Build-A-Bear! I gave them gift cards for Christmas and they couldn't wait to use them.
They were both SO happy with their animals and quickly made their way over to the "spa" for some pampering! It is completely adorable to watch how serious they take the whole experience. I loved watching them brush their fur.
Oh and in case you were wondering Peyton named her Pug "Fluffy" and Ella named her pony "Sparkle" but may have changed it to "Chico" since we met a white horse (one of the carriage horses in Quincy Market) named that. Too cute!
Dick's Last Resort which isn't always "PG" but luckily these were ok!
P.F. Chang's and were more than accommodating regarding Ella's wheat and dairy allergies. They already have a gluten free menu right on the regular menu but the manager also printed a dairy free menu from their "food matrix" and brought it over to me. The cooks put all the dishes on special "logo" dishes as a reminder of the allergies. Excellent system! Very impressed!
Of course the girls were more interested in playing with their chop sticks and pretending to be "rhinoceros" which Peyton couldn't even pronounce and I had to inform her that I think she meant walruses! Lol!i
Oh and that picture of Ella with the lettuce. . . after eating a lettuce wrap she just wanted the "salad" meaning the lettuce and proceeded to eat three pieces. She is one funny kid!
We went to the diner down the street from my place. It is always empty when I've been there and the staff is SO nice. The girls love the stools and counter and quickly made themselves at home dancing around the restaurant!
I told them I had a surprise for them and they were so excited. We quickly walked back to my placed and packed up their stuff. While driving in the car to the secret location they tried to guess where we were going. I gave the hint of something "soft." Ella guess a bounce house which I thought was pretty clever for a 4 1/2 year old! After giving a few more clues including "something you can hold" Peyton guessed we were going to see kitties. Smart kids! :)
MSPCA Adoption Center. There is one in Boston where you can pet and hold the cats. They really like animals so I thought they would get a kick out of this. Best part is. . . it is FREE! We played with the cats for a while and the volunteers were great about holding the kitties for Peyton and Ella to pat.
We check out the room with the guinea pigs next but the girls were much more interested in the mice. Go figure. Ella thought they were "so cute" and couldn't stop looking for them hiding in their cages. Ella checked out the birds too.
I asked the girls if they wanted to go in the dog room and of course they did. I warned them that the dogs usually barked A LOT and LOUD when people walked by. Of course that is exactly what happened and it startled the girls at first but then then found a puppy that was quiet and fell in love. It was a pit bull/mix looking dog and recovering from surgery. Peyton thought he looked sad so I had to explain to her that he had surgery and pointed out where he was shaved. We later saw him going for a walk outside with a volunteer and he was pretty cute. He got so excited when we talked to him that he peed and the girls thought that was hilarious! Kids!
All in all it was a fun visit to the animal shelter. This is one of the nicest "shelters" and they take really great care of the animals. They are so nice to visitors too!
After all that fun it was time to return the girls to their parents! We met up in a parking lot and did a quick trade off.
It was quite the slumber party! I had a lot of fun with them and I hope it is something they will remember for a long time. I'm glad that my Christmas gift to them including not only giving them something but doing something together!
And just like that my Christmas vacation is over. Five days went so very fast. I'm in denial about having to go back to work. . . I need to plan a Spring Break stat!!!
P.S. Peyton with no front teeth has got to be one of the cutest things I've seen in a long time. Every time she smiles she makes me smile. I love it!