Archive | August, 2012

Birthday Party Plans… Thoughts? Ideas?

31 Aug

So, Bean’s birthday party is coming along.  I have my list of things that I need to do ahead of time.

Arrival:

Parents: There will be filming releases for the parents to sign for those that are willing to be filmed for the live show.  I will have at least a few teens there to help corral the kids while parents are filling out their releases.

Kids: I plan to have an art table set up for the kids as they arrive, so they can occupy themselves.  Since I don’t have little kids anymore, I don’t have any of the ‘little kid’ type toys!

Balloon Animals!  Periodically throughout the party, my husband Patrick and my daughter Paris will be making balloon animals for the kids.  They started practicing within minutes of me bringing home balloons!

Bean’s silly balloon hat!

Live Show:

I’m going to have Bean do a short live show that we’ll be videotaping.  Hopefully the weather is good for an outdoor party, but if not, we’ll put the small set in our living room with the kids who want to watch, and if we run out of room, the parents can stand in the kitchen/front room that open up into the living room.  I’m not expecting that many people, so hopefully that would work out well.

Meet & Greet Photo Shoot:

Then the kids who want photos with Bean, Paris and Abyni can come up and get a hug or a handshake and we’ll take photos (Parents are welcome to take photos as well, but we’ll be taking and uploading high quality photos for parents as well)

Games for the Kids:

  • Pin the Table on the Bean
  • Bean Bag Toss*
  • Charades*

Any other ideas?  The age range of the kids is anywhere from 1-5.

Treats:

We’re going to have sugar cookies or cupcakes, decorated to look like monkeys, and I want to make little sandwiches, peanut butter & banana and plain peanut butter.

And, I’m excited to make a pinata, too!  I used to make those all the time for my kids birthdays when they were younger.

Any ideas for what to put in the pinata?  Sandwiches?  What do your kids love?

I’m ordering some of these

and some of these as party favors (and to send to some of our fans who can’t attend!)

Patrick was too excited to wait, so he started practicing his balloon animal skills!

It’s a Flower!!! The party is in TWO WEEKS! I’m so excited:)

Two Weeks!  I hope we have a great turnout and all the kids have a blast!

 

We’re Baaaack! Bean’s Birthday Party and Season Premiere!

27 Aug

Hey guys!  We did it!  We’ve scheduled Bean’s first Live Birthday Party!  for September 15th!

We’ll have a live show as well as a chance to get your child’s photo taken with Bean.  At least a few kids will get the chance to interact with Bean and be filmed for our youtube channel!

We’ll of course have cake and games with prizes for the little kids as well.

I am SO excited:)  After having a couple of live events, and seeing kids interact with Bean, I just can not wait!

This was SO much fun!

This was SO much fun!

What are your favorite party games for a variety of ages?  I love planning birthday parties, so this is fun for me, too!

I love this idea for the ‘birthday cake’ (cookies seem a lot less messy to me!)

Source: blog.hwtm.com via Byn on Pinterest

and these as party favors.  

Source: fiskars.com via Byn on Pinterest

What are your favorite children’s party ideas?

AND, for those of you who are too far away to attend, we’ll be doing some special give aways during our premiere week!

Our 1st Visit to the Children’s Hospital… Sweetness!

15 Aug

No photos today, although I WISH I had video of the first little girl (her mom was taking video on her iphone).  

Anyway, we got to the hospital and met with the volunteer coordinator, Krissy.  Paris and Jaedin were with me, but Abyni is too young, so she had to stay home.  I was going to have Jaedin take photos of the kids with Bean and send the photos to the parents, but Krissy said that we’ll have to wait for next time so that she can get release forms for the parents who want photos.

We went to a couple of rooms, but those kids were asleep.  The coordinator stopped at the next door and told us that our first patient was a 2 year old little girl named Faith.  We walked in to see this tiny little girl surrounded by lots of white sheets and pillows around her.  IVs in her arms and some sort of things stuck to her chest. I felt at a loss.  What should I say?  What should I NOT say?  What if I did it wrong?

I took a breath, kneeled down beside her bed and Bean started talking to her.  She was so so sweet and just a gorgeous little girl. She was obviously a little out of it and sleepy, but after Bean talked to her a little bit and played peek a boo, she tentatively held out her finger and brought it up near Bean’s mouth.  Bean pretended to nom nom nom on her finger and we had our first smile.  It was the best thing ever.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the parents leaning closer, the mom with her phone, trying to get video of that smile without distracting her.

Then Faith started reaching further, reaching under Bean’s arm.  I couldn’t figure out what she was doing, but I was trying so hard.  She hadn’t made but a few unintelligible sounds since we got there.  I didn’t want to do anything wrong, but I loved seeing her smile.  

Then she tugged on Bean’s arm and Bean leaned over… and she reached up, with an IV in each arm, it seemed to be a struggle, but she wrapped her arms around Bean and squeezed him with a big hug.  I think I had tears in my eyes.  I looked up at her mom, and she just… it was an amazing look.

After a few seconds, she pulled back and played with Bean, holding her finger out for him to “bite”, which always brought a big smile.  

Then it was time to go.  She was obviously wearing down, so Bean said “Bye Bye” and she gave a little wave with her free hand… and then reached out for another hug.  She held him so tight and laid there, patting his back for a little bit.  My joints were killing me, my feet were cramping up horribly, but I couldn’t bring myself to move.  That was the sweetest hug… 

We finally got out of that room, and I was seriously hobbling for a while after squatting down that long… and regrouped a little bit and got my emotions under control.  The next patient was sleeping, and the next was busy with the oncologist, so we went to our second and last patient.

An 8 year old named Rebecca. I was a little paranoid.  What if an 8 year old would just look at this crazy lady holding a puppet and just think it was stupid?  There was no going back, so we forged ahead.  I’m so glad we did.

We walked into the room and Rebecca was sitting up on the edge of the bed.  Bean said “Hi Rebecca!” and she giggled.  Then he asked her something else and she just giggled.  All he got were giggles, so suddenly he said, “Oh No Paris!  I don’t think she can talk!  She has no words!” all the while, Rebecca is giggling more and more…during this time her parents and siblings came in and stood in the corner watching.

Bean was getting really concerned, but willing to play along, so Bean says, “Okay, Rebecca, since you can’t talk, we’ll just play a game.  I’m going to ask you questions, and if the answer is YES, you giggle ONE TIME, if the answer is NO, giggle TWO TIMES.  Okay?”  (she giggled)  “YES?” turning to Paris, he says, “Paris, did you see that?  She giggled ONE TIME, so that means she wants to play with me!”

Then he asked her several questions about herself, if her name was really Rebecca, if she was 8 years old, if she liked sparkly things (she was wearing a sparkly head band)… then he noticed that the family was standing in the corner, so he leaned closer to Rebecca and said, “Rebecca, don’t be worried, but there are some strange people standing in the corner STARING AT US!  NO!  Don’t look!!!  Just PEEK…. see them?  Aren’t they silly?”  And she giggled some more.  Bean asked if she had a sister and she giggled, then he asked what her sister’s name was… and she giggled some more.  Bean turned to Paris and said, “Paris, did you hear that?  She doesn’t even remember her own sister’s NAME!”

He continued to ask her questions until he saw her stuffed bear and asked, “Hey, you have a bear!  What is its name?”

She took her bear into her lap and said, “Hugo”

Bean freaked out, “PARIS!  PARIS!!  DID YOU HEAR THAT?  She can TALK AGAIN!  We’re making her better!!!”  To which Rebecca giggled so hard that she snorted!  Her family laughed in the background:)

Bean and Rebecca talked some more and giggled a lot.  At some point, her little brother finally got the nerve to come over and get a hug from Bean, and then he bolted back to the corner.  Rebecca gave Bean a hug good-bye, and we finally made our way out of the room.

It was only two kids, but it was such a wonderful visit with both of them… I can’t wait to do it again!  We’re shooting for once a month right now, but maybe we can work up to twice a month later.  I would love to commit to going every week, but I’m trying to not over-commit so that I dont’ end up spreading myself too thin.

We left and Jaedin said, “That made me so happy.”  He loves volunteering, so I wasn’t surprised.  We all left feeling happy that we were able to cause some wonderful smiles and giggles.  

Krissy invited us to their Christmas Party in December.  Its a big fundraiser/entertainment night and she said that she’d put us on the list.  

Wow.  What an emotional morning!  I am so glad that we went!!!

Tomorrow We Visit the Children’s Hospital with Bean!

14 Aug

 

Tomorrow Paris, Bean and I have our first live appearance with Bean at the Children’s Hospital.   (You have to be 14 or older, so Abyni can’t come).

I’m excited… and nervous.  I have NO idea what to expect or even what we’ll really end up doing, as it depends entirely on the ages of the kids…

I’m going to take the camera and try to get some photos.

Suggestions for tomorrow or future visits?  We plan to do this once a month.

 

Happy Birthday Shout Out!

9 Aug

Bean’s Monkey Business has a big fan in Xander (he even made a video for us where he sings Bean’s *B* song… STOLE MY HEART!!!) Since he made one for us, the girls just love him. When I told them it was Xander’s birthday today (thanks to facebook:), we decided to make a shout out Happy birthday video for him today. It took forever as I had to keep working through glitches (its been a LONG time since I made a video, apparently!:) The lighting is awful, but it got made anyway, and I don’t think a 5 year old is going to care about the lighting!!

I also got an email asking if we do live shows, and if we could get booked for a birthday party in November. I need to get some paperwork/contract type stuff worked out. I want to have a live show/birthday party for Bean anyway, once it cools off a little bit, and the newspaper has been asking to come to a live show, so it might all start gearing up here again soon.

If you haven’t seen it, this is my other daughter Paris with Bean (this is still my favorite Bean video of all time:)

Are you ready for some new Bean? I can’t wait to get started filming again! We’re going to be doing some fun activities with Bean and the girls, including letting bean help cook! Are you excited?

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