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Patrick made a tire swing for the kids today. There is an area of the yard where they tend to hang out. There is the above hammock, a hammock with a stand and now a tire swing.

The weather is SO gorgeous that we have had the windows all open for days. Patrick and I went and sat in the hammock together this afternoon for a while... it was blissful.



This morning the dogs fell asleep like this:


Today has been a lazy day. Patrick had the day off and we stayed in bed until 11:30. Having the kids doing Epic school online is awesome, btw.

Then I finished a book by Karin Slaughter that I just couldn't put down. I like her books, her style of writing and I love the suspense and the "real" characters that I can relate to. I've never read characters that seem as real and as deep... in a way that I can relate to. I've read "deep" characters, but they were always the type that I had no frame of reference for, which is good, but this kind of makes me feel less... less, 'odd'.

Anyway, we're probably going to the cheap theater tonight to see Total Recall with the boys as the girls are at a sleepover.

Tomorrow we visit the children's hospital with Bean again.
msbyn: (BeansMonkeyBiz)
Hey guys!  Guess what!?!?!
We're going to be taking Bean from Bean's Monkey Business (our new educational and fun kids series) to be interviewed on Fox 23's Day Break morning talk show!  We're really excited and hope this gives us a much needed boost for our kickstarter funding program so we can do this thing right!  If you're in the Tulsa area, be sure to tune in.  We'll be on around 8:45!!  
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My old clean eating blog has had nearly 50,000 views and regularly gets around 3,000 views a month, even though I haven't updated it regularly for almost 9 months.

I'm going to start updating it again once a week for "Foodie Friday" since I keep getting requests. For at least the first month it'll be gluten free, since I'm dealing with that at the moment, and I think I'll do a video for them as well, since I now have a way to edit videos that I can use stress free.

My first "Bean" blog where I started with the puppet making process has 30 posts and 2,000 views.

Then, 6 weeks ago, I moved to www.beansmonkeybusiness.com and that blog has gotten a little over 1,200 views.

At the same time, I started Bean's Youtube Channel, and that just passed 1,00 views too.

Which made me go look at my personal youtube (mrsbyn) and that one has gotten over 25,000 VIEWS! Wow!!

I know these stats are nothing compared to a LOT of big youtubers/bloggers, but I'm still happy with it. I feel like I'm doing a good job, and it feels good that people are enjoying it. I'm going to make it on the Ellen show yet!

And, I've decided that I like the idea of becoming famous as a puppet. Then I never have to worry about getting older if I don't want to:)

Oh, and Paris rocks, too! She's only got 11 videos on her own channel thus far and she has hit 1,000 views too!!
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Tomorrow I'm starting my personal story about our family's acting/theater/film journey thus far.

When I started journaling about this, it seemed to me like we have been doing this forEVER. It wasn't until I started writing that I realized we never did anything theatrically as adults or as a family before that moment in 2005 when we auditioned for our first play! Crazy!! Its a 10 part series and I'm not sure how to exactly schedule it on my blog, but part one will be there, bright and early tomorrow at www.beansmonkeybusiness.com. If you haven't known me on LJ since then, you may find it interesting.

Plus there are awesome cute pics of me (with longish dark hair, even!), Patrick and the kids 7 years younger:)\

Patrick is working hard on music and I'm trying to write lyrics. We will have some new original music next week!!
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Today we unleashed Bean's Beat Boxing and last night we did Ellen's Dance Dare from the Ellen DeGeneres Show!:) IT WAS A BLAST!!!

This is our visit to the library where we danced behind unsuspecting people... seriously, this was so much fun!!! You should all do it! (how awesome is my hubby for doing this??? Really!)


This is Bean's Hip Hop Beat Boxing day... (which was also fun, but not as fun as being out in public with Bean!!!)


I'm going to go edit our Ellen's Dance Dare at the grocery store and figure out how to do a picture in picture on Window's Movie Maker. See ya!
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Patrick got home early today, so we filmed the rest of the week's shows. It is SO much better with him here!!!

We filmed a clip of Abyni and Bean the Monkey making up a song together (I wrote it) and it turned out SO AMAZINGLY WELL! I am actually REALLY REALLY proud of this episode clip!! Abyni needs to perk up a little bit, but she's just getting in the role, so its all good and she looks SO good on camera! Bean's focus was off (he wasn't looking right into the camera like he was supposed to, but hey, he's learning too:)

Anyway, I am extremely proud of the episode that we all put together, and I would REALLY appreciate some feedback on it when it publishes in the morning. Even if you don't have young kids, you can watch it just to appreciate the fact that I've never done any kind of puppeteering until last MONTH, you guys... I've been doing this less than a MONTH. With my hubby's helps and tons of support from my friends, its really coming together.  It was so much fun to edit this clip!!!

The post will upload in the morning, if you want to watch, you can check here in the morning, pretty much any time after 6:00, if I set the time scheduler thing right:) (and if you DO have kids and they want to watch, give me their names and I'll have Bean say "HI" to them sometime!)

And OMG, it goes so much better with my hubby here!!! He is SO freaking awesome!!

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My dad arrived yesterday with a bunch of frames from my mom that are SO awesome.

He also gave us our Christmas money, so I was able t buy the rest of the stuff for painting the set.

AND MY PUPPET MAKING STUFF CAME IN!!! I literally screamed in the car when I saw the UPS truck getting ready to turn down our street:) I got started, and I'll be posting about it on my blog and a few pictures are on the facebook fan page as well.
msbyn: (Abyni Christmas)
I just found the CUTEST online children's books by Matt Ryan. I read one as the Silly Monkey for Sarah, [livejournal.com profile] wisteria's daughter.  If you have a wee one that you'd like me to name/read to, let me know because I'll be reading and uploading more soon:)
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Today we finished up the Christmas candy, packaged it up and got it ready for shipping, delivery, and the gym.

I had a bunch of little silver metal favor boxes from a store closeout sale that I had intended to use someday for prom, and they each fit 4 small pieces of candy inside. I'm taking those to the gym to hand out to the students who want some.

I put one of the girls hand painted Christmas cards inside each box with about 1/2 pound of assorted candy (except for the couple of people who asked for specific flavors).

Now, we'll mail them out gradually this week (because I'm still not sure how much its going to cost, and I'm not sure we have enough to ship them all:) and deliver to the people who live between here and the gym.

I feel productive and befitting the title bestowed upon me by my husband, 'Domestic Holiday Goddess':) I just need a tiara:)


I made $55.00 worth of candy and hopefully MOST of it leaves this house because it is GOOD stuff!:)

There are orange fillings (round with white chocolate), mocha (fancy designed squares), Coconut (topped with toasted coconut), Peppermint (rectangles topped with crushed candy canes) and butter rum (plain squares).

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