Is there a difference between calling them Sweet Duffy/Sweet Shellie May and Smiling Duffy/Smiling Shellie May? The regular bears are smiling, and I thought sweet was the defining word used when they have their mouths open and their tongue showing a little bit.
What a great haul, Naelyan! Your Duffy family just exploded in size!
I've never heard them called "Sweet" but that's a cute name. I do think of the "Sweet Duffy" event, but "Sweet Shellie May" could work.
I used to call mine "Smiling Shellie May" but that was too unwieldy, and she's likely to be my largest Shellie May. So I just call her "Shellie May."
"SS" is the size of the bear, but I do not like the World War II connotation of those two letters together for an English audience. Spelling out "Super Small" (?) doesn't work for me because that sounds as small or smaller than "Tiny" and I have "Tiny Duffy" and "Tiny Shellie May" (magnet bears).
Today I took Duffy, Dated Duffy, and Little Buddy to the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway. Shellie May opted to stay behind and get some beauty sleep. Duffy loves his Cars slippers and since were going to the Indy 500 Museum I didn't have the heart to tell him that slippers are normally only worn around the house.
Duffy brought his hand puppet to amuse Dated Duffy and Little Buddy. When they got bored with that they passed the etch-a-sketch back and forth and tried to identify what each other drew.
The Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway was constructed in 1909 and the first race took place in 1911, with 40 cars. In the early 1900's Indianapolis had many successful car manufacturers in operation but the dirt roads could not prove the performance and capabilities of the autos. The cars were advancing faster than the road system. So they built the racetrack and welcomed spectators to see what the cars could do. Now it's a thoroughbred race with drivers from around the world, whereas Nascar is cars with a regular body but souped up mechanics inside.
The Indianapolis 500 race is 500 miles around a 2.25 mile track and attracts the most visitors of any nationwide sport. The Super Bowl attracts about 70,000 people; the Indy 500 attracts 300,000-400,000, but they have the parking designed so well it never takes people more than a half hour to get out and on their merry way after the festivities.
There are only certain days that have the deluxe ground tour so I made sure to have reservations when it was available. The admission included the museum, a film, and not only a ride around the track (on normal non-race days) but a 90 minute tour where we got out in several spots. It was very informative and I also received a book and a souvenir giant pin.
There was still some snow on the ground but Duffy is so over it! Little Buddy and Dated Duffy had never seen snow but this was a hard packed ice slide to them and their buttocks froze quickly!
Duffy noticed a pink car. "Hmmm, I think even Shellie May would like THAT one," he said.
The highlight of the day was the racecar they were allowed to climb on. Duffy really has his eye on the jeep, though.
Duffy is fascinated with the sport of racing and wants to learn to drive. He thinks he's
a gearhead now.
“Um, Duffy, that’s going to be difficult since you are only 17”tall and can’t see over the hood, don’t you
think?” He stood on the steering wheel. “So, okay, now how are you going to reach the gas pedal and brake? Why don’t I buy a car
suited to your size?” Look, I found a jeep for him! That will be perfect for off-roading, too! “Duffy, it’sillegal to drive in slippers. Go put on some hard soled shoes, and no flip
flops or sandals either.” I think heneeds more practice! He’s not staying on his side of the road very well!
Thankfully this is a side street or he would get run over by oncoming traffic!
I’m not going to even attempt to show him parallel parking yet, especially
since I’m not good at it myself (I generally look for a double spot immediately
after an intersection so I can just pull right up LOL).
Dated Duffy and Little Buddy are content to be passengers. They shared their
booklet and big pin with Jumbo Duffy, who already knows how to read. I don't
think the pin is meant to be worn as a bindi but as long as my Duffy bears are
happy, who am I to judge?
Gurgi, that is such a cute sequence! I have a different Alice in Wonderland outfit but I have the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts. Alas, the bears have so many clothes it's hard to know what to dress them as next!
My sister was teasing me. She's like, "so do you dress them in something different every day or just when you feel like it?"
I said, well, they lead active lives but sometimes they keep their clothes on for awhile.
She said if I was late to work...."sorry, I'm late, boss. I had to dress my Disney bears. I mean, they can't just lay around the house NAKED!"
Look, here comes the Mad Hatter. Maybe he wants to have a tea party?
But, then the Queen of Hearts showed up to interrupt the party.
XO Are the green pants part of an outfit you can get in the States or was it from Japan? I must steal this idea as I haven't found any green pants that go yet with the Mad Hatter outfit. Also very cute set up. XD I have never seen the Alice costume in shops before. Makes for a nice story.
I just used last year's Spring Voyage pants again. They worked with the St. Patrick's day costume too. They've proven to be pretty versatile with other costumes! The Alice costume is really cute, and I like the fact that you can remove the Alice pendant, it's like a necklace with velcro. I was surprised it was removable, because all the Disney Princess costumes have the graphic of the princess attached to the dress. So, if you don't want the litteral Alice connection, you can take it off...although the logo on the apron is silkscreened on, but it's still cute.