So. We happen to the have the cutest, sweetest, smiliest little niece on the face of the planet. I adore this kid more than I thought it was possible for me to adore a kid and am known to whip out my phone and show unsuspecting friends pictures of her at a moment’s notice. (Sorry friends. But she is cute, right?) I don’t talk about her a whole lot on the blog because I try not to subject everyone in my life to showing up on the interwebs, but we’re making an exception today. Plus, her mom said it was ok.
Our sweet little niece turned one this week.her parents threw a fantastic party to celebrate and watch her eat cake for the first time and hang out and soak up how cute she is. (Seriously. I love this kid.) And also to give her presents.
Ok. So. Presents. Long long ago I decided Elliana would need a kitchen for her first birthday. Because, well, why wouldn’t she need a kitchen? And while there are some lovely kitchens available commercially, we would obviously need to create her kitchen. It’s just how we roll.
Now, I should stop right here and say my poor husband is a really really REALLY good sport. This was all my idea and the poor guy obviously got dragged into making the idea come to life. Partially because he’s much better with power tools and partially because leaving me to my own devices typically ends in tears sometime in the middle of the night. (Not that it’s ever happened, but it could.Ahem)
A couple weeks ago Nick and our good friend Tim went to pick up an entertainment center I found on Craigslist….for free. It was exactly what I had been looking for….and it was free. So the night before I left town this lovely oak entertainment center came to live with us. And there it remained, untouched, while I went to Chicago for 4 days, home for 5 days and then off to the MS150. Other than do a happy dance around it on occasion, I made no kitchen-creating progress. But I had a plan! I had mapped out the last two weeks before Elliana’s birthday and knew exactly when we would be working on it and had lists and pictures and sketches of how this was all going to work out.
But then life happened. We have been working through a health crisis with a family member and as much as I wanted this kitchen to be perfect and beautiful (and done before Elliana’s birthday!) it just wasn’t the highest priority.
But I was still determined to get it done.
Tuesday night I cleaned, sanded and painted the entire thing. Progress!
Somewhere around this point Nick discovered that these kitchens are sold in stores. Nick then questioned why we had not simply purchased a kitchen. Then we went to bed.
Bright and earlymorning we were back at it. And approximately 15 minutes after we should have left for the party…..we were done.
To make it even more fun, Elliana's Grandma, Papa, Auntie Sarah and Uncle Jake got her kitchen all decked out with the latest and greatest in kitchen accessories. And while I tried to win "favorite aunt" with a kitchen I still lost. Sarah got her a coffee pot. Pretty sure I would trade my entire kitchen for my coffee pot.
How'd we do, friends? And isn't our niece adorable??