a trip to IKEA with Grammie


My mom, my kids*, and I took a trip to IKEA while she was visiting. I thought I only needed storage bins, but… well, you know how trips to IKEA go. What with lunch in the cafeteria, the kids’ section, the obligatory ice cream cone pick-me-up, and all our own shopping, we somehow spent four and a half hours inside the store. With two kids under two!

We got some sign that we had overstayed our welcome when — in our last 15 minutes at IKEA — a number of things happened:

  • As I attempted to swipe my credit card at check out, Gil emptied the entire contents of his stomach all over me. We’re talking rivers of milk.
  • Lena, bored of waiting for me to mop up myself and Gil after this episode, charged into the men’s bathroom and giggled at our attempts to coax her out.
  • I loaded Lena into the car and said, “Does something smell like dog poo?” and then looked down to find Lena had be stomping in a pile of it and the whole mess was now all over her shoes, my pants, and—worst of all—the back seat of the car.
  • It started raining.

But of course there are no pictures of these unforgettable memories. I only managed to take pictures of all the happy times, and that’s what I really want to remember anyway, right?!










* “My kids.” I have kids, plural! Elliott and I still smile every time we say it. Geez Louise, life is crazy.

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12 Responses to a trip to IKEA with Grammie

  1. Shelly March 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you for a good, hearty laugh on this Monday morning. I wish that I could have been with you all as this scene unfolded….xoxo Shelly

    • Becca March 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      We could definitely have used an extra hand with the dog poop clean up… and someone else to laugh with!

  2. Carrie March 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Oh no about the end! But at least the pictures are adorable, and you made some good memories! :)

  3. Jessica March 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I absolutely love the first picture of your mom and Lena!

  4. Steph @ meet.make.laugh. March 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Lena is just so cute! I love Ikea…. and you definitely always spend more time in there then planned! That is too bad about the end of the trip…. I imagine it was definitely time to leave!

  5. esther. March 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Oh boy! They are both growing so quickly! Love little Gil’s sleeping face.

  6. Abi March 18, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    I call dibs on Lena’s *adorable” “Bonjour” shirt if it ever becomes a hand-me-down!! :) Love this post, friend.

  7. Emily March 18, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Now I am craving soft-serve :) I was so happy when we moved and I found out there is an IKEA two miles from our apartment.

  8. Poppy March 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    So lovely! Wonderful pictures. The international Ikea tradition continues!!! Building memories… -Pai

  9. alli March 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    Oh my gosh! The end! What an adventure : ) The top photo is so precious.

  10. Heather March 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

    This totally reminds me of crazy trips with my mom – ha! I have many similar stories of epic shopping trips with exploding babes after Ikea photo sessions. Such sweet memories, maybe except for the dog poop ending. Ah…memories :)


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