What a Doll

Hello Friends! I have been renewing energy and I am feeling much better. However, I am taking the time I need to do as I need for me and mine.

All is spring and flowers around us! I trust and hope you are enjoying spring as well!

Bella and I have been talking about making a doll for a while now. We finally managed to do it! All pictures are posted below. I’ve also added a few pictures at the end of this blog post of our recent family outing to see the beauty of spring.

Wishing you all continued good health, happiness and peace. x

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The best way to say it is to show it. 🙂 Here’s a short clip that tells the story of our now, and a few snippets of our Valentine’s Day cooking fun!

In other news, Bella learned how to whistle last week (..note the first sequence in the video clip), and is building her repertoire of songs. 😉

Life is pretty much a song at the moment and we are humming along!

See you next week! x

Snow Day (Part 2)

We got another 10 centimeters of snow a few days ago. Loving the sight of it, but it is already melting.

The day it snowed, Bella enjoyed time outside, …mainly throwing snowballs! Here are a couple of pictures of her in action!

As an aside: The structure in the background (behind Bella) is an old outbuilding from about 1614. I think it was used as a barn and stable for horses way back then. We use it for our horse (…erm…car) and storage. I love the old stone structures here in France! 😍

We made it to see How to Train Your Dragon 3 and we all loved it! Beautiful scenery, gorgeous animation!

Bella has had a good week so far and we are steady on with school activities. We have plans to do a little cooking show next week. It’s going to be all pink, hearts and roses over here!

Until next time, wishing you all a big hearted, first week of February! ❤

Mac & Cheese

It seems to be her new favorite food! Bella has asked for it two weeks in a row now. “Mac and cheese, mom, ..please?” So, I have said yes on one condition, we make it from wholesome, organic ingredients. Here’s the recipe we used this week, and a picture of how it turned out. Bella was very pleased. 🙂

Bella has had a great week so far. Keeping up with her school work, and reading a lot of Julia Cook’s children’s books. I highly recommend them. Julia Cook focuses primarily on problem solving and self regulation skills for kids, and she does it in a style that is fun while getting the point across.

Alongside our reading adventures, Bella has been enjoying a couple of new toys that she earned through our “noodle system.” I am still looking for the right moment to write out that system so that others can try it.

Bella continues to draw expressive pictures of her Sylvanian Families friends like this one. I always love the emotion in their faces!

All is well in this moment. Gratefully breathing in the peace, and ready to welcome February with a big, open heart.

Wishing you all a peaceful, good week! xx

Snow Day

We have been wishing for snow and today it finally arrived! We received a couple of lovely, white inches!

After taking a quick walk outside around the house to see the snow, it was time for the comfort of a warm fire and hot cocoa! Bella enjoyed homemade, gluten-free waffles with butter and organic maple syrup alongside her hot chocolate! This girl loves her food, and eats well. I am very grateful that she does.

Even though it was tempting to take the day off and call it an official snow day, we forged ahead and enjoyed a productive school day.

After school, I introduced Bella to knitting. I just let her watch, and observed her to see if she seemed interested. Afterward, she said she would like to try. She will start tomorrow. We will take it slow, and keep it fun.

Waldorf encourages knitting as part of its curriculum. I have read that there are positive benefits regarding the development of the brain. Perhaps it is good for the aging brain too. 😉 In any case, I am enjoying my return to knitting in order to guide Bella.

My thoughts and heart have returned to my dear grandmother who taught me how to sew, do needlepoint and embroidery work, quilt, knit, crochet, and to write stories and poetry. She also taught me how to shop ’til I drop! How I miss her! I have unfortunately lost a lot of my skills for lack of using them, but the knitting is coming back to me now that I am practicing again.

Maybe by next winter, Bella and I will have developed the knitting skills to fashion some scarves, hats and slippers for yet another cozy, dreamy, snow day.

I will remember this snow day fondly no matter what becomes of the dreams we planted in today’s book of intentions.

…And a Happy New Year!

Even though we’ve had a sweet Christmas, and family here to help us ring in the new year, the house feels comfortably quiet and peacefully still.

I am unapologetically late with the blog this week as a symptom of burnout. Anyone relate? Renewing energy is primordial, especially for those actively caring for special needs children. So, here I am, …battery is charging.

Bella typically has very little interest in the world outside of her routine, with the exception of our adventures to the cinema a few times per month. However, I sense this is slowly shifting.

Bella made the cutest posters to welcome her cousin’s visit for the New Year holiday (..see below).

Unfortunately, her cousin wasn’t completely enthusiastic about connecting, and Bella has been disappointed. Still, they did share some good moments. They had a makeup party, made crafts together, and we all went to a movie together downtown. Bella was grateful for the interaction, and it was wonderful for me to witness.

Here is a picture of Bella with her cousin and friend, Coline.

And the lovely butterfly makeup kit they used for their makeup party!

We took down the Christmas tree and declarations yesterday. All that remains are the memories made, and the sweet feeling of promise in the new year ahead.

Bella has found joy in doing some small mosaic, art projects the last few days after finishing some glitter fairies with her cousin. Here is one of the sticker mosaics she has completed.

Now then, I hereby give you all permission to unashamedly charge your energetic, soul batteries, and to celebrate every moment! Even when you are asked to go it alone, or you are disappointed with outcomes you held fixed expectations about. I observe that kids (..on the spectrum or not) can teach us how to roll with the punches.

By all means, have a wonder filled 2019!

Giving Thanks

It is the eve of Thanksgiving. All is quiet in the house except for my brain, which keeps going over the list of food I will prepare tomorrow for our feast. According to my recycled thoughts, we are well stocked and ready.

Bella and I ventured out on a morning walk in our pj’s to gather twigs and branches to paint for table decorations. I had a good time. Bella, …well, let’s just say that she did her part. She found twigs and branches. This picture says it best.

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Searching for twigs to paint for our Thanksgiving table decorations. An early morning walk in our pj’s! 🙂

We then circled back to the house, got properly dressed for the day, and started painting. The twigs and branches are now a lovely gold, and will be on our table tomorrow. Here are a few more pictures to illustrate our activity.

Twigs and branches.
Twigs and branches.

We’ll share pictures of our finished table setting next week along with pictures of our Thanksgiving celebration lunch. It’s going to be quite simple, and just us turkeys this year. Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and therefore, not celebrated in Europe, we will not have company. Bella planned the menu, and will assist me in cooking. Looking very forward to it!

Bella has enjoyed learning about the Pilgrams, Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving celebration. She’s also enjoyed reading some very cute, and silly stories about Thanksgiving. One of her favorites is Turkey Trouble. It is full of good humor, and vegan folks must especially love it!

We had our first snow here yesterday. It has us feeling the Christmas spirit as we celebrate all we are thankful for.

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Snow Day!

Wishing all of you an abundantly blessed Thanksgiving, followed by stretch pants and comfy sweaters! Much love to all!