Let Your Inner Star Shine - American Girl @ Chicago

For months, we have been secretly planning on taking Kensley to the American Girl store while we were visiting the Chicago area.
I'm amazed that no one slipped up and let the cat out of the bag too early and ruined the surprise!

To make the experience more special, we took a train.
Once Kensley and Kirsten were settled, I handed Kensley a small gift. 

Kensley opened it up and thanked me for the shirt.  I encouraged her to inspect it closely
and she read "Chicago" but said that one day she was going to go to the AG store.  

Once I explained that the train was taking us to the AG store, she needed to glance through a magazine to figure out her wish list... one last time!

Seriously.  The.  Look.  On.  Her.  Face.  Says.  It.  All.
{I love her squishy nose smile}

First things first; she HAD to locate Rebecca's kittens!

She chose Isabelle, doll of the year 2014.  This came as a bit of a surprise to me
as she had been talking a lot about Kit, but it is her doll therefore it is her choice.

Kensley longs to have Lanie (retired in 2010) but she was excited to get to see her in person.
The details of the science kit were beyond adorable!

Getting to touch everything was SO much better than just looking at it in a magazine!

Kensley had no problem forking over her report card, Tooth Fairy and Easter money to pay for all of her goodies.
 AG had several things on sale making them almost as cheap as outfits you could find elsewhere,
but are still the quality AG is known for.  (Even Rob says it's worth it to pay an extra few dollars to get authentic products)

Kensley's room is now cluttered with dozens of little earings, charms, crutches, casts, books, stickers, carrying tote, outfits and shoes galore!

"American Girl celebrates a girl's inner star - that little whisper inside that encourages her to stand tall, reach high, and dream big. 
They take pride and care in helping girls become their very best today, so they'll grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow."

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