Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Talk About Tackling It: The Kitchen

No, not the kitchen in our new home. It's not yet finished, for those of you who are waiting with bated breath for the photos. (Yes, I know there is at least one of you who is waiting. You told me so yourself.) This is the kitchen in the attached mother-in-law apartment in which we are currently residing.

Now, you may think nothing of the following photos, but please believe me! This is a huge deal! Taking care of 6-month-old twins and a 2-year-old leave me little or no time to accomplish much of anything. However, now that the twins are sitting, they are happy to hang out in the kitchen with me, playing with the canning jar rings on the floor, while I do my work. Here is what I accomplished in one day....all at the same time...for the first time in 8 months.

A clean fridge...


A clean kitchen...


....and as a added bonus, John brought back from the states a week's supply of fresh fruit! Funny, you would think that one could get lots of fresh fruit here in Mexico, but in our neck of the woods, it's hard to come by. I'm not sure why. Anyways, I love the looks of this...


As a side note, after I had taken this picture in preparation for this post while the kids were at school, upon returning home, the 12-year-old boy looked at the fruit and said, "Mom, I bet you're going to blog about this fruit, aren't you!"

How did he know?

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32 comments:

Peggy said...

Great kitchen! That is A LOT of fruit! It is so nice to see another kitchen with 2 highchairs side by side:)

LifeatTheCircus said...

BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN!! And that fruit looks delicious and so fancy... like it was taken for a magazine. Nicely done!

Susie said...

Great tackle!! I love the fruit stand:-)

AmyG said...

Beautiful kitchen! LOL @ your son.

Maddy said...

My it says something when your 12 year old already knows!
Best wishes

Carla said...

Yea for you! That fruit pile-up looks beautiful! Have a great Tuesday!

~michelle pendergrass said...

You did a lot of work!!

I have a 3-tiered fruit holder like that and I love when it's full!!

The Farmer's Wife said...

I would be one of the followers who is waiting with baited breath for the new kitchen! But the current kitchen looks great too! Hugs to John for the beautiful fruit...I ususally bring some back too!

Kristi said...

Great tackle! I love how you displayed your fruit. Blessings to you!

Karen said...

Your kitchen looks great -- and so does the fruit!

Sherry said...

Wow! That is a TON of fruit! I love how you have it displayed. The kitchen looks great!

Kathleen said...

I so love when my entire kitchen is clean. Often the sink and floor is clean, but the fridge isn't, or vice versa.

That's weird about not having abundant fruit in Mexico. I think it would be the opposite. And your son's comment was funny...I think my husband thinks things like that but doesn't say it!

Cliff, Kendal and Stone said...

Your blog is so fun! You're on my google reader, so I'm always kept up. :) And you know the Johnsons! I'm related to them. Greer and Lester Johnson are cousins with my dad (like 2nd cousins or something like that). :) I clicked on their blog, and it was fun to see their girls! I used to play with them in the colonies when we'd go down.

Patti's and Bobbi's Excellent Adventures said...

That fruit display is pretty funny! John doesn't everything in a big way, doesn't he? Your kitchen looks great Jen!
Bobbi

Salsa Mama said...

Awesome!! Want to come do mine? :) The fruit is GORGEOUS! I love that holder you have.

RhondaLue said...

I love all the fruit displayed that way. I think if I kept ours out the kids would gravitate towards it more often yet I like mine cold.

Maybe we could do a lil of both.

And I totally get what you mean about getting it all done at once. I barely even HOPE for cleanliness all over...you did great!

Amanda B. said...

Looks awesome! And I love all that fresh fruit- fresh fruit is the best! I love having lots of it around. That kitchen is beautiful- hard to believe that is just the mother-in-law suite.... I would love that kitchen! :)

HDMac said...

The kitchen looks fantastic... and toooo funny about blogging about the fruit! How DO they know???? HAHAHA

Julie said...

What an inspiration you are!!! You make me want to get at it too. Off I go!

AmyK said...

I like how the fruit looks, too. I'd actually have to take it out of the pretty display and put it in like, a box or something, so I'd be more inclined to let it get eaten. Otherwise I'd be too busy looking at it to eat it.

I linked you, by the way!

imadramamama said...

Way to double duty! Great job!

Kimmie said...

Wow, you do have your hands full. This is my first time here...but you have inspired me to go and tackle my fridge...it is needing a thourough wipe down and is sadly looken a bit battered and forsaken lately.

Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Amanda said...

Well,count your blessings and days till they become more mobile. Good for you Jen! I love this stage of babyhood!

Barbiemat said...

I love how your babies get canning lids to play with. Where did you find all that fresh fruit??? Looks delish!

CJ, the Purple Diva said...

WOW what a WONDERFUL job you did! With 3 kids too! They must have been napping to get these pictures with it still this clean! How funny about that fruit and your son saying you are going to blog about it! My boys do the same thing to me! They know us well, huh? I miss you!

Melinda said...

Beautiful!! Nice job. I bet you feel good now that it is done. I love the fruit display too..nice.

the dutson five said...

Aahhh! (That's a relaxing aaahhh, not a screaming aahhh.) There's nothing like a clean kitchen! Looks fantastic! In my house that would last about 37 seconds... How long does it last for you, with 3 times as many kids as me?

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Good job! This is something I'm going to tackle today. I would have thought wonderful fruit would be available in Mexico? Anyway, you have quite a bounty there and it looks almost too pretty to eat in that tiered stand!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Manuela

Gayle said...

Your kitchen looks awesome! Nice job.

Kay Bailey said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment on my blog -- I'll definitely get the expecting twins book. I love that you're in Mexico, too. I lived there for a couple of years and it's in my soul! -Kay

Mayet said...

hey! that's wonderful.

Penelope said...

Lovely kitchen! I love the fruit; it's making me hungry!