In Costume

As promised, here is Bella’s Halloween Costume Show! We had a great time!

All costumes conceived, designed and made by Bella! Enjoy!

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A Witch and Her Day

Happy Halloween! Before I share some of our Halloween day in pictures, I will tell you that we went to the cinema last Saturday and enjoyed the movie, Dilili à Paris! Bella was quite triggered by the sounds in this movie in particular. The sound of children, and other noises of the city had her covering her ears even with her head phones on, but she was able to navigate. We will go to cinema again tomorrow and possibly Saturday as well. Good exposure for Bella, and good for all of us.

I will share pictures and a video of Bella’s Sylvanian Families Halloween Costume Show next week, but for now, here are a few highlights in pictures from our Halloween adventures today!

Making Halloween Costumes!
The witch working her magic, creating costumes for her Sylvanian Families toys!

After our celebrations at home, we went out for a bit, drove by Bella’s favorite spots in town, and saw some pretty cool costumes on other kids who were out and about making their Halloween rounds! In France, Halloween is not celebrated as it is in America, but villages have parties, and some kids do go door to door asking for candy.

We had a nice dinner, ate a few bits of candy for desert, participated in Bella’s Halloween Costume Show, and watched a movie to finish our day. It has been a very fun, full, all treats, no tricks Halloween day.

And now, with the house still, everyone in bed, but me, ..I will vanish like a ghost until next week’s blog post! Happy Halloween everyone!

 

Busy as a Bee

A very quick blog post today! It is beaucoup busy for me and will be over the next few weeks!

We decided to make a wreath with our glitter painted leaves! Here’s how it turned out…

Autumn Wreath
Glitter painted leaf wreath

The wreath is now hanging on our front window alongside the bats! Yay! We got them all hung! Here’s a peek…

Autumn Wreath and Halloween Bats
Autumn Wreath and Halloween Bats

Bella has been busy as a bee making costumes for her Sylvanian Family friends. She isn’t finished, but here are a few of her amazing creations!

Mr. Carrot Rabbit
Mr. McGregor will never see me disguised as a carrot!
Sylvanian Friends Halloween!
Daddy Squirrel is dressed in his Candy Corn costume!
Skeleton Cat!
Skeleton Cat!
Sylvanian Friends Princess for Halloween!
Everyone wants to be a princess for Halloween!
Sylvanian Friends - Dracula-a-a!
Dracula-a-a!
Ho, ho, ho...Merry Halloween!
Ho, ho, ho…Merry Halloween!

We’re just a little bit excited for Halloween! More news and pictures next week!

All the Comforts of Fall

More fall crafts, fall comfort food baking, and overall good days. We enjoyed our first gathering around the fireplace a couple of nights ago. It was just the right amount of heat to take the edge off the chill in the air. It still isn’t cold enough to use our winter, pellet heat during the day. Fall is mild for now.

Today we glitter painted the fall leaves we gathered up a few days ago. Now we are trying to decide how to display them, what to do with them. We had a good time, and think that they turned out kind of pretty. What do you think? Here are several pictures of the gathering, painting, and scattering.

Morning sun...
Morning sun…
Gathering fallen leaves
Bella…triggered by the outside sounds, but gathering leaves and walking with mom.
Autumn leaves...
Autumn leaves…
Glitter painting autumn leaves...
Bella glitter painting the dried leaves…
Scattered autumn leaves
Glitter painted leaves, scattered and drying…

Bella has decided to enter a couple of coloring / art contests. Here is a picture she is submitting to Sylvanian Families. It is already a winner in my book! 🙂

Coloring Contest
Bella’s coloring contest picture!

We’ve been ambitious with our baking this week! We tried our hand at making apple turnovers! We did cheat and use pre-made, puff pastry, but I did it with a clear conscience. It is organic and much better than I could’ve made as an inexperienced pastry maker.

I made my own alterations to the recipe as I felt it asked for too much sugar. I cut the sugar in half, and it was still almost too sweet for us. The apples are very sweet all on their own. Next go round, I will simply sprinkle about a Tbsp. of sugar on the apples. I feel that will be enough sweet.

The turnovers turned out absolutely delicious! Next time, we plan to make the pastry dough from scratch. I’ve found a pretty good source for gluten free, puff pastry. If it turns out, I’ll share the recipe. Here are pictures of our baking adventure this week.

Fall Baking : Apple Turnovers
Bella staring down the apple. 🙂
Fall Baking : Apple Turnovers
All ready for the skillet!
Fall Baking : Apple Turnovers
2 Tbsp. of butter… in go the apple slices!
Fall Baking : Apple Turnovers
Cheat sheet! Bio (organic), puff pastry sheet!
Fall Baking : Apple Turnovers
The end result…delicious!

Bella is already listening to Christmas music, and making her Christmas list! She has made several Christmas cards, and some adorable Christmas pictures as well. Here’s an example.

Merry Christmas in October!
Merry Christmas in October!

I am sorry to say that our bats are still hanging around, but they are not exactly hanging where we intend them to be. So, …we cannot show you the end result today. That will be forwarded to next week’s blog.

Wishing you all the comforts of fall! See you again next week!

Sunshine through trees...
Sunshine through trees…

Bella’s First Time-Lapse Art Video

We’ve had a great week so far! And you? We’ve stayed very content with projects which we will share below. Bella is doing great with her homeschool studies. Our yoga has dwindled, but we will roll out the mats again this week. Bella continues to do the Macarena every chance she gets! :^)

Bella and I have done something extra special for you today. I recorded Bella drawing the bat you see in the featured image above, and created a time-lapse video! Woot! (Thank you Papa Christian for the suggestion). Here is the time-lapse video, set to the epic music of Bella’s step dad, Phil, featuring the voice of her mama (moi). Enjoy!

1st Time-Lapse Art Video – October, 2018 from Hippo on Vimeo.

Phil came home from the market with marshmallows a few days ago, and had a plan to help Bella with a little game / project of connecting marshmallows with spaghetti. Bella loved this! She was able to build quite a structure. When pieces broke, it was an easy fix with additional spaghetti sticks. Fun! 🙂 Here are a few pictures from this cool project.

Another highlight for Bella this week has been the traditional makings of homemade spiders, bats and other creepy things for Halloween. We’ll show you the final results next week, but for now, here is a quick snippet of Bella painting, and some pictures of our progress.

See you next week with more from the Hippobellamus camp! 🙂

Happy October!

The witch costume arrived this week! Woot! 🎃 As you can see, Bella was very excited to try it on. Looks extra Halloween-ish with our groovy, light therapy in the background doesn’t it? The costume fits perfectly, and will work a treat with a black turtleneck underneath.

Bella’s little Halloween toys should arrive this week as well, and will be a nice addition to her already enormous collection of Calico Critters, or Sylvanian Friends as they are called here in Europe.

All else with school and life is steady on with its usual bumps in road. I keep on keeping on, and repeat my favorite mantra, I’ve got this.

Happy October everyone!

Building Blocks

This week we built fall themed, silly story and sentence blocks to keep our homeschool, writing practice a bit more creative and fun. We built five separate boxes; 1 box each for adjectives, subjects, settings, nouns and verbs. Once the boxes are made, you roll each one, write down the words each box shows on the top after it lands, and then build a sentence, or story from the words. It is nonsensical and silly most of the time which provides a bit of thinking “outside the box” as to what would actually make sense.

Here is a video and a picture of Bella preparing the boxes.

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We’ve been enjoying some fall roses and other happy, yellow flowers from the garden. We know their days are numbered, and are cherishing their beauty.

Rose Close Up
Rose Close Up
Happy Yellow Flowers in the Garden
Happy Yellow Flowers in the Garden

We are simultaneously in a review time and a step forward time regarding math. This week Bella has been reviewing counting by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s, and is also continuing forward with her daily multiplication work sheets. She is doing very well with this, and is steady on with her daily reading, reading comprehension, and time ordering (..putting pictures in order based on the story she reads). This is in addition to the silly stories and sentences activity we’ve added for fall, which is primarily for learning sentence structure and practicing handwriting.

Here is Bella working on her math and language arts sheets.

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2, 4, 6, 8, ..who do we appreciate.
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Yay! I’m finished! 🙂

If this blog makes life on the spectrum and facilitating homeschool look easy peasy, please know it isn’t. It is a choice to focus on the good, without giving too much reality to difficult situations that arise. They roll in and they roll out as the clouds that roll by. I see Bella’s effort, her heart and baby steps of progress. Somehow, that is enough to keep me rolling forward, and ready to face each day, whatever comes.

It isn’t all about silly stories and fun, but it is about building blocks and keeping things interesting. It is also about staying open, curious and allowing creative answers to emerge from present moment awareness.

Rose
Rose