The Fourteenth Day of Advent

OK, I lied…there were actually two bags left for the second instruction book of Lego Hogwarts Castle. But the Fab Five finished them both today, and I think this section of the castle is now complete…it’s really tall!

Can you believe this is the end of the second week of Advent?!? Here’s a look at some of my favorite details that have been added to the set since last Saturday:

Tonight’s wine was a red blend from Italy, which was a nice departure from the whites of the last few days!

I finally had to repeat a brooch. I decided to go with my Erstwilder Christmas present, but this time on a striped shirt, which was a much better background for it!

Sartorial Saturday-Christmas Brooches

Earlier this year, I shared a photo of my Erstwilder brooch collection. I thought it would be fun to share a picture of my Christmas brooch collection (which has grown quite a bit this year), too. I have mostly Erstwilder pieces, although there are also a few others in there, including my very most sparkly brooch, which was the first one I received. Some of the Erstwilder pieces in the photo aren’t specifically Christmas, but more general winter, but I’m still counting them. I love how many festive options I have!

Lucia Morning in Belleville

Today is one of my favorite days in Advent…St. Lucia Day! We were up bright and early, and the girls donned their crowns and handed out our breakfast of lussekattes, one of my favorite things to bake at this time of year!

The Thirteenth Day of Advent

Happy St. Lucia Day!

Only one more bag left to go in instruction book two of Lego Hogwarts Castle! Ladybug was very excited because she got to add some of the moving stairs in the tower today:

I was a little disappointed with my wine selection tonight, a Pinot Grigio from Italy, because it was the second straight day of white wine, and I was really hoping for a red!

I have been wanting to wear this set of Erstwilder matryoshka brooches on St. Lucia Day since I first saw them last year (and didn’t think I’d ever be able to buy a set!). I know matryoshkas are more commonly associated with Russia, but there’s something about this particular item that reminds me of Sweden…probably because of the lovely shades of blue. Anyway, I think they were the perfect accessory today!

The Twelfth Day of Advent

Bag 18 of Lego Hogwarts Castle is complete, and the Fab Five are nearing the end of book two of the instructions!

Tonight’s wine was new to me…a Colombard from France, which I actually thought was pretty good considering it was a white wine.

I wore my other penguin brooch today, and while it still isn’t specifically a Christmas brooch, I think it’s just adorable!

Chickadee Thursday

Today’s “Chickadee Thursday” photo is actually from Saturday, when we visited Christmas Traditions in St. Charles, MO…it’s too cute not to share!

The Eleventh Day of Advent

Bag 17 of Lego Hogwarts Castle involved paneling, which also provided some much-needed support:

Tonight’s wine was a Malbec from Argentina:

And I wore my very most special and sparkly Christmas brooch today!

Christmas Traditions 2019

On Saturday, we enjoyed one of our favorite Christmas traditions…the Christmas Traditions festival in St. Charles, MO!

It was so much easier to enjoy the event this year, without my ankle being broken. (Although the day was not without a foot injury…more on that later.) For example, we actually got to see the gingerbread houses this time, and they were spectacular…it was hard to choose a favorite!

We also enjoyed our walk down beautiful, historic Main Street, which always looks so nice at Christmastime!

We saw the entirety of the Santa Parade:

And the hoopla, in its new location behind the Tourism Center:

We also attended the Land of Sweets Gumball for the first time:

And caught up with some of our favorite characters, including the Master of Revels, who we missed last year:

And of course Jack Frost, who let Bunny sit in his cart…they even pretended to run down Susie Snowflake!

We also saw one of the Seaman dogs, all dressed up for the holidays!

We collected 25 of 39 character cards, plus two of the five bonus cards, which seemed a bit slim to us, but we still had a great time!

Anyway, the only downside to the day was me stepping on a thumb tack slightly before we left. It went through the sole of my boot and into my foot, which felt great. As I was due for a tetanus shot anyway, we hit the Minute Clinic on the way home so I could get that taken care of, just in case. What a dumb thing to have happen, but I’ll take it over a broken ankle any day!

The Tenth Day of Advent

Today the Fab Five started building the big tower of Lego Hogwarts Castle from bag 16, and I can’t believe how much bigger that addition has made the set look!

Tonight’s wine was kind of new to me…it was a Pinot Grigio Blush from Italy. I’ve had Pinot Grigio before, but never a blush variety, so it was fun to try something different!

Today’s brooch wasn’t specifically Christmas, but I think this adorable blue penguin from the Erstwilder/Pete Cromer collaboration fits right in!

The Ninth Day of Advent

Bag 15 of Lego Hogwarts Castle is complete!

Tonight’s wine was a Red Blend from Australia:

My brooch today was a very sparkly star from Erstwilder…it’s unbelievably beautiful!