Last weekend has been a bit of a blur because I have been sick with bronchitis and feeling pretty terrible. But despite not feeling well, I had read about the opening of an American Girl store in a mall across town. Apparently American Girl has been opening temporary stores around the country for the holidays. I knew that the store would not be anything like the big American Girl Place store in Chicago but thought that it might be a fun idea to take Elin because she enjoys looking daily at a catalog that we recently received. I have been contemplating getting her a bitty baby doll for Christmas but wanted to see how she liked them in the store.
Saturday came and I wasn’t feeling so great so we didn’t head out on the hour’s drive until after lunch. When we got to the mall, I found the table where they gave away tickets to get into the opening and we were lucky because they had earlier stopped giving them out but had just started handing them out again.
We were 27 and they were letting in people with numbers 21-22 so I didn’t think we had long at all, although they told me that could still be a couple hours. So as we headed off to find Bath and Body Works to stock up on holiday candles, Elin spotted the mall train and was so excited to ride. She rode around and had the best time waving at everyone. I snapped some pics as she rode past on my way to shop.
After the train ride, we spent a long time in the Disney Store and LEGO Store. Then it was finally our time to go in American Girl. As we waited in line to get in, Elin kept telling me wanted the Mary Ellen doll which was funny because I told her the names of the dolls once and I can’t believe she remembered! We took at look at her in the store, but I steered her back to the bitty babies because I know she is not ready for the responsibility of an older doll with tiny accessories.
They had a nice big area for the bitty babies and lots of displays of all the merchandise for the kids to play with and check out. Elin loved playing, which was a good thing because I stood in a long line at the cash register in order to buy her the doll, and she was entertained the whole time by playing.
A nice associate took the items I wanted so Elin never saw me with them. As it was getting my turn to pay, Phil left with Elin and they started to walk through the mall and to the car. By the time I made my way to the car, she was half asleep and hopefully didn’t see me walking to the car with the bags. One Christmas present down!
I’m glad we went because I think Elin had a lot of fun riding the train, playing with LEGO blocks, and looking at all the dolls.