I Am Going! (A Code Name: Mama Homemade Theater Production of Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie book)

July 10th, 2012 by Dionna | 20 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Carnival of Natural Parenting, Just for Fun/Miscellaneous, My Family, Video/Interactive Posts

Welcome to the July 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Creations

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared crafts, recipes, and philosophies of creativity. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Kieran loves Gerald and Piggie. Ever since we did a video of Jeremy Draws a Monster, I’ve wanted to do one of Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books.

Much to Tom’s chagrin, I talked him into creating just such a video for this month’s Carnival of Natural Parenting.

My children have mad acting skills.


Psst . . .

I have to mention –

*Check out Kieran’s tattoo – it’s just like the one featured here.

*Piggie’s nose is cut out from an egg carton, colored with pink marker, and tied on with pink yarn.

*The shorts Kieran wears in all but the last scene were a gift from a bloggy friend that I may get to meet this month – squee! Go buy something from her Etsy shop, like this whirlygirl rainbow skirt – omg, love!!!

*Kieran’s shirt is a custom order from Stolen Moments. We all have shirts with lines from You Are My Sunshine. I should get pictures before Ailia grows out of hers . . .

*Kieran was originally going to be Gerald, but he decided he wanted fewer lines. Thus, Ailia’s first acting role was also her first lead – I think she did well!


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Garden Soup — Bailey finds a way to help momma Katy (from Muse of a Daffodil) in the garden.
  • This One Time, I Tried To Make a Car — Ashley at Domestic Chaos tries once again to make something crafty from stuff around the house.
  • Pin-tastic creative ideas — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how Pinterest is inspiring creativity in her family this summer.
  • Baby Hiccups In The Womb — Alinka at Baby Web shares one of the ways she bonds with her unborn baby.
  • Turtle Mosaics — Lyndsay at ourfeminist{play}school and her little family spend a quiet hour making a turtle mosaic inspired by the work of Melanie Mikecz.
  • Edible Art Plus 8 Art Supply Recipes — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares some natural, chemical-free art supply alternatives, which are gauranteed to be tons of fun for children of all ages. They taste great too!
  • A surprise art lesson — Tat at Mum in search has been taking art lessons from her 5-year-old son.
  • Memory Creation — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen talks about how her family aims to create as many memories as they can as a family.
  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words — Melissa at Momma Beer tries to replace cars with crafts.
  • My Creative Family: Sometimes Messy, Always Fun — Emily at S.A.H.M i AM embraces the messes that sometimes accompany creative play but admits you don’t always have to get dirty to have fun.
  • Fun Family Learning: Constellation Cave Tutorial — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter gives step-by-step instructions for building a fun new twist on a cardboard box playhouse.
  • Cooking… Kind Of — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings makes pizza with her daughter, hoping to inspire a love of cooking and encourage a bigger interest in food. As well as making mess and having lots of fun, of course!
  • Crockpot Refried BeansThat Mama Gretchen‘s family loves to experiment with new recipes, and today she’s sharing a kitchen success!
  • Creating Memories — Andrea at Tales of Goodness reflects on how the best creations can emerge from just letting kids be kids.
  • Making Beautiful Things … And Sometimes Just Average-Looking Ones — Tamara at Tea for Three looks for ways to add more craft and creativity into every day family life.
  • Making Fruit Leather Together — When Amy Willa at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work took some time to involve her children in the process of finally trying a fruit leather recipe stored on her Pinterest food board, she got more than just a scrumptious homemade snack as a result!

20 Responses to:
"I Am Going! (A Code Name: Mama Homemade Theater Production of Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie book)"

  1. Ah man, this is cuteness overload! I was giggling with tears in my eyes ;) This looks like great fun for the whole family! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. So good! Tom’s voice is perfect for Gerald, and your kids couldn’t be cuter :-) Thanks for sharing!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I’m glad he spoke for Gerald. Originally, I was going to have the elephant costume on my head, but we decided Ailia would be much cuter.

  3. THAT was adorable! I was giggling through it too, I bet my kids are going to enjoy it too!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I hope so!! We’ve gotten good feedback from other little kids on the Jeremy Draws a Monster video :)

  4. Andrea   talesofgoodness

    I am almost speechless. I need a moment here. That was just too adorable. Please share how you got them to enjoy that for so long – long enough to get through the entire video? I love this!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      lol Andrea – we did not film the entire video in one take, in a manner of speaking. First we got Ailia into the elephant costume and took 3 or so minutes of footage before she was *done* with the costume. Then we filmed Kieran saying his lines (everything but the last scene). The next day we got that one scene of them together outside. Tom cut everything together on the computer ;)

  5. Balancing Jane   BalancingJane

    Love it! That was adorable. We’re huge Mo Willems fans. We Are in a Book is my favorite; it’s the one I never get tired of reading over and over again.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Yes! That was our second choice, simply b/c we were looking for one that didn’t have many props/additional characters – but it would have been strange for video, obviously ;)

  6. Violetsouffle

    ADORABLE. Seriously. We love these videos you guys make! T watches something of yours every night while I brush her teeth. Have a feeling this will be a HUGE hit tonight. <3

  7. Shannon @ GrowingSlower   growingslower

    Oh my goodness! The cuteness is almost just too much. I LOVED your video! It reminded me of how my sister and I used to put on productions for our parents for different holidays. It was great fun. I can’t wait to do stuff like this with my little one as he gets older. I love how you even incorporated the baby into the fun. Just wonderful stuff!

  8. Jona   callmecass

    I love love love this! We’re big Elephant and Piggie fans too, and with the kids? And the costumes? Priceless! I can’t wait for my kiddos to get home from camp so I can show them!

  9. Tat   muminsearch

    That was so much fun! I love Ailia’s faces, just right for her lines :)

  10. Lauren @ Hobo Mama   Hobo_Mama

    Ha ha ha ha! Oh, my goodness, your kids are the best actors ever. Love the standing-on-head bits. And the elephant’s emoting — she’s really chewing up the scenery in parts (probably literally).


  11. Amy   anktangle

    Love it! That was super-cute. =)

  12. Vidya Sury   vidyasury

    What a breathtaking video – both in the beautiful sense as well as breathless with laughter. I fell in love from the moment the titles came on – what a creative way to do it – so cheerful and colorful! Kieran is always adorable, but Ailia – she gets the Oscar. She’s just amazing, Dionna. I’ll have to come back and watch this a few times today. Oh, babies! They just grab your heart and squeeze it in the best way possible.

    I wonder how Ailia reacted when you replayed the video? Her expressions are just amazing. As are her costumes :-D

    Thank you for sharing! So delightful! Love, Vidya

  13. Laura   LauraBangerter

    That is beyond cute. We love Mo Willems as well. The Cat the Cat books are a hit around here, and I personally love Knuffle Bunny. :)

  14. Fantastic!!! I love it that your children would prepare a piece for the blog carnival. You’ve got some talented little actors!!!

  15. Ana @ Pandamoly   pandamoly

    Oh my holy cuteness! You all are so creative and wonderful!

  16. Momma Jorje   mommajorje

    Oh my gosh, this is AWESOME! I missed this post when this carnival went live. We had never heard of Mo Willems until sometime in the last year, I guess. We’re huge fans! I even volunteered to read one to the story time at our local library. Sasha is going t LOVE this – and want to do one! lol She always “reads” Piggie’s parts!

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