Build-a-Buddy

If you can’t handle cuteness, you should definitely not read this post. I just returned to reality to the tune of Team Umizoomi (if you’re blessing my heart, thanks! I need it) after a trip down memory lane.

We started a tradition when Hayden turned three… we took him to Build-a-Bear where he picked a horse and dressed it in a basketball outfit. He named him “Horsey.” And since that time, each of our kids, at age three, have built some type of buddy.

I can’t tell you about those memories without showing you. Oh, be still my heart, and be still, time…

Hayden:

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Such a timid little guy.

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“Washing” Horsey.

 

Carson:

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Bailey:

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Left to right: Hayden, Carson, Bailey.

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Left to right: Carson, Bailey, Hayden

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That smile!!

Parker:

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Those eyes…

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He took the task of loving on the heart seriously.

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All six of us in the shot.

And Anna:

This location is a four-story toy store with a corner dedicated to Build-a-Bear. It took a while for the store to find an employee trained in the Build-a-Bear tradition and who felt comfortable enough speaking English but when they did, they found a great one! She was wonderful with Anna.

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Dad and all the brothers watching.

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Filling her bear with fluff.

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Loving on the heart.

Before we left she one of the Disney Princess dresses. She couldn’t think of a name so we decided on the name of the character whose dress she picked: Clara from the Nutcracker.

Just a few minutes ago I went in to wake Anna and she had Clara in her arms and told me of her dream: that someone was coming in to help her fix Clara’s tutu. Apparently the fact that Clara’s dress was messed up made its way into Anna’s dreams… I fixed the tutu for Anna and she smiled and hugged Clara.

Five precious babies. Five build-a-buddies. We are blessed beyond measure.

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"Yes, they're all mine." The answer to the question I hear most often.
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3 Responses to Build-a-Buddy

  1. Maria Currey says:

    Such beautiful memory building!! Love your family and all of your memory making!!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you! I could spend unlimited hours looking back at these pictures and they remind me to be more intentional, soaking the moments up while they’re here.

  2. Sybil Kee says:

    Jen, these pictures are priceless. I could squeeze each one of them to pieces. I can hardly wait to see you all. So glad you are sentimental and make such precious memories❤️

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