Remember this? I had really given up that she would ever make her way home. After nearly two weeks and a replacement that Emily was accepting more every day - I really did not expect the call I got yesterday morning.
"You called the church office and said your daughter had lost a pink bunny?"
"Well, we have it here. It was turned in this morning."
"Thank you SOOOOOO much! We'll be right there!"
And, we were - we dropped everything, went over and Emily beamed at the sight of her dear friend. Immediately, she tested the ears - yes, they had that loved on and rubbed feel! Oh, her Pinky has come home.
On the way home, I thought we should have a little Welcome Home Pinky Party. So, for dinner last night, we did. I went all out and had so much fun doing it!
I brought the little chalkboard from Emily's room and used that to write a message.
These little stick puppets kind of evolved. I had digital photo of Pinky, but no color printer and I could not find any solid pink paper in the house. So, I printed these off in black and white and colored over them with a pink colored pencil. I attached to a popsicle stick using double stick tape and tied on a pink ribbon. The sticks are propped up in baby food jars filled 2/3 full with rice.
We have about a zillion of these cute pink roses in bloom right now - so I cut two drinking glasses full to use on our table - they sure are the right color! And, you can't even tell I cut any!
Next, I made a little mobile of sorts to hang from the light fixture. First I printed off more black and white photos of the guest of honor. Then, I printed off the words Welcome Home Pinky! in an outline font and colored them in with a marker. I cut these out and pasted them to the scrapbook paper I had found. Punched holes, tied ribbons and voila!
I got out anything pink I could think of - Valentine dishes, pink napkins, pink plastic bowl, etc... to make it more pinky!
I made pancakes and tinted the batter pink. I put the batter in a washed out squeeze bottle (ketchup) and drew bunny pancakes, here is the photo of my feeble attempt to make pancakes look like pink bunnies! I also made pink (strawberry) smoothies. And, yes, I did even color the milk!
This is one very happy Emily!!!
Rachel just takes it all in!
After dinner, we watched the Velveteen Rabbit! Perfect story for this evening.
A cute story: when Emily got up from her nap yesterday, I had the table all fixed up and she squealed, "Ooooh! Pretty!" Upon closer investigation, she discovered it was all about Pinky and the squealing and delight continued - it was just so precious. Then she figured out it MUST be Pinky's birthday and kept saying, "Pinky Birthday!" Needless to say, she had a great time!
Welcome Home Pinky!