We got out the Monopoly game over Thanksgiving and the girls loved it. First we played at Grandma C's - Claire was so funny. Whenever she collected money she acted the opposite of humble. She jumped around and gave an evil laugh. Bea started out being the banker and then Claire wanted to be the banker so she paid Bea $500. It was great for getting the girls to practice making change. We had to stop the game when it was bedtime - Claire was the railroad baron raking in all our money so we called her the winner. Then we played at Grandma J's. It turned out to be an epic game. Grandma kept rolling doubles and somehow four of us ended up in jail at once. Bea was really bad at watching the board and calling it out when someone landed on her property. We got laughing so hard when we made faces at her to try to get her to notice. The game dragged out and Jennifer ended up taking all our money - we actually finished the game! And money-bags Claire ended up being the last one to go bankrupt. So many laughs - so much fun!
We did a few other things too. Like cooking up a storm and eating yummy turkey.
Bea got to play with beloved Baxter and Tucker
We got to see Great Grandma and she wore her "whole world" locket.
We sat around and colored and watched football.
We went for a walk in the woods - it was a beautiful sunny day.
We decorated Grandma J's tree - Claire was so into it - she was adding more more more long after the big girls gave up.
And we also went to the old Temple Theater in Saginaw to watch White Christmas. I love that new tradition!
Last week I finished sewing the cushions for my kitchen banquette benches so I'm calling my kitchen officially done now.
What a big long process it was! Overall I am really really pleased with how it turned out and I feel so lucky to have a refreshed space that I got to plan exactly as I wanted. I am so happy that it functions better too. It feels less cramped and busy. The lighting and range fan work better. There is more counter space and more storage (and fewer washers and dryers). The table doesn't wobble and squeak. The floors actually feel clean after I clean them. The cupboards and drawers all close without having to give them a push with your hip. The countertops are easier to clean. Our back door no longer sticks and the banquette bench storage opens and closes properly.
Brian is smiling because we moved our old fridge to the basement and it's now his personal beer and cheese fridge.
So here are some not-professional photos. Isn't it pretty.
Here are some before and after photos - I love seeing the changes.
So thank you for going on this epic dramatic remodel journey with me.
Is is too early to make six little Christmas houses and get out all the rest of our mini Christmas village?
I don't think so.
I might need to edit as it looks like a big pile of junk in the photos. But I just love to see how excited the girls get when I pull out the box of putz houses and trinkets. Each little house gets placed on a base of leftover cotton batting and then they place the santas and trees and animals all around the diminutive village. Claire likes to play a game where I close my eyes and then I have to guess which items she has rearranged.
Here are the new additions that I made this weekend.
And here are the girls setting up the whole village.
I didn't really take any pictures on Halloween night but I took a few of our pumpkin carving and of the girls before school. We finally had some nice Halloween weather. Before we headed out I invited everyone over for pizza and it was fantastic not to be cringing at the state of my kitchen like I did before the remodel. Bea and her friends were ready to trick-or-treat all by themselves but we parents followed along because it was nice to be out. Claire got to go with a friend instead of tagging along with Bea's gang this year. They are getting so big.
Our neighborhood is a Halloween hotbed because the houses are close together and people do lots of decorating. I drove home with the pizza and saw the early young kids starting to trick or treat. It looked so iconic American Halloween - a line of kids crossing the road in the distance under colorful trees. Little girls in long dresses and tiny kids being pulled in wagons. Parents holding their kids hands as they gingerly climbed front steps to get their first taste of Halloween. It was a beautiful night buzzing with that special childhood excitement in the air.