Pronunciation Key (swang'gol)
v. Informal swan·gled, swan·gling, swan·gles
- 1) to gather information by asking me, esp. kinda like using *that* popular search engine, except that you are not concerned about the validity or absurbness of the response.
- 2) what Elmer Fudd would sound like saying "strangle"... "Be vewy vewy quiet... I'm going to swangle that wascally wabbit..." :)
Whilst we are on our recent trip to Singapore, our eldest daughter saw a Build-A-Bear Workshop™ at a local shopping mall close to where we are staying, and reminded us that we told her last year at a local Australian mall that if she was a good girl she could do one this year...
So as a treat we decided to let her and her little sister make a bear each and here is their fun and exciting experience! :)
Step 1: Choose Me!
Girls get to choose a bear skin to stuff. Eldest chose a white bear, youngest one got a light brown bear chosen by wifey cos she couldn't decide... :)
Step 2: Hear Me!
Optional extra #1: You can put in a little widget to press and it'll say something or play music. There were about 20 to choose from and eldest chose the phrase "I Love You!". We veto'ed any decision from youngest one to put anything in as it'll just go off in her sleep and wake her and everyone else up... :)
Step 3: Stuff Me!
Eldest all excited from helping step on a switch to turn stuffing machine on, whilst bear making specialist ensures bear is well stuffed. Bears can be stuffed to different huggable factor, from soft to hard. Eldest chose a soft huggable factor... as did the youngest.
Youngest one's bear is being stuffed in the video... stuffing is inserted via a rather large needle through a slit in the bears back, and girls were reassured that the bears are not harmed in the process and feel no pain...
After the bears were stuffed, the girls got to choose a special heart for their bears and give it special kisses and rubs, and make special wishes that their bears will have a happy and cheerful life. Much like what we all want for our kids eh?
Then the girls put the special heart into the slit in the bear's back, then decide on if they are going to be a girl or boy bear. Both girls decided that their bears are going to be girl bears.
Then the bear making specialist go perform some awesome surgical suturing to stitch the bears up.
Step 4: Fluff Me!
Once the bears have had their stitches done, it was off to give them their first 'bath'. It was more like showing the girls how to look after their bears by brushing and fluffing their fur, so it was off to the fluffing station to show the girls how to give the bears a 'bath'.
Step 5: Dress Me!
Next step was for the girls to choose an outfit for their bears, and believe me there was a huge range of clothing, shoes, hats and accessories... Check out the range that was there, much larger range than most human boutiques... :)
Strangely enough, neither of the girls wanted my choice of outfit for their bears. :) A Darth Vader bear would have been awesome!
After the outfit was selected, it was off to dress our bears!
Bear's all dressed!
Step 6: Name Me!
Next step was for the girls to name their bears. Eldest daughter chose 'Emily' as the name for her bear, and youngest chose 'Bear'... :) So we got the eldest to help pick a nice name for her younger sister and she chose 'Sophie'.
And finally to make it official, the bears get their birth certificate!
Bears all dressed and ready to go home!
Youngest daughter's bear 'Sophie' on left, and eldest daughter's bear 'Emily' on right!
Step 7: Take Me Home!
Take Me Home!
Eldest daughter all smiles! :)
Likewise with youngest daughter! :)
Bears that Daddy wanted to make but wasn't available at the time: