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Another Build-A-Bear Emergency

About 6 weeks ago, Lily declared that a Build-A-Bear gift card she’d received for Christmas should be used to buy Rose her first bear. We spent way more than the gift card was worth making Rose the perfect bear and rewarding Lily for her selflessness by getting her more clothes for Woof Woof. 

After paying the hefty bill, we vowed not to return to Build-A-Bear for a long time.

Not two weeks later, we received the promo for Build-A-Bear’s Beary Limited Edition Love Bug for Valentine’s Day.

Possibly the cutest dressed ladybug toy ever.

The minute I saw that flier, I knew Rose had to have it even though we’d JUST bought her a Build-A-Bear she was far too young to appreciate. I tried for weeks to talk myself out of “needing” to buy it, but I couldn’t deny it was perfect for her. You see, Rose’s room is decorated with red hearts and ladybugs.

Valentine's Day threw up hearts and ladybugs over here, but mostly in a good way (I hope).

You wish you were cool enough to pull off a ladybug hamper.

How sick is it that I’m contemplating buying a SECOND Pillow Pet ladybug so there’s a matching set on this bed?

Awaiting the perfect post-Valentine's Day sale comforter.

I swear those bits of quilting hang even when you are actually in there.

You can see why this Build-A-Bear was a must-have.

I procrastinated and procrastinated and debated and debated. What if the Love Bug comes back next year when she’d appreciate making it? (Online research of past Limited Editions shows me this probably won’t happen.) What if the Love Bug goes on sale after Valentine’s Day and I regret buying it in advance? (Unlikely.) But what if they sell out and I never get the Love Bug? It would be the end of the world!

The last possibility turned out the be the most probable “what if”. Part of what made me love the Love Bug was her polka dot dress. It’s really what makes her an adorable ladybug. Without her polka dot dress, she’s pretty much a boy.

Without her dress, the Love Bug is downright masculine.

When I finally went online to buy the Love Bug, the polka dot dress was sold out online! I panicked and mourned and panicked and mourned. I decided I was being silly, but I wanted that stupid dress. I didn’t see the point of getting the Love Bug without the dress. Even my husband agreed the dress and the doll were important! (Me on text: Stop being sarcastic. Him: No really. I’m serious!)

Suddenly it occurred to me that some dresses MIGHT be left at the store. I called. They had TWO left. I feared I would have to rush to the store that very minute and forget about preschool (screw responsibility and priority! Rose needs a Love Bug!) to get one of those dresses, but they put it on hold for me. I would have happily bought it over the phone if I had to!

And so, that afternoon during our rushed free 3 hours while Lily was at school, Rose and I sped off to the mall 35+ minutes away in single digit weather to secure our Love Bug. We scored the LAST polka dot dress in Toledo. You can see how much this mattered to Rose.

It's pretty clear who really wanted this toy.

We named her Betty Bug.

Crisis averted! Clearly we didn’t have enough personified ladybugs in Rose’s room and this was a life-changing purchase.

They may or may not be conspiring a ladybug mutiny.

Or maybe not.

Wish me luck on finding a heart-covered comforter today in the post-Valentine’s Day 50% off sales!

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Kids Play: Woof Woof Backpack

After we got our Build-a-Bear (aka Woof Woof the Puppy), my daughter Lily became obsessed with the online game at http://www.buildabearville.com. I must admit I can’t blame her for loving the game. We got to design a player that looks just like her and a puppy identical to hers rides around in her backpack while her avatar explores Buildabearville.

Ever since the first time we played this game (or rather I played the game and she watched. She was only 2 1/2 when we started doing this), she has been imitating it by stuffing Woof Woof the Build-a-Puppy into a backpack and carrying her with her wherever she goes. Woof Woof’s head must stick out of the backpack and her tummy must touch Lily’s back, just like in the game.

If that weren’t hilariously cute enough, she has crossed her characters. She thinks that if she’s carrying a backpack like Dora, she should also have a map. For a long time, she claimed Woof Woof’s “birth certificate” was a map and wandered around with that. That “map” didn’t last long, so we got her a laminated USA map placemat instead. She constantly carries Woof Woof in the backpack while investigating her map on where to go next. Usually, she talks about flying to California, which doesn’t sound like a bad plan to me.

Sometimes while we are out, people confuse the map for the placemat it technically is. In picnic table situations, it seems like I’ve been brilliant, but truthfully that map has been so many places that the picnic table is probably cleaner! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve almost lost Woof Woof, backpack or map, but somehow we’ve managed to hold on to all three for the past six months!

What bizarre things do your kids do with their toys? Share your stories on this blog by emailing them to creativekidsplay@gmail.com.

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Kids Play: Shopping Cart Passenger

Ever since my mother put 3-year-old A in a double-seater Costco shopping cart with her favorite stuffed animal Woof Woof, A has decided that Woof Woof should be her shopping companion at home. Her shopping cart doesn’t have a child seat, so we are always finding Woof Woof’s legs and butt stuffed between the rungs of the cart handle. It’s pretty inventive.

Although we have toy food, Woof Woof and A generally buy linking letters.

Share your funny toy stories and pictures on this blog by emailing them to creativekidsplay@gmail.com.

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Kids Play: It’s a Build-a-Bear Emergency!


For months now, my daughter’s Build-a-Bear (er, puppy) Woof Woof has been going everywhere with us naked. When Woof Woof was “born”, I tried to convince A to get her clothes, but she adamently refused them.

Five months later, out of nowhere (or perhaps somewhere because a week later she finally potty trained) A declared that Woof Woof needed underwear. Absolutely. I mean, of course Woof Woof needs underwear! What could I do but race to the nearest Build-a-Bear to remedy this situation? If Woof Woof needs underwear, maybe Woof Woof (and her owner) is ready to be potty trained! We can’t pass up that opportunity!

Woof Woof chose pink Hello Kitty underwear, an excellent choice, but it just seemed a little obscene to have a puppy running around in just her underwear. A t-shirt and underwear seemed a lot less vulgar.

I asked A that day if Woof Woof needed pants. If she said yes, I would have happily bought them, but she was pretty insistent that Woof Woof should NOT wear pants and should just wear underwear. Alrighty then. I was a little embarrassed for Woof Woof, but A is the boss of Woof Woof’s apparel.

The next day A declared that it was wrong for Woof Woof to be going out in public in just underwear. Woof Woof needed pants! I agreed. If only she’d decided this 24 hours beforehand! When I told her we could go get pants, she thought I meant immediately and that every trip we took was to Build-a Bear.

And that’s how we ended up taking two emergency trips to Build-a-Bear in two days.

Has anything like this ever happened to you or am I just a big sucker? Share your funny toy stories, pictures and videos on this blog by emailing them to creativekidsplay@gmail.com.

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