Showing posts from February, 2014

Planning a Dream Kitchen for a Large Family

One of my favorite places in our house is our kitchen.  It's where we gather to eat, to play, to clean, to do homework, to create.

When we built our house, I got to design it.  We tried to consider how to create the space for a large family's needs.  Seven years later, I still love our kitchen just the way it is.  We saved money where we could.  My husband built the cabinets, and we went for just plain laminate countertops instead of granite or Corion. 

For the sake of those who might be building and wanting ideas on how to plan a kitchen for a large family, here are a few of my favorite features:

1.  I love, love, love, my large 8 x 4 foot island.  I love being able to have multiple people in my kitchen working at the same time.  I love having plenty of counter space, and there's something psychologically uplifting about facing my family and the nearby great room while I prepare meals rather than facing a wall, like I did in my old kitchen.

the view while I'm cooking…

Valentine's Day (Wordless Wednesday)

I love Harmony's full-of-life personality.
Eliza's class hosted a dance party for Halloween and her embarrassed smile while dancing was awesome!  She loves her best friend Grace.

Grace's mom just happens to be one of my best friends too. Harmony with her teacher and her best friend Kate.
Allison's class party.

A week before Valentine's Day, we took the kids in with their report cards to Krispy Kreme for a donut bonanza:

Just a few (Wordless Wednesday)


Random Thoughts: Olympics, Biggest Loser, Projects

*  We've enjoyed watching the Olympics together. Snowboarding is so fun to watch, as is figure skating.  Still haven't figured out how to feign an interest in curling.

* Did anyone else cringe a bit when one of the Russian figure skaters, after winning gold in the team competition, went on a long spiel about how grateful they are for their wonderful president for putting on such a wonderful games and how their President is so great? (I couldn't find a video to link to, but it was during prime time coverage).  It reminded me of the praise heaped upon the North Korean "Great General" in this documentary.  After the visiting doctors performed eye surgery, each recipient fawned over how it was only possible through the goodness of their dictator (starts at about the 40:00 minute mark). 

* One of my favorite parts about the games is learning more about the individual athletes.  Lately, though, I find myself feeling a bit cynical, as a lot of the profiles s…

Screwtape Letter for the Unappreciated Mom ~ Friday Favorites

I haven't been doing Friday Favorites for a while, partly because when I find a link I like, I just share it on Facebook and then forget about it. But I'd like to start gathering the best of what I encounter and share it here more often.

 Here's one of my favorite reads from this week: A Screwtape Letter for the Unappreciated Mom

If you've read the The Screwtape Letters (and if you haven't you need to), you know the drill.  A senior devil writes letters of encouragement to a lesser one, advising him on the best ways to turn his assigned subjects towards evil and away from God.  So the letters are written as if any sign of sin is good and the Enemy is God.  That said, go read the post.
"I was thrilled to hear you have been making progress with the mother.  You have a good lead, from what I hear.  She’s feels over-worked, unappreciated, and discouraged?  I’m so glad to hear it.  If you tread carefully, this can be a great opportunity.  With the kids waking …

Winter Sunset ~ Wordless Wednesday

Last Saturday by Utah Lake.