2017-18 School Year–Week Six

This has been the kind of week where on Monday afternoon, you think to yourself, “It’s been a long week.” ¬†No real reason for it…we had a good week. It just seemed like an eternity!

In religion, Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug have all been learning about Joseph and all of the things that happened to him. Chickadee has fewer lessons in her book, so she has already moved on to the Israelites wandering in the desert.

Math is still going extremely well. Turkey and Bunny continued to draw perpendicular bisectors and bisect various angles. Ladybug has been rounding numbers while adding. Chickadee is starting to count by tens, using dimes as a reference point.

Our literature studies are moving very quickly. Ladybug has already finished The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Turkey and Bunny wrapped up the second fit of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. And we’re over half done with Ramona the Brave…those of us who have read it before are looking forward to the “guts” chapter!

Turkey and Bunny are learning about Kingdom Protista in science. They’re sick of writing their own biological keys, but I think it’s a fun assignment. Ladybug is focusing on the big cats in her science studies…we’ve learned about how stripes and spots work as camouflage, and studied lions and tigers in-depth.

Even though today is the first day of fall, it’s been in the 90s all week, so all of the outdoor field trips I’ve been planning will have to wait until it actually feels like fall…hopefully we won’t have to wait too long!

Federhofer’s Bakery

I went looking for the Concord Bowl sign, because I had seen a picture of it, and I knew it was cool. On the way there, I stumbled across this equally cool (if not cooler!) sign for Federhofer’s Bakery. I know I must have driven by the bakery before, but I somehow failed to notice the sign. I’m glad I fixed that, because it’s gloriously vintage!

Concord Bowl

Bowling alleys have the best vintage signs. This one in south St. Louis is a little worse for the wear, but it still screams “retro!”

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

When Ryan and I are were first married, we lived in Dogtown, within walking distance of Forest Park. And even though we got caught in a traffic jam (where we did get to see hot air balloons from the road), we somehow never managed to make it to The Great Forest Park Balloon Race then, or in the 16 total years we’ve lived in the St. Louis area.

This year, the event was scheduled to be held on Art Hill, instead of the Central Fields, which is a much easier walk from the nearest MetroLink station. So I decided that this was our big change to attend. Actually, I had intended to take the children to the balloon glow on Friday night, but I was unsure of what kind of unrest we might encounter after dark, so we decided to go the race yesterday afternoon instead.

It started late…almost an hour late according to the schedule. Since we’d never been before, I don’t know if that was to be expected or not. The wait was frustrating, and we were pretty close to just heading home (it was HOT!), but then we noticed that they were finally starting to fill a few balloons:

Once that process began, things moved pretty quickly. Before we knew it, the “hare” (sadly, the PNC Bank balloon, and not the Energizer Bunny balloon we were hoping for), launched, followed by the iconic Remax balloon, and then all the rest of the “hounds” in intervals:

We enjoyed a walk around the Grand Basin, to get a view of the launch from several vantage points. And there is truly no bad view of Art Hill!

This was a fun event, in spite of the long wait. The crowd’s energy was fantastic…there was cheering every time a balloon lifted off. And the view of over a dozen balloons (about the most you could see at any one time), floating in the distance seemed like something from a dream.

I’m glad we finally had a chance to see it for ourselves…maybe next year, we’ll get to experience the balloon glow, too!

Sartorial Saturday–PUG Changed My Life!

Earlier in the summer, Pinup Girl Clothing announced that they were going to be holding everyone’s favorite contest: PUG Changed My Life. They encouraged their customers to share stories on Facebook and Instagram of how wearing Pinup Girl fashions has changed their lives. Of course, I had to enter. Pinup Girl has changed the way I see myself, and the way I present ¬†myself, and I wanted to share how I went from invisible to confident, and discovered that I like who I am along the way. So over the course of the contest, I made several entries, trying to find the right words to explain how PUG Changed My Life.

I wasn’t really expecting to win, although the grand prize of a Pinup Girl shopping spree and a photoshoot with them in California was certainly appealing (yes, I have a not-so-secret dream to appear as a model on their website just once). And, as I expected, I didn’t win the grand prize. But on Bunny’s birthday, I realized I had an unusual number of notifications from Instagram popping up on my phone, and when I looked into it, I discovered that Pinup Girl had decided to award a few “honorable mention” prizes, and one of them was me!

I knew immediately what I was going to buy…the brown harlequin Long Jun skirt. I had been admiring the colors and print ever since it had come out, but I didn’t have the money for it. It took me a little longer to decide on a top (or tops) to go with it, but in the end, I chose a black Harley top, since I knew I liked the style, and I really needed a black top that didn’t have long sleeves. I also ordered a wrap top in pink that likewise goes with the skirt (as well as a bunch of others already in my wardrobe)…I’ll share that one at a later date.

I found some fun accessories to go with the outfit. The earrings are also from Pinup Girl, and match the bright pink in the skirt perfectly. The Erstwilder brooch was a little gift from Ryan, and picks up the other colors of the skirt. And the shoes (from Avenue, my favorite store to buy quality, comfortable shoes that look nice and are available in the wide-width I need after five pregnancies!), are a departure from what I usually wear with Pinup Girl styles, but I love how they go with the colors in the skirt.

The very fact that I was willing to share all this publicly just goes to show how much I’ve changed and how Pinup Girl was a huge part of that change. And while I love that I got a gorgeous new outfit without having to spend any money, I’m even more grateful that I have gotten to know who I am, and am willing to share that person with the world! Thanks Pinup Girl!