It's hard saying goodbye to beloved friends. In the past few weeks I have heard plenty from my kids about how sad they are that American Girl ever retires dolls and how much they miss McKenna, Caroline, Molly, Ruthie, Ivy, and Grace. But, I always remind them that American Girl plans these retirements so that they can introduce even more doll friends.
New friends like Lea Clark, the 2016 Girl of the Year from American Girl. Isn't she a beauty? She comes with an adorable cross-body bag that is perfect for her many adventures, a compass to guide her, and a gorgeous and fun outfit that celebrates her unique style. Then, of course, we had to get her accessories like her trusty camera and her special walking stick. Upon seeing Lea for the first time, my daughter exclaimed, “She’s a nature girl, like me!” And, just like that, she was in love. Trust me, kiddo, I get it. Lea loves photography and blogging and is scared of water, so that already makes us kindred spirits. Also like me, she loves traveling, hiking, animals, and staying active.