Self Portrait :: Kitty Original

Self Portrait :: Kitty Original ::

While cleaning Kitty’s desk, I came across this self portrait that she painted last year. It captures her 11 year-old self perfectly… that space between feeling like a child and and a grown up… still innocent and young but full of the possibility of future adventures that are sure to come her way. I know […]

Portraits of Summer

I love this part of the summer vacation. Two months down and one to go and we have finally settled into our summer rhythm, at last! We’ve been through so many phases… the ‘there’s NOTHING to do‘ phase, the ‘begging to play games on the phone‘ phase and the ‘who is coming to play today?’ […]

Portraits of Life in the Sunny House

Needle felted toadstool pin cushion

A few mornings ago, I found Teddy sitting on the comfy couch in my room, playing “Kind Hearts in the Garden” on his recorder. The morning sun was streaming in through the window and kissing him. His shadow danced and played on the wall behind him. It looked and sounded so beautiful and touched my […]

Portraits of Us : Week 24

We are having a family painting day today. Kitty and I found this amazing magical coloring sheet that opens up into a long scene for us to color. We are using watercolor. And all of us are adding our own special magic. It’s starting to look so beautiful…   When it’s done, we will hang […]

Portraits of Us : Week 23

The Magic Onions

Our summer vacation has come to an end. Oh Boy, has it been a hot week here at The Sunny House… sometimes you just have to make your own rain to dance in. And, sometimes, there’s no one to play with… so playing with the dog will do just fine. Kitty and I came to […]

Portraits of Us : WEEK 22

Magical Goings-On : The Magic Onions

There have been fantastical imaginings in the Sunny House. Dragons and dragon eggs have been a big feature. We scour the landscape in search of dragon eggs… our collections are getting quite big. And, we’ve been pirates too. And cowboys. And pirate cowboys…   Summer is so much fun! To help me cherish every little […]

Portraits of Us : WEEK 21 : Teddy Surfing

Teddy’s been surfing every day. When I look back on this summer, I’ll remember it like the sound of the waves, the smell of sunscreen and sand in my hair. Here’s a little video that Teddy is SO proud of… Summer in Southern California is the bomb. Blessings and magic, Donni

Portraits of Us : Week 20

Portrait : The Magic Onions

My mom comes to stay with us for a month each year. She is an inspiration. She is full of joy. She is Granny-extraorinaire. She encourages us to do exciting things. She is wise and smart and strong. She smiles and laughs and makes us smile and laugh too. She is creative. She is loving. […]

Portraits of Us : Week 19

Crocheted Throw : The Magic Onions :

Granny is here for July. We LOVE Granny so much. Here she is playing Rummy with Teddy. They are so sweet together. Also, do you see my crocheted throw? My mom brought it to me. It was crocheted by my Great Gran when she was 100 years old. Can you believe that! What a treasure. […]

Portraits of Us : Week 18

I love watching the friendship between my children grow. As they get older, they seem to have more in common. Kitty protects Teddy, fiercely. And in return, Teddy looks up to Kitty like she IS  the goddess she is. They fight too, of course. They irritate and tease and get grumpy with each other like […]