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A Beautiful Family

We did a photoshoot this weekend with an absolutely beautiful family.   Everyone thinks their own children are the most beautiful and we definately think our children are the most beautiful.  However, these kids we photographed have to be some of the cutest kids we have photographed yet.   The cute little boy was a bit relutacnt to be photographed at first, but a quick fix of some icecream changed all of that and made for some beautiful photographs.  By the end of the shoot, he even gave me a high five.  

Proud New Haircut

We recently made the decision to cut our 6 year old boys hair as he was constantly getting teased at school.   Other kids would tell him his hair was too long and that he looked like a girl.  We loved his thick long hair, but we could not stand to hear him tell us every day how he was being teased.   It may seem trivial to us as adults, but it is important to make sure that our boy enjoys his time at school and not be affected by name calling that other children typically do at that age. 

At the end of the day, it was his decision to cut it, so we gave it the chop.   We have never seen such a big smile on his face as the moment when he looked in the mirror.  He is so proud of his new haircut.  His hair is still beautiful and one day if he wants to have it longer again, he can.   We love our children like every parent does, and just want to see them happy.  The issue of name calling and teasing at school will likely never go away, but it is the job of the schools and parents to be on top of it.

One More Week

Tyler wearing his cast

 

It has been almost a month now since Tyler broke his wrist.  He has been such a champion every day since his ordeal. He rarely complains and always tries to do most tasks by himself before he asks Mommy or Daddy.  Kids are so resilient and bounce back very quickly after injury.  I think we can learn a lot from our children.  Just one more week to go and he gets his cast taken off.

Happy Birthday Marisa

Unique Artwork by 3 year old

 

Happy Birthday to my lovely wife Marisa and mother of our two gorgeous boys.   This morning when Marisa woke up, the boys greeted her with the lovely Jellybeanstreet birthday card pictured on the left of the photo.  She asked what the picture on the card was and we told her it was artwork created from our 3 year old son Jazz’s finger painting and the matching surprise is in the other room.   The look on her face when she saw this beautiful big print from our little boy’s artwork was worth it all ~ Happy Birthday Marisa.

April 5th and 6th Workshops

Jellybeanstreet Workshop

 

Another fabulous weekend with so many cute and adorable little artists attending Jellybeanstreet workshops. The kids had an awesome time as always having the opportunity to get messy and create beautiful art.  For some of the kids, it was their first time ever painting while other children were established finger painters, but they all created beautiful inspirational artwork for a very good cause.   As with every Jellybeanstreet Workshop, there is always one or two artists who like to eat the paint and this was this case again this weekend.  For some reason, they are not too quick to spit it out.  I haven’t tried it myself, but I suspect I would prefer to have a slice of cheesecake instead.

During the finger painting break, I love watching how all the children interact and play with each other who have never met before until now.   They all have one common interest in mind, BUBBLES and lots of them.  This is one my favourite times to photograph children during the Bubble Dance as they are filled with so many natural expressions that would be hard to capture otherwise, at least without treats.  Our little boys will always happily pose for Mommy and Daddy if there is chocolate involved, then again so would I.

Thank you to all the parents and children for attending our workshop.  We had a great time as always. 

Mommy and Daddy Know Best

Tyler March

Two weeks ago our 5 year old boy Tyler lost his first, teeth, and this week he broke his first bone.  Like all little boys, he is not the best at listening to Mom and Dad’s advice.   We repeatedly tell him not to stand on tables and chairs.   He was only out of our site for just a minute and decided to stand on the table.   You guessed it, he fall off and fractured his wrist.   If only he listened to Mommy and Daddy.  I thought the days of wiping his bottom were over, but that is not to be the case.   Another five weeks in a cast before he is fully recovered. 

Harry Dollard

Harry Dollard

This past weekend, artwork from one of our gorgeous little artists Harry was auctioned for a wonderful fundraiser, Cycle 4 Sam.   His print sold for $300 raising important funds for the Sam Roberts Family Fund.   On behalf of Jellybeanstreet, Harry and his parents, we would like to thank Jane Fong for her kindness and generosity in purchasing Harry’s print to contribute for this fundraiser and congratulations to the person who made the winning bid.

We first met Harry at a Jellybeanstreet workshop in early March.  This beautiful little boy has really touched our hearts.  To see this bright and happy 2 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy paint, play and have so much fun is what Jellybeanstreet is all about.  His artwork continues to be a hit since posting it online with 40% of profits donated to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation and 40% given back to Harry. 

Read more about Harry and see his beautiful and innocent artwork.

Who we are

About Me

Hello and welcome to our Blog. My name is Ian March and I am one of the founding Directors of Jellybeanstreet and new to the world of blogging.  I thought I would start off by telling you a bit about myself and my family. 

While Jellybeanstreet was founded in Adelaide South Australia, I am Canadian born and moved to Australia in 2000.  I spent all of my childhood and much of my adulthood living on a magical Island off the coast of Canada, Newfoundland.   Newfoundland has some of the friendliest people in the world not to mention the best fish and chips anywhere (Ches’s Fish & Chips).  Newfoundland is also the place where Jelylbeanstreet got its’ name, from the colourful streets of downtown St.John’s.

I met my lovely wife Marisa March in Australia in 2002 and we now have two beautiful boys, Tyler and Jazz. My background is in software development and I have previously worked as a Software Architect and Information Technology Consultant for both corporate and government agencies.   When I am not working, I spend a lot of my time enjoying my passions, playing guitar and writing music and my new passion, practicing photography.   

Last year I made the decision to leave the corporate world of IT and become a stay at home Dad and start a little business idea called Jellybeanstreet.  I feel truly blessed to be able to work from home and be surrounded by my beautiful children although it does have its challenges.  “Daddy Wipe My Bottom” is always a good ice breaker when I am in the middle of an important conference call, or taking a customer’s payment over the phone and letting out a loud yelp as I step on a pile of Lego blocks always goes down well.   I take my hat off to all the stay at home Moms and Dads who work from home and look after their children.  They are amongst the hardest working people you will ever meet.

If it wasn’t for my children, Jellybeanstreet would not exist.  Our precious children are the inspiration behind Jellybeanstreet.  To be able to create a business that gives back to our children and help charities for sick kids is truly rewarding.    We also continue to meet some of the most amazing children and parents at our finger painting workshops.  It is an honour to be have your beautiful children at our workshop and see them have so much fun.  

We are so excited to have a group of amazing Creative Directors from around Australia to join our team and help us grow globally.  These parents share the same passion as we do for working with children and running a business that gives back to children’s charities.  

Ian

"Jellybeanstreet - Big Art by Little People"

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