So this may not be a big deal to Lyla's non-Grand Rapids fans (but it should be, shame on you for not having Meijer as a central component of your identity), but Lyla made her first trip to Meijer yesterday! Again, for the non-Grand Rapiders, Meijer is a regional American hypermarket chain based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1934 as a supermarket chain, Meijer is credited with pioneering the modern supercenter concept in 1962. It's a cultural phenomenon and a staple for 93% (unconfirmed) of shoppers in Grand Rapids. In fact, the Knapp's Corner Meijer that Lyla shopped at is pictured on the Wikipedia site linked above... how cool is that?
Lyla could hardly contain her excitement as we got ready to make the trip. Here's a picture of her hardly able to contain herself as she waits for Dad and Grandma to get ready to go:
Here's pictures of her face lighting up as we walk into the store:
Here she is as we turn the corner and enter the dairy section (note the joy on her face):
Man oh man, was it an exciting trip. With so many high quality and name brand items to choose from, I'm surprised that Lyla could take it all in, but she did great. She was able to get everything from the list Mommy had made for her and even picked out a couple treats that weren't on the list (mmm, mmm Cookie Dough ice cream).
Anyone who has shopped at Meijer knows, getting in and out of the store quickly is not an option and after over an hour of shopping, both Lyla and Daddy were tuckered out.