jasper attended a birthday party this past weekend at a build-a-bear workshop… on a saturday afternoon… at the mall…
need i say more?
jon was planning on taking her (it would be his first bday party to attend) but i ended up taking her and he had better be glad that i did!
it. was. nuts.
they gather the birthday party kiddos together, let them pick out their floppy, stuffless animals, line them up and head to the stuffing machine.
there is all this rigamoral of picking out hearts, rubbing them, saying these little chants and all that kind of stuff that kids either love or could care less about.
jasper didn’t seem all that interested in the details (which is unusual for her – i think there was just so many people around and so much stuff going on) but…
she had some questions about the stuffing process 🙂
rhees, jasper and ryan were a super sassy threesome – giggling, chatting, just totally enjoying each other’s company…
i enjoyed watching these three girls be Girls with a capital “G”…
now this is one of those stores that makes me speed up when i walk by but jasper acted like an old pro at the whole thing – you would think she had done this a thousand and one times already!
most of you have probably already experienced the build-a-bear mania but for those who haven’t, this machine is where the kids pump stuffing into their animals…
jasper was fascinated by this – in fact, i think it was her favorite part…
as much stuffing as the blue puppy could hold!
after the stuffing of the animals, we have the “washing” of them and the dressing of them… jasper went straight for the ballet shoes and tutu… an overdose of cute 🙂
and she wanted more! jasper was also convinced that her puppy (that she named “heart” by the way… they come with “birth certificates” as well and wasn’t that a procedure that took forever! they ask for all kinds of information…) needed roller skates and a leash!! i was fine with the tutu and the shoes but i put my foot down (haha) on the rest – as i said, i was already overdosing on the cuteness. seriously.
she had a moment where she got very sad about not having roller skates so her “heart could roll around without having to walk!” but thankfully, she got herself together and went on to enjoy what she did get… although this picture makes me think that she is going, “now if my heart only had roller skates, i would smile.”… what do you think?
she made it through without tears and i made it through without pulling my hair (or any of those other crazy parents) out and i consider that a fine success!
and look at that, the birthday party and a happy jasper!
i guess it was worth it.
(i can say that now that it has been a week since the experience)…
after the bear (or puppy in this case) building party, we headed upstairs for mini-birthday cakes and carousel rides.
aren’t these little cakes adorable? each girl had her own which, of course, thrilled them all!
thumbs up to rhee’s mom for making and decorating all of those sweet cakes!
jasper picked out her favorite horse…
and said, “mama, i can ride this horse all by myself! but you can take pictures, ok?”
so take pictures i did 🙂
it was a birthday party that made its mark for sure: i know that i am not a build-a-bear kind of parent, jasper knows that her blue puppy still needs roller skates and jon knows how lucky he was that he got to stay home!
an educational experience, right? right.