I remember the first time I went to Ikea. It had just opened up near us and after all of the hype I’d been hearing for so long I was really excited to finally get the chance to visit this majestic store.
I remember walking in and being immediately confused and that pretty much sums up the entire trip. That was in 2004, I think. I don’t think I went back to Ikea for 5 years! Not out of any particular reason except that I didn’t know where one was in Texas and like I just said, I kind of wrote off the store as weird.
So a few years ago I went to Ikea and got all my kids (I only had the three oldest at the time) storage shelves. I freaking loved those shelves! I still do except my kids just pull out the bins and stand on them and break them, so those are a no go around here.
Sooo, very long story short, this week I wanted to go back because they have awesomely narrow highchairs that look like regular chairs and the tray comes off and the chair can be pushed right up to the table! And they’re only $59.99, whereas the ones in most stores are that price or much higher for anything that looks remotely appealing.
This time when I walked in the store I knew where everything was (having been there before) and I don’t know… it got me. Ikea stole my heart something fierce. It was one of the funnest shopping experiences I’ve had with the kids. We ate lunch, we browsed, we bought a few things, and mostly- mostly the kids played and played and played in the kids’ showroom.
Payson wore his new Spider-Man hat. That’s an adult sized hat but he didn’t mind one bit. haha
I let Sierra refill our lemonade and boy was Brooklyn upset about that. Brooklyn usually gets the refills and wasn’t happy sharing that “special honor” with Sierra. lol
I let Ember ride part way up the escalator. She thought it was really cool.
And then we walked back downstairs to get a cart. (Ok so sometimes I still get way confused in Ikea. lol)
And then we hit the children’s showroom and my children had found their promised land.
After the kids had played (while I browsed) for what felt like an entire day, I noticed Payson had a death grip on the front of his pants so an immediate trip to the restroom was in order.
And I really love the person who invented these bathroom seats for toddlers!!
Except it’d be better if the purse hook wasn’t right next to it because Ember spent the entire time I went potty throwing my stuff onto the nasty bathroom floor. (I was not peeing when I took this picture, that’d be freaking weird and gross, you know, unlike taking the picture before going pee which is totally normal)
The kids were just as amazed at the self serve furniture area as the showroom area. And by the way, “self serve furniture” is a weird phrase.
The last of the lemonade was consumed.
Ember tried a bit. She didn’t gag this time and I think it’s because it was pretty much just melted ice at that point. (I don’t let her drink soda or really even juice normally, but I do let her have a little taste every now and then when we’re out)
So yeah Ikea, totally my new favorite!