When Sammiah was six years old my sister, mom, aunt and myself went on a little adventure to The Grove, in Los Angeles California, to the American Girl store. The first time I had ever seen one of these massive play-houses for kids I was on a trip to Chicago. It was huge with tons of stuff inside for a lifetime of enjoyment. Sammiah got a look-a-like doll, which are the dolls that you get that look like you. Or as close as you can match.
MaKayla was only three at the time so she did not get a doll on this trip. She did however get a bitty baby, I think they are called. As they got older, MaKayla would talk about was how she wanted an american girl doll and wanted to visit the store for a special day of her own. She’s been talking this talk now for two years!
This January, MaKayla turned the big 9 and much to her surprise, my sister and I cooked up a plan to take her out on an adventure to the American Girl Store to get her first real American Girl doll.
We set out first thing in the morning. Waking up at 5:30 am to be out of the house about 6:30 am. My dad picked us up and we headed to the Metro-link train station in the town we live in. I am so happy they opened up a station here in the city we live in, it is just so convenient.
We met up with my sister at the L.A. Union Station in Los Angeles and off we went to The Grove. If you have never been to The Grove, it is a huge outdoor plaza like mall that has tons of stores, places to eat and even a farmers market.
We spent about an hour letting MaKayla walk around and look at all the dolls. She was having a hard time deciding which one she wanted to make her favorite girl. I don’t blame her.
This store may I just say is absolutely ridiculous. They have every single accessory you can think of for their dolls. Every article of clothing, shoe and even a doll hair salon so you can get your favorite girl a new do!
It totally brought back memories of when I was a kid and would get the American Girl catalog. I would circle all the things I wanted… not that I got them, because I didn’t. I always joke with the girls that they are super lucky because I wanted an american girl doll and never got one. Especially because they have a doll named Addy!
MaKayla chose Julie Albright! She also got a matching set of pajamas for her and her new favorite girl Julie, some glasses and a hair brush.
And just like that $225 later… she had been initiated into the American Girl gang!
We tried to make a reservation for lunch in the cafe at the american girl store but at first inquiry they said they had nothing available. We wondered if we should of called ahead but it was the middle of the week. Guess we forgot the fact that it was still Christmas break. Leave it to the Lawyer in the family to have gab so sweet that they took our phone number and said they would call us if anything opened. I don’t know exactly what she said to them but I know it started with…
“We are celebrating my nieces birthday and they are here from out of town…”
No more than about 45 minutes later we were getting a text letting us know that our table was ready and off to the dining room we went.
Lunch was fantastic. We chatted over the conversation cards they keep on each of the tables. We each went around answering all the questions we pulled. We also had the cutest little cupcakes for dessert.
After lunch we walked the plaza slowly as we headed back to the car. We made a pit stop in Barnes and Noble so that Sammiah could look for a book. She chose 13 Reasons Why after about 30 minutes of searching. We made our way back to the Valet to retrieve our ride and headed back to the train station.
We arrived a bit early so we purchased our tickets to come home, stopped inside of a little shop to grab some snacks and cough drops for me considering the whole ride to L.A. I was coughing and sneezing.
The entire day was fit for a princess and I am so glad she had a good time. Special thanks to my sister who never disappoints. She is always so good to my kids.
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