Friday, July 12, 2019

Fun Friday: Grace-ful Sunshine

Here Comes the Sun

Yesterday was terrible weather wise, but not quite as bad as the middle of the country has experienced. However, it was really bad compared to what we normally experience. Today is another story. Bright sunshine. Hot, but not too hot. Humid, but not too humid. So okay for a fun photo shoot.

The Shoot

The Details
Top: AG Play Outfit (retired)
Shorts: OG Wherever and Ever outfit (retired)
Shoes: AG Cargo Outfit (retired)
Sunglasses: OG Paris in Pink outfit (retired, but on Amazon).

Hope you are having a happy Friday! What is your favorite photo from the shoot?

À bientôt!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Build: July 2019

The Boy Who Lived

Hello there! I am so excited I get to reveal our July calendar build!
So we're not sure why all the new Harry potter Lego sets are coming out now, but we love them! I mean, the 20th anniversary of the first book was recently celebrated so that's a good reason.
Franz gave Xyra the Hogwarts Express kit for her birthday, but she hasn't had a chance to put it together yet. Then there were the mini figure blind bags that held Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts characters. Now new Lego sets. We found one at Walmart we had to have! We took bits from each to create July in honor of Harry's and Neville's birthdays.
I love Neville! I'm so happy he was in one of the blind bags.
We started with Platform Nine and three quarters from the Hogwarts Express set. Pulled a couple of the mini figures from there too. The lady with the trolley, Professor Lupin, a dementor, Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
From the blind bags we added Neville (sighs, giggles), Dean, Professor Trelawney, and Professor Flitwick.
From the new set we added Sirius and Harry's patronus!
Something you can't quite see, the wall behind Professor Trelawney moves! 
We couldn't add any color dividers between the weeks of the calendar because it wouldn't have fit under the arches properly. It might look as if there is a lot of space, but we had to stop where the squares would fit.
I'm not sure how I feel about Scabbers. 
Oh! We should have found the little ginger kitty from our Friends collection to represent Crookshanks! I may add that before the end of the month. (giggles)

Of course, we had to put Sirius near Remus. You know they are best friends. Here's a better look at them at the top of the stairs.
I really liked this one and hope you do too. If not; well, we have a new calendar to build for August.
We kept the three requirements for our 2019 build. Month arch, featured mini figures, and the pineapple. Did you find the pineapple?
Hope you are having a lovely July so far. Don't forget to tell us your favorite part of the July Calendar!

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Meatloaf's Rail Adventures #10

Where Does Meatloaf Go on Holidays?

The Heritage Rail Trail

Yes, you guessed it! Franz and Xyra and Meatloaf headed to New Freedom, PA to ride the rails. You know they picked up Leg Lare as well. 
I don't know about where you are, but our July 4 was really hot and humid here. Meatloaf finally has his own authentic safety green vest with reflective material and all. He looked adorable! 
He took up his regular spot, but Xyra had a new bag. It was kind of hard to see out the window of the C&O car, but he'd look up and see the trees and sky. He could turn around and see the rails out the side of the car. At one crossing Meatloaf hopped down to the running board and checked Leg Lare's car. 
Then looked at what was coming ahead.
At Hanover Junction Station Meatloaf started to explore.
But headed for the shade!
He looked over to the garden.
Stayed in the shade.
Soon they were heading off down the tracks. So many people out biking.
The Howard Tunnel was exciting!

Can you tell it's getting darker? 
The lead car brought equipment to free the flanges in Howard Tunnel to make it easier to pass. The skies got darker and darker. They finished just in time for the rain to really start and for all the cars to get into the tunnel.
Everyone at lunch and operators checked the cars for needs like fuel, coolant, etc. 

The weather eased up enough to get to the turning point at Brillhart Station. As soon as they turned the thunder started to roll and the rain came down again.
Then it was straight back to Hanover Junction Station again. The rain had stopped and there was blue sky. Buuuuuttttttt.....
Grey skies loomed.
And before they left, the sky started dripping again. He had time to check out the flag and a tiny bit of blue sky.
The thunder and rain hit again in New Freedom when they loaded up to go home. 
First to Leg Lare's where they visited on the back porch for a break in the storm before unloading. then off to Nana Kestral's to drop off the C&O. Meatloaf was ready to go home and rest.

How did you celebrate Independence Day? what is your favorite photo from Meatloaf's latest trip to the Heritage Trail?

Best wishes,