When the summer began with our new addition, it put the breaks on traveling. The Wilmot sale took place the first week of June and there was no way I could go, so sad to have missed it! I really was hoping to complete Saige's collection at the sale. Her balloon and art set were the pieces I couldn't justify buying at full price and hoping I might be able to pick up at the sale~ well THEY were at the sale, but I was not. I didn't miss out on all the AG fun, I drug my husband (with less than a happy face) with us to the MCM sale in July. So, Lucas's first camping trip was in a parking lot, waiting in line to get AG dolls! Baby couldn't come in though, so hubby was there to help while the girls and I shopped. Not that we were in need of any dolls in particular, but my girls had saved up their birthday money and would have been so disappointed if we didn't go. Now we have so many dolls they will soon be getting their own room (more to come on THAT later!)
Fast forward to August, my wonderful personal shopper Kathy from the American Girl Store in Minneapolis invited us to the 'private' pre-shopping event last Thursday as they launched the BeForever Line. It sounded like so much fun and I really wanted to go. You might remember that the two dolls that began my love of American Girl were Kirsten and Samantha, and I have loved the historical dolls ever sense. It turned out that it was not so easy to find another AG obsessed friend to come along! My daughter did bring a friend, so it was just myself and the 4 children. I had accumulated enough points on my credit card to book a room (We stayed at the econolodge- I wouldn't recommend it) I called Kathy right away to get on the list for the mornings event and called the café to make reservations for lunch. I couldn't drive all that way and not enjoy lunch with the dolls!
Because the EVENT was at 9AM, and I live 4 1/2 hours away, we drove over on Wednesday and decided to look around. I wanted to have one last look at some of the things that were 'going away'.
Lily and Baby, Julia and Saige and Gracie with Avery and Chelsea
These limited edition sets look so fun! (don't love the prices though!)
I would LOVE this car...if only I had gotten to go to the sale this summer! SO BUMMED!
A little note on the very empty Marie~Grace display said they would soon be saying farewell..
Some of the display cases were already set up and covered with this sign.
The event was a fun experience and brought the focus to the revamped BeForever line. I really didn't know what to expect. We arrived at the Mall just before 9 and there were already moms with their girls holding dolls milling around the entrance. We decided there was no reason to be the first through the door, and took a few minutes to oooh and aaaaah at what could be seen through the windows...a glimps of a giant plastic egg, Caroline's fancy new dress as she stood next to (Marie~Grace's???) Banquet table, and Samantha's sweet smile sparkling in one case after another. From afar, I caught a glimps of her Ice Cream Stand and wasn't sure if that was just a display piece or something for sale. It was for sale! Somewhere I had read that people were speculating that the 2015 GOY doll would have an ice cream stand, I don't think that will be the case. I hope that whatever they make isn't so similar that people pass up this adorable set! I was also surprised that Julie's car was still there, I thought it was going away.
After taking it all in, the girls giddy with excitement, posed for a few pictures. Julia with Saige, Gracie with Sophie, and Lily with Nicki!
I think these girls will FOREVER remember this day, when they were introduced to American Girls BeForever line!
Lunch at the café is always an enjoyable time! I guess I didn't pay close enough attention to my photo...I cut out our newest doll friends that joined us that day! Gracie's Samantha and Lily's Isabelle!
We were so enchanted with the BeForever line! We used the coupon for a free book and each of the girls picked out a new BeForever book, with Lily being the only one to get a Journey book.Thanks to Jen for sharing her paper coupon for $10 off, and I had a paper coupon as well from the Isabelle movie so each of my girls had one to use. My girls were spending their own money to buy their new dolls and checked out separately and each was able to use both the 10$ off and the free book coupon. To our surprise, when we checked out Gracie received a girl size BF t-shirt to be sent in the mail because she was buying a BeForever doll! Looking forward to it's arrival! There was also a scavenger hunt and a drawing for a free doll (only for the 9-10 am preferred customer event) We didn't win :(
If you have never spent the day at an American Girl store, you really should! I am glad we don't live close enough to go every month, so it really is a special time of making memories when we can go! American girl is about enjoying this time in my girls life when it is OK to have tea with your doll and to stay a little girl just a little longer. My 10 year old, with a twinkle in her eye, pointed out the teen-aged girls who were shopping with their friends AND their dolls! I am sure she was starting to worry that some day she might outgrow American Girl and it is reassuring for her to see that it is still far off. I am yet to tell her that she will never outgrow American Girl, that she might put them away someday, but it will only be fore a little while. Because I will carefully store them away and will wait for the day when she has a little girl of her own and then she can play with dolls again!
Amanda, Gracie and Lily