Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lunch With The Dolls

I have an addiction and it's called American Girl Place. If you haven't heard of it before, it's a ginormous doll emporium with zillions of dolls to choose from, doll clothes (with matching little girl clothes!), doll furniture, doll hair salon, photo studio, theater and...lunch with your dolls.

I can feel myself losing control the second I enter the store. I have always loved dolls and having a little girl has allowed me to relive my doll obsession full force.

I went on a small spree there a few weeks ago to get Pickle some Christmas presents and I couldn't resist a matching doll/Pickle Christmas outfit. Point blank: There's nothing cuter on the Earth than a little girl and baby doll in matching outfits! Case in point:




So Pickle and "Bitty Baby" got all gussied up and we headed over to American Girl for lunch today to meet my friend and her two little girls.

One of the fun things about having lunch there is that they give you little high chairs so the dolls can sit and "eat" with you. Of course, Pickle marches to her own drum and immediately dismantled the high chair, leaving Bitty Baby draped across my purse in the boothwhile "Meow-Meow" got the royal throne:
Through the majority of the lunch, she amused herself by pouring water from the big mug into the little mug.
And occasionally giving her doll a drink.
And Meow-Meow got some too. What's with the expression on her face here!?!

They have a little game on the table--a box filled with questions to discuss while you're waiting for the food. One of the questions we got was "What three celebrities would you like to be friends with?" I thought this was a fun question! Mine would be:

1. Gerard Way (big surprise, right?)

2. Oprah Winfrey

3. Michelle Obama

Who would yours be?

It was so much fun having lunch with my friend and getting our girls together. We don't see each other nearly enough and we have vowed to do it more often. Here we are (why do I look so squinty??):

And here's the whole gang:

One funny thing--my friend's four year old had a hard time with Pickle's name and called her "Ostrich" through the whole lunch. "Do you like your cookie, Ostrich?" It was SO cute!! I think Pickle has another nickname now!

Ostrich all dolled out on the way home!

P.S. I added the "Follow Me" feature to my sidebar. I'm not totally sure what it's all about--but I'd love if you would follow me!

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29 comments:

Jennifer said...

What a fun time! Ostrich? That totally cracked me up!

Haley used to be really into AG. Many a AG christmas orders I've placed. =)

Miss A looks adorable in her red dress and shoes, btw!

Ronda's Rants said...

i saw Pickle's real name on her birthday cake and I love her name!
Such a beautiful name..I have been trying to figure out what her middle name could be...okay..that sounded a little bit stalkerish...sorry! I am just a pickle fan!
I will follow you anywhere...okay that did sound stalkerish...But...I will. Have a great day!

CaraBee said...

I absolutely LOVE Pickle (I mean Ostrich) and Bitty Baby in their matching red dresses! I want to be friends with:

Eddie Izzard, Ellen DeGeneres and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I'm betting those four would make for some interesting dinner conversation.

CaraBee said...

I absolutely LOVE Pickle (I mean Ostrich) and Bitty Baby in their matching red dresses! I want to be friends with:

Eddie Izzard, Ellen DeGeneres and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I'm betting those four would make for some interesting dinner conversation.

Kathy said...

What a doll! I could just squeeze her and love listening to her laugh. What a fun day you all had.

Allison said...

So, I love that store, too! My daughter already has a bitty twin (her cousin has the other twin), so we are giving her mathching clothes for her upcoming birthday in Jan. I, too, could spend hours in that store. I hadn't heard of the photo studio, so I'll have to check if ours has one! How fun!

Kori said...

Aww how fun. Looks like ya'll had a very doll-tastic time.

Jessica said...

Adorable! :)

Russell Crowe, Adam Duritz, and Oprah. Ok, I'm a bit shallow...Russell--just bc he's cute. His personality seems like it may be lacking! LOL

Becky said...

Oh I wish we had a place like that here. Too fun!

I saw pickles name on her birthday cake too, and I love it!

AmericanMaid said...

I am not a stalker, but I wnated to know what Pickle's real name is so I went back and looked at her birthdy party post. Beauitful name, Ostrich ha-ha. The cooler thing is my daughter was born on your daughter's birthday this year!

Jen said...

that looks like a totally cool place. Poor Claire also the only girl in a house full of boys. I can't wait for Christmas b/c she is totally getting all girled up with toys. I may have to start with American girl stuff.

Z's Mom said...

That is soooo precious!!! Ostrich is adorable!!!!

My cousin took her daughter there about a month ago.....they drove all the way from St. Louis just to spend the day there - Mommy and daughter time. I thought of you when she said she was going because it was right after you and Ostrich had just gone....

Yeah, Ostrich is just rolling right off my tongue now.... :)

Kori said...

Ostrich and her baby are beautiful, and you constantly floor me with what a great mom you are!

Doll Clothes Gal said...

What a terrific post and very cute pictures. I love the little red outfits.

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

I LOVED american girl when I was little : )
GREAT pics!

Jennifer said...

such a sweetie in her red dress.

what a fun time!

Kristin said...

Is that the American girl store in NYC. I love that place. Went in college (that sounds wrong). Now I have all boys and no excuse to go.

PS I follow you come follow me. We can follow each other.

Sera said...

She is too stinkin' cute with her little matching doll. This sounds like a blast! Is that the same place that they went to on Jon and Kate Plus 8? Just sounds like a little slice of heaven for girls. That was such a cute post!

sandi said...

May I rant on your blog? Thank you...
I am so jealous, you have no idea how jealous I am. I have been playing with dolls since I was a baby myself. I have six daughters, and not one of them plays with dolls. NOT ONE! How did this happen to me? I buy them dolls, They want Barbies and Bratz. I hate those damn things. I want baby dolls to dress and feed and play with. I may have to borrow Pickle for a day to play babies with!

Are you going to Blogher in July? I want to meet you in person.

Shannon said...

For someone whose just added the "follow me" thingy, you sure are racking 'em up ;)
I've had it on my blog... but I don't use it. I still use my Google Reader to get to all the blogs I read.

Anyhoo... cute pics, as usual. And as far as the three celebs I would want to be friends with, hmmmmm....

Paula Deen for sure... love her!
Maybe Ricky Gervais... I think his wit is hysterical!
I'd add Gerard Butler to the list, but I don't think I'd just want to be friends with him, if ya know what I mean...

JANE said...

Oh wow!!! I am reliving my girlhood with The Girl around here!
Her B-day is 3 days after Christmas so I reserve that day for a special doll from mama. I spend more time looking for her a doll then shopping for the 3 boys put together!
I am soooooo jealous you have an American Girl place. Tha twould be so fun to go to!! And yes we have Bitty Baby who is now called Cindy(thanks to big Daddy)!!
Great Pictures, enjoyed them all!

noble pig said...

I would have loved this place as a child, wow....and yes baby girl and matching baby doll are adorable....lucky pickle, she had a great day.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

We don't have AG stores around here, so Princess doesn't really know much about it. Dare I open up that can of worms?
Ostrich is adorable. As always!

Jen B. said...

Looks like a great "girl's day out"!! I LOVE Pickle & Bitty Baby's matching outfits... adorable!

Temple said...

Too cute! They are like little twins..with matching shoes!

Susie said...

What a great lunch!! I love little girls and dolls too. Yours is sooooo precious!!

Jenn P. said...

She is so cute, and what a fun idea!

Rebecca Jo said...

Those pictures are absolutely precious.... she loves her baby - doesnt she?

Kat said...

What great picture!! She is so cute. Here from Ann's GNO!!