Sartorial Saturday–Queen of the Castle(s)

The pink castles Jenny skirt was my first-ever clothing purchase from Pinup Girl Clothing (although I had purchased a canvas underskirt from them a few months before this skirt), and it remains one of my favorites. I love that I’m still finding new ways to style it, including new colors of tops that go with it, and brooches I don’t usually pair with it!

Lego Chicago

On the last day of school last week, Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug built the Lego Architecture Chicago skyline. While we’ve built a number of landmarks in the Architecture line over the years, this is only the second skyline we’ve constructed. I was shocked at how fast of a build it was, but just because it was completed quickly doesn’t mean it’s lacking in details!

The assortment of pieces was more colorful than I was expecting:

As always, the base was the first thing Turkey assembled:

And then the landmarks: The Bean and Big Red, which were both built by Turkey, Willis (Sears) Tower, which Ladybug begged to build, DuSable Bridge, the Wrigley Building, and the John Hancock Center, all completed by Bunny. The Hancock Center was an especially fascinating build to me!

It’s a beautiful little set!

For our first day of school in August, we’ll be taking a break from the Architecture series for something extra special…stay tuned!

Awards on Ascension Day

It’s hard to believe, but the children just wrapped another season (and Turkey’s last), of singing with the Kantorei! As was the case last year, those choristers who completed certain exams received awards. Turkey, Bunny, and Ladybug upgraded the light blue ribbons that accompany their medals to dark blue. Moose received the white surplice this year, which is a huge achievement for him!

The medal is the same (and I still think it looks cool!), and I really love the color of the new ribbon!

I am very proud of how hard the children have worked at singing and learning about music!

The Climatron–Day and Night

I really love seeing how things change at the Missouri Botanical Garden, whether it’s throughout the different seasons of the year, or just during a single day as the light changes. The Climatron is a great example of this…in just a few short hours, it went from beautiful to magical!

There is no bad time of day at the Garden!

Frog Chorus

While we were in the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden for Garden of Glass, there was quite a downpour. Fortunately, by the time we were done admiring the art, the rain was almost done, and we didn’t have to wait too long to go back outside. When we did, we were overwhelmed by a chorus of frogs croaking their hearts out. They were so loud. And then we saw one of them, and he was tiny! Seriously, smaller than a golf ball. He and all his little friends made a huge noise, though, and we really enjoyed the concert!

Garden of Glass

This summer, the Missouri Botanical Garden has a special exhibit in the Climatron…Garden of Glass by Craig Mitchell Smith. The members’ preview night was Saturday, and we were very eager to attend! On the advice of the woman at the membership desk, we made sure our ticketed entry time was after dark, and we were definitely not disappointed!

Most of the glass works are in the Climatron, but there are displays in the Visitors’ Center, above the fountain outside it, in the Linnean House, and near the tram shelter. The pieces in the Climatron are beautifully lit, with the lights frequently changing colors. There are flowers, dragonflies, butterflies…even a phoenix! Some of them look unbelievably lifelike, and it’s hard to tell what in the Climatron is glass and what is actual plants!

You have to stop and really look closely at the flowers to appreciate all the details:

The fountain in front of the Visitors’ Center is lit up in a rainbow of colors:

The Garden is always beautiful, of course, but there is something special about seeing it lit up at night!

Garden of Glass will be on display through August 13. Tickets are available for both day and evening viewing, but from what we saw while we were there, I definitely think it’s best viewed after dark (evening admissions are available Thursdays-Saturdays). Make sure to take your time and really take in the show…way too many people were rushing through it the night we were there, and missing things! Like the Garden Glow, and every other special exhibit we’ve visited at the Garden over the last few years, I highly recommend it…they always put on a great show!