Thursday, March 03, 2011

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

No offense to my boys, but I sure do love being a mom to a little girl...
Is there anything cuter than a 5 year old who writes in her DIARY (no joke) about having a crush on Justin Bieber?
I am finally starting to see this "resemblance" that everyone raves about, which is an honor because my daughter is stunningly beautiful...

...and hysterical. What a room, eh? Embassy Suites, Downtown Chicago for our American Girl's weekend trip, courtesy of the Kenmore Live Studios and Embassy Suites. The room was A.Maz.Ing.
And the American Girl package was pretty darn sweet, too. Corinne's eyes nearly popped when she saw the sugary loot we were going to plow through on our Girls Only trip. We munched all night and even ate Snickers bars in bed while watching Tangled... I was greatly disappointed with her doll, though. She just passed out in her new doll bed. So we froze her underwear; It's the law of a slumber party.
You have no idea how many pictures I own of my children and I doing this very shot...
I hadn't even had a glass of wine. I let her slap that maroon paint on my fingernails without even flinching. I deserve a medal.
Not bad, though. Especially since she's only 5 and was giggling the entire time.
My fish.
Though the American Girl store is way overpriced, IMHO, the restaurant was well priced. The sweet service and extra touches covered up the somewhat mediocre food and outrageously expensive doll accessories. We couldn't get her doll's ears pierced with our free coupon because, well, her doll isn't a "real" American Girl. Ahem. She's FIVE. I am not buying a $120 doll for a 5 year old. She was cool with it, though.
The chocolate mousse fully made up for the lack of holes in her doll's head.
Yes. That is a tank top. In February. On the train with the guitar playing 20-somethings who kept talking about how "unique" and "creative" they were which is why they dropped out of college to pursue a Mushroom Jazz band (I am positive that I heard that incorrectly) and why it's ok that they're living in their parents' basements while they pick up some hours working in construction. I'll betcha their parents aren't quite so enthusiastic about it... ;)

If you can swing it, do it. A weekend away. A night at a hotel or a campground or someone's house who is out of town to have a sleepover with one child at a time, doing silly games and talking and spoiling him or her just a bit. They feel so special and you'll never forget it.



15 comments:

Brandie said...

Aww!! Looks like a fabulously fun time!

Michelle said...

Wow what a fun mom/daughter weekend getaway! and she did a great job on your nails.

Melissa said...

How sweet! What an awesome experience for the both of you. :-D

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh my gosh how fun!! I still need to make my reservation!

Steph

Lori said...

I love this post and I agree with you that it is such a wonderful and important thing to do! My daughter is 13 now and I am thrilled that she still loves our mommy/daughter getaways. Your post brought back great memories of the day she and I
spent several years ago in Chicago at the American Girl Place. It was part of a family vacation, but my husband took our son off to Notre Dame for a football game, so my daughter and I had the whole day and night for Girls Only time in Chicago! We can't always go somewhere as special as that, but we make a point to take a Girls Only trip at least once a year, even if we just drive to the next town. It is so much fun to check in to a hotel and be silly and eat whatever we want and experiment with hair styles......
Yes, the American Girl Place is so expensive, but that is one of our favorite days ever - so it was money well spent.
So glad you had that unforgettable experience - make it a tradition!

Tonya said...

love it what a great idea! you are such a good mommy!

we are reilly said...

Oh, you give me hope that I can try this sometime....now, my almost-6-year-old needs to behave just long enough for me to want to spend the entire weekend with her!!! :)

tz said...

oh my gosh, this is what i'm so missing....sigh.... my boys close their eyes when we walk by the american doll store they're so afraid of losing one ounce of boyishness....

Michelle said...

Oh I love it love it love it! What a fun weekend, but wait, she's FIVE and has that gorgeous hair? I love the fun you had with her - we should have coordinated our weekends :s Ummm does it expire soon?

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

What a FUN memory that will be!!! :) We went to the American Girl store this past fall just for fun when we went to visit my mom. OH MY GOODNESS. I couldn't believe the prices, but Abby thought it was so awesome. She doesn't have a real American Girl doll either, but I have her convinced that her Generation doll (from Target) is even better because you can buy (afford)more accessories. She's been saving for the real thing though & is hoping for b'day money to go towards it. It would be neat to take her to the actual store to purchase it...if only I could win the lottery. :)

mep said...

I cannot wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy more mommy/daughter outings (besides our typical trips to the Jewel and errands and such). My mom and sisters took my nieces to tea at American Girl and had so much fun. So excited to try stuff like that!

Corrine is such a beautiful, happy girl in every picture. And, can I just say how awesome it is that at five years old, she can WRITE in a journal!

Stacia said...

Love! Can't wait to do this with my daughter.

Supermodel Blogger said...

ok. Now you've made me want a baby girl. Now I have to go through pregnancy again. thank you?
Great photos! Looks like fun...

Supermodel Blogger said...

ooooh... I had a molly doll. My parents made my sisters and I wait 2 years before they would buy them. I agree... too expensive!

Anonymous said...

Looks like it was quite the adventure! Cute dolls too, if only I had a winning lottery ticket then I wouldn't have to think twice about buying such things! :)
-Jackie

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