Thrilled for Thursdays #2

:: 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!


17 thoughts on “Thrilled for Thursdays #2

    • Hey, that’s actually a great idea for a story! You’d have everything you needed too – right down to the food and stuff!

    • If Bass Pro Shops is a grown man’s Disneyland, then IKEA is a grown woman’s. So many tchotchkes to play with! You must visit and let us know how it went.

  1. You do make it sound like fun!!! I like going to IKEA anyway, if I’m in the right mood, and I think I probably would have even liked it as a kid.

    I love the disguises – I hope the robots didn’t see you!

    • What?! Soft serve ice cream? Now that deserves a repeat visit! I feel a need for more storage boxes coming on. ;p

    • We bought our first bedroom set as a married couple from IKEA but then “graduated” to real furniture after that collapsed over time. I hear if you buy the higher-end stuff, it lasts longer?

  2. I’m stunned. There are no Ikea stores that I know of around here, but they look pretty fabulous. I’ve always thought that every dress store ought to have a Man Cave area with recliners and TV and beer, maybe. Dan’s happy with just a chair with a back! Ikea REALLY does it right. Food and shopping. What a concept.
    Your family is adorbs. Hope you continue to enjoy the vacation.

    • My hubs doesn’t think of it as a man cave when we go, though. But maybe if I spin it as such, our next trip together will be profoundly more satisfying? Thanks; I can’t claim 100% of the adorbs but 50% ain’t bad, eh?

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