We drove up to Halifax since Scotty is playing hockey at a rink we'd never been to. We timed the drive and scoped out the different rinks inside. Let's just say that Saturdays at a hockey rink are busy! Neither of us grew up with hockey, so it's all pretty new to us! But we took advantage being up in Hali and we went to the mall :)!
It was super fun to shop together all four of us and we made a special visit to only the best store ever invented!
Build-A-Bear is a dream come true for kids that grow up loving their little stuffed friends. I was definitely one of those kids and (for better or worse haha) Jack is too! He was just in awe of this store and very excited to get inside with us to build a special friend.
His special bear was getting his stuffing just then, coming to life. That my friends is the look of pure amazement and joy!
We watched another little boy start to build one and that was enough for Jack. He didn't deliberate for long before choosing an adorably fluffy black bear. We named him Baloo!
After getting him stuffed just right, putting in a special heart Jack snuggled, and doing a hug test (oh gosh I LOVED every minute of this) we got to work giving him an air bath.
After blowing off all the fluff and brushing him out, Jack and Daddy set to work sorting through all the costumes, dresses, hats and shoes to find the perfect accessory!
After much deliberation (way too many options!) Jack chose a pair of red rain boots :). They dressed him at the dressing station and then got to work registering him online. If Baloo ever goes missing there is a barcode inside that any Build-A-Bear store anywhere can use it to get Baloo home to us. Love it!
Jack got Baloo into a little backpack and wore him out of the store! Such a fun experience. Baloo snuggled with Jack for our drive home and has made it to the top of the stuffed animal pecking order at home, only second to beloved Fluffy bear.
No MicMac Mall trip is complete without several rides on the escalator! Yes, apparently I am still that little kid inside that gets thrills out of escalators. Having kids is the best :) getting to live a second childhood is such a gift!
Yup we were those people who blocked the entire escalator and didn't move. Jack was just vibrating he was so excited, so all those eager shoppers can just bite me I wasn't spoiling the moment of awesomeness.
Wait, what about the baby?! Oh right, she just rolled with it (literally) in the BOB. She loved the bright colours, cute bears and every person oogling and squealing at her. She slept pretty well there and back with a chorus of all of us chanting "sshhh shhhhh shhh" together to help lull her to sleep.
But in the end Jacks participation backfired ... He was out cold too! No worries, this guy still loves naptime and after a delicious lunch he snoozed in bed for another two hours.