Friday, October 26, 2007

Build A Bear

Day three was the most fun at Build A Bear. Shelby got a smile on her face like I'd not seen on our entire trip! We surprised her by telling her she was going to get to do something she'd never done before. Of course there were lots of guesses, but she didn't get even close. When we walked in, and she realized what she was going to do she referenced the episode of Hannah Montana "Make A Moose" where Miley and her neighbor's niece made Hannah Moosetana! :) I told her yes they were quite similar! Shelby chose a pink teddy bear for her creation. First up the bear has to be filled with life. There are all sorts of sound boxes that you can add inside the bear should you choose to do so, but this would prohibit you from future sessions in the washing machine. So, we did not add any sounds to Shelby's bear or Tyler's puppy dog that Becca carefully selected. Next up, the child chooses a heart. They have to kiss the heart, make a wish, and insert the heart through the hole in the back. The Build A Bear workshop will then sew the bear up and you'll proceed to the next station which includes "washing" your bear. We all know that bears can get pretty dirty in the stuffing process...so they need a good washing before their wardrobes are chosen. THIS, the choosing of the clothes proved to be the most difficult task of the day. Possibly the most difficult task in my young daughter's life! I am being quite serious when I say this. I've never seen so many outfits for animals in one place. There were really cute ones too! We had a hard time selecting...do you choose casual, dressy, night wear, stage clothing, etc? Very difficult decisions indeed!! Shelby finally settled on a blue jean skirt, with a white shirt trimmed with lace on the bottom topped with a half sweater with some beautiful bead work and a tie in the front. She also has hello kitty panties so nobody can see her beary butt. She has pink dress shoes.But, we all know that no outfit would be complete without the right purse. Am I right, ladies or am I right?! She has a magnificent sequin purse to accent that outfit beautifully. The finished product is a bear named Cloey. From the dressing station, you move over to the computers where you enter all of your personal information and your adoption process begins. The name is chosen for your creation. Then you take all of the tags from the accessories, and your bear to the register where you began to have your heart attack. Actually it wasn't cheap, but for the fun we had I think that the price wasn't all that bad. For me, it was perfect. Becca graciously paid because she said that she wanted to do it for her birthday. I think that there could be no more a perfect gift for my daughter than this bear. She is completely and totally in love with this thing! This photo shows Shelby in Becca's car on the trip back to Becca's house. She informed me as I buckled her in that she needed to sit in the middle so that Cloey could buckle up! Yes, my friends the bear had to be buckled up. This bear, ummmm...I mean Cloey has not left Shelby's side for a minute since we got her. THANK goodness the flight back to Little Rock was not full and Cloey had her own seat, and yes thank you very much she was buckled in carefully on the plane. Shelby slept the entire flight back to Little Rock. She literally woke up as we landed. The flight was awesome. The skies were clear and it was smooth sailing the entire time. I just want to say a big THANK YOU to Becca for being such a gracious hostess for Shelby and myself. We did have a great time and can't wait to come back.

So, without further ado, my friends meet our newest additions:

Cloey the pink and oh-so stylish Bear

Tucker the fishing "dog dog".

7 comments, add yours here:

Desert Songbird said...

Awww, and baby brother got a new friend, too! How sweet!

Travis said...

Tucker is an excellent name for a plushy friend!

Kai said...

That is so COOL! I don't think we have Build a Bear in Canada, but I see it mentioned on TV all the time.

Did you build one for you too? :-)

Rebecca said...

It was really fun for me too. :)

Akelamalu said...

What a great idea!

PS I've posted another Nursery Rhyme Quiz today if you fancy a go. :)

Amazing Gracie said...

I ventured out to our mall lat week and saw that they have one of these stores. I really wanted to go in but was afraid I'd come out with something! These are adorable! The kids look so happy!!!

Tina Kubala said...

Hubby and I have a Build-a-Bear addiction. In St Louis, we even have one at the zoo with special animals.