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joel’s day

Joel’s birthday started out like he had always dreamed, I mean dreaded…
with a trip to IKEA.
I know your husbands would be jealous.
I was so excited. I only have been to IKEA a few times and I love it!
I promised Joel we wouldn’t have to do any more shopping on this trip.
Just IKEA.

Luckily they had games for kids or husbands who were bored shopping.

And once again I had to leave IKEA without buying these sticks. I want them every time I come. Joel was very unreasonable and wouldn’t let me take them on the plane!
Joel was such a good sport to go shopping on his birthday.
We went straight from IKEA to FATBURGER.
Who doesn’t like to eat on their birthday?
We spent the afternoon at the Calgary Olympic Park.

We tried out the medals podium. Joel let me be the gold metal winner. Isn’t he sweet?
Then headed to the icehouse.
Joel practiced the luge.

And we tried out the bobsled. I bet you didn’t know we were so athletic!

Can you believe people actually ski off of this thing?! They are crazy. It was so high up.
Joel was ready though. 
And here he is accepting his Olympic gold metal. He was being such a goof that day.
Before we left we had to test out our hockey skills. Like true Canadians. We weren’t very good.
My aunt had to show us how it was done. In high heels and all!
  • Anonymous - Love Love this post and pictures! Looks like you two had a great day…


  • Jenn - What a fun day. I love IKEA! Don’t have one here though. Olympic park looks really fun. I’m glad you had a great day together!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Looks like you guys had fun. I am soooo glad you had a nice trip!

  • Polka Dot Moon - You both are just adorable!! IKEA is one of those stores most husbands dread!! I’m glad they have an area for snacks 🙂

  • Clare - So jealous of your IKEA trip, someday I will go there. Your posted made me laugh all the way though, looks like you had a great trip!ReplyCancel

  • The Boccias - What a fun post! That looks like a good birthday to me. 🙂 Your pouty/sad face in the store made me laugh. Sorry you can’t have those sticks. 🙂 Hope we will see you tomorrow night!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - I love this. You guys looked like you were having so much FUN! You look absoultly adorable.
    Courtney MayfieldReplyCancel

  • writing4612 - What a blast!ReplyCancel

  • writing4612 - What a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Joel’s face when he standing on the medal podium (the silver place) makes me laugh. He is being so serious. 🙂

    Love you!ReplyCancel

  • Todd and Courtney - ya’ll are precious & you are just so pretty pregnant!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Ekeland's - ok…don’t think I could love this post anymore then I do right now. It makes me smile and laugh. You two are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Those are great pics, looks like a fun time. Even your pouty face wouldn’t convince Joel to let you get those sticks? :o)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Looks like you guys had a great vacation. I didn’t realize that Olympic Parks became tourist attractions. That is very fun. I am with you on the houses in your previous post. I would move in to any one of those in a heart beat!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Okay. I have a confession. I have no idea what IKEA is. Never been to one. And I’m pretty sure there isn’t one even close to here. But it looks really neat! I’m glad your trip was so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Trisha Larson - I have an IKEA 20 minutes away and rarely ever go there. Maybe once every few years. Maybe I should check it out more often. Let me know if you’re ever in Orange County, CA and I’ll go with you!


  • Christine - Looks like you guys had a super-fun trip! I *heart* IKEA. There’s one just a few miles from my house & we just LOVE going there. I might have to check out that bundle o’ sticks!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Oh, and how are you feeling? Pregnancy treating you okay? You look fantastic! I pray all is well 🙂ReplyCancel

  • PamperingBeki - You guys are too funny! And you need those sticks.

    Where’s our nearest IKEA? Kansas City?

    You look great!ReplyCancel

  • gwswenson - You are the cutest couple! Hope you are feeling as great as you look!!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - It is great to see you guys having so much fun!:)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Those are awesome pictures. I love those sticks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - i was cracking up! i love that you got to be #1…gold medal winner. 🙂
    all of these are so funny.
    love it.ReplyCancel

  • rentz - I’m so very jealous. I have been begging to go to IKEA, but to no avail. I drool over their website all the time. But everything I like is only available “in store”. : (ReplyCancel

  • Jane In The Jungle - Those are great! And how wonderful to be able to visit the Olympic Park!!!! The ski picture was too funny though, LOL!
    I’ve never been to Ikea, I don’t even know where the nearest one is…. oh well I can dream.ReplyCancel

  • Jess - joel is a complete nut! 🙂 looks like you two had a wonderful time in canada…although you might want to reconsider taking him out in public again! husbands, you gotta love ’em.ReplyCancel

  • k and c's mom - So happy to see you both having so much FUN!
    (I have an IKEA about a mile from my house and I STILL don’t have the bundle of sticks.)ReplyCancel

  • Utecht Family - No man should have to endure IKEA on his birthday. That place could take forever to get through! I am glad you rewarded Joel with a fatburger. See you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Just got back from Ikea! You guys are so funny! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Dina Ross - Such a CUTE post!!! I’m going to the IKEA website right now!:-)
    The pic of him with his face on the skiers body…classic!
    You both look GREAT!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - I took my husband to Ikea for our anniversary. I thought it was romantic… 🙂 Not sure that he was as excited about it as I was. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Trasie Bressler - Love everything about this post! It’s so good to see the two of you smiling through your pain and enjoying each other to the fullest. What a trooper husband you have to go shopping on his birthday!

    I hope you have many more happy days ahead and that your smiles come a little easier with each passing day!

    Many Many Blessings!ReplyCancel

  • Falling Around - Oh my goodness… I am cracking up! You guys are too funny. Looked like y’all had a fab time and it delights my heart to see it!

    Love You!
    Christy KleinReplyCancel

  • Chris Johnson - You are both great! I love reading your posts and is so nice to see lots of smiles. So sad for Joel being so unreasonable about the sticks…:)ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Oh my goodness, that had me laughing out loud. I bet you were laughing as you wrote it. Too cute, and too funny. The luge pic and the skiing pic are just hilarious.
    Ikea rocks and there are no two ways about it. I won’t say my husband hates to go there, but he wants to go with a mission, a purpose, and I want to meander. We meet in the middle somewhere (of our desires, not Ikea. 🙂 )
    You are looking great! I love your (the both of you) smiles.ReplyCancel

  • Missy - looks like your having a fun time. i think my husbands heart skips a beat when i even mention the word IKEA….lol….he’s a good sport though…ReplyCancel

  • Erica - i love seeing you both smiling & having a good time. joel is such a good sport!ReplyCancel

  • stephinbham - It is just so incredibly wonderful to see you two having fun together, laughing and smiling. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Looks like both you and Joel enjoyed his birthday. The art of distraction is a wonderful thing and I’m so glad that you had some time out to stop and really enjoy each other’s company again. Well done!!

    Sue x

    PS. You’re looking GREAT!!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - That looks like so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • sassy girl - looks like you guys had a great time!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Haha, love this and love the pics. What a fun day!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - Too stinkin’ cute! You guys are adorable. Glad you had fun.

    And, I agree, you need those sticks for fall!ReplyCancel

  • Karina - When we lived in Vancouver, we went to IKEA for one of our wedding anniversary meals (with two kids in tow at the time) – it was such an enormous store that we felt like we were in an airport lounge about to fly somewhere exotic (it had skylights and must have seated 100 easy).

    I’m glad you were able to have fun and be silly together. Great pics!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Spinks - thats so fun we were in Calgary in July and have the same pictures at Olympic Park… Ikea really is great isn’t it!!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - What a fun day!!! I love all the pics!!!ReplyCancel

  • ryanandlindsay - Ok I would like to know what sport you would compete in that the gold medal winner is shorter than the silver winner even on the podium. 🙂 And my favorite Joel face is the one in the ski jumper – he looks terrified!ReplyCancel

  • claire - Glad to see you had some happy times! If I ever make it to Kansas in my lifetime, I’ll bring you some of those sticks! I’m praying for your family here in San Diego.ReplyCancel

  • sarah m - You guys are SO cute!! Glad you had such a great time. And I am obsessed with IKEA! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • mommaof4wife2r - IKEA and burgers…perfect bday.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi @ It's come to this - How fun!! That venue looks awesome:) And I hate to rub it in, but I have those sticks from IKEA … I love mine so I hope you get to have some for yourself one day!!! Glad you were able to get away & have a fun trip!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia - This is simply too cute, you two having fun, being silly, “jumping on skies” … I love it.

    Seems to me not only Joel had a great time but you did too … I love it!ReplyCancel

  • shepherdsgrace - blessings, dearhearts…

    your husband rocks that he would go to IKEA on his birthday…what a man…

    I have a matching one and aren’t we thankful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Q - I love IKEA. I dreamed of going to IKEA when we lived in Kansas, and now we have one in Maryland close to our home. I love it…my husband does not share in my love…

    The pic of Joel as the ski jumper totally cracked me up!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer - lol I cant help but laugh and lol the kid aka husband gamesReplyCancel

  • Nan - Oh my gosh. You were five minutes from me! :^( Wish I could have met you.

    We can see Canada Olympic Park out our bedroom window.ReplyCancel