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Marie Lafranque
Los Angeles, CA
Mom and Artist Extraordinaire!
Interests: knitting, sewing, motherhood, parenting, art, animal husbandry, farming, cooking, reading
Recent Activity
This year is Victoria's first really enjoying the preparations of Halloween. We are having to decorate the house, pick pumpkins, and generally make a big deal of this holiday. This suits me just fine since Halloween has always been a favorite of mine. We gathered together a few things we... Continue reading
Posted 58 minutes ago at Marie Lafranque's blog
Navigating this parenting thing... has been, as it is for everyone... very interesting. I started out on our homeschooling journey having been homeschooled, and having experienced school as well; because of that I strongly believe in the power of teaching one's self. Most of what I know, I studied in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Marie Lafranque's blog
We had the good luck to be gifted an Eyewitness Kit by a friend a few months ago. I had not opened it yet as I thought the activity might be a little too involved for Victoria. Finally after a long time of her begin me to open up the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
All moms, I believe, have a hangup... the one thing that they have the hardest time letting their kids do... For some it's letting their little ones get dirty, for others it's letting their little ones explore scissors or cutting with knives... with each family it changes of course... My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
Now, first of all I want to amend the word "destroy" that I put in the title, what I really mean is that I do not get upset if Victoria decides that one of her paintings is now meant to be completely cut up in little pieces and then tossed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
We've all had these moments, sometimes those weeks where we have no more patience. Something is not going well at work, we have an abundance of laundry to finish, the infant hasn't stopped screaming for the last eight hours, your toddler is bent on destroying everything in sight, and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
It's always nice to try the same old classics with a bit of a twist. I'm not sure if anybody else had some left over dye for eggs from Easter, but we certainly did. Between finding cool natural dyes for us to try, and going over to friends' houses to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
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Aug 16, 2014
For Victoria's birthday one of her friends gifted her some kinetic sand. What an amazing gift! We've been playing with this so often and both of us get completely absorbed with this fun activity. The last few times we played we only used our hands. I was very involved with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
When we moved to our new place about a year ago, I was refocusing on building our life in another new city. This was our fourth move in two years, with two moves that were straight across the country... Phew! Trying to juggle raising a little one, working, and blogging... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Marie Lafranque's blog
At the risk of scaring half of you out of your wits, I will say it: I let my daughter handle sharp knives, peelers, needles, and much more! Under supervision granted, but without adult help most of the time. I am there to help her change directions if I feel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
This was a really hard post to write. I was first of all worried about the reaction of most people who would read my thoughts and stories here, and I have a tendency to not want to rock the boat... this post is all about rocking the boat. But that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
Today, we decided to go on an adventure. We just moved to the Los Angeles region and haven't explored everything it holds yet, so we've been going to new neighborhoods every week-end. Little Tokyo was our goal this time and I'd say we had an amazing day there. We got... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
I have always tried to raise Victoria in a compassionate way. As an infant she was carried always and breast fed as she demanded, not as a schedule allowed. I followed her rhythms with complete faith that she was an individual and knew what she needed in order to thrive.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
I haven't written in here in months... We experienced so many moves, over and over again, trying to find where we were meant to land with Victoria this past year, and it finally took its toll. I needed to stop doing one thing while I managed to get comfortable in,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
Well, as with most every craft that I do with children, I end up having to follow their lead instead of going with the idea that I had in my head. We hunted for the perfect sticks to hang our murals on, and even went to the fabric store to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
Marie Lafranque is now following Southern Indiana dweller
May 10, 2013
So I have four more little hands that I'm taking care of right now on top of Victoria's two and I was trying to come up with a fun but interesting project for them to do as a Mother's Day present for next week. I have just started learning about... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
Well, with the move, the start of a new time-consuming job, and getting used to a new city, I have not had the time to update this blog at all! I'm really sorry about that, but plan on catching up this week and give you guys some real goodies that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
I know that as far as the blogging world is concerned I'm a bit late talking about Easter... let's face it with a move I simply did not have time to plan and prepare Easter ahead of time. But I still wanted to share the fun we had, so here... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
I have applied for jobs accross California, looking for a position that would allow me to keep Victoria with me during work hours. The last two months, she has been going to daycare and as much as we adore our daycare and the lovely family who takes care of her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
Last week was pretty special for us, as Victoria turned two years old. Time flies and I can't believe she's already a toddler! It was such a short time ago that I was holding this tiny little baby in my arms that weighed nothing and snuffled so sweetly in her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Marie Lafranque's blog
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Mar 8, 2013
Marie Lafranque is now following Stitch Rabbit
Mar 8, 2013