Madison’s 15th Birthday Party at the American Girl Store Dallas

My 15th birthday at the AG store in Dallas, Texas was by far the best day of my entire year.

I’ve just entered into a phase where I absolutely adore the color solid pink, so I literally squealed “it’s so pink!” about fifty thousand times throughout the day.

My best friends can testify. XD

In fact, I took this picture right as I squealed my first “it’s so pink!” of the day.

Next to pink, I’ll squeal over the American Girl star logo.

JUST LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL AND PINK THE ENTRANCE IS!

And the beautifully pink and girly Beforever sign.

This font looks like Butterfly Kids, but I’m not exactly sure what it is.

When I was editing this picture, I thought of a joke about it being my celebration day, but I edited these a month ago so I’ve forgotten it. XD

Everything is so pink and girly.ย ๐Ÿ˜ย Why can’t my mealtime surroundings look like this?

That’s actually a great idea. I’m going to find one spot in the house where I always have my meals and Madi-fy it.

There’s me and my two best friends!

This friendly young man challenged Ellie to a skateboard duel. Ellie would have loved to say yes… but she didn’t have a skateboard.

I took this picture right as my party was starting, and my mom and the waitress were like… where did the birthday girl go?!

I can’t even express how many times I squealed “it’s so pink and girly and pretty!” during my party.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

I need to make an American Girl menu and tell my mother what I’d like for breakfast off of it.

Notice Ellie’s party hat? They actually gave us the wrong kind of doll party hats.

Look closely… They gave us the Bitty Baby party hats!

This is my best friend’s doll McKenna…

And my other best friend’s doll Caroline!

In the back, you see our waitress Laura. She was super nice.

I’m a sucker for AG souvenirs. I kept the little ribbon elastic things that were used to hold the napkins together.

I have this picture as my computer background right now. It’s just so girly, pink, and it says American Girl on it. I couldn’t resist!

I’m such a little kid. XD

My best friend’s hand holding the pink lemonade: my favorite drink in the world.

About halfway through the party, I realized I had taken fifty pictures of pink lemonade but not one sip.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

My favorite appetizer ever. If you ever eat at the AG place, never pass up the pretzel bites! They’re amazing!

And because I’m such a nerd, I kept the AG logo paper that’s holding the bites.

For real.

Honey mustard sauce is my favorite dipping sauce in the world, and they had it! Cheese goes awesome with pretzels too, and they also had it.

I’ve never had a happier day.

Time for gifts from my best friends!

Thank you, my best friends ever!ย โค๏ธ

For my 13th birthday party in 2016, I actually asked the waitress if I could take the conversation starters home.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

You can’t.

But my best friends and my mom and I had fun using them until our food came.

I got the Butterfly Penne Pasta. It was so good!

CAKE. PINK.

Man, that hat. I proudly toted it all over the entire store.

(And I wore a pink shirt.ย ๐Ÿ˜)

I took home all the flowers in the ice cream, too. I now have, like, seven of them. XD

Here’s a cute hairstyle for dolls you can make with the flowers.

And my birthday gifts from American Girl! I’ll post about them (and everything I bought at the AG store) in the next post.

Our lovely waitress Laura! She was so nice and politely allowed me to take a picture of her.

That ended my absolutely perfect birthday party (besides strolling around the store and buying things).

After that, I played at my best friends’ house, then got Chick-fil-A (my favorite!).

I felt like God had given me a birthday present too, because I had so much energy and my knee felt amazing the entire day. With the amount of inflammation in it right now, I’m usually very fatigued all the time and unable to walk without pain.

But my birthday party was the most perfect day ever, and in the midst of a terrible summer vacation full of trials and having to trust God, I’ll forever look back on that day and smile, because it was just beyond perfect.

And pink.ย ๐Ÿ˜„

Coming up next: all my souvenirs and purchases from the AG store… plus a new mini member of the DWOD family!

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE AG STORE? WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY (SO I CAN WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEXT TIME)?

Health update:

For all you amazing people who have cared so much, I’m sorry for the entire month without an update!

Because my body is battling arthritis, I have constant fatigue. Autoimmune disorders like arthritis are the hardest sicknesses to fight because your immune system is attacking your own body, and it’s extremely taxing.

I have tons of great ideas (*squeals excitedly*) and even a “secret” project I’ve been working on. (Check out theย new homepage to see the announcement! It’s called The DWOD Digest, but it’s not officially launched yet.)

Despite all the exciting plans I have, I just don’t have the energy to come back to blogging at the moment.

Thankfully, there are answers. I’m learning to relax and trust God and my parents as they care for me. Things are only getting better from hereโ€”I see a day soon where there is no more arthritis for me!

I’m coming back to full schedule just as soon as possible. It’s only a matter of time before my physical body gets the memo I’ve been labeled “messed up” for believing: Jesus is still in the miracle-working business!ย 

I’ll see you soon!

(Because obviously an update of my face was important too.)

By | 2018-09-18T14:10:06+00:00 September 16th, 2018|All, American Girl Stores, Birthdays, News, Updates|65 Comments

65 Comments

  1. Jenn September 16, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    1) I don’t remember where/when, but my mom actually bought a set of those little conversation starters that came on a key ring! I don’t remember much though. . . we don’t have them anymore.
    2) I was going to have my tenth birthday party with my sister at the AG store, that had been our dream for so, so, so long! But, I was super duper sick, and so I couldn’t go D: I was really upset. I hope I can have another chance to do that, though, some of my friends still have AG dolls, none of them really enjoy them any more. D: (one is scared of them lol)
    Maybe I’ll have to invite Julia over to do that for a birthday sometime. . . *wink wink wink*

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

      Woah, really? I thought AG had made them! Now I’m going to be on a hunt. ๐Ÿ˜

      Oh no! That’s awful. :/ I hope you get to go to the AG store for your next birthday! If Julia could make it, that’d be even more awesome. XD

  2. Madison(simply AG) September 16, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Yay Madi!!! It looks like u had a great time! Happy birthday, and congrats on your new homepage! Iโ€™m glad your feeling better! Go you!

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Madison! You are so encouraging! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Daniella September 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm - Reply

        Happy Birthday!

        • Madison
          Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

          Why, thank you!

  3. kaitlynrh1 September 16, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Happy 15th Birthday Madi!!! It looks like you had a great time at the AG store, and your new blog design looks awesome! I’ll continue praying for you!

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kaitlyn! I had a great time for sure. And thank you so, so much! โค๏ธ

  4. Mary E. September 16, 2018 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, on your home page it said “as seen on american girl”……. what does this mean??!?!

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Mary!

      I’ve been featured on American Girl here, and when I was younger, my advice was chosen for their weekly online magazine activity “You Said It!”

  5. Hannah September 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    First of all: HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY! Second: I’ve literally missed you so much, but I’m so glad that you were able to go to the AG store for your birthday, and I hope and pray that things will only get better! Third: I love the new homepage, it looks so professional!

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      AWW THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Aww, that means so much! Thank you so much, Hannah! You are so awesome.

      And yay, thank you! Professional was definitely what I was shooting for!

      Thanks for stopping by! I love getting your comments. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Hannah September 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm - Reply

        Aww, thanks Madi!

  6. Liz - Home with the Hummingbirds September 16, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Those pictures are so pretty!!! Looks like you had a ton of fun, yay!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Liz! I sure didโ€”thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Katie September 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad you had such a great birthday Madi! And I hope you continue to get better, I’ve been praying for you! I love your new blog design and can’t wait for the DWOD Digest! Continue to get better and I hope to see you around again soon!!!
    -Katie ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks a million, Katie! This totally made my day. You’re the sweetest! Thank you so, so much! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Kaylyn Grace September 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR MADI, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It looks like you had an amazing time! Happy birthday!

    • Madison
      Madison September 16, 2018 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      THANK YOU KAYLYN, THANK YOU KAYLYN, THANK YOU DEAR KAYLYN, THANK YOU TO YOU! Thanks so much, Kaylyn! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Kaylyn Grace September 16, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

        YOU ARE WELCOME, YOU ARE WELCOME, YOU ARE WELCOME DEAR MADI, YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!!!!! No problem! I wish I could have been at your bday party at AG!!!!

        • Madison
          Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:48 am - Reply

          Wouldn’t that have been awesome? One of these days I should have a birthday party meetup. XD

          • Kaylyn Grace September 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm - Reply

            YAS HAVE A BDAY PARTY MEETUP!!!!! I WOULD TOTALLY COME!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tess (blackiesunshine) September 16, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY lfjkdslfjdklsjfkldsjlfjsdl I’m so glad you had so much fun!!!! Can’t wait to see the stuffs. ๐Ÿ˜€ Get well soon! <3

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

      THANKS SO MUCH, TESS! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have all the pictures edited for the next post but don’t seem to want to find the time… ๐Ÿ˜‚ Will do! Thanks again!

  10. olivehiddenhollow September 16, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I’ve never even BEEN to a proper ag store- just this tiny holiday one at the mall.๐Ÿ˜ž
    My new goal: maybe send you a birthday present next year. If I don’t forget. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
    Just turned 16 this August. โœŒ (panics๐Ÿ˜ฑ)
    Also I got my hair cut at a hair salon for the first time in my LIFE. It was cool. But I really had to trust the hairdresser because as soon as my glasses were off she could have cut my a mullet and I would be completely unaware.
    (Pssst, summer is oooooooveeeeer)
    (technically)
    (The heat doesn’t want to leave)
    (But summer vacation is over and that’s the point I’m trying to make)
    Most crazily,~Olive

    P.s. I need to come visit you and we can be absolute little kids together because why not.๐Ÿ˜

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Awww. ๐Ÿ˜ž I hope you get to go to one soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Aww! โค๏ธ I always try to send gifts to my online friends too, but I seem to forget more often. XD

      Ooh, what does your hair look like?

      Well, technically we have like four more days. XD I’m both sad summer is over and excited for the majestically cool weather of fall.

      (Writer nerd moment: my family laughs at me because I casually described the weather outside as “majestic”, “adventurous”, and that it had a “breeze carrying the crisp promise of fall”. ๐Ÿ˜‚)

      P.S. Please do! I need someone to be a little kid with me! XD

      • olivehiddenhollow September 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

        Well, it looks like how my mom cuts it, but improved. But it could just be me thinking that.๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ I got it cut an inch or two above my shoulder, and then the edges naturally flip out, AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH THATS HOW I’VE HAD MY HAIR CUT SINCE I WAS-
        7??? 8??? I don’t even know….probably 8 or 9. My memory is a peice of cheese.
        And unfortunately I don’t get my hair cut as much as I’d like, so I seem to spend a lot of time with it just past my shoulder length, and the edges don’t flip when it’s that long.๐Ÿ˜•
        (Ahhaha, that’s funny.๐Ÿ˜†)
        Most crazily, ~Olive

        • Madison
          Madison September 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

          “My memory is a piece of cheese.” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

          Ooh, that sounds so beautiful! When I got my hair cut short, the lady flipped the edges inward and I was quite disgusted since I wanted them to flip outward. ๐Ÿ˜

  11. Zielle September 16, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Yay! It looks like you had an awesome time. The place is so pretty! Happy happy birthday again, Madi! <3
    I've missed all your posts! I hope and pray everything will get better! <3

    In answer to your question: My 15th was on the exact same day as yours haha XD

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Zielle! And I’m so tickled to know you missed my posts — I really miss posting and can’t wait to get better and come back! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค๏ธ

      Woah, really? Your 15th birthday was June 27th?! That’s amazing! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  12. Chloรซ September 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Aww, you’re so pretty! I’m glad you had a great day!

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Chloรซ! And thanks for commenting!

  13. Daniella September 16, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Oh I am so happy you are feeling good! I didnโ€™t know you are featured on American Girl!

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Daniella! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Becca Olson September 16, 2018 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Cool birthday I’ve never had my Birthday at a store or whatever

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Thanks, Becca! If you ever get the chance to have a party at an AG store, you totally should.

  15. Rose September 17, 2018 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday!!!! Iโ€™ve had a birthday at the AG place multiple times. Itโ€™s so much fun. I hope you feel better. A lot of people in my family have auto immune disorders so I get how it makes you feel. I canโ€™t wait to see what new things are coming. ๐Ÿ’œ

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Rose! Yesss, aren’t they so amazing? I’m already looking forward to my next one. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      I’m sorry to hear about your family — autoimmune disorders are so tough! :/ Thanks again, Rose. โค๏ธ

  16. Julia September 17, 2018 at 10:50 am - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADI!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜„ *throws pink confetti*
    I’m sorry to hear about your arthritis. You should try seeing a natropath; they can be expensive, but really helpful! They talk about the things you eat and stuff, and advize you on what you should eat and not eat for now to help you. I know that helps my dad. (You can avoid things that will give you inflamation, and then slowly get to reintroduce them) (and sourdough bread is awesome; it’s different from other kinds of bread, and you can make it at home. There’s sourdough bread, sourdough french toast, sourdough waffles, and sourdough blueberry pancakes are amazing ๐Ÿ˜œ) (Natropaths also are great if you break any bones, like I did last December)

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

      YAY THANKS JULIA! *collects pink confetti*

      I’ve actually been to see multiple natropaths and have been on many natural protocols and elimination diets. So far no luck. I’m currently on another really gross, really restricted natural diet… we’ll see how this one works ๐Ÿ˜‚ I agree, though — I totally prefer natropaths to traditional doctors!

      Thanks so much again, Julia!

  17. Savannah September 17, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Happy birthday, Madi! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Savannah!

  18. Emmie September 17, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

    This is so amazing! Happy late birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ ! Stay strong, girl, you’ve got this! I’ve got Type One Diabetes, so I’m autoimmune too! And a dancer. And a Christian. And totally obsessed with pink as well. XD XD
    ~Emmie

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks you so much, Emmie! I’m so sorry to hear about your diabetes. Autoimmune stuff is the worst!

      YAY FOR PINK OBSESSIONS! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Is it not such a happy color? XD

      • Emmie September 17, 2018 at 2:10 pm - Reply

        You’re so welcome! I always enjoy your posts! I know, right?

        Totally! My other favorite color is probably teal. I painted my walls that color! I think it’s really calming and goes so well with pink and purple.

        • Madison
          Madison September 18, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

          Aww, really? That makes me sooo happy!

          WHAT. NO WAY. My two favorite colors are pink and teal! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I painted my room teal, too! *dies*

          • Emmie September 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

            IKR???? We literally have so much in common!

            • Madison
              Madison September 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

              It’s so crazy!

  19. Amie September 17, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday, Madi! And I’m delighted that you’re getting better. I’ll continue to pray for you. <3

    • Madison
      Madison September 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so, so much, Amie! You’re the sweetest. โค๏ธ

  20. Sierra Bewley September 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Hiya ! Lol I loved your post ! You are so funny about all the pink stuff lol ๐Ÿคฃ I’ve been praying for u ! See you soon !

    • Madison
      Madison September 18, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sierra! Haha, I just love pink. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Aww, thanks a million! Can’t wait to see you soon. โค๏ธ

  21. Kirstyn Todd September 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    AHH I’M SO JEALOUS I WANNA AGP BIRTHDAY PARTY! I’m so glad you had fun, though! XD Pink, pink, the magical color. ๐Ÿ™‚ (By the way, I totally would have kept the pink ribbons and appetizer wrappers. #AGNerdsFTW XD)

    My birthday is April 10th, and my spiritual birthday (the day I got Saved) is May 1, 2016. Happy birthday to you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss you!

    “You have a voice. I’d love to hear it!” XD Well, too bad this is a comment! I do wish we could meet IRL, though. That would be super cool.

    • Madison
      Madison September 18, 2018 at 11:03 am - Reply

      I hope you’re able to have one super soon! (Yesss! A soul mate! #AGNerdsFTW)

      I’ll try to remember that so I can wish you a super happy birthday! Ooh, spiritual birthday. I’ve never heard that before, but that makes sense. I always grew up claiming Jesus as my Savior, so I guess I’ve been saved for as long as I can remember? But I decided to make it “official” by praying the salvation prayer when I was 7. XD

      Aww! I miss you too!

      XD I’m hoping that encourages people to comment more often.

      I would love to meet you in real life! If you’re ever near Orlando, just let me know. My parents are always super open about me meeting people at the AG store there.

  22. Samantha Parkington September 17, 2018 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADISON! WOW! 15! Next year you’ll have a driver’s licens! AWESOME!

    P.S. This is so cool because I just turned 13! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Madison
      Madison September 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Samantha! Ahh, I’m so nervous to start driving. XD

      P.S. Ooh, really? Happy late birthday to you! ๐ŸŽ‰

  23. Carlye September 18, 2018 at 12:54 am - Reply

    I’ve gone to the store a couple times for my birthday, though we didn’t have the bistro dinner/lunch thingy. Also at the time the closest store was in America, 3-4 hours away. But now they built one in Canada in the middle of a bookstore that is closer so I’ve gone there more often.
    Great post! I always love the effort you put into your posts as you don’t rush to post them. I hope you knee starts to feel better and you can walk around pain free. Hey, if you ever need to exercise, ask your mom to make you a jug of pink lemonade and you have to walk from your room to the kitchen without stopping. There’s your motivation to exercise!
    I’ve never really been a pink girl. In fact, I don’t own any brightly colored shirts unless you count light blue. I’ve always been a black and white kinda gal. Anyway, I hope you start to get better and can work on your blog!

    • Madison
      Madison September 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Ooh, I’m glad they have one in Canada! I hope they build more there.

      Aww, thank you so much, Carlye! That means so much. Awww, me too — thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Haha that’s genius! My doctor told me to swim to exercise, so maybe after I make a couple laps around the pool I’ll have earned some pink lemonade. ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Ooh, black and white are such dramatic color combos. I like ’em!

      Thanks so much again, Carlye! Your comments always make my day.

  24. Rebcake September 18, 2018 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Your new blog design your new blog design your new blog design *can’t get over it*
    I was so insanely happy to see a post from DWOD pop up in my inbox. It’s kind of funny how happy I was. XD It sounds like you had a wonderful birthday!!

    • Madison
      Madison September 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Ahhh thanks so much, Rebekah! I have to admit I’m fangirling a little over it too… ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Aww, really?! That makes me so happy! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much! โค๏ธ

  25. Carlye September 19, 2018 at 12:42 am - Reply

    You’re welcome! I also enjoy reading the reply you always write so kudos to you! I enjoy swimming though I’m not too awesome at it. I can you brother perched on a chair as he times your laps. “2 more laps and I’ll throw in an extra half cup of lemonade!” ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison September 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so glad! โค๏ธ I always get annoyed when I type out a thoughtful comment and the blog author approves it but takes no time to acknowledge it. o.o So I always reply to comments. XD

      More pink lemonade! *swims faster* MOOORE!

  26. Cats101 September 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Hope you had a nice time! And chick fil a is my favorite too๐Ÿ™‚

    • Madison
      Madison September 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      I sure did — thank you! And yes, isn’t it amazing?

You have a voice. I'd love to hear it!

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