Kirsten woke relatively early considering how late a night it was. Our plan for the day was to head to The Grove in LA as there is an American Girl store there. We had visited last year and Kirsten thoroughly enjoyed it even if she was a little shell shocked. It’s a nearest store so it is worth taking the opportunity to visit. Last year driving from Dana Point took us just over the hour. This year it took us closer to 2 so Kirsten was not particularly happy on arrival. We went to the store and chose a matching outfit for Kirsten and her doll and bought a doll tote too but Kirsten was very weepy.
It was a beautiful day which we really wanted to make the most of as when we went to The Grove last year LA was having record temperatures well into the 100s and it wasn’t the nicest time to spend a day. On walking out of the parking garage and down to the main shopping area the first person we saw was Mario Lopez filming for “Extra”. We had a wonderful lunch at “The Farm” but Kirsten didn’t eat at all. She curled up on my lap and dozed! Trust me, she has never ever done that.
We also had a look in Pottery Barn for Kids where I bought The Very Hungry Caterpillar sheet set. Last year I made a quilt for Kirsten and now this finishes off the bed set. She probably won’t use it for much longer but she loved the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My sister has asked if she can have me make a second quilt for nephew when he turns 2 but I’ve suggested maybe she has this set as it doesn’t look like Kirsten is going to have any siblings and I want the quilt to be loved.
We sat down for a little while just people watching and saw Jenna and Ethan (both previously from Survivor and most recently from The Amazing Race) walk by and wondered what they were doing. As we drove home we were listening to Radio Disney and then we found out. Jenna and Ethan were doing a takeover promoting a concert that was happening at The Grove that evening to promote Autism awareness. The funniest part for us was that we had actually watched The Amazing Race just 2 nights before and watched Ethan and Jenna coming in last and ending their “race”!
We drove back to the apartment at Dana Point and relaxed for a few hours before giving Kirsten a bath and putting her to bed. I have to admit by this point she had a very slight fever so I gave her a dose of children’s ibuprofen too to help her sleep.