Last Wednesday we took Mei-Mei to the American Girl Doll Place for her birthday. Originally we had planned for Grandpa and Nana to take her, but since Abby wanted to go too, we let Grandpa off the hook. In all honesty, we figured he'd spend the entire time looking at his watch and thinking, "Are we done yet?" Since Wednesday was Isobel's first day of school, the timing seemed right for Mei-Mei to have a day of her own. Abby and I had done a scouting of the AG store previously and picked out the doll we were going to steer Mei-Mei to. She is still too young for the regular Amercian Girl dolls, so we picked out a pretty brown haired Bitty Twin for her. We showed it to her on the computer so she would be prepared. However, showing us her true little opinionated self, she did not want a brown haired doll - she wanted one with yellow hair.
We knew that she would be excited when we got to the store, but she exceeded all our expectations. When we walked in she started exclaiming, "My doll store! My doll store!" Of course everyone in the store stopped and smiled. I thought we might spend some time looking at all the different dolls, but Mei-Mei would have none of that! She wanted to find, "My doll - the one with the yellow pigtails." So we took her over to the Bitty Baby section and she saw her doll.
We found a saleslady who went to the back and brought out her doll and (surprise!) one for Nana too!! Mei-Mei walked up to the checkout counter with her big box of dolls and stars in her eyes. After we paid, the saleslady asked if we wanted her to take Mei-Mei's doll out of the box. Of course, we said yes. This reaction sparked a collective, "Awwwww!" throughout the store.
I had to wipe a few tears away as Mei-Mei hugged and kissed her new baby. We then went to the cafe where her new doll was given her own little chair and place setting.
All the way home Mei-Mei talked to her doll and made her dance and kissed her. When we got home we had our picture taken together with our dolls.
I'm not sure how successful sewing for Mei-Mei's new dolly will be. I made a couple of little outfits for her (seen modeled on my doll).
When she came over yesterday she wanted to see the outfits on her doll, but almost immediately asked for her original outfit to be put back on. Good thing I have my doll to sew for - and to knit. I've started a Spring Dress:
If Mei-Mei shows any interest, I'll give it to her for her doll. We did manage to get Grandpa involved at least a little, although we had to sneak this photo.
Lest you think Isobel was ignored, Grandpa made her a treasure map and she got to dig for buried treasure in our yard - complete with pirate hat!
The total haul was $9.00 in change, which the girls will split and put in their piggy banks.
On a more somber tone, I can't let the day pass without remembering 9/11. There has been a lot of backlash because of all the constant media coverage during the past week. But I don't think we should let the media's trivialization of the event cause us to forget what was truly a terrible event for the entire country - not just New York, Pennsyvlania or Washington, D.C. It affected all of us. However, I think my pastor's words are really relevant here, so I will leave you with his quote:
"As we gather here today, let us do so in celebration and fellowship in our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one who has died that we might live and be free from sin and its death. If fear of death causes us only to mourn and cower in our sadness, fear will have won. But thanks be to God in Christ Jesus we need not be afraid. Let us then live as free people in the Lord and take every opportunity to rejoice together."