The Beantown Family

Here is Vince, the leader of the pack. He makes all the gang’s big decisions, like which kind of cookies to eat and when to set up camp under the couch.

Here is Vince, the leader of the pack. He makes all the gang’s big decisions, like which kind of cookies to eat and when to set up camp under the couch.

Here he is making Lexi a new pair of socks... Eugene is the family’s handymonkey. He can make or fix anything.

Here he is making Lexi a new pair of socks... Eugene is the family’s handymonkey. He can make or fix anything.

Rocket is a body-builder, and all-around athlete. He once competed for the title of Mr. Universe but was disqualified on species’ grounds. Rocket is Vince’s strongmonkey and bodyguard. He also organizes fun games for the family when they get too rowdy.

Rocket is a body-builder, and all-around athlete. He once competed for the title of Mr. Universe but was disqualified on species’ grounds. Rocket is Vince’s strongmonkey and bodyguard. He also organizes fun games for the family when they get too rowdy.

Pascal is the only monkey who can calm those triplets down because he is a brilliant portrait painter...

Pascal is the only monkey who can calm those triplets down because he is a brilliant portrait painter...

and they are all big hams!

and they are all big hams!

Zack is the family’s dissenter! He likes to rally protests against The Monkey (aka Vince)... good thing he doesn’t have opposable thumbs... or matches...

Zack is the family’s dissenter! He likes to rally protests against The Monkey (aka Vince)... good thing he doesn’t have opposable thumbs... or matches...

Lexi has a massive brain, and an even more massive vocabulary. She loves to solve problems! If she could ever stop cogitating, she might notice what a big crush Eugene has on her!

Lexi has a massive brain, and an even more massive vocabulary. She loves to solve problems! If she could ever stop cogitating, she might notice what a big crush Eugene has on her!

The triplets, Sheena, Rick and Fabien, get into terrible mischief! They climb all over the house, spilling the sugarbowl and pulling the cat’s tail. Fabien is too busy giggling to worry about it! Sheena is a punk-rocker. Rick is a mystic, and says everything meant to be has already happened, so don’t blame HIM if the sugar is all over the floor.

The triplets, Sheena, Rick and Fabien, get into terrible mischief! They climb all over the house, spilling the sugarbowl and pulling the cat’s tail. Fabien is too busy giggling to worry about it!

Sheena is a punk-rocker. Rick is a mystic, and says everything meant to be has already happened, so don’t blame HIM if the sugar is all over the floor.

August and May, those cuties, do their best to stay out of the triplet’s path of destruction and mayhem! They like quiet games, like tea-parties in their hidey-hole.

August and May, those cuties, do their best to stay out of the triplet’s path of destruction and mayhem! They like quiet games, like tea-parties in their hidey-hole.

Calypso? He couldn’t care less! He can’t hear the ruckus anyway, the volume on his iPod is turned up to 11! But if you need a dance partner, he’s your monkey!

Calypso? He couldn’t care less! He can’t hear the ruckus anyway, the volume on his iPod is turned up to 11! But if you need a dance partner, he’s your monkey!

The Gaia Family - Make their home in the great outdoors!

 

Lotus is very Zen...

Lotus is very Zen...

Cosmo and Maya are best pals. Cosmo is very protective of his little sister

Cosmo and Maya are best pals. Cosmo is very protective of his little sister

Pagan likes to relax and contemplate nature. Loki would rather tumble around in it!

Pagan likes to relax and contemplate nature. Loki would rather tumble around in it!

And they all love the big wild world!

And they all love the big wild world!

Even when Loki (that smart-aleck!) sneaks up on her!

Even when Loki (that smart-aleck!) sneaks up on her!

For her part, Neo the baby is the star of the show! She’s everybody’s darling.

For her part, Neo the baby is the star of the show! She’s everybody’s darling.

Nova has a kind heart and a strong back. He helped Terra, the family’s master sculptor, build this masterpiece!

Nova has a kind heart and a strong back. He helped Terra, the family’s master sculptor, build this masterpiece!

The North Woods Family

The North Woods Troupe lives in a little cabin on the shores of Lake Wilderness, in the middle of the big, big woods.

The North Woods Troupe lives in a little cabin on the shores of Lake Wilderness, in the middle of the big, big woods.

They hang around on the line after swimming.

They hang around on the line after swimming.

Sometimes they pack a picnic and take a day-trip to Lake Superior, which is the biggest fresh-water lake in the world! Here is  Watermelon, contemplating nature on the shores of the big lake.The Iroqois name for Lake Superior is Gitche Goomee, which means big water. 

Sometimes they pack a picnic and take a day-trip to Lake Superior, which is the biggest fresh-water lake in the world! Here is  Watermelon, contemplating nature on the shores of the big lake.The Iroqois name for Lake Superior is Gitche Goomee, which means big water. 

She looks to her best buddy Pearl to help her look into the future.

She looks to her best buddy Pearl to help her look into the future.

and enjoy a little swing in the evenings.

and enjoy a little swing in the evenings.

His best pal Auggie is too busy sailing...

His best pal Auggie is too busy sailing...

But the best climber is Blueberry.

But the best climber is Blueberry.

Sven loves to climb, too. He might be clumsy, but he sure talks like he’s the Big Monkey On Campus. Here he tests his theories on gravity. Olie is Sven’s little brother, and would follow him to the ends of the earth. He thinks Sven makes the sun shine!

Sven loves to climb, too. He might be clumsy, but he sure talks like he’s the Big Monkey On Campus. Here he tests his theories on gravity. Olie is Sven’s little brother, and would follow him to the ends of the earth. He thinks Sven makes the sun shine!

Olie also loves to swim, even when the water’s FREEZING! Here he tries to convince Marzipan that the water’s fine, just don’t step on the ice cubes! 

Olie also loves to swim, even when the water’s FREEZING! Here he tries to convince Marzipan that the water’s fine, just don’t step on the ice cubes! 

Popple prefers spicy foods. He likes to sneak up on his unsuspecting vegetables.

Popple prefers spicy foods. He likes to sneak up on his unsuspecting vegetables.

Pumping water is the biggest chore around the cabin. It takes so many monkeys to get even one pailful out of the ground!

Pumping water is the biggest chore around the cabin. It takes so many monkeys to get even one pailful out of the ground!

Sometimes Watermelon can convince Madison to forget her chores, and remember why they love their little cabin in the woods....

Sometimes Watermelon can convince Madison to forget her chores, and remember why they love their little cabin in the woods....

They love to go on long bike rides....

They love to go on long bike rides....

and canoe trips.

and canoe trips.

Madison, in her natural state is a little obsessive, likes to have things organized. She loves to make lists, boss the other monkeys around, and put the house in order. Here she is collating her extensive album collection!

Madison, in her natural state is a little obsessive, likes to have things organized. She loves to make lists, boss the other monkeys around, and put the house in order. Here she is collating her extensive album collection!

They also mess about in the garden, just for fun,,,

They also mess about in the garden, just for fun,,,

Little Bear is relaxed and happy, sincere and lazy. He promised to help Maddie clean the house today; but first, time for a mid-day snooze!

Little Bear is relaxed and happy, sincere and lazy. He promised to help Maddie clean the house today; but first, time for a mid-day snooze!

and climbing to worry about any old mess!

and climbing to worry about any old mess!

He climbs everything--walls, doors, the chimney at the cabin, and rock walls at the big lake.

He climbs everything--walls, doors, the chimney at the cabin, and rock walls at the big lake.

Olie took a picture of our three best climbers, Blueberry, Auggie, and Sven.

Olie took a picture of our three best climbers, Blueberry, Auggie, and Sven.

Marzipan recovers from her brief dip in that cold, cold water by refueling on sweets. Sometimes she can creep into the larder when none of the other monkeys are looking, and hang with her Peeps. 

Marzipan recovers from her brief dip in that cold, cold water by refueling on sweets. Sometimes she can creep into the larder when none of the other monkeys are looking, and hang with her Peeps. 

Brown is a horticulturist, and especially loves carnations!

Brown is a horticulturist, and especially loves carnations!

They’ve asked  Spruce to install the indoor plumbing, because he’s so handy! He already did the wiring for the cabin, but they keep blowing fuses... Maybe we don’t need this wire...

They’ve asked  Spruce to install the indoor plumbing, because he’s so handy! He already did the wiring for the cabin, but they keep blowing fuses... Maybe we don’t need this wire...

The Zodiak Family

My Zodiak family are a helpful bunch, usually! They love to work in the garden. Mercury likes carrots best (he thinks they help keep his orange stripes bright)!

My Zodiak family are a helpful bunch, usually! They love to work in the garden. Mercury likes carrots best (he thinks they help keep his orange stripes bright)!

And she helped me paint the kitchen too!

And she helped me paint the kitchen too!

Herb is very organized! He keeps all the CDs collated by color!

Herb is very organized! He keeps all the CDs collated by color!

He did cartwheels in the grass when spring flowers started to bloom!

He did cartwheels in the grass when spring flowers started to bloom!

Mercury will help me pick the peas later in the summer!I love my little helpers.

Mercury will help me pick the peas later in the summer!I love my little helpers.

Sky helped Pluto plant bachelor’s buttons.

Sky helped Pluto plant bachelor’s buttons.

Skipper planted some arugula, so we can eat fresh greens all summer!

Skipper planted some arugula, so we can eat fresh greens all summer!

Mars got a little stir-crazy waiting for spring to come, and tied all my electrical wires together! Poor baby! He was just trying to be helpful!

Mars got a little stir-crazy waiting for spring to come, and tied all my electrical wires together! Poor baby! He was just trying to be helpful!

He and Herb secured netting to a frame for the peas to climb on.

He and Herb secured netting to a frame for the peas to climb on.

 

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