Phew! After a week of more strategic than usual meal planning, hectic restaurant outings where nobody actually ate anything, and doing dishes in the bathtub, our "minor" kitchen remodel is nearing completion. This weekend we regained use of our countertops, new extra-deep, single-bowl sink, two stylish new faucets, and a brand spanking new garbage disposal in the island sink.
The troops will be back today to finish up some patching and painting, to haul the debris and by god, I hope, to reconnect the dishwasher. As it turns out, putting the endless stream of sippy cups into and out of the dishwasher is not the monumental chore it once seemed when compared with the alternative of carrying them to the river.
The kitchen is glorious. Opened up floor plan, glossy granite, shiny sinks, leak-free faucets, a sprayer that actually sprays, countertops that no longer grumble and shake in protest when we run the garbage disposal - marvelous! Of course now we can't afford groceries but still totally worth it, don't you think?
The very best part is that with our new super-island, the kiddos can get their hands into the batter without getting in the way. At least that's the theory. I'm looking forward to making dinner without three little butts propped on the counters between sharp knives and steaming pans. I can't believe no one's lost a finger yet. Now they'll each have a clear view from their own safe little perch on the other side of the island.
I'll post some before and after photos when it's finished, with any luck later today.