ALL ABOUT THE VIDEOS…

So I guess I will start from the beginning.  It started one night last February about 7:00, during the usual ritual of after-dinner-but-before-bedtime boredom. Well, Mila was telling Kaitlin one of her stories–they had been coming straight out of her imagination for a few months by then–when Kaitlin picked up her iphone and just started filming. Moments later, after a little work on iMovie she then showed it to Charley and me.  Our first reaction was…laughing.  laughing out loud and hard.  Then, it was, really? This is our kid, out two year old.  Then I thought to myself…I need to put this on Instagram.  I had actually wanted to start filming more movies anyway because  I love them and I had gotten some really good advice from a friend (story for another time).  I was kind of nervous to put it on my Instagram, not because of the reaction I thought it would get (hadn’t even thought about that yet..LOL) but because I thought it would make my feed ugly…bahahaha, I know some of you feel me!!  But I did it anyway.  And well it was a hit and people seemed to like it.  I shared it to my Facebook page as well…and that is where it all went sort of crazy.

Within minutes of posting the first video–OK, it was actually a few weeks–but it felt like minutes because it all happened so fast, I was approached by these viral video marketing companies asking if they could share them. Without thinking much about it, I said sure!!! Apparently, it wasn’t just Charley and I who liked them, because my Facebook all of a sudden EXPLODED.  I went from having 900 followers to 24k in one night.  And well, so did my Instagram. This is really the 30 second version of how it all started, but, in what seems to me in the blink of an eye, Mila’s videos are now a hit and we continue to do them and it continues to be an absolute blast!   I’ll admit, readily, that my family does love the recognition and the…”viralness” of the whole thing, but there’s something else. There’s another reason we continue to do them. And it’s a reason we could not have imagined in the beginning; it’s the biggest reason why: for our family, it has literally….brought us closer together.  Instagram use to be just my thing, that partly annoyed everyone in the family because I was begging them to be my subjects, but now its our thing we do as a family.

So yeah we do the videos as a family.  We still ask Mila to tell us stories and we film them; either that or we ask her questions to form a story.  But yes in every movie we tell her to say certain things to make it all make sense or a tad more funny.  And we only do it for about 15-20 minutes a week…and ONLY if Mila wants to.  This is just suppose to be funny.  It’s funny that a two year old scripted or not can act with so much emotion…we all continue to marvel at how appropriate her reactions are (can she really understand this concept well enough to have THOSE reactions? I think you know the answer).  Its funny just hearing certain words come out of her mouth.  These video have always been about making people happy–and that includes Mila, who is such a ham and honestly loves doing them (and hopefully soon, Emma).  And helping viewers forget about something crappy happening in their life.  Really they are just like a television program you might watch.  I know sometimes I just need to turn on the TV and watch something senseless to forget about stressful things going on in my own life.  And guess what…99% of tv shows are scripted.  Characters being told what to say in order to make people laugh, cry, scream, or whatever.

 

I do get a lot of hateful messages on Facebook.  Not to many on Instagram.  But, yep Facebook viewers really give it to me.  I don’t read any of the comments on Facebook at all ( I leave that to my friends and family, watch out for Mary my mom…she loves to give the haters a piece of her mind.) I don’t read the comments not only because they are so bad and hurtful but because I know that if I did, I would simply stop the movies.  It would be a lot easier to stop than to defend myself and my family against each hateful comment.  But one of the main reasons I don’t stop is because there are way more amazingly sweet comments and messages that I get that make it all worth it.  I have received message from people going through a divorce or a breakup that said Mila’s little video made them laugh and feel happy that day!  I have received messages from people who miss their grandkids and watching Mila’s videos help fill that void.  And I have received messages from people who said that because of Mila’s video, they decided not to take their life that night.  So, No. I do not have a need to read or even worry about the mean spirited comments. I’m too busy with work and family, with IG and FB and this blog…and with the videos! And besides, the sweet and meaningful…comments by far out weight the mean ones.

 

So this is just a brief summary about how it all happens, how we do them, why we do them, and what I hope is a clear statement that they aren’t going away anytime soon.  Feel free to email me if you have questions.  I’m happy to answer any that you have.

 

16 Comments

  1. Judy Cisco June 5, 2017

    I stumbled across your videos tonight and just spent the last hour laughing. Thank you for brightening my life. I can’t wait to watch more. Keep them coming!

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  2. Ryan June 6, 2017

    They are amazing, dont stop them anytime soon! Every time i watch a new one, I say…I need a little girl like this in my life! I have 3 teenage children…not as cute to video! She’s a doll!

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  3. Leah Passwater June 6, 2017

    I Absolutely Adore the Mila videos!!!!! So. Stinkin. Cute. I truly hope if I’m Blessed enough to have kids some day (soon, I hope) and I have a girl, that she is Just Like Mila!!! 😍😄 She is just too Adorable!!! All of your kids are Adorable!!! Keep up the great work, you are all talented and VERY Entertaining!!! 😘 Thank you!

    P.S. I Must Know! Are you a Once Upon A Time fan?!?! Emma & Mila 😍😁

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  4. Robyn C June 7, 2017

    Discovered Mila’s videos tonight. They are so funny! Laugh out loud funny! Her facial expressions are tops!

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  5. Ani June 8, 2017

    Hello Kc! I am glad you decided not to read fb comments etc., they are so full of hate and i feel bad everytime i see those judgemental comments. I don’t know what’s wrong with those people saying it’s scripted and stuff..like all the movies they watch were shot without any script.. spreading negativity is just what they know.. i love mila videos and i have watched them multiple times. Mila complaining about chatty kathy is my favourite 😂
    Please keep posting more videos.. love from India

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  6. Tara Mudd June 8, 2017

    I absolutely couldn’t get through the day without Mila humor! My coworkers might be sick of Mila one liners!#themiriclehappened #ipoopedmydiaper

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  7. Tara Mudd June 8, 2017

    I absolutely couldn’t get through the day without Mila humor! My coworkers might be sick of Mila one liners!#themiraclehappened #ipoopedmydiaper

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  8. Stacy June 9, 2017

    I just love your videos! Keep them coming! Such a beautiful family ❤️❤️❤️
    Much love from Oregon!

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  9. Yash June 10, 2017

    *outweigh. I had to point that out. It was the only mistake.
    Love Mila so much, btw.

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  10. Anam June 11, 2017

    Thumbs up for yours and your family efforts 👍👍👍👍 just love both mila and emma..they are such cutie pies..Stay happy and continue to make people happy with your wonderful effort..Cheers ✌😍😍😍

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  11. Frequent flier June 11, 2017

    Preach mama 🙌🏻 Your kiddo is adorable and I stumbled upon her “don’t talk to me on a plane” video amidst a crazy travel stretch and it make me feel a lot better (and crack the heck up). Thanks for sharing your laughs with us!!

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  12. Hana Bilqisthi June 14, 2017

    Thank you for sharing! I feel sorry for youfor the hate speech that you are received. Hope you are keep going strong and keep up the good work 🙂

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  13. Nicole A. June 17, 2017

    I absolutely adore the videos… your photographs … of it makes your family happy, brings you together and allows your sweet girl to have fun and be a ham then do it! God bless you all!

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  14. Deanne June 17, 2017

    Mila makes me smile. Your family make me smile. Ignore the haters. .. giving people cause to smile is a good thing. And..years from now..when she’s older, Mila will either have a career in drama which many ppl give their eye teeth for a way into, or your family will simply have some awfully cute videos and good memories to look back on. Go you!
    Deanne (from the island of Jamaica)

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  15. Bayleigh June 22, 2017

    I hope the videos never stop! I love watching them! They make my day! You have a beautiful family! I’m ready to see more!!

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  16. Tracy P September 21, 2017

    “I did the video, can have chocolate” now we know the real reason Mila does the video’s LOL Don’t blame ya one bit girl!

    I hear you on the hateful comments on FB. I first started watching her video’s around about May, instantly fell in love. She is just a little ray of silly sunshine. Though the comments always bring me back to the ugly reality. I have no idea why people feel the need to voice such hateful opinions. You like it, keep watching. You don’t like it, move on. Seems simple enough to me but apparently some people missed the lesson growing up if you have nothing nice to say keep your mouth shut. Glad to hear you’ll keep making them and ignore the hate folks feel the overwhelming need to spew. I look forward to every video and the pictures of your wonderful family. God bless

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