:: Daytripping to IKEA ::
because I suck at being a summer mom
Let’s face it – I am not a SAHM.
I don’t think like a stay at home mom. I don’t plan like a stay at home mom. I don’t have the resources, the imagination or the wherewithal of a stay at home mom.
But when summertime hits, I have to be a SAHM. And – desperate – I end up doing really ridiculous things like taking my kids to IKEA for the day and spinning it to sound like it’ll be an adventure.
How do I manage to convince the kiddos that what is ultimately an errand run for me is supposedly a fun day for them?
Step 1: Lull them into submission with a long car trip. The nearest IKEA is a good 30 minutes away going a steady 80 in the carpool lane. They took lovely naps.
Step 2: Feed them. Did you know that IKEA not only opens at 8:30 am on weekdays, they also serve a lovely breakfast buffet for practically pennies? An IHOP-esque meal for three was under $20 and that was splurging on chocolate milk, even! Bonus points: you can wheel your trays around in a cool cart and bus your own tables, all while immersed in a very slick European ambiance.
Step 3: Actually follow the arrows on the ground that leads you, mouse-in-a-maze-like, around the entire store. Pretend it’s a treasure hunt. Stop at every single display set and insist on pictures.
Step 4: Allow for one souvenir a piece. Point out useless little knickknacks after checking to make sure that nothing costs above $10.
Step 5: Pretend that robots have taken over the planet and disguises are a must or risk being destroyed. Cybermen, anyone?
So how convincing was I? So much so that I even managed to sneak in a quick trip to the library to pick up my holds and neither kiddo let out so much as a peep of protest.
Hallelujah! I may just have pulled off the con of the century!