Pumpkin pancakes with pecan nuts and maple syrup and butter sauce, served with crème fraiche ~ yum. We also made pumpkin spice muffins and the must have Halloween treat, pumpkin pie.
We made a trip to see the relatives and top on our list was plenty of hugs and kisses from this sweet gal:
Growing up quickly, seven months already!
Grandad having a precious cuddle.
We had a lovely half term break when Pip was on holiday from school. It was nice to plan our days, come and go as we pleased and most importantly for Pip to recharge her batteries! We scooted along the prom, played in the park, had friends visit us and hung out at home. On all Hallows Eve the rain poured, thunder raged and lightning flashed so we had no trick or treaters calling at the door, still we had our lantern and Benedict's workmanship to cheer:
What started off as this, became this ...
... an apple crate and then this ...
... a decorated tray for the soul cakes.
He had fun in the workshop, tinkering with left over bits of wood and most importantly working independently. I have made a momentous decision to stop "teaching" Benedict, which is quite a thing for me since I value education so dearly, but my attempts to offer lessons and varied work activities were met with increased resistance and hatred on his part. After much prayer and hand wringing, I felt that God was asking me to trust that all will be OK and that in reality Benedict can "get an education" at anytime in his life and that my relationship with him was worth far more than any educational philosophy or method. So we are spending time together, walking, talking, cooking and crafting and it feels just fine.
We made chocolate caramel apples courtesy of Martha, but in all honestly I think next year I'll stick to a plain old chocolate topping:
Sweet and Crunchy.
Pip has been working on some learning tasks of her own and as a result gained an award for " all her kindness to others, helpfulness in class and trying to do her best at all times." She received a certificate, a badge and a visit from Mousey for the weekend:
We sent this picture announcing the award to Nanna and Grandad Nelson and big sister Kathryn.
We had an interesting weekend with our unexpected house guest. Mousey sat in on Pip's art lesson on Friday morning:
Waiting patiently for class to begin.
Pip's finished piece, "a clown cat" inspired by a piece by Paul Klee. This particular task was originally aimed at grade three children, I must admit I was amazed at her work and actually thought that it had been drawn by her teacher! It's going to be interesting to see how her art journey turns out as time passes.
On Saturday we Skyped Sara and she opened her birthday presents from us:
Knitted socks from me ~ the wool I bought from my trip to Yarndale in September, I've still yet to blog that event! The wool was hand dyed and named as "Winter Rose." These were just a token gift as we had bought clothes for Sara at the start of term.
Pip wrote a birthday message for Sara and drew her two pictures, one of a recent trip to the seaside and the other of a steam engine!
On Sunday Mousey came to church with us ( Hooray! Hooray! we made mass, so grateful, Thank You God!) Pip had a lovely time in the children's liturgy and held hands with her friend Beth from school, so sweet! After lunch Benedict and Pip cleaned and tidied the playroom and watched a Tom and Jerry Film as a reward:
Mousey in the car on the way to church.
Late last night I was attending to some home work of my own, I had to document Mousey's travels in the home school book ready for Pip to take with her this morning! The things we do for kids eh?!