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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!!!


BIG NEWS!!! Bean is… MOVING!!!

10 May

Sorry I’ve been offline a lot.  We’ve been house hunting and haggling over our new dream house!!!  The location is perfect and will save us hundred of dollars in gas (seriously, we’re moving from 12+ miles from my husband’s work to less than a mile away!), my son will be a few hundred YARDS from his last two years of high school, instead of having to get up an hour and a half early to spend over an hour on the bus.

The yard is downright MAGICAL.  Ahhhhh!!!  I’m not kidding, we walked around to the back of the house and saw this gorgeous deck, a huge yard backing up to a forest and I said, “This is it.  Make them an offer if the house is sound.”

I don’t even remember what the inside of the house LOOKS LIKE!  I had to download photos from the realtor’s site.

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The yard is almost 1/2 an acre, with a gorgeous and huge multilevel deck with built in benches.  We’ll finally be able to have parties for the kids and have our friends over again!  I am SO thrilled!

And soon we’ll do a series on change and moving with Bean.  As a lot of kids struggle with change, I think this will be a great opportunity to help them learn to cope with the big changes that come along in life!   Paris and Abyni… and maybe even Kainan or Grandma Sue can help Bean learn that changes can be good!  

How do you help your children cope with change?

It is a Sad, Sad Day at Bean’s House.

13 Apr

Today is the day.  We knew it was coming, and we knew it was coming soon.

My handy man, took apart both cameras, and used parts from one to get the other one working.

Our camera is dead.  Dead and gone.  I wonder if we should literally have a funeral and bury it.  Oh my word.  I just realized that our dear camera DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A NAME!!!!  Oh, the HUMANITY!

My hubby carefully tying the camera onto our broken tripod with a shoe lace.

This camera has been with us for a long 5 years.  It has weathered through Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad, The Phantom of the Op’ry and three original plays Rapunzel’s Story, Prince Awesome’s Story and Once Upon a Midnight Silly.  It has witnessed many birthday parties throughout the years, family events, vacations and more.  It is like an old family friend.  It has captured my husband’s reaction to my recipes, my scattered ‘how to’ video for making clean eating chicken fingers, the kids doing a variety of things and my mother busting a gut laughing.

In Memorial, I will share with you some of our favorite moments throughout the years.

If you want to see the “Real Byn”… here I am in my audition video for “The Voice”

My son Jaedin and his HILARIOUS reactions after getting his wisdom teeth out

I should have a channel called My A.D.D. Kitchen after making this video on the fly after failing to figure out how to type up and explain  how to make clean eating chicken fingers.

We even capture Grandma moments (this is my mom cracking UP hysterically over the Ellen Show when Kaley Cuoco was on with the shake weight)  And omg, I cracked up at the comment I got on this asking “Y does ur baby got makeup on ?”

As I mentioned above, I took video of my husband’s reactions to my recipes often last year when I was doing a Clean Eating Blog.  He was SOOOO funny, he’d say, “Well, I’m not going to react if you’re filming me, you know!” and then he’d give this foodgasm of a reaction!

And then there are the random this stuff just happens at our house kind of videos:

And last, but not least, our last available video taken with our precious camera, a collection of funny blooper footage from when my mom was visiting.:

Although it seems ill-timed to talk of a replacement so soon, the timing is pretty good, I suppose.  In spite of the fact that today I was going to film the reading of “How Do You Sleep, Baby Dolphin?” for our review post, at least we’re thisclose to getting our tax return and that means, NEW CAMERA TIME!!!  Oh my, I feel guilty just typing that out.  (Seriously, people, I just sat here for a few mintues wondering if I should save the “new camera” stuff for a later post!)

Through watching “Film Riot” on youtube, my husband has found the camera we need and I can’t wait to show it to you!!

Do you have a youtube channel?  Do you have video online of you or your family in your funny, silly or embarrassing moments?  Share some with us, please!!  Don’t leave me hanging out here all alone!!

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