Maeby’s First American Girl Doll

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Maeby has been asking for an American Girl doll for over a year.  Santa brought her an Our Generation doll for Christmas last year so she could practice taking care of an 18 inch doll.  Months passed and she became even more interested in American Girl.  We watched the movies for McKenna, Kit, and Chrissa.  She would flip through old catalogs and make lists of everything she liked.  Initially we were planning on making a trip to the American Girl store in New York City, but our recent travels landed us right near the store in Natick, Massachusetts.

ag1When we arrived, Maeby insisted on admiring the display windows.  Little did she know that the store was filled with displays she could play with.  We were greeted by the Girl of the Year and her accessories as soon as we walked in the door.  Maeby loved playing with Grace’s mixer that comes with her baking set.  Eventually we made it to the displays for the newest BeForever doll, Maryellen.ag3 ag4I was starting to suspect that Maeby had changed her mind about what doll she wanted.  Maryellen had such cool accessories and furniture, so I wasn’t surprised by the magnetism.  ag5 ag6We went upstairs to check out the Truly Me dolls and the Bistro.  We knew that we weren’t going to partake in the dining experience because of the limited amount of vegan options, but it was fun to check out the restaurant and decor.  I like that they will allow girls to borrow a doll for their meal, so that girls that don’t have dolls or forgot their dolls can still join in on the experience.  ag7Eventually we made our way back downstairs and Maeby informed us that her choice of doll was still the same.  She chose Girl of the Year: Grace Thomas.  Maeby loves helping out in the kitchen, especially when baked goods are involved.  I guess it was an easy choice for her.  Since Grace has come home with us, we have watched An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success a few times.  Maeby brings Grace with her practically everywhere, and she keeps talking about Paris and the Eiffel Tower.  I know that she won’t soon forget about her first visit to the American Girl store, and that the American Girl characters will be part of our conversations for many years to come.  ag8

field trip: herr’s factory tour

As a young child, I loved watching Mister Rogers.  I greatly attribute my love of cardigans to his casual, at home style.  One of things that always stood out to me on his show were the tours he took of factories.  He understood that it was important for children to know not only how things were made, but also that people work hard to make things we use in everyday life.  That was a great takeaway for me; that I should value and appreciate things more because of the hard work that goes into manufacturing and production.  This was definitely something I wanted to instill in my own kids, so off to Nottingham, PA we went!

herr's factory nottingham paWe weren’t allowed to take any photos while we were on the actual tour.  We got to see pretzel dough being formed and conditioned, tortilla chips being made and packaged, and potato chips go from potatoes to chips packed into boxes.  I know for certain, without having to question them, that my kids’ favorite part of the tour was when they got to sample warm potato chips.

I would recommend a visit to the Herr’s Factory to anyone that is in the Lancaster area for a day or two.  We were given bags of chips to sample, and we purchased a 10 pack of their new products for just $3.75. (This includes the GO LITE! popcorn I posted about on instagram.  I can’t wait to find it in stores.)

leaving herr's factory tour

You can find out more about the Herr’s factory tour here.