Pip ~ on the whole she seems to be at peace about going to school; she has a really great friendship base and enjoys all aspects of her day.
However when she is very tired or unwell as was the case this past weekend, it is harder for her to manage the intensity of school and so on these days we find the "middle way" and go off in search of nature. So on Monday we had a lovely time together at Leighton Moss:
A very cheeky Robin came to say "Hello" and was inches away from my feet but by the time I could locate the camera it had perched itself on the branch instead!
Chatting to the ducks.
Happy that we had almost reached our destination!
Whislt in the hide there was a great flurry of excitement as a Bittern had been spotted in amongst the reed beds. We didn't see it but we did spot a Marsh Harrier instead!
Colouring pictures in the education room.
A lovely day and a great tonic for us both.
Benedict ~ We have had some real whacky diabetic readings of late, but don't ask me how we have managed it but his last three monthly blood averages were still within target range. So for long term management that is good but the daily management of his medical needs is very exhausting and by the end of the week I am wiped.
We are still keeping on track with the curriculum but I have also been helping out where possible so that Dave can go off and chill out in the workshop or have rest time during the day. Our viking craft this week has been a Jarls helmet:
Early stages of the paper mache process and a shot of Dave's hand! I will try and remember to take a photo of the completed craft.
He has however enjoyed some good contact time with friends this past week and was also able to take part in a community fund raiser with scouts. Hooray!
San's Sweat Shop! ~ is slowly coming along. I finally finished another batch of Japanese knot bags and I am glad because right now I am sick of making them! To curb the frustration with the repetitive process I have been listening to some really great simple living podcasts and watching you tube videos!
In between the "work" crafting, I have been knitting for St Nicholas Day and I also made an Advent gift for Kath and Mary Grace, which required a whole heap of into the small hours crafting. Photo's should be uploaded in the next day or so when I have had chance to upload them from the camera.
Christmas and Birthday Preparations ~ Christmas cooking this year will be shared family affair. I have been asked to make an old favourite, cashew and sage stuffing nut roast and mince pies. Kath is organising the veg and sausages wrapped in bacon and my dad is making his famous baked ham and plum sauce. There will also be cheese and biscuits and dessert for later in the day. Boxing Day is usually all girls together with a trip to the beach and a warm up in costa, so we might just manage to pull it off again this year.
Pip's party will be on her birthday and hopefully will be a Christmas craft party and pizza lunch. I have aimed for two hours and she only wants three friends from school, so it should work out OK.
Well that is me caught up! 1st December tomorrow! I have the last part of my journey course on Tuesday which is icon painting at Hyning Monastery, there are three birthdays this week of family members and friends, Pip has a rainbow day camp at a "Winter Wonderland" and it is St Nicholas Day too. Lots going on but all good.
Be Blessed San x