Monday, August 25, 2014

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

On Saturday morning Everly and I met my mom and my nephews at The Dollhouse and Toy Store in Scottsdale for a special story time with the mouse from the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." They had the mouse there and they read a few stories from that series of books and they passed out little cookies as well. You could also take your picture with the mouse and it was all free. We don't read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" that much but Everly loves "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" and we also have "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" for Christmas time. Everly was actually really excited to see the mouse when we arrived. I wasn't sure how it would go because of our experiences with Santa and characters at Disneyland. She is not horrible, but she usually does not want to get close. When we arrived she kept waving to the mouse and saying, "Hi Mouse!" I caught a little of it on video:

Everly and both boys loved the cookies. I took a picture with Teddy and Everly and the mouse because they both were interested but didn't want to get up there by themselves. Cam was busy enjoying his cookies in his stroller. After picture time the mouse took a break and we played in the back of the store where they had a Calico Critters doll house set up as well as a train track. Everly was hooked immediately. It was not easy getting her to leave the doll house but it did help that grandma got her some Calico Critters of her own to take home (spoiled). We were already planning on getting her a doll house of some sort for her 3rd birthday coming up but now we know it is going to be well received. As we were leaving Everly asked to have another cookie and then decided she was comfortable enough to give the mouse a big hug. It was so cute and I am glad she warmed up. Gives me hope for Santa and Disneyland this year. They have some more special story times coming up in the next few months so hopefully I can take her to one on my maternity leave. The store also has a play area with lots of toys and dollhouses that you can pay to play in but we opted out that day as it was nearing lunch time. Everly's babysitter has taken her before though and she loved it. Here are some pictures from the morning:

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He immediately ran up and gave this little boy a hug/kiss. Very loving lately!
Later in the evening playing with her critters. She is obsessed.

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