Advent 2022–Day Ten

Today Ladybug started working on a section of wall for the Lego Disney Castle, which has some really cool shields on the inside. More importantly, though…she built Minnie Mouse!

Twelve Drummers Drumming

The day I have been low-key dreading since since 2011 is finally here…I have completed my Hallmark “12 Days of Christmas” ornament collection.

Back then, I wrote:

“What I wasn’t expecting, however, was to realize just how old my children will be by the time I get to the drummers drumming! Turkey will be 19–almost 20! And that means Bunny will be 18, Moose 17, and Ladybug 15. And I’m not even going to think about how old the unborn Chickadee will be–I refuse to think of her as anything other than a tiny baby!”

And yet, here we are. Turkey will indeed be 20 in a couple of months. Bunny is 18, Moose is 17, and Ladybug is 15. And even if I didn’t want to think about it then, the fact of the matter is, the baby with whom I was pregnant in 2011 is now 10, almost 11 years old.

Time marches on. And while I hoped then that my children would slow down growing up a bit, as we all know, it doesn’t really work that way. And so, one short year at a time, I finished my collection, all while my children grew up right before my eyes.

Advent 2022–Day Nine

Today’s addition to the Lego Disney Castle was all about the little details. Bunny built a pair of suits of armor (that I think are really cool!), a vase, an archery setup that Merida clearly left behind, and a grandfather clock. She also added a bit more to the ceiling/floor.

Christmas Traditions

Last year, we made a somewhat tentative return to St. Charles, MO, for Christmas Traditions; this year, we returned in full force!

We made sure that we were there for the Santa Parade. Actually, we were there way earlier than we needed to be, but at least we got a good parking spot!

I truly believe Main Street in St. Charles in one of the prettiest streets in the entire St. Louis metro, and never more so than at Christmas!

We did a pretty good job of finding characters…I think we ended up with 26 of 33 cards. The important thing, though, is that we found both Jack Frost and the Master of Revels, our two favorites! We were impressed by how many characters they have added representing different world cultures…it gave us an opportunity to learn something new!

Jack Frost even gave Bunny a “Blue Crew” pin, which made her day!

I had to stop and take a picture with the Mistletoe Misses, because I looked like I could join their lovely, mid-century group in the outfit I was wearing!

And, as always, I took a photo of the Fab Five by the gazebo. Not in quite the same location as usual, because one of the singing groups was performing in it, but close enough:

Sometimes, I can’t believe just how long this has been a part of our Christmas traditions…it’s definitely one of the things I look forward to the most in December!

Advent 2022–Day Eight

Today Chickadee added some more arches, plus some ceiling panels and a really cool chandelier, to the Lego Disney Castle:

I’ve peeked at tomorrow’s build, and there are some really fun details about to be added!

Advent 2022–Day Seven

Here we are, already at the final day of the first week of Advent! Moose added some cool arches to the Lego Disney Castle:

Here’s a look at some of my favorite details that have been added during the week:

And a look at the whole set so far:

I can’t wait to see what (and who!) gets added next!

Advent 2022–Day Six

Today Turkey finished the grand entrance to the Lego Disney Castle…it’s really starting to look like something now!

Advent 2022–Day Four

Today Chickadee added a few more of the same kind of pillars to the Lego Disney Castle that Bunny added yesterday:

Advent 2022–Day Three

While Bunny did add some pillar type things to the Lego Disney Castle this morning (you can see some of them in the background), the most important addition to our Lego project for Advent was none other than Mickey Mouse himself!