Laurel woke up 3 times last night. At least one of those times, she asked Brad (the designated parent for Laurel and Brant's middle-of-the-night requests) to crawl into bed with him. He responded with a firm "no" and sent her back to bed.
So today, Maren has embarked on an experiment. The kids went on a maiden voyage to the Build-A-Bear workshop. What a great example of entrepreneurship! Customers are greeted by an employee upon walking in the store. If you look closely, you can see the animated dollar signs zinging around in their eyes as they smile at the parents. Sure, the cheap bears are only $10. But you can dress them up with everything from insertable sound pieces to Darth Vader costumes.
This mom is mean and only allowed each child what they could afford. Laurel's puppy was a gift from Mom to help her in the middle of the night, but the purple dress came out of the last of her birthday money. Brant used his birthday money to buy his bear and had nothing left to buy any accessories. Maren frequently reminded him that he can have anything he wants in the store if he earns the money. He doesn't seem interested.
The kids do get a heart to put inside the bear before it gets its stuffing. An employee leads them through a little activity in which they do some cute things to the heart to make it "work" for the bear. The last step is to wish on the heart. Laurel wished that she wouldn't have any more bad dreams. So cute! She later admitted in the car that she really wanted to wish for all the money in the world, but that Mom wouldn't let her. Brant wished for help in cleaning up every day. He's not exactly motivated when it comes to cleaning up the toys in the living room or putting away the outside bikes and stuff.
The kids finished the activity by naming and completing a birth certificate for the animals. They each have a cardboard home to live in. It's pretty cute and the kids love it. The real test will come tonight. Hopefully "Sarah" can ward off the bad dream goblins before they get to Laurel!