Image by Laura Ketteman

Image by Laura Ketteman

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 146. Our Build-a-Bear Family.

Once upon a time, there were three build-a-bear animals in our home (not all pictured, unfortunately, due to being packed away, because my oldest child thinks he is too old for such things).  These first furry friends were Christmas gifts from Mammaw and Papa, back in 2004.  It was a fun and special trip.  The boys were accompanied by Mammaw, both aunts and their mommy, on their first trip to create their Build-a-Bears (or in this case, dogs and bear). As the years passed, my youngest son was bummed that we chose a bear for him when his big brothers had dogs!  (He was 3 months old at the time, and Mammaw said he had to have his first Christmas bear (it's a Grandma tradition in our family.).  So, a few birthdays later, he was given a Build-a-Bear puppy, so he could play with his brothers.
And here we are again, our family has grown.  Upon a Science Center visit with our friends, my two youngest (I am making sure NOT to include my oldest son in this, because he would be mortified if he thought ANYONE thought he was deriving any enjoyment from such childish things) begged and pleaded when they saw the Build-a-Bear store during our visit.  As you will see, we now have three dogs (one not pictured), a dinosaur, a sabertooth lion and only ONE bear... which I think is just strange, because isn't the whole point of Build-a-BEAR to build a BEAR???  Whatever.
The fun part was watching them enjoy the experience all over again... each of these furry friends has outfits and shoes carefully selected by his/her owner (my youngest made his dinosaur a girl... I guess he's aware of the absence of sisters in our home????  Who knows, but he gave her a pink Cardinals tshirt, which was just too funny!).  And since we were there with our friends who are visiting from Romania, they got to enjoy the experience, too!  Two of the three of their kiddos, built their own characters, pictured here.  It's just too fun for words to watch their sweet faces beam with such delight.  Sure, you PAY for the experience, but it is worth every penny.


  1. oh so cute. My middle had Puppy that he made just before we had Clayton. Puppy was with us for a VERY long time, he even had to go to the Build-A-Bear dr. for repairs a few times. Yes, they are a bit pricy, but those two trips alone made it worth it. They repaired Puppy and my boys heart without question and with all the tenderness one could hope for.

  2. The 'oldest' is definitely not too old!I went to build-a-bear with 9 college kids during the fall (4 of which were boys) who enjoyed it!! SOOO fun! love that place!


My photo
ilLaurastrations Photography began in Spring of 2009.