I love birthdays. A day to celebrate. Fun. Good food. Presents. Time with family and friends. Memories. And the list could go on….
This week we celebrated Mackaylan’s 8th birthday… American Girl Style! While I a will never claim to be a decorator or party planner, I do try my best to make the ordinary EXTRAordinary on special occasions!
Mackaylan was greeted on her birthday by streamers, balloons, and her favorite birthday breakfast- waffles!
Mickey was able to go into work a little late so he could be home for her early morning birthday party!
After eating breakfast, Mackaylan opened her gifts and then we told her the big surprise… we were heading to Atlanta to the American Girl store! While she knew she was going to the store for her birthday, she thought it was going to be later on in the week and was thrilled that she was going to be there in just a few hours!
After stopping for lunch at Chick-fil-A, making a return at Best Buy, and fueling up for gas, we were on our way.
We all had a blast at The Store and Mackaylan opted for Saige instead of the daybed we had originally planned to purchase. Saige is the Girl of the Year and is “only available for a limited time” which was the determining factor in a very stressful decision.
While we were at The Store, Mackaylan made a new friend when she started off the conversation with, “Why would a guy want to work here?!” Gotta love the innocence of a child! However, they really hit it off and he introduced her to other employees and just raved and raved on what an awesome little girl she was. It. made. her. day!
Mickey wasn’t able to go with us on our little road trip, but the girls and I had a fun time visiting The Store and spending some quality time together. We enjoyed a relaxing night in the hotel complete with cookies and milk before bedtime!
I definitely think this excursion beat out any party that could have been had, and the memories we made will last a lifetime! Mission accomplished!