Last weekend was the Valentine necklace party that I hosted with Sassy. You can see the project on her post, but in fact, mine isn't quite finished and I suppose now that Valentine's is over, I really should get on that. The Valentine swappers were inspired and some of the things they came up with were simply tremendous and if you'd like, I can take pictures and post them still.
Also, the Cheerios decorated cupcakes for the school staff on Wednesday after school - nine dozen of them. There was plenty of frosting "sampled" but I must say, I'm the most bummed out coach for not having pictures of the work bee. The girls were so enthusiastic and really gifted with the piping bags. If I ever open a cupcake store, I've got a few more potential employees!
The Cheerios have been waiting for a while now to stuff a team mascot. Since they cheer for the "Bears" we knew it had to be a teddy. To kick off the weekend, we hit Build-A-Bear Workshop as one, big, noisy group to get the job done. The first task was simply to pick a bear to stuff... I knew there'd never be a consensus but when I saw this bear named "Champ" I knew he was for us. Besides, a portion of his sales go to children's charities.
Every team member brought something to stuff inside the bear's tummy, something to represent themselves.
For starters, one of the girls wrote a dedication note - she also included the nail she broke at practice.
Our Australian exchange Cheerio put in a flag from down under.
One of the girls cut up a bit of her baby blanket in the shape of a heart... there were a few teary eyes. I put in a cupcake charm and a lucky chip from Las Vegas, Loopy stuffed in the green gummy bear we found on the gym floor during practice - a gummy bear in school colours? It had to go inside. Surely it was lucky candy trash.
Hearts were kissed and wished upon...
... and Bo the Bear was stuffed with love.
Ummm... fifteen year old girls still really get into stuffing bears. It's true! They took turns washing and dressing him, it was very cute. They even yelled one of their cheers into a small speaker that got stuffed in his paw - now he can cheer along with them.
Stuffed and done! He's ready to accompany us to competitions, sleepovers, or wherever furry friends are required.
Veto and I went to a movie for Valentine's Day over the weekend. From Paris With Love looked promising, but I can say this with all certainty: wait for the DVD. I'd read somewhere that it had beautiful shots of the gritty side of Paris scenery so I was looking forward to that, but alas, I can only say it looked sometimes like a sound stage. Gah. I don't even mind the whole action/adventure genre, but this movie just tried too hard. If you do go, there's a little reference to Pulp Fiction that tickled my fancy but wasn't worth the admission price.
I'm struggling to give From Paris With Love even one cupcake, but Veto enjoyed the action, so one cupcake it gets.