Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bragging Rights

School is officially OUT of session for the summer break.  We have begun the lazy days of summertime.  But, wait!!  There’s no time to be lazy - yet.  We have one week until the start of Busy Bees Summer Camp for Girls.  I have planning to do, supplies to purchase, lessons to create.  The girls are super excited, and so am I!  We have a truly amazing group of girls that we’ll be welcoming this summer.  I do believe that they’ll be teaching me quite a lot as I attempt to teach them a little.   

I am also in the midst of designing a new photography website and blog.  So, I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do with this blog (should I keep it or not?).  If I can find some quiet time this week, I hope to add the finishing touches and then announce the new site.  Here’s hoping!  

Speaking of quiet time, I found a few moments to go through my images from this past week with the girls.  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to show these precious ones off to you, friends!  Kurt and I are utterly amazed and super proud of all they accomplished this school year!  They both have changed and grown so stinkin’ much, my heart squeezes and melts, at the same time.  "Emmy" is now at a 2nd grade reading level (right where she should be), and can solve math problems like she doesn’t even have to think through the equation.  (Me - scratching head - because I have no clue where this trait came from!).  Neither my husband nor I are math whizzes!  Thankfully, someone in the family is!  She’s going to continue with gymnastics and begin dance in the fall - oh wow, she’s going to have a ball with that!  She is excited for 2nd grade coming up in August.  

Alanna will be riding a different bus next school year as she’s ready to head off to the Middle School and 5th grade!  Gah!  Can I cry now?!  Breathe.  Just breathe.  We couldn’t be prouder of her and all the hard work she put forth this year.  She’s a writer, just like her older sister, but has a different style.  She’s a full-fledged bookworm.  She’s working on the 7th Harry Potter currently, after picking up the series just about 3 weeks ago.  My Alanna has a sensitive, peace-making spirit and is fortunate to have a great group of friends.  The whole “Friends” thing can be tricky at this age, but she truly has some of the best.  She played the alto-Saxophone this year in the band, and even though she wasn’t completely thrilled with it, she finished out the year.  Next year she wants to give the violin a “go” (just like her Aunt Laura!).  I could go on and on (and on…) about my girls, just like every proud momma I know.  Instead, I’ll let you take a peek at a few shots I managed to get with them on the last day of school as we waited for the bus to arrive.  Also, there’s images of the girls with their incredibly talented teachers (and a couple of awards for Alanna - Kurt and I are hugely proud, I tell you!).

First day of 1st and 4th grades... and the last.

And with that, I wish you all prideful moments of your own children as they finish off the school year, and all the bragging rights you can bestow!!  These are the days to cherish with our bright, shining Stars!  ... And let's all have a happy Summer!    

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Love

    Mother's Love

    Her love is like an island
    In life's ocean, vast and wide
    A peaceful, quiet shelter
    From the wind, the rain, the tide.
    'Tis bound on the north by Hope,
    By Patience on the West,
    By tender Counsel on the South
    And on the East by Rest.
    Above it like a beacon light
    Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
    And thro' the changing scenes of life
    I find a haven there.

    - Unknown Author -

Wishing all a beautiful Mother's Day!  

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Family Swing

The warmer temps have my family and I outdoors more often than not.  And that's a glorious thing for us in the northeast as we shake off the winter blahs and appreciate the natural springtime beauty we are surrounded by!  The bees are buzzing us and the blooms are bursting forth!!  The grass hasn't yet been mowed - my husband waits as loooong as he possibly can before beginning this chore.  I think I convinced him this evening that it is indeed time.  **heavy sighs**  And I look around and see all the weeding/mulching that I need to do and then, more **heavy sighs** follow.  But these are happy chores, truly.  We love our little plot of heavenly earth.  And our girls do too.  

Tonight, after dinner, we took our desserts out to what we lovingly refer to as the "Family Swing."  This was a first this spring.  Of course, I had to bring my handy, dandy sidekick along to capture the momentous occasion!  We watch the sunset from this vantage point and chat about our day and pick up sticks or find curious things about in the yard.  But, mostly, we play charades!  We relish this time together and all the fun we have.  There's plenty of full-belly laughter involved, especially when we play-act one another!  The girls truly let us know what they think of us during these stress-relieving, hilarious shenanigans!!  We love our family swing time together.    

I hope you had a special, love-filled, belly-laughs, beautiful spring evening as well, my friends.  :) 

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Busy Bees Summer Camp for Girls

It’s been eight years since the Busy Bees’ Montessori Daycare closed its doors.  And so much has happened in those eight short years!  Recently, with thoughts of summertime springing to mind, the idea to reopen Busy Bees for a summer camp specifically for girls sat well within my heart.  I had that “AHA!” moment!!  I knew it was right the moment it was whispered to me.  I’m joining together all the things in this world that God calls my heart and soul towards:  children, photography, art, teaching, and my girls.  Plus, I’m providing a positive outlet for community members in search of the same things for their own girls this summer.  Just as the daycare was a unique challenge for me, a summer camp for girls will be too.  Our girls have grown, changed and their needs/wants are different now.  I need/want to meet those challenges head on — not being one to shy away from facing these truths - or a worthy challenge for that matter - and fully wanting to support young girls, the idea took root for me.  With great enthusiasm and a clear mission to empower our girls in a safe, home environment, during the upcoming summer break, Busy Bees will be reopening their doors!  This time, though, as a Summer Camp just for girls ages 6 - 12.  

I’m all about wanting to turn off the electronics - the devices, the phones, the pads, the telly, and switching on our creative selves through nature, play, art, music and movement.  This idea may sound “old-fashioned” to many, and it may very well be, however, this is my summertime goal for me, my girls and all the Busy Bee members!  We’re unplugging and recharging through healthy action, mindful communication and reclaiming our sense of wonder built on the core values our natural world teaches:  

  • Develop patience:  All things in good time and at their own pace 
  • Embrace uniqueness:  Together we are One, and our differences keep life interesting and diverse 
  • Build community:  We are connected and belong to one another 
  • Nurture yourself:  Building strong bodies, minds and spirits with physical fitness and healthy foods
  • Respect life:  Giving and receiving respect is the foundational principle of the Golden Rule

As well as developing a vigorous curriculum filled to the brim with arts and crafts, photography, music and singing, reading and journaling, yoga, meditation and nutrition, gardening and science activities, I want to invite members from the community to visit with us and present special skills or crafts to the girls.  If you or someone you know that might have an interest in this, please let me know!  Your ideas are welcomed.  Broadening our horizons will help teach the girls to dream big and conquer any obstacles in their way.  I’ve already been in contact with a couple of very positive role models for our girls and we’ll be working out the details for their presentations in yoga and the arts.  

Since this summer camp will be held at our home [see map below], I can only take up to 6 girls per week.  I would love to expand possibly in the future to take on more enrollment, however, for this summer, we are limited on our capacity.  This is why it is imperative that enrollment is on a first come, first secured basis.  Registration is coming up and will be open as of April 30.  An Open House event is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 1-5pm.  This is your opportunity to come out and see our home, our yard (where we’ll be spending the majority of our days), meet me and my family, review the curriculum and agenda for the 7 week program, and get your daughter(s) enrolled.  A minimum of one week’s tuition is due at the time of registration to secure your daughter’s spot in the program.  

Available hours (Monday through Friday) and tuition rates are as follows: 

Half day:  9am - 12pm — Weekly tuition is $70
Full day:  9am - 3pm —   Weekly tuition is $80
Extended day:  8am - 5pm — Weekly tuition is $105

Rates include all art supplies, and healthy snacks.  There is no additional registration fee.

Registration closes as of Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Busy Bees Summer Camp for Girls will run for 7 specific weeks this summer:  

June 20 - 24
June 27 - July 1
July 4 - 8 Closed
July 11 - 15
July 18 - 22
July 25 - 29
August 1 - 5
August 8 - 12 

Mark your calendars for 2 special, “members-only” family nights at the Busy Bees Summer Camp: 

Summer kickoff Party with Backyard Movie night on Friday, June 24 
Backyard Camping & Party on Saturday, August 20 


As they say, once a Busy Bee, always a Busy Bee.  ;)  We hope to see you on the 30th for our Open House event!  This summer is bound to be a bright one with the girls!!  I'm so excited to dig in and get started!!  

P.s. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel welcome to email me at or call/text 484.769.2520 -- Let's set up a meeting!  Come, check out our program offerings for the girls! 

P.p.s.  Be sure to follow along on Facebook by liking our page:  Busy Bees Summer Camp for Girls

Barbara Liszcz is a PA certified teacher in early childhood, elementary and special education.  Currently, she is a preschool teacher at Robeson Lutheran Preschool as well as a family, lifestyle photographer and mother of 3 girls (ages 26, 10, 7).  She is an avid gardener; an artist at heart; a big-time smiler, hugger, and constant seeker of love, light and laughter.    

All content unless otherwise cited (c) My 3 Girls Photography 2010 - 2016