Finley already has a couple of American Girl dolls because she is truly a doll girl. Her grandmother bought her the first one the year we found out Finley was losing her sight. She treasurers those dolls, and yes I know they are ridiculously expensive, but she plays with them and loves them.
Finley decided that she wanted to go to the Boston store - instead of NYC - because she wanted to bring some friends. So she was able to invite two friends. She invited her two besties - who both have the same first name.
We had lunch at the cafe in the American Girl Store, and the girls had a great time. They each brought a doll with them and the dolls got a chair and a tea cup to use while we were at the table. The lunch was delicious - and not outrageous in price - and there was something on the menu for everyone.
After Lunch, the girls explored the store, and Finley picked her doll. She wanted a doll named Saige - who is the "Girl of the Year". She looks like Finley a bit - brown hair, blue eyes. But what attracted Finley to her was the doll "characters" likes: art and horses. Two of Finley's favorites. Finley also picked out the seeing eye dog that American Girl came out with this past spring. Last fall I wrote a letter to American Girl saying that it would be nice to see something for blind girls. They have wheelchairs, and hearing aides, etc. but nothing that represents a blind child. I got a letter back thanking me for my inquiry and that they would definitely talk to their design team about it. Thinking it was just a brush off form letter, I was surprised to see a seeing eye dog show up in their next catalog! I guess I wasn't the only one asking, and I was glad to see that American Girl listened.
After lunch at American Girl, we left and went on a search for ice cream. We were near a large mall, and thought for sure we would find something sweet, but the girls spotted a candy store before we got far on our search. We gave them the choice and they chose the candy store, so off we went. They had a great time filling a little bag each with some sweet treats, then trying to eat all of it on the car ride home.
It was a fun few hours for Finley and I am so glad she got to do it with a few of her friends. These little girls are great with Finley and very caring and very "like her". They have similar personalities and interest, and I hope that they stay life long friends. Finley is going to need girls who have her back, and I know I can count on these two.
Enjoy the pictures!