Ikea Trip

20 Jun

Friday the family made a road trip. But not just any road trip. We went to IKEA!

I had a list of things that I needed to get for various projects, and Joel had the day off from school (yay for no classes on Fridays!), so we packed up, made a stop at the gym for a workout, and our little family of three made the journey over to Charlotte where the amazingness lives.

I didn’t even think twice about taking clara along until, on the way back, my twitter friend, Dina (we have yet to meet in real life, but we really should soon!  She runs two super amazing blogs…. White Thread and Honey & Fitz and you should check them out!) said I was a brave soul for bringing her along. Honestly, we take Clara just about everywhere we go.  Some places it’s easier than others.

For example, I now have a very high opinion of restaurants and other places that put changing tables in both the men’s and women’s restrooms, and a rather lower opinion of those that don’t. Why is it that women should always be the ones changing the diapers? It just really makes my life easier if Joel can do that every now and then while we’re out.  But that’s another post for another time.

As far as those things go, IKEA was easy.  Family restrooms, changing tables everywhere, little seats in the big stall to buckle them in to so I could actually make only one trip in there instead of one for Clara, and another for me.  And it’s kind of a noisy place anyway, so I didn’t feel awkward about Clara yelling, squawking, or crying. They have several kinds of carts to choose from, although if you’re getting lots of stuff at the end in the self-serve furniture section, you should bring someone to help you, ’cause it would be hard to push 2 carts since the flat pack carts don’t have seats for tiny ones.

We did stop halfway through to eat lunch in the restaurant there.  Clara chowed down on zucchini from Joel’s pasta, some mac and cheese, yogurt melts, puffs, and anything else she could get her hands on.  I swear she eats like at 15 year old boy.  Where does she put it all???

Overall, she did really well.  It certainly wasn’t so traumatic that I’d refrain from going back with her.  We have kind of conditioned her to live our lifestyle though. She goes to the gym with me at least 3 days a week, goes out to dinner with us, and does pretty much everything else we do. But I think most kiddos would be ok in IKEA.  If you’re thinking about taking yours, do it!

We ended up with a birthday present, cabinets for my laundry room, square frames for an arrangement in the living room, and a cute piece of fabric for Clara. A very productive trip.

I can hardly wait to get the cabinets all put together and my laundry room organized! There will be a before and after post on that because the difference will be dramatic!

What would you get from IKEA?  Hard to choose, I know!

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