Our Family vacation to New York last week was filled with so many things. Mostly eating and Italian pastries, but also beautiful moments and memories.
Years ago my Mom received an American Girl® catalog in the mail. We both ooed and awed over it. We knew one day we would make the pilgrimage to one of the stores with my daughter. We dreamed about it and last week, the dream came true.
Since we were in New York with my folks we also asked my Godmother, my Aunt Joanne, she happens to be Cate’s Godmother too, to join us. She lives in nearby NJ. So, the four us set out to Penn Station to begin our first American Girl adventure. To say Cate was excited, was an understatement. It was all she had been talking about since we landed in the city that never sleeps. My mother had bought her and her dolly, Kelly, matching dresses. I made sure their hair was brushed, bows just right. As we entered the 4-story Fifth Ave. store it gave me goose bumps. The look on Cate’s face was priceless. Her mouth dropped open and while her eyes had a twinkle in them, mine had a tear. We were here, my 6 and HALF year old daughter was so giddy with joy. She was running and rushing around to look at every corner of this pink haven. We started out at the hair salon. Cate insisted that Kelly get a double braid, and she wanted Kelly’s ears pierced. (Cate doesn’t have hers yet, but she wanted Kelly to be first.) After we looked at all the historical dolls we headed to get her picture taken with Kelly at the Photo Studio. Then off to our big event of the day which was lunch at the Cafe. Kelly sat right next to us during our four course meal. The whole experience was top-notch. The service was perfect, the food and drinks delicious. The best part was they had this adorable box of “break the ice” questions on the table. The four of us had fun asking questions and we all learned something about each other. Our last event of the day was shopping! Cate got some really precious things for her and Kelly. My favorite was a journal to document her day. I plan to print some of these photos for her to scrapbook of her special day.
I really never thought the experience would mean so much to me, but it did. I’m not sure if it was because I was with my two “mommies” and it brought me back to feeling like a little girl again, or because my life is so blessed to have my own daughter to create these memories with.
I think it’s probably a little of both.