Tuesday, January 25, 2011

4 small and 1 large (bullets, that is)

• Card making was fun. I guess I didn’t really know what to expect, but we got there and the lady had pre-selected 3 designs for us and put the kits together, and taught us all how to do them. And even though I am the least crafty person on the planet, I made cards that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to give to someone. I can’t find my camera cord, so you’ll have to deal with a cell phone photo, but here they are! I made 4 of each kind. All by myself!! I might even go back!


• I am ridiculously in love with my little home office setup. Once I get all the clutter cleared out (read: never) I will post some photos. The dark red is really doing it for me. And it is so quiet. I’d like to ask Hub to not move his desk in to the other corner, and maybe put a recliner and a TV down here and have it just be my room. Oh well, a girl can dream, right?
• Saturday was my girls’ night out with Lucy and Liv (Hub, Bud and my brother went to Canada to see Monster Jam) and I had been going back and forth over whether or not I would take them to Build A Bear. I got a $25 gift card through work, and well, figured I would spend it. So I asked on the Facebook how much I could realistically expect to spend. People were talking like $50-$100 PER BEAR!! With a big thought of “Hell NO!” I decided that we would not be going to Build a Bear. The girls and I ate at Mighty Taco ($9 dinner for all 3 of us…BONUS) and then headed to the mall to look at clearance. On our way out of JC Penny to the bathroom, Lucy spotted the girl with the Build A Bear box. “Oh Mama, can we ever go there??”, she asked me with her wide brown eyes. And I told her we could check it out to see how it worked. And I can only say that the people who answered me must have been crazy? Or smoking dope? Or bought out the entire store? Because it worked like this: the girls each got to pick out skins for their bear, basically the unstuffed bear. Lucy’s was $18 and Liv’s was $14. Included in that was the stuffing, and the special stuffing ceremony, and the placing of the heart inside of the bear. I could have paid for sound, or a ticking heart or wtf ever, but I didn’t. And then I told them that they could each pick out one accessory. I know what happens to doll outfits in my house. They are lost and discarded. So I could have paid for the limited edition Selena Gomez outfit, or pets, or chairs or anything I could imagine for the darn bears, but I didn’t. Liv picked out some slippers, and Lucy got a crown and wand. Then we got to go to the computer, and name the bears and create the birth certificates, again all included in the regular price. The girls really enjoyed naming their bears (Lucy’s is Julia after a new friend she made in gymnastics and Liv’s is Babycakes because I call her that a lot (or Hanniecakes, or just plain “cakes”)) and then watching them get packed up in to their houses. Out of pocket, I spent $20, but if you throw in the gift card it was $45. Which well, I have to say was worth it. The girls haven’t put their bears down. And Babycakes rode in the truck with Daddy all day yesterday while Liv was at school, and did really hard work. They are special special bears. So anyway, I was pleased with the experience.
• I am really digging the 30 days of blogging thing that is going around, and I think I’m going to do it. Only not on the weekends. So if I start next Monday, that will give me 6 weeks of blog fodder. Which is cool.
• Finally, thank you all so much for your kind words about the FIL situation last week. It is a huge suckfest. Thanks for recognizing and supporting that and all that mush.

11 comments:

Nowheymama said...

I used K's Build A Bear gift certificate online because there isn't a store near us. I chose the cheapest bear I could find so shipping would be covered too. Hello, Lame!

LoriD said...

$50-$100 per bear? Those people are crazy.

Your cards turned out really well. Did you have a good time with the PTA ladies?

Saly said...

Lori- it was interesting. Nice ladies, you know, but very very invloved with the goings on at the school. Like knowing all the parents by first name etc.

Mrs. Irritation said...

No way am I spending $50-100 on a BAB. I mean you could, but WHY?? Glad you went anyway. My kid is obsessed with that damn place.

d e v a n said...

Oh good! I didn't think it would be that much! It sounds fun. I may have to take the kids there.

CAQuincy said...

Sorry. I missed the conversation on BAB on Twitter. I would have told you that it *can* be done cheaply if you stick to your guns and don't let your kids run amock. I think we spent over $80 there once--but that was getting a bear and one item each for three children (and most of it was X-mas money from their grandma).

Glad your card party went so well. Yes, do go back!

Misty said...

-Now I want to go to a card party! Look how completely adorable they are! Burgeoning talent, I tell you.

-I am one of those people who spend kajillions at Build A Bear. :) But! We only take children when we are expecting a new addition to the family, so they can make their own special baby. So, we have gone twice and spent about $40 per stuffed animal.
Heh.

Erica said...

I make cards, too! All by myself, though. I'm lame.

Erica said...

Also, I meant to say that yours turned out great. I love those designs.

Mommy Daisy said...

Your cards turned out cute. I'm glad that you had a good time. It's fun to try new things like that once in a while.

kristinsfourkids said...

First, your cards came out lovely! I like card making, but have no patience. So I scrapbook instead.

Second, $50-$100 for BAB? YIKES! Now that they have their bears, they can get accessories for their birthdays like my kids do. Easy, peasy.