When Evil Twin was here for Easter we talked about going to the Columbus American Girl store and taking a couple of the girls with us who wanted to get their ears pierced. After a bit of schedule checking and a minor crisis, we did manage to get on the road Monday morning at 7:15 AM. Prior to that though, Zoee had a bit of a meltdown shortly before we were supposed to leave.
“I’m not going!!! I’m not getting my ears pierced, no way, no how!!!! Grandma always said that if God had intended you to have another set of holes in your ears, he would have put them there in the first place!”
Okay. I guess that answers that. However, Felicity, Nancy and Cassandra were still excited about going. We set off down the road and everyone was having a good time. Unfortunately it’s a 3 hour drive which is long enough when you’re an adult, but when you’re only 18 inches tall, it seems like an eternity. About an hour in to our trip, the questions started.
“When are we going to get there?”
“How much further???”
“Are we there yet?”
“If you carpeted Florida, how long would it take to vacuum?”
They seemed to be appeased with the answers. Then the real problems started. Felicity started to have second thoughts. “I’m afraid. Does getting your ears pierced hurt much? Is there any blood?” She started to cry.
Evil Twin and I told her it was really simple, and it only hurt for a split second and there wasn’t any blood. She seemed to be okay with it.
“Quit being such a wimp!” joked Nancy.
After what seemed like forever, we finally arrived! The girls were super excited to get there, and so were we. 🙂
We decided to go see about doing the ear piercing first so no one would get scared and change their minds. We didn’t need any butterflies in the stomach to interrupt the rest of the trip! We went to pay for that and then headed over to the piercing station where a VERY nice lady named Sally took care of the girls. Cassandra decided she would go first, she was so brave!
Next it was Felicity and Nancy’s turn. They decided to go in together for moral support. Felicity was still really scared, but she got through it okay. Afterwards she said “that wasn’t so bad!”
Nancy took such a shine to Sally that she asked if it would be okay if she hung out and chatted with Sally while the other girls checked out some of the store. Sally was more than happy to do that, and Nancy was so excited. Sally was very interesting, we found out that she collected American Girl dolls before she ever started working for them and that she has 31 dolls total, wow!!
Nancy caught up with us just in time to meet Julie
We did some shopping and I had a chance to talk to Sue, my personal shopper from the last time. We didn’t sign up for the personal shopper this time, but it was terrific to see Sue, and even though we weren’t utilizing her service, she was more than helpful. I was super excited to hear that she has been stopping by the blog regularly to read too. 🙂
After we were done shopping, it was time for lunch. We hadn’t had anything since breakfast before we left and we’d built up quite an appetite with all that shopping! We got all situated at our table in the bistro and then Hannah came around to wait on us.
We all had the same thing–Mediterranean Chicken Salad, which was VERY good! It was a ton of food, we were all stuffed when we were done. Of course we had to try the milkshakes too, Evil Twin, Nancy and Felicity had the chocolate and Cassandra and I split the Grace’s Chocolate and Cherry flavored one. I think the next time we go I might be tempted to make a meal from just the ice cream menu, it was yummy!
After we were done, we got ready to head out. The girls were really excited that they got to keep the cups and saucers that they had been drinking out of as souvenirs. Nancy and Felicity both decided to leave theirs at our house so that we would always be sure to have plenty of mugs for them to drink out of whenever they come to visit, isn’t that sweet?
As you can see, Nancy and Felicity both picked up American Girl Columbus t-shirts as well. Evil Twin picked out a new pair of glasses for Zoee since she decided not to go, I think they look really cute on her! She’s been doing really well in school, so this was a special surprise for her.
Cassandra had saved up some money to get some new glasses too. She still likes her pink ones, but thinks these ones make her look more scholarly, don’t you agree?
We had a wonderful day at American Girl Columbus and just want to thank Sally, Sue, Hannah and Claire for taking such good care of us. Everyone is super nice at the store and it made a great experience even better. Our hope is to go back in the fall again, perhaps someone else will get their ears pierced this time. I wonder who? We just know it won’t be Zoee!
Over the weekend Cassandra will share what we picked out while we were shopping. She had a great time looking at all the displays and not only picking out a couple of things for herself, but for the other girls here too. We didn’t get any sneak peaks on any of the new stuff coming out, but you could certainly tell they were getting ready for lots and lots of new goodies! Claire at the checkout told me that she had seen the new releases and that they were “super exciting and lots of fun!” Can’t wait for Thursday. 🙂
A million bonus points to the first person who can identify where the “vacuuming Florida” question came from!