The Macs

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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 Anonymous said...

Love Love this post and pictures! Looks like you two had a great day...


August 12, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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

August 12, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

You both are just adorable!! IKEA is one of those stores most husbands dread!! I'm glad they have an area for snacks :)

August 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger The Boccias said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Courtney said...

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

August 12, 2009 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Madison Sanders said...

What a blast!

August 12, 2009 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

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

Love you!

August 12, 2009 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Todd and Courtney said...

ya'll are precious & you are just so pretty pregnant!!!

August 12, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Jen Ekeland said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

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

August 12, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Trisha Larson said...

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!


August 12, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Oh, and how are you feeling? Pregnancy treating you okay? You look fantastic! I pray all is well :)

August 12, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

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

Where's our nearest IKEA? Kansas City?

You look great!

August 12, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger G. said...

You are the cutest couple! Hope you are feeling as great as you look!!

August 12, 2009 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

It is great to see you guys having so much fun!:)

August 12, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Those are awesome pictures. I love those sticks!!!!

August 12, 2009 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger meg duerksen said...

i was cracking up! i love that you got to be medal winner. :)
all of these are so funny.
love it.

August 12, 2009 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger rentz said...

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". : (

August 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

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.

August 12, 2009 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

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.

August 12, 2009 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger k and c's mom said...

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.)

August 12, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Utecht Family said...

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.

August 12, 2009 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

Just got back from Ikea! You guys are so funny! :)

August 12, 2009 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

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. :)

August 12, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

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!

August 12, 2009 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

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 Klein

August 12, 2009 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Chris Johnson said...

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...:)

August 12, 2009 at 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Christina said...

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.

August 13, 2009 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

looks like your having a fun time. i think my husbands heart skips a beat when i even mention the word's a good sport though...

August 13, 2009 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

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

August 13, 2009 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

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

August 13, 2009 at 1:38 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

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!!

August 13, 2009 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

That looks like so much fun!

August 13, 2009 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger sassy girl said...

looks like you guys had a great time!!

August 13, 2009 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Haha, love this and love the pics. What a fun day!!! :)

August 13, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Cristy said...

Too stinkin' cute! You guys are adorable. Glad you had fun.

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

August 13, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Karina said...

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!!!

August 13, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Katie Spinks said...

thats so fun we were in Calgary in July and have the same pictures at Olympic Park... Ikea really is great isn't it!!

August 13, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

What a fun day!!! I love all the pics!!!

August 13, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!

August 13, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous claire said...

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.

August 13, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

You guys are SO cute!! Glad you had such a great time. And I am obsessed with IKEA! :)

August 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Danyele Easterhaus said...

IKEA and burgers...perfect bday.

August 13, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Nashville TV Show said...

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!

August 13, 2009 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

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!

August 14, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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!!!!

August 14, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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 husband does not share in my love...

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

August 14, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol I cant help but laugh and lol the kid aka husband games

August 18, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Nan said...

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.

August 20, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

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