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Bean’s Birthday Party, Part 2 & Photos with Bean:)

26 Sep

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The rest of Bean’s birthday party!  The kids helped Bean unwrap his presents, you can help guess what his presents are before he opens them!

Bean’s Birthday Party Video & Live Show

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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.

 

Our First Official Public Outing!

23 Apr

Saturday morning Paris, Abyni and I took Bean to the Great Diaper Change in Tulsa.  There were a LOT of moms, babies and younger kids there.

At first they had me standing behind the desk, but most of the kids couldn't see.

Bean had a great time meeting all the kids!  The kids of all ages just LOVED playing peek-a-boo.  I couldn’t believe it, but even after an hour, if we didn’t do a countdown and peek-a-book the older kids would ask for it again and again.  It was awesome, because even the little babies knew to cover their eyes and say “BOO!”  It was just adorable!!

The two older kids in this photo were right next to Bean almost the entire two hours!

There were about 4 kids who stayed nearby, a couple RIGHT next to Bean almost the entire two hours.  I couldn’t believe how long they stayed interested!!  They just sat there and chatted with him, played games and just chattered on as though I wasn’t even there!

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It was a bit chaotic, since we had never done this before AND my husband wasn’t there, but I think it went well.  There were a few times when I had to make the bigger kids back up so that the younger interested babies could step up.  I also had to keep a few young kids from pulling on Bean’s ears and tail.

Mostly, though, it was just a positive experience.  I was surprised that hardly any of the kids paid ANY attention to me.  As a matter of fact, they would always look surprised if I talked to them in my normal voice.

I’m glad we went, and we learned a lot for next time.  Now I need to get a hold of some libraries and different local places so we can do more live shows, as well as some special filming.  I’m hoping to do a tour of the library with my favorite children’s librarian and a tour of Safari Joe’s Reptile World.

Any other ideas for good, child friendly tours?  What would your child enjoy seeing?

 

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