After family lunch in Alexandria, we headed to the mall to get our nails done. We took the little girls, and Audrey did great on her first trip to the nail salon.
After nails, we headed Minneapolis to be close to the airport. Anna and Kate had early flights out in the morning, but we got one last dinner and hotel hangout in.
Since it was my birthday, Eric spoiled us and picked a super sweet hotel attached to the Mall of America. It was awesome! It really helped to not have to go outside too. We parked our car and didn't have to move it again until we left. Pretty sweet.
Inside the Mall of America is a theme park-Nickolodeon Universe. I am pretty sure it was just how it was when I was a kid, but updated to more current Nick shows. My kids don't know the Nick shows (we're more Disney Junior people), but they didn't seem to let it get in the way of their fun:
Also in the Mall of America, is an American Girl Doll store. There is one near us in Washington, but I have never been. I've heard it's fun to eat in their cafe, but that it is impossible to get reservations. Can't be too impossible, because we got some! It was pretty darn fun. And super cute.
Of course there is a Lego store, which I thought was heaven on earth, until we found: The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience. Oh. my. word. Happy birthday to me.
Audrey refused to be in the picture, looks like she showed me:
The Dreamhouse was everything a girl could dream up, and then some. The very best part was Barbie's closet (duh!). They had a "mirror" that you could stand in front of, and it would superimpose Barbie's warddrobe over you. The kids got a good kick out of it. It was a bit glitchy though, and sometimes the clothes would "attach" to someone off screen. This little malfunction came to a comedic high when Amos found himself wearing Barbie's bikini!
They had every Barbie thing you could imagine, her car, her vespa, her RV, her fashion house, her stage, her catwalk, her kitchen, and even her elevator.
Entertainment world was a real hit. There is some live action on our YouTube channel if you're so inclined.
The kids loved getting dressed up and performing. They were hilarious. Particularly Amos. Homeboy is down with Barbie ;)
I think the only thing I would change is a little more time resting in the hotel. There was so much to see and do. We were go-go gadget and I am still not recovered. Oh well, I can sleep when I am dead, right Dad?
This chair was in the hotel lobby. Mags dug it. She's funny.