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A Wedding, A Cake, Family and A Break

22 Oct

Okay, I hadn’t planned on taking a break this week, but life has interfered a little bit.

My oldest daughter, Sprite is getting married on Sunday and I am making her cake. 

Here is Sprite, my oldest, teaching Bean how to juggle.

 

I’ve decorated cakes before, but this is my first wedding cake (so yeah, I’m a little stressed) and in addition to that, we’re of course going to be having company in the form of several out of state relatives coming over.

That means I need to get busy and actually finish some more of these in progress house projects we have going.  Paris and I are working on finishing up The Avengers Custom Painted Bathroom.  I am painting the kitchen, Patrick is putting up the cool tiles for the back splash, and we finished our pink and brown deck this weekend.

My Favorite Deck EVER!:)

So, to tide you over in case I don’t find time for filming this week, here is a video of my aforementioned oldest daughter teaching Bean How to Juggle for Kids.

I’d love to hear what you’d like to see on the show in the coming months!

Bean & Jay Meet Diva, Our Dog.

18 Oct

Today Bean is introducing Jay to our dog.  Paris is showing off Diva’s tricks and then the kids all take Diva on a walk.  Let the sweetness begin!

Watch Now: Jay, Paris, Abyni & Bean Take Diva for a Walk.

What pets do you have? 

We have Diva, the bull mastiff, Kitty the part wolf, Elephant our cat and Atilla a ball python.

 

Outside Imagination! Let’s Play fun Outdoor Games: Tag, Hide and Seek and Draw with Sidewalk Chalk!

16 Oct

 

Abyni chases Bean during a fast game of Tag!

Today I’m posting video of Bean and the girls playing with sidewalk chalk, playing tag and playing hide and seek.

With these videos, we’re trying to give kids a peek into Bean’s “real life” treating them like home movies rather than a “show”.  Its fun, and seems like it should be LESS work, but in reality, its a LOT more work, especially when it comes to editing the video for the final product.

I hope your kids enjoy watching Bean play different games and that they are inspired to play, too!

Watch our Outdoors Fun with sidewalk chalk, Tag & Hide and Seek Video Now!

Have your kids help Abyni find Bean in a game of Hide & Seek!

Play with Sidewalk Chalk… What can you create?

 

 

 

Imagination & Costumes or Dress Up? Make-up Tutorials for Princesses & Zombies!

15 Oct

I know there are many opinions on Halloween, but whether or not you agree with celebrating that holiday, there is no question that kids love to play dress up and pretend.  My kids have always enjoyed dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else, regardless of the day or time of year.

How I wish I still had the photo of my husband with Sprite’s plastic princess crown and dangly clip on earrings!!!  You know that photo would be posted everywhere by now!:)

The boys as Jedi Knights for a Costume Party

Abyni as Snow White

Paris as Punky Brewster

Here I am, dressed as Cruella DeVille with the boys. I think Kainan was the Matrix dude and Jaedin was The Crocodile Hunter

Now the kids are older, and boy have they stepped up their game.  Paris is doing youtube tutorials for Halloween this year and she learned some amazing techniques for Zombie makeup as well as doing some really fun “Princess” type tutorials as well.  Check out Paris’ Makeup Youtube Channel.

The other night, the three youngest kids went to a Monster Bash Costume Party and left the house looking like THIS:

CREEPTASTIC!

If you’re more of the horror movie genre of costuming, you’ll love this “Zombie” style makeup tutorial:

If you’re more of a Princess type… check these out:

Share your favorite costume photos on our facebook page!

 

The Fun of Fall: Playing Outdoors, a Whole New Imaginary World to Explore!

15 Oct

Full of Fun!

My kids LOVE being outside.  My husband made a tire swing a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t believe how much the girls enjoy swinging!  They are out there all the time!  Its crazy what $13.00 can do!  This week we’re going to focus on outdoor fun.  We’re not going to worry about getting the lighting just right, or making sure the sound is perfect… we’re just going to take advantage of this glorious weather and play outside!

Watch our newest video with Abyni & Bean playing on the swings and then Counting to Ten on the Hammock for Naptime.

What are your kids favorite outdoor activities?  Once the pool is closed for the year, my kids still love playing outside.  They spend a lot of hours outdoors, shooting hoops, playing in the sand and on the tire swing.  Not to mention lazing on the hammock, reading on the deck or just playing imaginary games.  I am so thrilled that my kids have such fun with their imaginations.  I think it is a fabulous thing to encourage in them!

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The sandpile… a long time favorite of ALL of the kids!

What are your kids favorite outdoor activities?

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!!!

The Best Father’s Day Gift So Far!

12 Jun

Father’s Day 2008

I wish that I had taken the time to make one of these each year, because it is amazing me how much these kids have changed in just four years!  Kainan and Jaedin both still had their little boy voices, Abyni and Paris have changed SO much… and Sprite is all grown up and doesn’t even live in the same state as us anymore!  To refresh your memory, you may want to go see their NOW photos.

Make a list of questions for your kids and video their answers for ANY holiday, for ANY reason.  It is an amazing gift, even for THEM!

If there isn’t a father in the picture… just take the holiday and rename it Kid’s Day or Family Day (because family doesn’t always mean that there will be a Dad in the picture, unfortunately) and ask questions like:

What is your favorite part about our family?

What was Your Favorite Memory from this year/ever?

What was your favorite vacation memory?

What makes you/your siblings/your parent happiest?

What is the funniest story you remember your parent telling you?

What do you think your parent(s) were like as a child/children?

What do you want to do when you grow up?

What kind of questions can you think of?  

I loved finding out what specific things they were thankful for!  I think I might make one of these for ME for MY birthday… and make the kids participate and say nice things about me:)

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