Since the moment we took Avery to get her American Girl doll last year she's wanted another one. Erik and I paid for half of the first one and Avery saved up her money for the rest, but we told her that if she wanted another one that she was going to have to pay the whole amount herself. Both Erik and I felt as though one American Girl doll was enough, but Avery is pretty determined when she makes her mind up to do something. She saved every dime she made from her chores, all of her tooth fairy money, and all of her birthday money...and had about $62. Luckily Avery got an American Girl gift certificate and a $10 off coupon (and Erik and I chipped in for tax, because tax is pretty hard for a 7-year-old to understand). So on Thursday Avery, my Mom and I headed to the American Girl store in Seattle so Avery could pick out her doll.
For her second (and last) doll Avery chose Kit, and proudly held out a big wad of cash to pay for her. After the store employee took Kit out of the box and handed her to Avery, she floated through the store grinning and holding both of her dolls in her arms. I honestly believe that she was so gentle and careful with her first doll (whose name is Audrey) because she had to save up her money for her. And you could tell as she touched Kit's face and hair that she was so thrilled to have her and so proud to have bought her on her own. It's really hard for kids to save their money...there is always something new they want, and so many things to tempt them when they walk into a store. We're really proud of Avery for sticking to it and saving her money...she's a pretty special girl.