On Saturday we took our first ever trip to Ikea. It's in Pittsburgh, PA which is quite a drive for 2 little kids (especially ours) so it was an all-day event. For those of you who have never been before, they have a big playarea for kids in the store - but it's a drop-off/day-care type deal (free). As soon as we walked in Noah saw the ball-pit with slides and said, "Mom, I want to go play in the balls!" After checking things out I explained to him that he could play in there if he wanted to but that I couldn't stay with him - it was just for kids to play in while their mommies shopped. I fully expected him to say "nevermind" but to my utter shock and amazement he said, "Ok mom, I want to go play - you go shop." So I signed him, up and as I watched my kid run in with a huge smile on his face I turned around and started to cry. My little boy is growing up! That's a hard thing for a mom...but I was also so proud of him for being so brave and independent. I picked him up an hour later and he told me about everything he'd done and how much fun he'd had : )
Alex was too little to go in the play area, so she stayed with us. It was her naptime, so you can imagine how much fun she was. We had a great time anyways : )
Paul kept teasing me about spending over 4 hours in the car with our 2 kids just to buy a set of finger puppets, 6 plastic bowls, cups, and plates for the kids, and a new lamp for our dresser.