Who thought turning 8 could be so tiring?
Happy birthday little girl!
We had an extra special day - my mom and I took my daughter to The American Girl Store in Chicago for a birthday surprise! We took the train down, which is an hour to the station and then another 2 hour commuter jaunt to the Windy City. We hopped a cab and made it to the store in record time.
While we were there we enjoyed some shopping and a delightful lunch - see our "welcome cinnamon buns"? Considering it is fare for the under 12 set, it was darn good and filling. While we ate lunch, Nicki, my daughter's doll, was treated to a hair-do. For an extra $5 she could have a facial - needless to say, she did not need the whole spa treatment. egads. In spite of the swarms of giggly girls, we had a lovely time. I would recommend the trip for any American Girl lover. As much as I am on the fence about perpetuating the idea of grown-up treatment for dolls, American Girl truly seems to support family values, and offers an educational element - there are many time-period specific dolls to help children learn about history in a cool way, and the more current dolls have individual altruistic sideshows - for instance - "Nicki" raises service dogs. There are many well written books to tell about it all. Good stuff for children to read about girls who do good things just because they should - there isn't enough of that in the world, you know? Just walk the streets and be shoved around, honked at and nearly run over and you appreciate some good ole family values:) The world could be a better place if we all learned a little bit from these dolls...
We also went to Hershey's - woot woot! Thank gosh Lent is over - Twizzlers abound!
My mom and my 8-year-old:)
And look at the size of that cupcake! Sorry Nani, none for you!