Once we picked up Donna, Anna Beth, and Katie the weather just continued to deteriorate. We had to drive very slowly and follow the tracks of the car in front of us so as to be sure we did not slide off the interstate, as did several cars ahead of us. My friend in Alpharetta called at about 4pm to inform us that they had 3-4 inches of snow on the ground already and that it was still coming down. She advised us to turn around and go back home, but we were DETERMINED - crazy some might say...so we slid on!
Now mind you, all this time we did not have reservations to eat at the American Girl Bistro. We had tried for 2 weeks to get reservations but they were completely booked. Knowing the weather might keep some travelers away we called and they told us they had one opening at 9:30am - woohoo, we took it! We made it to the hotel after about a 5 hour trip that should have taken about 3 - but we made it! We checked in, had dinner, and let the girls swim in the indoor heated pool. Then back to the room to get cleaned up and in bed to get our beauty sleep before our big day! Saturday morning arrived and Donna and I turned on the news to see how bad the roads were. The first thing we hear was, "The Georgia Department of Transportation is advising everyone to stay off the roads - they are a solid sheet of ice." Sorry Georgia DOT but we were DETERMINED to make it to brunch with our three little American Girls and ice or no ice we were going to be there!!! And we did just that. Fortunately our hotel was only about half a mile from the mall so we easily slid there. The walk across the mall parking lot was actually the hardest part but we made it inside with no falls! And guess what, we had the Bistro almost to ourselves! There were only two other families who were as determined as we were. Our American Girls with their dolls in front of the fountain at our hotel before leaving for brunch.
Finally at the Bistro!
Jill feeding Bailey a muffin for brunch.
Katie and Kit
Anna Beth and Riley Kate
Jill had to talk to her Dad and tell him all about the Bistro and the ham and cheese omelet she ordered.
The salon - waiting on their dolls to get all pampered. All three dolls got their ears pierced and hair styled.
On the playground in the Alpharetta mall.
Our friends Tiffany and Macy finally made it out of their driveway and neighborhood around lunch time and we were so excited to get to eat lunch with them and visit! Jill and I miss the Bennetts so much and are glad they are only a few hours away - well unless it is snowing and then they are about 5 hours away! Here are the girls enjoying some lunch in the food court.
Macy (Jill's "adopted cousin") and Jill
All our American Girls! Watch out Chicago and New York - we will be there soon to check out your American Girl stores!