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! ❤

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Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

As I mentioned last week, the change of season has been challenging for Bella. This week we’ve observed additional rough edges. The change of season has brought up past pain for  Bella to process, and therefore, additional energy and presence on the part of Phil and I to help her manage.

We are assisting Bella to review social stories that reinforce good breathing and relaxation techniques, we continue to do yoga each morning, and we continue to help Bella review her behavioral green choice vs. red choice list. Our Noodle Jar (I’ll be blogging about the Noodle Jar soon) hasn’t been needed for a while, but we’ve added that back into the mix as well.

After a few days of choppy waters, Bella is self regulating more smoothly today, and seems much happier. Way to go Bella!

Last night, she wanted to see Ferdinand. She has found it challenging to say the titles of books, movies and brands lately. So, ..we’ve made a deal with Bella. If she can say the title, she can watch the movie. Here is a short clip of her finally saying, “Let’s watch Ferdinand!” Woot!

It was a cute movie. Bella enjoyed it immensely, even without the sound.

–<3

Today, while Bella was finishing her sight word papers, I was sitting at the end of the table making curtains for her bedroom. Bella loves the little, multi-colored heart print. It’s a work in progress…we’ll be adding some pink touches, a bit of magic glitter sparkle here and there, and some loo roll unicorns per Bella’s request. I’ve suggested these, and Bella likes these.

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–<3

After tea party today (..a daily ritual here in France..ours is at 5:30pm), we walked down the path to the letter box. Bella has been less than excited to do so the past several days for the reasons I’ve explained above. However, she made it happen today. She did hold onto her headphones halfway down the path, but hey! She made it outside! We praised her for her effort.

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–<3

While Bella is needing additional support, I am staying centered and rested with meditation and morning walks before the day begins…

Until next week…Happy trails…<3

The Potpourri of Life

We’ve been up to our usual and enjoying each moment to the fullest. The weather is finally cooling down a bit, and there is a hint of fall in the air.

The pictures below are from Bella’s Monday art focus. She is learning to follow directions using four step drawing techniques and is learning a little bit of French at the same time.

And here is Bella’s watercolor painting from Monday.

The picture hanging on our kitchen wall (..pictured below) is Bella’s “It’s a Small World” collage from her social studies focus last year. At the end of November this year, we are going to do a social studies unit called, “Christmas Around the World.” Bella is very excited about this. We will also be studying the diversity of celebrations around the world from various religions and cultures.

These cookies are truly as good as they look, and they are made with nut butter (peanut or almond), a bit of organic, cane sugar, salt and one egg. We add organic, chocolate, hazlenut spread (clean version of nutella) to the middle for extra yum. This was a nice treat for all of us on Sunday.

All summer long we gathered flowers as they fell off their stems. Now we have an enormous pile of beautiful petals, leaves, and stems. Bella has helped me a bit with the potpourri, and has especially loved helping me with the blending of essential oils. Her favorite blend is orange, cinnamon, clove, ginger. It is definitely my favorite blend for Christmas.

We’ve finished most of the jars of potpourri, and we are contemplating another large batch with the bounty of hydrangea bushes we have. We’ll have plenty to share as Christmas gifts this year, that is for sure.

We have used the lavender we harvested in July as the fixative for the potourri. Bella wasn’t very interested in crumbling the lavender off its stems. I did that part alone. However, she did love the smell of the freshly removed lavender. It is a plant we use often here at home.

Bella built herself a boat last Saturday. A Lego boat to be exact. She has loved the movie Moana, and requested the Moana and Maui lego set. She’s had a challenge to say the titles of movies and books lately. I told her that if she could say the title of the movie and the brand, Lego we could buy the set. She was able to say the titles, and is doing well to practice each day.

Autism is truly a puzzle. We observe how the pieces connect and disconnect. Doing our best to help Bella reconnect the pieces as needed. Staying in a place of acceptance helps immensely. The unpredictable nature of autism asks for predictability for children who experience autism, and the autism asks for as much flexibility as possible from the parents and caregivers. In remaining as fluid as possible with each situation, we are practicing what we hope Bella will ultimately achieve; flexibility.

And finally, here are a few pictures from our latest movie adventure.

Wishing everyone happiness, love and joy always.

Sparkling Good Times

The highlight since our last post was Bella going to cinema…again! As you can see, she is wearing her headphones for the SPD part of her autism, and as you can also see, she is pretty darn happy! 😉 Here is a quick picture of Bella right before the movie started.

The rest of our week has been about usual, daily activities of homeschool, art, reading, learning French and trying to stay cool during the final hot days of summer.

Bella has drawn various pictures since our last post. Here are a few of them.

Many more to come!

Until next time…well wishes and sparkling good times for all!