Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little girl’s dream – a trip to the American Girl store!

Ava has been talking about wanting an American Girl doll for well over a year. I wasn’t quite sure she was old enough when she first started asking. Over the last year, she has played with my sister’s old dolls and has played with them a lot, as well as taken very good care of them. So, after talking about it, we decided that this year, instead of having a friend birthday party, we would take her to the American Girl store in Dallas to pick out a doll and eat at the bistro! We also decided to leave her brother behind so the day was all about her. We waited and surprised her the morning we were going!

She was very excited about her adventure!!! IMG_1688IMG_1690   

We had one EXCITED little girl when we arrived!!!!IMG_1694 

We spent a lot of time just wandering around the store, looking at the various dolls and all the stuff that goes with them! :) Talk about little girl heaven! IMG_1696 IMG_1697 

After wandering around for a while and debating the possibilities, Ava finally chose, Isabelle, the girl of the year!IMG_1699

As she has waited for a doll, one thing Ava has seen in the stores and in the catalogs, are the colored hair extensions the dolls can have in their hair. After she had chosen Isabelle, I saw on a display that Isabelle came with PINK hair and this was Ava’s reaction when I told her! IMG_1700

She was so anxious yet so patient while she watched the clerk put Isabelle’s hair extensions in for us! IMG_1702 IMG_1703

And finally! She has her doll!IMG_1704 

Another thing Ava has wanted was to get her doll’s ears pierced. I’d told her a while back that if she wanted that, then she needed to use some of her piggy bank money to pay for it and she was all on board. So we headed upstairs to the “salon” so Isabelle’s ears could get pierced before our lunch reservation.IMG_1706 

While we were waiting to get the ears pierced, Ava just kept saying thank you, over and over again. It was so sweet! IMG_1708 IMG_1709 

After waiting thirty minutes in line to get her ears pierced, we almost missed our lunch reservation. We got to the desk just in time! Ava was excited about getting to sit with her doll!IMG_1712

I have to brag on her daddy for just a minute. He drove with us the three hours and back on the first Saturday of college football, when the Hogs were playing Auburn. He never complained and was such a good sport about it! IMG_1713IMG_1714IMG_1720 

We had such a great time with our girl. She was just excited to be the center of attention and to do something so fun that she had really wanted to do! She was excited for lunch, though the lunch experience left some to be desired!   IMG_1724IMG_1726

While i knew we weren’t dining at a five start restaurant the food was quite awful. ha! And to make it worse, I had about two bites of my sandwich before i found two hairs in it. No, thank you! The manager came out to apologize and did offer us a free dessert which was the best thing we ate! ;) IMG_1727

It was seriously such a joy to see Ava so excited and so happy during during this day!!!! IMG_1728IMG_1736 IMG_1737IMG_1740

I’m so thankful we were able to make this special dream come true for her!!!


  1. How fun and such a special little gal. It's all about creating memories with our kids.I think you nailed it!

  2. Aw! I LOVE it!!! I can't wait to do this kind of thing with Landry!

  3. Oh my goodness, this is just precious. I cannot wait to take Lilly to the American Girl store one day if she is into that sort of thing (I hope she is!!!!). Love all the pictures!!! And boo about your lunch, yuck!


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