Our normal Tuesday took a turn for the better, thanks to lackluster Winter Storm Juno.
Schools were closed throughout the state and a snow day was issued. My first snow day of the year and Scout and Griffin’s first snow day ever!
The day began like a weekend, which meant that I could get up early to change diapers and feed babies. But this time, I did it with my GoPro mounted on my forehead like an idiot. I pretended we were making a documentary to film the carnage outside, which really only consisted of a 5″ of snow, but I brought a dramatic flare to the event like no one else could.
After the babies had their two hour morning stretch of fun and games, they were back down for naps, which meant I could go out and shovel the snow. Before I went out, I told Megg that we could go to IKEA if she wanted, because we didn’t really have anything else to do and a trip to IKEA was always a fun way to kill a few hours. She was way more excited about the idea than I was, so we scheduled a time to leave. But before we left, Megg made it clear that she wanted to take photos of the babies in their first snow.
Megg takes a lot of photos and I’m really thankful that she’s successfully documented almost every event of our lives in the past twelve years, but most of the time, I turn into a whiny child when she attempts to take photos. This time wasn’t so bad and we were able to take a few family photos in our backyard Winter Wonderland. Scout, Griffin, and Dad all cooperated and Mom was pleased, I think.
One hour after our scheduled departure time (as usual), we were on the road! We timed our trip perfectly with the tapering of the snow storm and we had the roads all to ourselves. Griffin screamed for the first 20 minutes of the car ride because he hates the car, if I hadn’t mentioned that before, but otherwise, it was smooth sailing. The roads into Philadelphia were all cleared of snow and traffic and we made it to IKEA in record time. Now let’s get some Swedish meatballs!
IKEA offers the best and cheapest lunches around, so after taking photos of the babies and their first IKEA entrance, we made a beeline for the restaurant, which was also deserted. We had an easy lunch with our two happy babies and then made our way to the Children’s section of the store.
We picked up a sweet rubber mat for the inside of the tub so we could alleviate some of the slipping and sliding that the babies would do in the tub, then moved on and grabbed a carpet to lay down for the babies to play on once they’re a little more “capable”.
Then we found him.
IKEA makes an eerily-human doll that’s the exact size of our babies. I picked up the doll and looked at him. He looked back at me as if he was waiting for me to pick him up. Pretty creepy. I turned the doll towards Griffin and his eyes grew wide. He smiled at the doll as if they were old friends or something and he started reaching for him. It was hilarious. I presented the doll again and Griffin had the same reaction. The kid is so friendly and just loves meeting new people,so he treated this doll no differently.
I called Megg over so she could watch Griffin greet his new buddy. Same reaction. We laughed like a couple of idiots and filmed the introduction so we could share it with you.
For some dumb reason, we passed on buying on the doll, which we’ll probably buy the next time we visit the store.
We quickly made our way through the households section and worked our way to the registers. We walked underneath a gigantic industrial ceiling fan, which left both babies mesmerized, but we didn’t buy that either.
Mom bought a vanilla ice cream cone, like she always does when we leave IKEA, and we packed the car and headed home.
Today was a huge success for several reasons. No school, no cabin fever, no traffic. We scored a great lunch, some great deals, and managed to take the twins to IKEA for the very first time. I’m sure it will be their first trip of many, and before they know it, they’ll realize that IKEA is where Mom and Dad bought all of their nursery furniture because they’re absolutely brilliant!
The pups also enjoyed the snow day!