In addition, since I am now a bit of an expert at finding and making deals with AGD products, I knew that I needed to get Lia some sort of discount on this doll to make paying for her even more of a possibility. Luckily, a 30% off sale occurred over the Easter weekend and grandpa kindly agreed to drive up to the store in Lynnwood to buy Lea Clark and some of the other items in her collection. As a result, I actually had the doll hidden in one of our closets for seven months before Lia earned the money to pay for her. And thanks to the discount, Lia's $120 that she earned by Thanksgiving weekend was actually enough to pay for the doll, her pajamas, and two of her pets! So instead of taking Lia up to the store in December like we had planned, we surprised her with a trip to the "store" in our bedroom tonight after putting both Ella and Logan to bed. I had her come into our bedroom and cover her eyes. I then brought out all four items that she had earned in four of the red, American Girl Doll bags with white tissue paper sticking out (exactly like the store) and put them on the floor in front of her. When Lia opened her eyes, she was so confused and excited! After explaining to Lia that she had earned enough money to pay for FOUR items, we had her open the gift bags. She was so excited and a little speechless! The pictures below show it all!
Lia opening the last of the four bags and the best one of them all! Her new doll, Lea Clark!
Lia showing off the pretty box before opening it.
Two girls with the same name!
When Lia reached $100, I put it in her bank account to keep it safe and to make a little interest, but the remaining $20 were kept in an envelope in her bedroom. Here are her twenty one-dollar bills all laid out neatly on the floor.
Lia immediately decided that Lea needed to be put into her pajamas before going to bed. So, here is my expert changing her doll's clothes.
Lia showing off Lea in her darling jungle-themed pajamas with her turtle and Margay cat, stuffed animals.
Showing off the tropical animals that go with Lea's collection.
Lea and her animals.
Lia then wanted to introduce Lea to all of her other dolls (a tradition Lia now does every time she gets a new doll). Here they are all lined up with their own pets.
Lia, her dolls, and her mega dollhouse.
What can I say?
We heart American Girl and all of the happiness and hours of imaginative play that it brings into our lives.