final day of the 2017-18 school year!

We ended the year strong. Out of all of the combined tests over the last six days, which included geometry, biology, ancient history, sixth grade math, and spelling, no one scored lower than a “B!” I’m so glad we finished all of our subjects well!

We had an end-of-the-year field trip last week, to visit the “Destination Moon” exhibit that is currently on loan from the Smithsonian to the St. Louis Science Center. It is an excellent display, from the re-creation of a 1960s living room to the actual command module from the Apollo 11 mission, and everything in between! I know we’ll be going back to see it again before it moves on!

Yesterday was mostly a fun day (once the last of the tests were complete). We watched the Henry V section of The Hollow Crown. It was interesting to see it performed after having read it. The children also re-enacted part of Julius Caesar. And, as is our tradition, the children built a new Lego set to add to our architecture collection…this time, the skyline of Shanghai.

Up next is summer school. We’ll be studying the Medieval period this year…stay tuned for our reading list later this week!

The Linnean House–May

It’s been about a month since we last visited the Missouri Botanical Garden, and in that time, the view outside of the Linnean House sure has changed! The trees and bushes are finally fully green, but the flower beds by the reflecting pools are bare again, as they’re between plantings. I’m looking forward to seeing what will be growing there next month!

Sartorial Saturday–Queen of the May

“Have a blossom from my bouquet
I am monarch of all I survey
Someone kissed me today
And I am the Queen of the May

Footman harness my coach and four
Drive me up to the palace front door
Have the trumpeters play
Make way for the Queen of the May!” Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

If our 17th wedding anniversary (yesterday) wasn’t a good enough excuse to break out my bridal tiara and pair it with my Pinup Girl Clothing castle print Jenny skirt, then certainly today’s Royal Wedding is, right?

The shirt is bright and bold, so I went with simple (fake) pearl and (not really) silver accessories…all in all, I think it’s a pretty regal look!

Are you doing anything special in honor of the Royal Wedding?

An Anniversary Tea

When your wedding anniversary is the day before a major Royal Wedding, the only real option for celebrating is having a tea party!

The theme of our (dinner) tea party was finger sandwiches. I made six kinds…cucumber, seafood salad, gouda with garlic aioli, roltini, turkey with pineapple-pepper jelly, and roast beef with horseradish and arugula.

Our sweet treats included lime Jell-O, “Fancy Cakes,” and chocolate chip scones.

Since the bride is an American, I decided to go with what I think might be the most well-known tea in the U.S.–good old Lipton:

As I did when we celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s anniversary last year, I used my bridal tiara for our centerpiece:

The table looked very pretty, especially with the addition of our new rainbow silverware…tonight’s celebration was the first time we used it!

This was a fun way to kick off a wedding and Royal themed weekend!