Thursday, July 15, 2010

Chinapalooza 2010 – Day 1

A few families (including ours) arrived a day early to experience a little more of Chicago.  The men in the group went to a White Sox baseball game.  While the men were at the game, us girls headed to The American Girl Place for shopping and a tea party.  I do not have photos of the ball game as I thought photos of the tea party were more important…and because I had the camera:).

The tea party was scheduled for 4:00 p.m.  The Queen and The Princess could not wait until the tea party or even shortly before the tea party to go to The American Girl Place.  So at 11:15 a.m. we began our trek to the AG store.  Good thing it wasn’t too terribly far from our hotel since we would be making this journey again in the afternoon.

The thing about AG dolls at our house is that we do have a few.  We have an Asian Girl of Today that is about 8 years old, and an Asian Bitty Baby that The Queen received on her 3rd birthday.  My girls have been pondering for months which AG doll they were going to buy on this trip.  I was trying to steer them to the Bitty Twins, so they each could have a doll of their choice.  Trying to “steer” the girls, well, let’s just say that they had their own ideas of what they wanted!

Have you ever been to an American Girl store? Two floors of everything imaginable that a girl could want.  I ask the girls to look at every doll before deciding on which doll they wanted to buy.  I was still humoring myself that I had some control over the purchase situation.

The first floor of the store had books, and ALL of the historical dolls and their paraphernalia.  Wow!  What a collection.  The Queen kept saying, “LOOK!”, “LOOOK!!”, “LOOK!”  The girls were going bonkers over all of the dolls.  Next we navigated our way into the Bitty Baby shop.  The Queen wanted the Asian Bitty twin girl (yes!, my steering had worked), but I reminded her to wait until we had seen everything.  The Princess, however, wasn’t interested in the baby dolls as she wanted a girl doll.

We made our way up the escalator to the world of the Girl of Today.  The Princess wanted everything.  We stood in front of the display case of the 40 dolls you can choose from.  The Princess finally settled on one that “looked” like her.  Now back downstairs for The Queen’s doll.  The Queen had said she wanted the Asian Bitty Twin.  Now they give you options for the dolls, so she picked a Caucasian doll too.  The clerk told us that we didn’t have to purchase “twins” that at the stores you could buy a doll separately.  I liked this as the cost of the twins would have been enough if the girls had split the twins, but buying the AG of Today AND Bitty Twins was more than I wanted to spend.  So I asked The Queen to pick one of the dolls, and she did.  She opted for the blond-haired, blue-eyed doll.  Whatever.

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The happy girls with their dolls.

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We went back to the hotel to rest up for the tea party.  I forgot to mention that the AG store also had a beauty salon for dolls, ear piercing, photo studio, candy store, clothes for girls, doll hospital, and restaurant. 

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At our appointed time, we met up with all of our China Cousins for the tea party.  Each doll had their own place setting next to their girl.  Trays of yummy things were brought to the table.

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What a fun time!  The weekend is just getting started!

Oh, and the guys had a good time at the White Sox game.

More Chinapalooza to follow….

4 comments:

Goosegirl said...

Sounds wonderful!!!
We took India to the Chicago AG store several times when we lived there.
We just too Ahnalin for the first time to the L.A. store and had tea last week.
She picked out Elizabeth. Yep. Blond hair, blue eyes. Whatever. I still have to post those pics.
Have a great time with all your China cousins!!

Annie said...

Oh my!! Sounds just wonderful! My Em would LOVE that store!!!! Could be VERY dangerous!

Shari said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures from the tea party. We haven't been to one at AG before. Those treats look delicious.

Vivian M said...

What an awesome tea party! The Queen and The Princess look like they had a blast!