Saturday, April 11, 2009

Build A Bear

After the Easter Bunny and lunch, we headed downstairs to Build-A-Bear Workshop. I had a gift card that I had really been wanting to use. But, every time we attempted to go, it was so overrun with people that it was not worth it. This time, there were only three other people in the store.

When you arrive at Build-A-Bear, you have to decide what time of stuffed animal you want. There are options ranging from bears to tigers to dinosaurs to unicorns to puppies. Jonah closely examined all of bins of animal but settled on a scruffy looking puppy dog.

After choosing his dog, he moved to the sound selector. You can choose animal specific sounds, a heartbeat, music or record your own. He did not seem overly thrilled to choose a sound and that suited us just fine. We have plenty of things around here that make noise. We were happy to have one toy that didn't.
The next stop was to bring Jonah's puppy dog to life. He had to have it stuffed, put its heart in and then sew him up.

As you can see in the last picture, he got to step on the control that put the fluff in his dog. He thought he was super important.

Notice the hands of Jonah and the worker in the next picture. He was teaching Jonah how to warm the heart between his hands to give it life. Then, he rubbed it on his muscles. (somehow these pictures uploaded twice and it won't let me delete them so just ignore the second set!)

He told Jonah to kiss the heart and make a wish before putting it inside his dog. Jonah wanted no part in that and told Dan to kiss it for him. As you can see, Dan obeyed!

After his dog was filled with fluff, had his heart warmed and inserted and was sewed up, he moved to the bath center. He cleaned his bear and brushed him.

This store is known for the super cute clothes and accessories you can get for your creation. Well, we only bought one item...BIG BOY UNDERWEAR!!! We did this in hopes of potty training Jonah with the example of the dog. (Hey, we have tried everything else!!!!) So, we moved to the dressing room to clothe the dog in his undies!

Before we checked out, we had to create the birth certificate. That required a name. Oops...we hadn't thought of a name yet!! So, we looked at Jonah and said, "Jonah, what do you want your dog's name to be? He responded with "Tell me!" (Which is what he ALWAYS says when he doesn't know the answer to your question!!!) So, I asked him again and he gave me the same response. Dan got down to his eye level and explained that we had to name his new puppy dog and got to pick the name. So he looked and Jonah and said "You can name him anything you want Jonah. What do you want his name to be?" Jonah looked right back at him and said "TELL ME?" So, we looked at each other and said "Tell Me it is!!!" Yes, our new puppy dog was named "TELL ME" and is still called that a week later.

The guy that worked with us was super nice and did an excellent job. He even let Jonah use the scanner to check us out.

I'm so glad we waited for a day when it wasn't crowded to do this with Jonah. He had a blast and so did his mom and dad!

P.S. Stay tuned for posts with TELL ME. He has become quite popular around our house!!

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