Fall at the St. Louis Zoo

We spent the morning on Friday at the St. Louis Zoo. The animals were very active, which was fun…I’m not sure we’ve ever seen them so salty before! The best part, though, was spending a beautiful fall morning surrounded by beautiful fall color. I’ve been on a quest to find fall around here, and I think it’s finally arrived!

Fall in Forest Park

I’ve visited Forest Park several times over the last few weeks, mainly because I’ve been looking for fall color. Fall’s has arrived haltingly┬áthis year, but it’s finally starting to look the way I was hoping it would!

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Some years we have to wait for it longer than I’d like, but there’s nothing like fall in St. Louis!

2016-17 School Year–Week Eleven

There is no denying it…this was a weird week of school!

Moose only had two days of school this week, between parent-teacher conferences and Veterans’ Day (plus, he celebrated his birthday this week…on one of the only two days he had to be at school!). I wanted to make the most of his time off, so we did things a little differently this week.

On Monday, I already had plans for a field trip. The Missouri History Museum had a homeschool day focusing on their latest exhibit: “Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.” Since Ryan had the day off work, in addition to Moose being home, all seven of us went to the museum, and then had a picnic lunch in Forest Park, followed by our annual fall walk through the park. It was a really fun day!

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I decided that on the two days Moose was in school, we’d focus heavily on a few subjects, instead of doing our normal work across all the subjects. So we still had religion (there were a lot of church-year commemorations this week!), math (we got through six lessons in two days!), current events (there was really no way to avoid that this week!) and our study of the Constitution. In addition, Turkey and Bunny focused on writing, and Ladybug finished her written work for the chapter of science she finished last week. And yesterday, with both Moose and Ryan having the day off again, we spent the morning back in Forest Park, at the St. Louis Zoo.

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This was definitely an unusual week for us, but I think we all needed something a little unusual. Next week, we’ll also be doing things a little differently, but that’s been planned all along…it’s that time of year when we take a break from our regular history studies to focus on the First Thanksgiving, how Thanksgiving became a holiday, and how it changed over the years. Other than that, we’ll be doing our regular school work, though, so it will definitely be a more normal week!

Bolero Season

I have long been a fan of shrugs and/or boleros, even when they’re not currently “in” on the fashion scene. You might assume that this is because I like covering my arms, because, let’s face it, they’re not my best feature. And while I do like to cover my arms sometimes, in the warmer months (of which we have way too many!), I really don’t care. My comfort in trying to stay cool overrules any self-consciousness I have about how I look. What I really like about these pieces is that they allow me to stretch my wardrobe into fall and even winter, without getting the frumpy look a full-length cardigan might have over a full skirt. Plus, even adding a simple bolero can change the look of your outfit and freshen up your wardrobe a bit.

I am happy to report that it is not only officially fall here, but it is actually cooling off outside, so bolero season┬áhas begun. While I do have a few lightweight shrugs, this Laura Byrnes bolero from Pinup Girl Clothing is my favorite way to top off a sleeveless shirt or dress. Like everything else I’ve bought from that company, the quality is outstanding, the construction is perfect, and the cut is just right to give off a cool, retro vibe. I love the material…heavy enough that it doesn’t look like the bolero has given up halfway through the day, but not so heavy that I feel like I’m suffocating. It’s also available in a few other colors…I may have to add them to my wardrobe eventually, too!

Early Fall at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Early fall is such a beautiful time at the Missouri Botanical Garden…especially when the weather is as gorgeous as it was yesterday! Most of the leaves haven’t begun to turn, and yet, you can find fall color here and there, in addition to summer’s green.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing all of the changes that are coming in the next few weeks…fall is definitely my favorite season!

A Fall Morning in Forest Park

It’s become something of a tradition that we spend one of the days at the beginning of November (when Moose has off for parent-teacher conferences), romping around Forest Park. We don’t make it every year, because you never know what the weather will be like, but we couldn’t have asked for better weather today!

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I’m so glad we have a place like Forest Park in St. Louis, where we can go for a fun time, and make memories of happy family traditions in the process!

Another Fall Sunday in the Japanese Garden

I never get tired of walking through the Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It’s especially beautiful right now, and it’s fun to see how it changes from week to week, and even at different times of the day, as the light begins to fade:

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Fall in the Japanese Garden

Yesterday, Chickadee and I visited the Botanical Garden while the rest of the children were at choir practice, and we spent most of our time there admiring the Japanese Garden. It is always beautiful, but there’s something extra special about it during the fall!

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I’m hoping to go back in another week or two, just to see how quickly things change at this time of year!