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Church & Park

The weather is certainly getting much warmer and I am kinda hoping it will stay that way through to the summer.  We did not make it to church at all last month because of the weather with walking and no car.  The boys were so excited to be back in bible class.  So much so that Ronan wanted to take his brother to his class. I still escorted them to their right places to make sure they got where they were supposed to go.  The singing was incredible again this morning and something I definitely missed. Just wish that Ryan did not have to work on Sunday mornings so I had someone to sit with in service.  Afterwards the boys and I got some fresh bread and yogurt from the store for a morning snack and headed to the park in town for them to play.  The love going to this park and with the sun out and the rain and mud kept at bay, we were able to stay quite a while. Here are some of the photographs taken this morning and I have to say I really do not miss taking horrid shots on my old iPhone.

Stained glass windows, stone arches, and the high ceiling beams at church. <3  
Maddox doing his craft project in bible class. 
Love the historical buildings in Lindfield. 
Wild flowers blooming through the greens. 
EST. 1796
Ronan climbing at the park.  
The boys playing together at the park. 

Maddox on the seesaw.  
Ronan on the seesaw.  

Christingle at Church

The Boys got to be a part of the Christingle at Church this Sunday.  Same church as the one for their school, but this time they got to choose their outfit.  Maddox really wanted to be a sheep and I found the most cute costume at Sainsbury’s that looked like a character from Wallas & Grommit.  Ronan had his heart set on being an Angel, once he knew that Angels could be boys.   I love that he is shy of 7 years old because he wore this beautiful vintage lace dress I own as part of his costume without saying a word. He looked so handsome and a perfect Angel.  Afterwards the boys helped make the candle holders for the special Christmas service.  

Fog, morning dew, and spider webs

This morning’s walk to church was rather quite cold.  It was definitely gloves and scarves weather.  The boys were fascinated by the fact that we could see our breath, and Ronan pretended he was a steam engine.  I chose a strapless dress for church that I layered over a few pairs of leggings and tall black socks to keep my legs warm. I really should have tossed on a sweater as another protective layer against the cold beneath my jacket.  Even though I did not take my coat off in church, I would have welcomed the added warmth.  Despite the cold, we were aware of all the beauty around us as we made our way to Lindfield.  I am not a big fan of spiders, or really at all.  But for some odd reason I was not shying away from the plethora of webs that were visible this morning.  If it was not for the morning dew that adorned them like jewels, I would not have even taken notice.  Even though my cell phone battery was running low and my hands were cold to to be out of the gloves, I kept taking photos of all the webs on our walk.  I have posted a few of my favourites as well as the beautiful poppies that were up at the church.  Hope everyone had a blessed Sunday, I know I really enjoyed spending mine with the boys. 
The fog’s presence still around as we reached Lindfield. 
The boys bundled up.  So cold we could see our breath.
Spider webs visible with the morning dew. 
The webs were all over the trees and bushes. 
Another web on a private fence. 

Morning light breaking through the fob making for a lovely sight. 
I love the style of houses in Lindfield and this is one of my favourites. 
Poppy memorials at Lindfield’s All Saints church. 
The Poppy Wreaths. 

Halloween in England


The boys making Skeleton Gingerbreadmen.

I will be upfront and honest that Halloween has never quite been one of my favourite of holidays. Growing up I was frightful watching films like It and Freddie Krueger. Do not get me wrong, I love a great Alfred Hitchcock film, but willingly watching something I know will scare me is not my cup of tea. The last time I was in a haunted house I was a freshman in high school and I remember pushing my friend over so I could run out after something had jumped out at me with a chain saw. Two years prior I had worked at a Haunted House on base, which was more enjoyable but ended up slipping on fake blood and breaking my arm. Needless to say I do not harbour a strong appreciation for attending scary houses on Halloween. Growing up in Europe, though surrounded by americans on the military bases, I had a much more subdued versions of Halloween than the average American growing up in the United States. There was one year that my sister and I could not get a pumpkin, because they had sold out so fast at the commissary on base. Not wanting to be deprived of the seasonal festivities, we took apples from the kitchen and carved them instead. You may be thinking if that is even possible, and while they may not have been very pretty, they did the job at least.

From as far back as I can remember, my mum had this rule where my sister and I could not dress up as anything scary. I remember being 6 or 7 years old and wanting desperately to be Glenda from the Wizard of Oz, one of my favourite childhood films. Despite my persistence in the matter, I was turned down on the fact that even though Glenda did ‘good’ magic, she was a witch and that was classified under the ‘What Not to Wear for Halloween’ category. I loved dressing up all the same and that has become the one thing I really enjoy about the holiday. My partner on the other hand, has grown up loving the holiday and has a mother whom on every Halloween dresses up like a scary witch and hands out caramel apples to the neighbours. Once we had kids we had to see how to start new traditions with our family. While I still hold onto the ‘no scary costumes’ rule, we have allowed some halloween decorations to enter our house. This year we even had a one of the shelves on our bookcases dedicated for all the Halloween crafts that the boys made. Since Ronan and Maddox both love cooking (and eating!) I picked up a halloween cookie recipe that we did together as well as watching kid cartoon films based on the holiday like Garfield and Scooby Doo.

At Church playing games for Hallelujah Night.

Veggie Bangers and Chips with Orange Squash for Supper.

Maddox making Handcuffs.
aNow where that is how Halloween has been experienced in our family, we had the opportunity of experiencing it together for the first time in England this year. I honestly do not remember dressing up for Halloween or doing anything for the holiday at all when I was a young girl living in England many years back. It is still not a very big holiday here, though it has grown in popularity in the last 20 years. The one thing that jumped out at me was how all the fancy dress (aka costumes) items at the store are based on the generic Halloween characters like vampires, werewolves, witches, skeletons, and ghosts. Basically all the things I would not have been allowed by my mum to wear for Halloween. One of the perks of my job is that I get to meet a lot of people, and talking about holidays and cultural customs comes up quite frequently with my clients. I would bring up how my kids were going as comic book characters (Batman and Green Lantern) and I was surprised with how many reactions I got to their costume choices because it was not “Halloween” fancy dress. With that said when we did go Trick or Treating, we saw not a lot of variety of costumes and it was mostly older kids like teenagers that I saw out or adults in costume at parties.

With the lights out we sang, ‘Shine Jesus Shine’, one of my favourite songs.

Ronan linking up his bracelets.

For our family we ended up squeezing in two different actives on Halloween. I picked up my boys from school and as soon as we got home I quickly made them sandwiches for tea while they got changed out of their school uniforms. We lefts straight away to walk to Lindfield where we attend church on Sunday. It is about an hour walk, if I go at the boys normal walking pace, but it is a beautiful walk that we enjoy together. Ryan joined us from the train station, after getting out of class, and we attended the Hallelujah party at the church for the evening. The boys got to do crafts and games and enjoy a yummy supper of bangers and chips with orange squash to drink. Afterwards there was glow sticks, singing, fireworks, and a chinese lantern was lit into the sky. We had a really nice time, despite how tired the boys were from school already. On our walk back home I had the boys change into their Halloween costumes, and we went trick or treating at a few houses that were participating in the evening and one pub had candy out for the kids to take. I think the boys were a little disappointed that their candy bounty was quite a bit smaller than years past, but with everything we fit in for the evening they had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed just being together as a family and watching the smiles on my boys’ faces. A smile is precious and nothing is more priceless for this proud mummy of two.

A few photos from Trick or Treating in Lindfield.
The houses that were participating had a Jack O Lantern or Halloween decorations in their windows.


They dont have anything for Maddox’s age at church, so i just play with him. Here we are singing with ‘creation’ props.
Maddox on the glider.
There was a Carnival on Hickham so we went after I got done with work.
Ryan in his new snazzy outfit.
Ronan, Maddox, Miles, and Brock all taking in the sights and sounds of the Carnival.
Ryan and Ronan decide to play a game to win a stitch doll.
They have to aim the water in the hole, and Ronan watches on.
They had fun, no win, but smiles still.
Brock hanging out in his stroller.
Miles was a bit tired from the long day.
Ryan helping Ronan with the fishing game.
Mummy helping Ronan with the fishing game.
Miles fished out the turtle and won a prize. Eventually Ronan did too and picked out a green starfish plushie.
Posing next to Maddox.
Maddox really wanted to go on the ride.
So we did. And we waited and waited for it to start.
It eventually went, for a whole 20 seconds before breaking down. Maddox was not thrilled at all.
Ronan driving a fast car.
Brock in the stroller.
Ronan and I coming down the slide.