Now, on to the reason for this post...
Since before Ezra was born, Grandma Harbor has been waiting to take someone to Build-a-Bear workshop. For Ezra's 3rd birthday he got to go with her (and grandpa)! His birthday is not until Thursday, but this has been one long week of celebrating.
Here we go!
Making the decision about which type of bear to choose. Yes, I realize that is a dinosaur he's holding in the above picture. Most of the choices were bears, but not all.
Sorry Miss Kine, not your turn tonight. But she had fun being part of the experience!
Time to fill the bear with his stuffing.
Checking it to see if it has enough stuffing.
Washing the freshly stuffed and stitched bear.
More decisions. How shall we dress the bear? First he went for a fire fighter uniform. Then he was distracted by a hard hat. We searched for clothes to go with it. Uncle Heffay insisted we incorporate the wife beater top.
Dressing the bear in his construction worker outfit.
"I want my bear to have theeeeese!"
Uncle Heffay showing the dressed bear.
Ezra's favorite part was the "newborn" bear shower. He kept taking all the accessories back there to "wash" them. His other favorite part was the accessories. He wanted his bear to have everything. He finally settled on a hockey stick and puck and a skateboard with flames for his bear to play with.
The Build-a-Bear Bear Promise posted above the cashier. Just before checking out, the bear is taken to a kiosk to have his "birth certificate" printed out. Ezra got to name his own bear. When asked for the name, with full assurance he requested to name his bear "Petunia". So, Petunia he is. Petunia the construction worker, hockey playing, skate boarding bear!
Daddy and Ezra waiting in the checkout line with the finished Petunia.
Petunia is finally finished. He's boxed in his home and ready to go with Ezra to the new play area at the mall. They ended up staying there for an hour and half. One tired boy and one tired bear were taken home for a good night's rest! Thank you, thank you, thank you for a special birthday present Grandpa Tractor and Grandma Harbor!