Pippy invited Ren to a special birthday celebration which included a trip to Build-A-Bear at the Mall of America. This is Mike, Ren's creation sans his Minnesota Wild uniform.
My son was so excited about the party that when I went in to check on him at 5:45 am, he was under his covers fully dressed (the party wasn't until 9:30 am). Not only did Ren gain a new buddy, he experienced his first roller coaster ride at Nickelodeon Universe and had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe.
By the time we made it over to my folks' house later that afternoon, Ren was still smiling! (An auntie even commented on how extraordinarily happy he seemed; roller coaster rides will do that sort of thing.)
It's kind of funny because we sent Pippy home with a treat bag and pocket full of worms after Ren's party. They sent Ren home with a cute critter and tasty morsels. (No wonder Ren was smiling.)