We spent the first day at Fashion Island -- a fun shopping area with restaurants, shops, fountains, ponds, etc. We got lunch, did some shopping, Hadley made a purple, sparkly bear at Build-A-Bear, rode the carousel, and had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.
Hadley and Mia outside the Koi pond
Hadley holding her new bear, "Sparkle"
After dinner at Fashion Island
The next day was Hadley's favorite! We rented a car and drove to LA so that we could go to the American Girl Place. This store is a little crazy! They have stylists that fix the dolls hair in little salon doll chairs and charge $20 for braids. Luckily Hadley didn't think her doll needed her hair done (not that we would have let her!) and wanted to spend most of her time shopping and finding a new doll. She quickly jumped from Elizabeth to Kirsten to Ivy to Ruthie. And then there was no question about it-- Ruthie was the doll she wanted. We then had a 4 course lunch in the American Girl Cafe. Hadley was able to have both her dolls dine right next to her in their high chairs.
Ellie, Hadley, Addison and Emma on their way to the store
All of us in front of the store
Hadley standing in front of Kit's and Ruthie's tree house
Getting ready for lunch with Mia and Ruthie
The next day we took the ferry over to Balboa Beach and spent the day on the beach --well Hadley, Mia and I spent it on the beach. Gavin, Chad and Adam were in the ocean the entire time, body surfing. We were in a spot with HUGE waves and I think they had more fun than any of the kids. We all left with a little sunburn --even Mia got a little red on her face, hat on and all.
Hadley, Addison, Emma and Ellie on the ferry ride to Balboa
Playing on the beach and finding seashell treasures
Mia, me and Hadley on the beach
Cute little Mia
Gavin and Chad waiting for the next big waveWe spent the last day doing a little more shopping and just relaxing. In the end--it was a trip all about Hadley (and Mia)!!