We were sad to see my brother go back home yesterday evening. I have found that since losing Preslie goodbyes are so much harder for me. We had a great time. It was nice to have him here to talk to and hang with while Chris was working. Chris and Merrick played some great tennis, and we played some awesome Mario Party. We also went to Frankenmuth for the day a few weeks ago. We all agreed that was our favorite day together. Great Christmas store and great food. I know that Chewy will miss his snuggle bud. We love you Merrick!
After dropping Merrick off at the airport in Detroit Chris and I decided to head over to the Twelve Oaks Mall. We have not gone on a date for 2 months, and we decided that we were way past over due. Chris had never been to Build a Bear before so we decided to stop in and make one for Arista. As we were searching through the different animals, we came across a white teddy bear with rainbows all over it. We found it perfect, since Arista is our rainbow baby. We put our recorded voices in it's hand, and a little heart that vibrates like a heartbeat. We then made our wishes and threw in a heart from both of us. After she was stuffed Chris gave her a bath (hilarious) then we picked out an outfit.
We decided that since Arista was named after Ariel's sister Arista, we would dress her like the character in the movie. We bought an Ariel outfit, and then switched out the red hair for blond. We cannot get over how stinkin cute she is. We made a birth certificate for the bear, and named her Rainbow Baby. We really feel like making this bear bonded us all together, and made us hopeful for the future.
After the bear making we went to dinner at our favorite Johnny Carinos. Whenever we have the opportunity to go there we do. We spent the remainder of the evening relaxing, and taking long bubble baths. We even went to bed at midnight, which is really early for us. I think Merrick wore us out. A great way to end a sad day.