Monday, May 14, 2012

American Girls

This weekend we took a trip to the Atlanta American Girl Store to celebrate my nieces' birthdays.  They both have birthdays in the month of May, so my sister thought it would be nice to celebrate their birthdays, together, at the store at least once.  
Atlanta is about a 3 hour trip for us, so this was a fun, overnight extended family vacation.  We stayed at the Laquinta Inn and Suites, which was SO, SO inexpensive, but had great reviews online.  I'm happy to say, it lived up to it's reviews!  And funny thing, when we checked in - there was our hometown community lacross team!  They were staying at the same hotel - what are the chances?  It's a small world folks!
We could have walked to the American Girl Store from our hotel, but there was no crosswalk next to the mall, so I don't recommend it.

ML goofing around with her 'baby' blanket at the hotel:

My sister made lunch reservations weeks ago for 1 pm on Sunday (Mother's Day,) but she knew she wanted to have the nieces' dolls' hair done at the store too, so we got there early to be sure to be first in line for the doll hair salon.  The hair salon is first come, first serve.  (We actually ended up being second though, because the nieces had a hard time deciding what hair style they wanted for their dolls, so if you will be in a time crunch, be sure to look at the hair style options online before you go, because the first girl to decide on a hair style is the first doll that will get a stylist.  :-)

Waiting outside the doors for the store to open:

 My parents with the grandkids (minus JR, who was MIA most of this time - ha!)

Once we got inside the store, someone broke the news that ML wouldn't be going home with every. thing. she wanted.  She was a little sad about that:
 It's tough being a princess!  Ha!

Even though we were second in line, we only had to wait about 15 or 20 minutes to get a 'chair' for out dolls:

We had the doll's hair done and the shopping finished by 12:15 and we were all hungry, so we asked if we could be seated early, and they said yes!  Woo!

It is totally NOT her birthday:

 But it is HER birthday!:

The food at the Atlanta American Girl bistro was actually really good!  I had been told not to expect much, so I was very surprised.  I was pleased with everything I got.  Each meal came with a 'starter' and an entree.  I had the garden salad and bistro burger and thought both were above average.  Others enjoyed the fruit and yogurt, pretzel bites, and chicken noodle soup for starters and the salmon, tic tac toe pizza and chicken nuggets for an entree and everyone was happy with their meal.:
Cake time!:

We got some great goody bags at the end with a balloon, shirt, and other things for the dolls:

We took a family picture (minus my sister and brother in law) for my grandfather:

Another great Mother's Day.  So very blessed, just to have these two to hold:

Girl knows how to shop!

We finished out trip to Atlanta with a stop at Ikea.  We got some great stuff!  More on that later.