E-Mail the Bear

February 6, 2008

Last weekend we decided to pack up the station wagon and take a trip to visit Grandma. Seeing as she has a moderate case of Adult ADHD resulting in the attention span of a jellybean, my mom had planned all sorts of stimulus overloading activities for James and his little cousin Tyler

First, we had their pictures taken. I haven’t had a professional picture taken of James since he was six months old. In fact, when my mother asks me to send a photo, I often send her a picture that she sent me a few weeks earlier. She’ll be like, “I took that picture, Amy.” And I’m like, “So?!.” And that will usually be the end of it.

My mom knew full well that there would be no new Kodak moments coming out of my house for the next few months, so she went ahead and scheduled the photo shoot. This particular photographer is widely known for going to desperate measures to make kids laugh, and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. Rubber chickens were flying, Barney puppets were fake farting, and I do believe that my mother wet her trousers.

All in all, it was a good experience.

The next morning we woke up bright and early, ate a good breakfast, and went to Build-a-Bear Workshop…on a rainy Saturday…in the dead of winter. Needless to say, the store was packed. But after an hour of coaxing, encouraging, and convincing James that he was in fact having fun, we walked out of the store with this:

Meet Email the bear. Yes, he is a pink, sparkly bear wearing black, rubber boots, and his name is Email. Totally worth the pain.

Here is James having a moment of fear over the bear stuffing machine. He was reluctant to let the friendly employee put the stuffing tube into Email's rear-end, and really, I can't say I blame the kid.

Here we are, taking our new friend home. I was like, "If Daddy tells you that pink is for girls, then you tell him that his job is for girls."

I asked James to pose with his bear.

James was like, "Yeah, I built a pink bear...I know...that's funny...now stop taking my picture."

And finally, here is James posing proudly with his wondorous new creation. I think they look quite handsome together.


Few ox said...

"Tell him that his job is for girls."
Love it!

Heidi said...

My son wanders the house wearing princess high heels courtesy of his sister.

I don't say a word. I might need that ammo later.

Vanilla said...

How did he get the name Email? That's hilarious.

Rob & Katy said...

I love the hooker boots. Nice choice, buddy!

akshaye said...

those boots like rubber plungers! How did James name him email??

Amy said...

I admire how you totally enjoy parenthood. You might be more excited about the fact that your son made a rubber-booted Email bear than he is.

Mindy said...

I love it! Oh, and Amy, your ass didn't look fluffy at all in that picture. You're doing fine!

fionahayward said...

I love the pink bear! I have a daughter that is an extreme tom-boy, and I don't sweat it. She is comfortable in her skin and that's what's important, right? right???? ;-) I agree with another poster, you don't look fluffy in the picture at all!

Jess said...

Cute! I love the pic with him and his bear in the box!

Jenn S. said...

Amy - what are the chances?! Savvy picked out that same bear (which looks suspiciously like it came from Wal-Mart huh?)from build a bear in November 06 and named it . . . Tortilla.

Yep, tortilla the pink bear. He was her favorite, she took him everywhere until he was lost and we had to go back to build a bear and drop another $20 for Tortilla V. 2.0

Of course, now she couldn't care less about that bear - oh well.

Love the name email!

Laura said...

So did his Daddy ever tell him pink was for girls? If so, I'm eager to hear whether James remembered his part, and what Daddy's reaction was.

Grandma said...

I still love when he picked up the unstuffed bear and thought that was what you went home with!

jkrunning said...

I'm an avid Nip/Tuck fan and frankly after an episode a few weeks ago where a crazy agent killed a guy via bear stuffing machine asphixiation, I'm scared of them too.

Catherine M. said...

Amy, first your butt looks great. Second, James is the cutest little boy. he couldn't have picked a more perfect little bear. It will round out his toy collection. One massively silly pink bear to fight off all those cars.

I miss you guys! I went to a new chiropractor this week and felt ashamed for some reason

chattypatra said...

JK, I saw that scene of the Nip/Tuck episode too! I had to make a huge effort not to start screaming in terror; didn't think it would be worth it if my neighbors called the cops to say I was being murdered.

Congratulations on your new bear, James!