So if you know me by now you know that I love summer, but I dislike more things, like crowded places that draw lots of children. (oh there are many more on the list but I’ll save that for another day :) )It’s a struggle to be a parent who wants to make her kids happy, while also being somewhat of an antisocial introverted hermit who would prefer to lay around and read a book.
My kids may be the only ones in our town who have yet to visit Disney. Oh the poor neglected imps! The hubs and I loathe and dread the idea and most of our friends think we are crazy because the place is oh so fun which makes us feel like we might be crazy (how can an adult want to go that place, time and time again?!?). But I digress…
The girls, my girls, ages 7 and 6 have been BEGGING to go visit the American Girl Store since they got those darn dolls. Seems like every little girl around here, by the time she is 5 or so, has a doll or wants a doll and most of them have some monumental visit to the store on the 5th or 6th birthday to pick out the doll or another and have a blast.
Well my neglected girls, shockingly, never did get those visits, though they did get the dolls, so I finally relented and planned the trip with a friend (whose daughter, my daughter’s BFF has been multiple times!) for right after school ended.
And for months and weeks the girls poured over the catalog and fantasized about the experience, while I dreaded it! But when the day finally got here, yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel excited for the girls who had awakened at 5:30 a.m. and dressed and were ready to trek into NYC for their experience.
We got a lot of sweet smiles from strangers in Penn Station and it was a reminder to me to continue to relish in the sweetness of these girls!
And truth be told I loved being with them. My son was with his dad enjoying going to work with him. I got to catch up with my friend while the girls buzzed about everything they AND their dolls were experiencing!
The food was not the greatest part of the day, but when the hostess said “how many dolls in your party?”, I did crack a smile!
“Feeding” the dolls was one highlight but definitely the major highlight of this experience was getting their hair styled and ears pierced. Yes, you heard me right. I paid real money for hair styles and ear piercings for dolls. x2. !!!!!!!!!!
The ladies styling the hair were so lovely. They were a highlight for me in how they engaged the girls, got them talking about themselves and gave them tips for taking care of the dolls hair…really lovely ladies! And the girls, well, they were beside themselves with the results!!!
Really truly all in all it was a super cute day despite all my grumbling and it was such a great opportunity for some family and friend bonding.
Today my daughter asked when we could go back. I took a breath and said “not for many, many, many, weeks…” She said “oh I’m SO GLAD you didn’t say months!” :)
Do you have any American Girl Store thoughts? Are there any other cranky moms out there?