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!
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!
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!
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!
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!