Sartorial Saturday–A Touch of Glamour for Christmas

Time for a look at something completely different!

I have always admired ladies in old TV shows and movies who wore beautiful, glamorous dressing gowns. Anyone can wear a robe, but a gorgeous gown made of satin and lace? That was always the dream!

This spring, Miss Candyfloss offered a beautiful dressing gown in a few lovely pastels. Since it was a new and special item, it was extremely limited, both in sizes and quantity, and I wasn’t able to purchase one. But then they surprised me with something that wasn’t in the autumn/winter lookbook, the lovely Chantilly-Violette and Chantilly-Pine, which is the same dressing gown, but in beautiful autumnal shades of purple and green. To be honest, the purple was my first choice…it is my favorite color after all! But it sold out in a flash, and I was happy to get the gown at all. In the end, this green is stunning, and especially nice around the holidays!

This gown isn’t just beautiful, it’s also extraordinarily well made. My parcel had a mishap somewhere between Sweden and my home, and when it was delivered, it was torn open, part of the gown was actually exposed to the elements, and the invoice inside was literally shredded. I was terrified to even look at the gown, because I was sure the lace had to be ruined based on the condition of the package and the paper invoice. But is flawless, which has got to be due to how well it was constructed!

I’m especially looking forward to wearing this over the Christmas season!

I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite so glamorous!

I would also wear this outside of the house if I had a fancy enough event to attend. While it’s marketed as a dressing gown, it can also be worn as simply a gown…it isn’t too revealing and certainly doesn’t look like something that can be worn only around the house. I love a piece that’s both versatile and elegant, and makes my vintage glamour dreams come true!

2021-22 School Year–Week Fourteen

It’s always hard to get back to work after a break, especially with Christmas so close, but we did our best!

Ladybug read about the Eastern Orthodox Church in her study of denominations. She learned how to calculate the volume of cylinders in geometry. In biology, she read about RNA transcription and translation. We reviewed linking verbs in grammar, as well as predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives. She wrote a detailed description of her thumb in writing. She finished Beowulf and wrote her final essay about the character of Wiglaf.

I had Chickadee skip ahead in her overview of the Bible so we could read the stories of John the Baptist and Jesus foretold as we work our way through Advent. She practiced more long division in math…she’s caught on to it pretty quickly so far! In science she read about true fish, starting with bony fish. In Greek mythology, we read the story of Prometheus and Epimetheus and the creation of man and animals, among other things.

And, a little fun at the end of the week…today Chickadee and I baked chocolate sea salt rugelach:

One week of regular school and one week of Christmas school and then…vacation!

Advent 2021–Day Six

It might not look like much has changed since yesterday…Turkey finished the instructions for bag four the the Lego Millennium Falcon, which consisted mainly of plating and floors, and that isn’t too easy to see:

Advent 2021–Day Five

Today Chickaee (with an assist from Ladybug) starting bag four of the Lego Millennium Falcon. They added Han and Leia (I love her snowsuit!) and some more interior details:

Every little bit helps it take shape:

Chickadee Thursday

Chickadee has been busy since Thanksgiving! She got the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:

And she added Christmas colors to her braces…next month, she gets to have brackets placed on her bottom teeth, too!

I’m looking forward to more fun and excitement in the coming weeks!

Advent 2021–Day Four

Moose finished the instructions for bag three of the Lego Millennium Falcon. There wasn’t a lot to build, but he did add a seat for a gunner and some nice texturing:

Not too much size difference this time:

I can’t wait to see what bag four contains!

Advent 2021–Day Three

Today Ladybug got to add the first crew members to the Millennium Falcon (including, unbelievably, the first-ever C-3PO in any of the Lego Star Wars sets any of us have ever built!), as well as a recognizable spot on the ship:

Even after just two-and-a-half bags complete, the set is pretty big already!

Advent 2021–Day One

We have been waiting for this year’s Advent Lego project for a long time!

Almost two years ago now, I purchased a set that everyone in the family dreamed of building, but no one person could afford…the Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon. The plan was to build it last Advent, in advance of the big trip to Orlando, and especially Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney, that we were supposed to take this summer.

Of course, COVID-19 happened, and we quickly realized that we would need to postpone our trip to (God willing) summer 2022. So I offered the children the option of building the Falcon anyway, or building another set I had on hand and saving the Star Wars set for the Advent before our vacation as planned. They chose the latter, and so the GINORMOUS box for this set became a fixture in our den while we (kind of) patiently waited to build it. Seriously…it could play the part of an end table it’s so huge!

Today Turkey got started on the build. He took care of bag one of seventeen. I know seventeen bags doesn’t sound like enough for 27 days of Advent, but this set has over 7,500 pieces, making it one of the largest Lego sets created, so one bag is more than enough for one day…we’ll be splitting many of the upcoming bags in half, and that will still be plenty of building for a day! He took care of the base of the frame, and looking at it right now, you wouldn’t necessarily have any idea what the completed set will even be! Also, check out the enormous, spiral-bound instruction book…that’s definitely something new!

I’m very excited about this set, because of what it represents: a dream that had to be postponed that will hopefully be all the sweeter for the wait!