Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hello Love

After a few weeks of thoughtful conversations and quite a few months of personal growth I realized just how much I enjoy sharing and documenting tid bits of our Adventures of Childhood.

The blank canvas of this App has lent itself to the happiness of early morning words and the colorful experiences that fill each day.

I can not promise that I will post on the daily or even weekly, but I certainly will try. More frequent doses in the form of picture words can be found on Instagram via happystephaniegirl. Links have not been provided (hello, blogger programmer- please step it up)

Thank you for joining me as I blog about the experiences of childhood I hope live will on within my children as they change and grow.

❤ Stephanie

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stitching Love

As much as I appreciate the variety of educational Apps & how quietly they keep the little ones busy during periods of waiting & car tripping, there is something wonderfully peaceful about traditional busywork.

I start the kids stitching at an early age and it is something that they always go back to when in the mood for something quiet and calming. There are so many great printed fabrics & blue line patterns available that there is something for everyone. Tracing a print with their thread is a great way for them to practice a variety of stitches. I love all that the fabric shops on etsy have to offer. A couple of my favorites can be found here, here & here

My crew loves the pictures and clear stitching instructions found in Aimee Rae's books and frequently refer back to those pages. 
The older ones are working on a secret project (I'll reveal at a later date) that incorporates their sewing, color theory & stitching skills. We are all very excited about this philanthropic endeavor they have decided to embark on.

So far this week :

Traditional Handiwork - 1
Apple - 0

How do you keep your little ones busy?


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Playing Catch-Up

Our school year is almost over and we are looking forward to the new adventures summer has to offer. It would seem that I have a little photo catch up to do before then. Enjoy a little view into the last four months.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Field Trips and other fun

We love field trips. Especially the ones where we get to connect with nature. I think one of the things I like most about our home school group is the outings to local places we didn't even know existed!

Last week we spent time at a nature center that in actuality, is hiding, snuggled away, just off of the freeway in Long Beach. It was informative, fun and beautiful with a 1 mile trail, 2 mile trail, pond & learning center. The grounds were well maintained and full of life. Such a great learning experience.

 Turtles have spines & their shells have patterns & textures.

After that we headed to the beach for lunch on the pier. There is something cool & creepy about eating lunch in an old building on the part of the pier that has the original looking timber. 

Racing about with a hand full of shells.

Do you have any favorite outings?


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Business Love

It amazes me how our eldest has pretty much always known what she wanted to be when she grew up. She started writing stories through pictures when she was just a tot and is now enjoying art high school with her many writing conservatory classes.

Our youngest is following in her footstep in the sense that for the past two and a half years he has told us that he is going to be an artist which has now turned into artist/designer. He is 5 and continues to enjoy learning new skills in the area.

Our middle girl has struggled as she is an "in the moment" girl. This fact has often found her feeling left out as if she didn't have any talents. She has many talents, but like someone else, she has less focus. That is until this past year. We introduced her to interior design and textiles. She is smitten. She created a board for her bedroom remodel and did quite a good job executing her ideas. Her hand stitching continues to improve and she is learning how to block print using her drawings. It is very exciting to see her light up as she creates.

She has some exciting news brewing, but, you'll have to wait for that. (hint: Spoonflower) She does plan on including it on her OCHSA application next year. So exciting!

I love watching them as they figure out who they are at this moment. I know they will grow and change, but I do Love watching them enjoy being the writer/artist/designer they are now.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Zoo Love

It started with a joyful elephant making music with her trunk.

Then the happiest of giraffes decided to join in on the fun.

The colorful peacock invited them to stay

They soaked up all the sun ...

before scampering away.

Are you fond of animals, too?


Monday, January 2, 2012

Hiding Love

So the middle girl has her "best friend in the WHOLE World!" here for a sleep over. The girl also happens to be the Love of the little boys life. I think it must be dreadful to be a five year old little brother in love. He cries over her... a lot. Especially when he can't find them because they are quietly hiding under the covers of the loft bed. I feel for the boy, but I feel for the girls too. It looks like it will be one of those late nights where he reads books and colors in his chair. Happy boy. Happy Girls. Good Night.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Holiday Love

We hope that you get to stay up as late as you want to. Happy New Year.


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