Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Atlanta Quick Trip

Originally, I was supposed to go with my mom and sister to Macon on the weekend of the 17th for our annual trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival.  Then, my sister had to take a work trip so our plans got cancelled.  While I was going to be in Macon, Matt was going to take a day trip to Atlanta to pick up Baby C's furniture.  Since I was no longer going to Macon, we decided to let LL spend the night with her Gigi and Poppy, and we would take the quick trip together.

With LL, we spent TONS of money on her crib/baby furniture.  We bought the convertible kind that later turned into a full sized bed and she is still using all of the same stuff.  This was great in that we didn't have to buy anything when the time came for her to get a big girl room.  What we didn't like about this was that we kind of wanted to get her new stuff when we made the transition.  This time around, with Baby C, we decided to go a different route.  My sister knew that they would be transitioning Ben to a big boy room around time time, and they had to buy him all new furniture because they didn't get him the convertible kind.  They offered to let us just have all of his stuff!  Yeah - my sister and brother-in-law are awesome like that.  So now (most) of Baby C's stuff came from Ben!  This is good for us, too, because now we can just spend that money on his big boy furniture when the time comes instead of having to make that big decision now.

Like I said before, my sister was out of town.  My brother-in-law works for CNN and also had a CRAZY work schedule that weekend due to March Madness.  This meant that we weren't going to see much of him either!

Matt and LL drove me to work and dropped me off on Friday morning.  Then, Matt borrowed my Dad's truck and picked up back up from work around 1:45.  We headed straight up to Atlanta with one goal in mind: Ikea!  If you've never been to ikea, you really need to go!  It's AWESOME!  We've been several times before, but never really gotten any big items before.  We were getting the crib, changing table, and wardrobe from my sister, but we still wanted to get some shelving and cube storage for his room, too.  Best place?  Ikea!  

We pulled into Ikea around 5:30 and noticed that they were doing some really funky stuff around Atlanta.  There were cops EVERYWHERE (waaaaay more than normal), they were shutting down entire exits in the downtown area, shutting down streets, etc.  Eventually, we did figure out what was going on - Obama was in town.  Evidently, Tyler Perry was hosting a "dinner" at his house to raise money for Obama's campaign.  The cost per person?  $35,000. Yep.  

Lucky for us, we made it into downtown right as they were starting to do all of this.  By the time we got done at Ikea, everything was open again.  

We spent about an hour walking around and looking for what we wanted.  We ended up getting two cute storage table things, one shelf, several baskets, and a new office desk.  We really hadn't intended on getting a new office desk, but since we've moved it into our room (to make room for Baby C!), our current desk takes up a TON of space.  The prices are so good at Ikea - it's just hard to pass up stuff!

Before we headed downstairs to collect our furniture, we decided to stop and have a little snack.  It was around dinner time and I was STARVING!  We shared some Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes - random, I know.

After our snack we headed downstairs to collect our stuff.  Once we paid for it, we headed to the truck to start loading stuff up.  As Matt was putting stuff in the back, he noticed that one of the boxes for the desk was damaged and he could see that the wood inside had a HUGE hole in it.  Not gonna work.

By this time, I was POOPED, so I stayed in the truck to read more of The Hunger Games (I had already read it, but was re-reading it before the movie came out!) while Matt took the box back in to exchange it.  

When we finally got out of there, we headed to my sister's house.  The sky in Atlanta looked TERRIBLE and we were pretty nervous about getting rained on.  With wooden furniture.  We booked it to my sister's house and went ahead and unloaded everything into her garage.  We had been talking about dinner this whole time and trying to decide what to eat.  What did I end up craving?  Waffle House or Steak-n-Sheak.  No joke.  In Atlanta, where we had SO many more choices, and this is what I wanted!  Matt said he was fine with it, so I let him choose.  He chose Waffle House, so that's where we headed.  By this time, it was almost 8:30 so we both were SUPER hungry!  We ended up at the Waffle House pretty close to where my sister lives and it's the same one that we ate at on Thanksgiving in 2008 when I was pregnant with LL - haha.

The next morning, we slept in until about 8:00.  I had been up in the middle of the night feeling TERRIBLE, so I didn't sleep well at all.  Lucky for us, though, Gino's work schedule got changed so he didn't have to go back to work until later that afternoon.  He had worked until midnight the night before, so we were happy to wake up to see him!  

I had an appointment at the Genius Bar at the Apple store at 10:00.  My iPhone had gotten this weird yellow discoloration in the left part of my screen AND it had randomly started freezing up and going to this black screen with an apple on it.  All of the products come with a one year warranty, and mine expired in....April!  I knew I needed to get it looked at ASAP, but we don't have an Apple store near us in Valdosta.  I could have sent it through Verizon, but I would have had a $50 deductible.  No thanks.  We took it to the store, showed them what was going on, and they replaced it for free!  Score!

We headed back to the house to load everything up and get on the road home.  It was a super quick trip, we didn't get to see much of Gino (and none of Laura), but Matt and I still had a good time.  :)  It was nice to get some time together with no interruptions - even if it was in the car.  

I can't wait to show you how all of this looks in Baby C's nursery!  Thanks for the furniture, Laura and Gino!


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