Monday, June 16, 2014

Ikea or Bust.

It's not like I've got a backlog of posts or anything, but back in APRIL, my three BFF's and I packed up #BFFbaby and headed to Ohio on an IKEA pilgrimage.

We had a long list of items for family and friends... and in the end we probably should have rented a giant RV... but we made it work in a big big pickup truck.

But first... we made a pit stop in Jeffersonville, OH at a giant outlet mall.  We didn't arrive till late afternoon on a Sunday, so we had to supermarket-sweep through all our choice stores. 

And then our littlest shopper pooped out, so I was basically in heaven with a heavy baby in my arms.  WEEP.  She's so much bigger than this now!

We spent the night near IKEA, and packed up our truck in an absolute DOWNPOUR.  There were some construction folks at the hotel who were QUITE concerned that four girls in dresses (and a baby) were strapping a tarp to the back of a truck in the pouring rain.  Hot mess!

Luckily, the rain stopped right as we pulled in, and we were off to the races.  

We snapped a quick group photo - and yes, we're all a little rain-rough.. and it was off to the show room!

We let the little monkey sample the goods... she liked it.

I think the pic below might be one of my favorites of #BFFbaby.  I love how she's lounging! 

I found some really essential items that I wasn't really sure why they were selling...

And we created a cocoon in a cart when our littlest shopper pooped out... she napped in there for a couple hours.  I won't even tell you how many times we walked around an aisle and said, "wait, where's the cart?!?"  You know, the important one carrying a tiny human.

After approximately 6 hours of shopping till we drop - it was time for the ultimate task of loading up the car.  

Everybody thought we were nuts, but we managed to load up our ride and then cover it with a tarp because there were strong storms forecasted our entire drive home.  LUCKILY, we didn't get a drop of rain and made it home in one piece. 

And then it took me over a month to put all the IKEA stuff away and together.  Which, according to my husband is FOREVER ... I bet there are plenty of IKEA boxes in garages all over the country - un-assembled.

IKEA is always such a fun trip when I bring my BFFs... I'm trying to convince my husband to make a pilgrimage with me in July.... bad idea?

Happy Monday!

11 Classy Comments:

Meg @ write meg! said...

Oh, IKEA. Looks like y'all had a great time! I haven't been in years, but I'm chomping at the bit to get up to one about 45 minutes away to shop for home decor (and maybe a guest room bed). A friend and I are planning a pilgrimage sometime this week, actually -- hope we can make it happen!

the girl in the red shoes said...

LOVE trips to Ikea! And you are so right about putting stuff together...our ikea purchases always take FOREVER to actually make it out of the box!

melissa said...

How cute is that little nugget? And boxes of furniture to be assembled have languished in our home for MUCH longer than a month. Tell your husband not to fear. You're doing fine.

Tess said...

This is hilarious. I love that you all made like a true road trip out of it. I have a major itch to head to ikea next weekend to grab some outdoor furniture - Laura's house has me craving an update!

Laura C said...

I love that first picture of you and BFF baby. Too cute.
Also, a month is pretty good. You don't even want to see my garage.

Anonymous said...

I am dreaming of my next Ikea trip. Like, really. Need one in my freaking STATE so I don't have to plan trips like this. But that #BFFbaby is adorable. Glad you didn't lose the cart. :-)

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

That's so awesome! I can't wait until there's one of those closer to me and I can make a pilgrimage.

Anonymous said...

Every time I step foot in an Ikea I feel like I am back in Turkey! That was where I visited my first one and it was a 5 hour road trip away! We would do big trips like you did to get stuff. And since all the stores are set up the same, I get homesick for Turkey feeling! Crazy.

Looks like you guys had fun!

Tracy said...

What fun! I live 15 minutes from that IKEA. :)

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Love this! I love IKEA and luckily for me it's only a 20 minute drive. I love that you filled up an entire truck.

Sarah said...

I love IKEA!! I took my boyfriend there for the first time in March and he was in heaven! :) Ever since then he keeps talking about going back there and we are only about an hour away! LOL I love how you guys made a road trip out of it! Too funny! :) And that baby is precious!

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