And talking about eating with your hands - that's how Ruth had her whole main meal (veggies included as her hands were so dirty by then). I only took one piece of chicken to share between Ruth, Hannah and myself and Ruth specifically asked to have the bone. Boy did she enjoy that bone.
And not just the chicken around it - I mean the bone itself. Once she had finished all the chicken Brendon asked if she wanted some more. She said no - she was just enjoying the inside of the bone. She said the outside was a little hard but inside it was softer and really nice to eat. I was absolutely amazed to see her at this meal. She looked as though she could have been at a traditional African wedding - sitting outside with all the guests - eating her food with her hands - chewing on the chicken bones. And please be assured there is no negative in that description (I went to a wedding like that and it was very special). It just amazes me how much is just within a child and is not learnt. We told her that her tummy mommy probably loved eating chicken bones and so somehow inside of her she just new to give it a try - and she liked what she found. :-)
The restaurant is on a small winery and so the girls could go for a run up and down the vines between courses. That's them up there in the photo. Burning off their main meal to make space for the lovely deserts. Rachel was very excited about the fact that she had a whole brownie to herself. Ruth also pointed out to me that the fruit salad had all three colours of grapes as she had seen in a picture this week and had pointed out to me. Green, red and black (which can look a little blue sometimes - they had looked very blue in the photo she had seen and that was why we had discussed it).
There was also a lovely garden area with a pond to the side of the building which also kept the children entertained and allowed Brendon and I to take our time and enjoy each other's company.
It was a lovely warm day and so we were really thankful for that - it helped to make the lunch extra enjoyable (with the children not being cooped up at the table the whole time) and we all had a really lovely time.
"Thank you Lord for my precious family and all the wonderful blessings you have poured out into our lives."
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