Saturday, January 07, 2006

Meet Sue Lyn...

My brother and sister-in-law left on Thursday morning for a long ski weekend, leaving my mother and I to tag team it with the kids. When they are out of town and we have the kids, it turns into a weekend of activities and one very tired Grandma, Aunt Donna and Uncle Joe.

Thursday, I took the day off work to hang out with the kids. After Mommy and Dadddy left I asked them what they wanted to do and all my nephew wanted was to go to Old McDonald (aka...McDonalds) for lunch. The girls won't have anything to do with McDonalds after catching a glimpse of the movie Supersize Me. After some debate, we decided to go to the mall since there was something for everyone (including an Old McDonald). So, off we went.

After lunch and some shopping (just try and get two young girls out of a Claires store), we headed over to Build-a-Bear to make a bear for Lauren. We picked out a white bear (since she looked like a girl) and a lullaby for the sound to be inserted in her paw. We told the employee at the stuffing machine that this was a very special bear and all three cousins had to put a heart inside. So, she had all three select a heart and make a wish. Then she had all of them do a snuggle test to be sure the stuffing was right....very cute. After that, it was onto the "washing" and brushing table, which Josh took very seriously. ;)

Now, to pick an outfit...they wanted something Asian and what luck, they had the Disney princesses so they picked the Mulan outfit. Once we got her dressed, it was off to make a birth certificate. Now Sue Lyn is officially Lauren's first Build-a-Bear and a gift from her cousins (complete with three hearts).

Tonight, it's off to dinner and Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo. I have a feeling that we'll drop from exhaustion by the end of the weekend. I don't know how you parents do this!


Kim said...

Sue Lyn is adorable! They did a great job and put a lot of "heart" into it!

Jenny said...

We love build a bear!! How cute that you found a Chinese outfit! I love how you included the kids in making this great gift. Have fun with the kids!

capello said...

I'm glad your getting some training, because you will be in
S H O C K when Lauren comes home.

Anonymous said...

That's one special bear! You'll have to let her sleep in Lauren Elizabeth's crib until you bring Lauren Elizabeth home.

Also you asked about the July Dragonflies website. It all began with our logo and the merchandise (tee shirts, quilt squares, hats, bags...all of the proceeds go to a Chinese children's charity) and then one talented member of our group did the website. If you want some information on all of this e-mail me at It's a lot of fun and helps pass the time during the WAIT.

LID July 20, 2005 for Sydney (or Twins!)

Anonymous said...

Don't you just love that Build a Bear, place?!
I sure wish we had one here in Spokane.
Lauren is going to LOVE that bear!

Donna said...

That bear is so cute! I think I'm gonna have to cave and get one! But how do you decide on the outfit and the accessories? Everything is adorable! :)

Mom to Gwen of Shenzhen!

Lisa and Tate said...

I LOVE BUILD A BEAR.... What a great activity to do to get the nieces and nephews involved with their soon to be new cousin... i know what I will be doing soon...