I have always done big, themed birthday parties for the kids. I LOVE doing them! But this year I was sort of tired of doing big parties, and I also wanted Austin to get a chance to do something different. We decided to give her the option of having a big party, or going on a trip. She chose a to trip to the American Girl store, so we decided to take her to Atlanta. I had planned a trip for the weekend after her birthday for just she and I to go, but we decided to move it up to Labor Day so that Ben could go too.