Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that Larry and I are not the most exciting people, even before we had a baby. For many of our first dates together, we spent the time playing scrabble or doing crossword puzzles. I know, I know….BORING. It’s not that we don’t enjoy going out and doing things. We love traveling and seeing new places and trying new things. Occasionally we might even enjoy getting dressed up and going out to a fancy restaurant or to a show and stay out late (if we had a babysitter). But for me at least, I’d generally much rather be in my comfy pajamas than in a dress and high heels, and be curled up in bed with a good book than out painting the town. Now that we have a baby, at least we have some justification for our homebody lifestyle.
Yesterday was one of those rare days in our week that we were both actually free – no meetings, no conference calls, no people coming over. Unfortunately, it rained most of the day so that basically ruled out any outdoor activities. Where do you take a 1 year old on a rainy day? IKEA! I’ve actually never enjoyed shopping at Ikea. For me, it’s too stressful to have to navigate the labyrinth of show rooms, and I still don’t really understand the concept of how you find what you want in the warehouse downstairs. But for any parents out there who haven’t discovered it yet, Ikea is a GREAT place to take kids if you just want to kill a couple of hours and keep everyone happy. They have an awesome play area where you can drop off your children and go shop (I wonder if parents ever just drop off their children and go take a nap in the car). Of course, CC is still too young to play there, but once he hits the height requirement, I’ll be making weekly trips to Ikea.
We got there around 5 and decided to have an early dinner. Looking around the cafe/restaurant, it seemed that we weren’t the only parents who had the idea of hanging out at Ikea on a rainy day. While the food there is not stellar, it wasn’t bad and there is more on the menu besides Swedish meatballs. I also really appreciate that they cater to families with kids; they provide jars of baby food and kid friendly snacks in the buffet line and a special family eating area (lots of space, high chairs, and toys on the tables). After dinner, we walked CC around the show rooms until he got tired and then went home and put him to bed. After we put CC to bed, we retired to our room and I read a magazine while Larry played games on his ipod. We were asleep by 9pm.
I know it’s not the most exciting way to spend a rare free day, but I got to spend quality time with my husband and son, plus only pay $15 for dinner. And Larry got to catch up on some much needed sleep. That’s good enough for me. To me, it was an evening well spent. Like I said, we’re not the most exciting people. We’re boring and proud of it. 🙂