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!

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!

The Eighth Day of Advent

The second week of Advent is here! Today the Fab Five built bags 13 & 14 of Lego Hogwarts Castle…it’s really starting to take shape!

My wine was a new one to me…a Chenin Blanc from South Africa:

My brooch for the day was a sprig of mistletoe from Erstwilder:

The Seventh Day of Advent

It’s hard to believe that today is the final day of the first week Advent…it always flies by so quickly! The Fab Five built bags 10-12 of Lego Hogwarts Castle. It’s nice to have extra time on the weekends to make up for the fact that there are more bags of parts than days of Advent!

Since it is the end of the first week of Advent, here’s a closer look at some of my favorite details from the set so far:

Tonight’s wine was a Rosé from Chilé:

And I wore my holly brooch from Erstwilder to St. Charles, MO, where we attended the Christmas Traditions festival:

The Sixth Day of Advent

The ninth bag of pieces for Lego Hogwarts Castle included the introduction of some stained glass!

Tonight I had a really good wine…a Shiraz from South Africa. Shiraz is my favorite wine, so I was really pleased with this selection!

Since today is St. Nicholas Day, I thought a present brooch would be appropriate, and this particular pieces was even a free gift-with-purchase from Erstwilder! (Wearing it on a red shirt may have been a mistake, though!)

The Fifth Day of Advent

Tonight the Fab Five started the second instruction book of Lego Hogwarts Castle with the eighth bag of pieces.

I had a Chardonnay from Australia…I’m not a huge fan of white wines, but I like this kind pretty well.

For today’s brooch, I went with an Erstwilder snowflake, placed on a “sausage dogs” scarf, also from Erstwilder:

We’re looking forward to St. Nicholas Day tomorrow!

The Fourth Day of Advent

Wednesdays are also busy for us between catechesis for Chickadee in the late afternoon and the Advent midweek service at church in the evening, so today was another day for building just one bag of Lego Hogwarts Castle. Bag seven also marked the end of the first of four instruction books, but the Fab Five are certainly not a quarter of the way done with the set yet!

Finally, a red! Tonight’s wine was a Tempranillo from Spain, and I really enjoyed it.

My brooch for the day was a retro Christmas ornament which matches my kitschy Christmas tree print skirts from The Oblong Box Shop.

The Third Day of Advent

Today the children built the sixth bag of the Lego Hogwarts Castle. Tuesdays are a busy for us, because we have choir in the evening, so it makes sense that it was a day to build only a single bag.

Tonight I tried a Rosé Merlot from France…I didn’t even know that was a thing!

And my brooch for today was another Erstwilder piece…a lovely pair of ice skates with baubles that jingle a bit…I’m looking forward to wearing this one all winter long!

The Second Day of Advent

On the second day of Advent, the Fab Five built bags four and five of the Lego Hogwarts Castle set:

Today’s wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from Chilé:

And I wore a Christmas basset hound brooch on a shirt that bears a striking resemblance to a candy cane!