Friday, May 11, 2007

Pinky: A Happy Ending

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.

Ring, Ring
"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!


Leanne said...

Wow! an answered prayer and such a CUTE almost makes me want to have Christopher "lose" Mr. Puppy...well, okay, maybe not that much!! I am so happy for the reunion! God is good...even in the very smallest of things!

Anonymous said...

Oh! This brought tears! I am so happy for y'all. :o) Your children are so blessed to have such a great MoM!!
TamaraP. in North Carolina

Anonymous said...

Yay Pink is Home!!!!! I am so happy for Emily.

Anonymous said...

That was me up above and I meant to put PINKY ;)

Lisa said...

What a blessing for Pinky to come home again. Emily looks so precious. Rachel too.

Happy day!!

Wendi said...

I am so glad that Pinky made it home! What a great way to celebrate the return of Pinky.

Tracy said...

Oh, hooray!!!

We lost the "blankie" last spring but since Charlie was almost 4 (and actually had 2 different special blankets) we made it through okay. I just wish I had it for his baby box. : (

Welcome home Pinky!

Anonymous said...

You are the best Mom ever. And,I mean that!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Pinky!

What an adorable party to celebrate Pinky's homecoming! Monica, you are something else! :)

Love to all -- Grammie

Gini (Hallquist) Young said...

That is about the cutest, most sincere thing I've ever heard! I wish I had thought of that when I was young and my cat reappeared after being gone nearly 2 weeks (apparently someone had closed him into their shed and gone out of town). He looked like an angel appearing in the back window and looking very hungry! What a joyous homecoming! E looks overjoyed!

Chrissy said...

Yay!!! I'm so glad for Emily - what a thoughtful Mommy you are to plan a special celebration. Emily will look back on that memory and know she had the best Mommy ever...

mama k said...

oh my! What a cute idea. Your kiddos are going to have so many happy childhood memories.

Jthemilker said...

This is entirely TOO CUTE! I love it! You are such a cool Mom!

Anonymous said...

Um, I hate to break it to you, Monica, but you may regret this extravaganza over the course of the next three years when you're trying to wean the little one off Pinky.


Anonymous said...

Welcome Home! What a great party.