When Tressa turned two, I drove around town to collect items that she could use to play school, veterinarian, construction worker, pro soccer player, and various other professions and hobbies. Not to mention some huge, gorgeous jewelry that shimmers and shines. And, I bundled all of it up in a storage tub that I named the Imagination Station. It has been fun to see Tressa run to that box from time to time and even add to it. Her imagination has run wild in the last two years.
As Abi's birthday approached, I wanted to give her something special for her second birthday. And, my mind immediately kept returning to an idea. But, time did not allow, and I was not able to follow through. (Notice a theme in the last few months?) So, I gave Abi a Leap Pad so she could play with her own while Tressa plays with Tressa's Leap Pad. Those girls love those Leap Pad books.
But, my mind could not leave my initial idea. And, when the family decided to not get rid of their old entertainment center because they were going to follow through with Tressa's idea to build a puppet theatre with it, I knew I needed to get in gear for Christmas and not have any second thoughts. Back in early fall, I had the idea of giving Abi a fold out theatre board complete with curtains, but Tressa's idea was much better. However, I knew I could help by contributing the most important part which I had ordered months before.
So, I gave Tressa and Abi... puppets, puppets, and more puppets. Complete with Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma, Goldilocks, Little Bo Peep, Kings, Queens, Dragons, Mom, Dad, Baby, Doctor, Elephant, Cow, Tiger and so many more. There is a big tub of them, and the first night we opened them, we had a blast. It made me want to run out and buy some for my house. (To keep for only when the girls come over, of course. Of course!) :)
Before having dinner that night, two princesses graced my presence and welcomed me to their castle. Tressa and Abi wanted me to see the fancy dresses and jewelry they received for Christmas and which came in their very own dress-up chest. The girls were adorable.
When Tressa and Abi danced around, Rian became so excited that she couldn't stop laughing. I know she can't wait until she's old enough to join in on the fun. When watching the girls, time seems to rush by, so I know it won't be long. So, we'll just try to have as much fun as we are able right now when the girls are young, and I think we're doing a good job of it!
Beware to those visiting this family! You will probably be invited to the basement for a command performance in the beautiful theatre - complete with a red curtain that Mommy made for the actresses and puppet mistresses. You must be prepared to provide loud cheering, tons of clapping, and many Bravos!