Sunday in Atlanta

Our family fieldtrip to Atlanta was a big success! First we went to the Children’s Museum which was a blast for Riley and Adrian. The museum had sand tables, water tables, a paint area, a special section devoted to Clifford, a market, a tree house, a stage, a garden, and a machinery section.  Everything was on one floor, and the space was designed really well.  They even had a nursing room for moms, tables for families to eat at, and birthday party spaces.  Mostly, Shawn and I divided and conquered.  One of us would go with Riley, the other with Adrian and Sidney.  We spent a solid two and a half hours there, and Riley wasn’t quite ready to leave (though Adrian was exhausted!).  What fun!

A couple of observations:

1.  Children’s museums need more than one changing table in a bathroom.  Every time I went to the bathroom, there was a line!

2. Atlanta moms know how to rock the heels! In my North Face fleece, jeans, and Sperry’s, I would have fit right in in Athens, but I was definitely under-dressed as a mom for Atlanta!  My feet hurt just watching these women chase after their toddlers.

Afterwards, we headed a couple of miles down the road to IKEA.  For Shawn and the kids, it was their first time.  Riley went to play in Smallland for forty-five minutes, and the rest of us chugged it around the showroom and marketplace.  Forty-five minutes flies in IKEA!  We picked up a couple of wooden toys Shawn wanted to get Adrian, some new plastic-ware for the kids (I am always running out of bowls.  By the end of the day, I think we go through a dozen easily!), a new lint-roller, a closet organizer, and some batteries.  A quick note: these closet organizers are fantastic.  Really sturdy, lots of space, looks good.  I already had this one in pink for Riley’s stuff, but I wanted one in green for Adrian’s.

I am looking forward to a time when we can do some major IKEA shopping, but that will have to wait until I am making good money again and we are settled somewhere.  Shawn even said we could.  And now that I’ve blogged about it, he can’t back out! 🙂

We hit McDonald’s on the way home because I didn’t want to cook or have to clean anything, I had an 80 page article to read, and I really wanted this…