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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!


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:)

Friday Funnies: Dangerous Boys… and Dads? Explosions and All Those Things Your Mother Never Let You Do

4 May

My son Jaedin is a good kid. He’s 15, he is self motivated, ambitious and does his chores pretty much all of the time now without being asked. He’s my science geek, A.D.D. to the max (although it seems that we’ve either found ways to help him with it, or he’s learned to compensate, because its gotten remarkably better as he’s gotten older!) and really into Air Soft. He actually runs a business buying broken Air Soft guns, then fixes and resells them at a profit.

As with many boys, he has always been intrigued by how things work. He’s taken apart all of our old broken electronic equipment, researched any way to blow things up or make things more powerful. He’s like the boy version of Tim, the Tool Man Taylor on Home Improvement.

Anyway, as you may know, my daughter Paris has a youtube channel and it is doing REALLY well. She has even started making money from it. Now Jaedin wants to start a channel. He’s been trying to think of the best kind of channel and the other day he had a sudden epiphany.

Yeah, a real conversation at The Always House.

So, as you can see, he comes by it honestly.  Thankfully, my husband is very intelligent in the realm of techie things, so I’m trusting him to make sure that Jaedin doesn’t blow up the house!

Meet the Misfits: Hi, I’m Byn from Bean’s Monkey Business… Getting to Know You, Getting to Know allllll About You…

23 Apr

Meet the Misfits!

Hey guys!  Today I’m doing a little something extra.  I’m part of a group of bloggers called the Misfit Bloggers.  We all met through a SITS 31 Days to a Better Blog challenge that I found through the Blog Frog forums.  Most (if not all) of us don’t really ‘fit’ into your typical blog categories.  

Today you get to meet the misfits!  

Who Am I?  Me?  I’m writing a blog about a purple monkey, for Pete’s sake.  (Who IS this Pete guy, anyway?)  I talk like a cartoon monkey (when I want to, anyway) and I’m random.  Just a little.  Okay, a lot.  And I sing.  A lot.  Here is my intro video for us Misfit Bloggers.  Its just 3 minutes long, go ahead, watch it and get to know the REAL person behind Bean the monkey!

I am married to an amazingly supportive husband, who has not only supported me through a lot of BIG projects because that’s just what I wanted to do, but he has also supported tirelessly for the last 18 years through a lot of struggles with depression/bipolar and other issues (I’m a veritable alphabet soup of issues, I’m telling you).  I love him and appreciate him… and sometimes feel sorry for him.  Yeah, because I’m really REALLY high maintenance.  He says its all worth it, but… eh, I think he’s a little bit biased because he loves me that much.  Oh well, I’ll take it.

My honey and I at the park with the kids last night. Photo courtesy of our new camera and Paris' mad picture taking skills:)

What do I do?  I am a puppeteer, I do the voice of Bean for Bean’s Monkey Business, a new children’s educational web series. I am a mom to five kids that I love more than I could have imagined.  They are 11, 14, 15, 16 & 20 at the moment and they are SO freaking entertaining… I will show you with pictures.  Our oldest recently moved away from home and out of state, so she wasn’t here last night when we took our epic spontaneous family night at the park.  Have I mentioned that my family is super competitive?

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Why do I blog?  To share my show and so much of what I’ve learned raising and homeschooling my five kids.  I loved doing projects and learning with them when they were little, and I love sharing that with the new ‘little ones’ without having to have more kids myself!  I’m going to turn into an internet Grandma!

Misfit Monday Blog Hop

Just a few of the "Misfits"

A few of my Fellow Misfits:

  • Cari from Nighlon writes… well, I would call it a pink sparkly techie blog.  She’s probably the last person I’d expect to be a techie geek, but that lady knows her business, glittery stillettos or not!  

There are more of us, but I’m going to stop there for today.  

Each week I’ll highlight a few of my friends so you can check them out!

I had a hard time condensing things down.  How do you introduce yourself?  Tell me a little bit about YOU!  If you blog, please leave a link to your blog in the comments and tell us a little about your blog so maybe we can all make some new friends.

RULES for joining this hop:

1. You must write a post relevant to the topic for the week.
2. The link added with the widget below must be a direct link to your relevant post.
3. You must visit each link and leave a comment to show your support (over the span of the week and before the next Monday topic is posted).
4. The Misfit Bloggers reserve the right to remove any links deemed by ourselves as “unfit” to be a part of the hop (i.e. irrelevant, inappropriate, etc.)
5. You must post the “Misfit Monday Blog Hop” button as provided in the text area below somewhere on your post.

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