While we were in Chicago over the holidays visiting my mom (known to the girls as “Oma”), she treated us to brunch at the American Girl store on New Year’s Day. Now we’ve had brunch there before, but this experience was completely different. Different because, unbeknownst to me before I arrived in Chicago, the folks at American Girl announce their “Girl of the Year” on New Year’s Day and have all sorts of activities related to the new doll. It’s mad crazy in the store.
I would’ve had the girls bring their Bitty Babies but it was kind of a last-minute thing and seeing as how we were loaded down like pack-mules already, the babies would’ve thrown us over our limit so they stayed home to hold down the fort. I managed to survive the near constant barrage of pleas for the new doll by buying instead what I thought was an excellent purchase: Travel Talkers, an $8 ring of cards, each card offering up a thought-provoking question.
Though it may not seem like much, this my friends, could be the best buy I’ve ever made. This little ring of cards has provided hours of fun, laughter, discussion, thought, more discussion, more than a few silly stories, more tears (that would be me, the cry baby), and even some dancing. We’ve been using the cards at dinner to try to stay ahead of the arguing, focus the conversation, and have a nice family dinner. The girls have really responded to it. Each person gets a turn to pick a card, read the question, and we go around the table each giving our answer. Cameron got to read the last one tonight which was, “If you could pick a theme song for yourself, what would it be?”. Here are the responses:
Quincy – I’m Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO
Madison – Stereo Hearts, Gym Class Heroes
Cameron (couldn’t pick just one) – Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera and Love You Like a Love Song, Selena Gomez
Greg – Tubthumping, Chumbawamba
Me (also couldn’t pick just one) – More Than a Feeling, Boston and Bust a Move, Young MC
For the benefit of the girls, who weren’t as familiar with the rap stylings of Young MC, we pulled up that last one on the iPad. A full-on dance party and utter chaos ensued which marked the end of our nice, quiet family dinner. Needless to say, it’s never a dull moment in the Chopp house.
For those of you who wish to “Bust a Move”, just click here. And for God’s sake don’t hurt yourself!