Luke is my creative kid…he is always coming up with a plan to make something out of paper that you wouldn’t think is possible (like clothes for a stuffed animal), making signs for things (arrows to point Santa from the fireplace to the Christmas tree), and setting up toys/furniture to make a hideout or tent. Honestly, it can be exhausting to meet the materials requests some days, but it’s definitely one of the things I love most about him.
Last weekend, he created a new “leash” system for his stuffed dog, Pup, which he’s had since he was about 1 (and my mom bought it for him; I think that’s part of the reason he’s still pretty attached). Over the last couple of years, we’ve had yarn leashes for various stuffed animals in our house, but they don’t last long and I don’t like having a long string of yarn hanging out in the playroom. He came up with a plan to use something we already have: lanyards. We have a bunch of them from the boys being in the Cardinals kids crew every year. Luke put a beaded bracelet (the kind they make at school on a pipe cleaner) around Pup’s neck for a collar, and then hooked the lanyard onto that. It’s perfect! For Bennett’s dog, Spot, they’ve also used a watch around the dog’s neck to attach the lanyard.
Apologies to Bob, who asked for less Cardinals gear in the family pictures…I swear this wasn’t on purpose. And yes, even the stuffed dog has on a Cardinals shirt. 🙂