Our sweet Foster turned 3 on Saturday, November 17th.  We decided to have a family day all day to celebrate our big boy!  We started the day by surprising the kids with a trip to Build-a-Bear and they were both so excited!

While walking into the mall to go to Build-A-Bear the kids spotted the Carousel and decided they needed to ride that first!  Here is Foster waiting with his ticket in hand.

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Of all of the beautiful horses on the Carousel my kids always want to sit on the little carriage together… I think it’s because they are each other’s security blankets and they know this is the only way they can be right by each other.

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Emma and Foster at Build-A-Bear

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The kids chose their animals pretty quickly… Foster picked a brown horse and Emma picked a chocolate labrador puppy.  Robin and I think it’s funny that the store is called “Build-A-BEAR” yet kids rarely pick out a bear to make!

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Since Emma has been to Build-A-Bear a couple of times we let her go first to kind of “show Foster the ropes!”  Here is Emma stuffing her dog by pressing on the pedal.

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Foster’s turn was next… you can tell that he wasn’t quite sure about pressing on the pedal.  Sometimes he gets really shy!

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He was laying his head on my shoulder the whole time he pressed the pedal to stuff his horse. :)

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Here he is checking to see if his horse was stuffed enough!

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Next the worker had them pick a heart to put in their animal.  She had them rub it on their heads, rub it on their cheeks, kiss it… etc.

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After stuffing the animals the worker sewed them up and then it was time to give them a bath.  Here, Foster is putting his horse on the grooming table.  He wanted me to do most of the grooming.

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After selecting a few accessories and clothing items it was time to name the animals and make their birth certificates.  Here are Foster and Daddy making the horse’s birth certificate on the computer.

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ALL DONE!  The animals are safe in their “condos”… ready to go home!

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Foster was exhausted by the end of the trip… I guess making an animal is hard work!  So many decisions!

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And here are the two new additions to our family once we got home.

Emma named her puppy “Cherry.”  She was dead-set on this name- not sure where it came from!  The dog has pink fringe boots on, just like her pink fringe boots!

Foster wanted to name his horse “Cow.”  While Robin and I thought this was hilarious, we talked Foster into naming him something else…. He decided on “Lightning” because the horse has on “Lightning McQueen” race car house slippers!

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