Our appliances arrived bit by bit, we eventually got a kitchen sink, and Philip worked tirelessly on putting together our kitchen cabinets. I am so relieved they are finally all in place.
We lived for a couple weeks with a long cardboard box and plywood for countertops. While not ideal, do you know that it is actually more irritating to try and open cabinets without any pulls or knobs? It's the little things, I tell you. Thankfully, Philip is completing the installation of the pulls and knobs as I type this post!
There was much rejoicing a couple of days ago when our countertops arrived!
While the kitchen is certainly not finished, now that the countertops are in, things certainly feel a lot more functional (Please enjoy this photo of my countertops in a state they will likely never be in again--completely clean and clear).
Our counters are black quartz and our cabinets are Ikea. I'll do a more detailed post on sources once we finish everything. We plan to do open shelving in lieu of upper cabinets, but like many things around here, it's just going to take time.
And speaking of Christmas, our decorations are very sparse this year (you know, with all the unpacked boxes surrounding us...), but we've still managed to find some special ways to celebrate the season with our kids. At 3 and nearly 5 years old, it is so sweet to witness their joy over it all.
And their enthusiasm for getting our tree decorated was unmatched.
Nor was the preciousness when they played the part of an angel (her halo fell off mid-performance :) and a lamb in our church's Christmas pageant.
While Grammy was in town (and providing much assistance in Operation Unpack the Worthingtons Before Baby Arrives), she and the kids made Christmas tree rice krispy treats.
And speaking of Grammy, I died over the cuteness of the special Christmas quilts she brought for the kids' beds! She found them at Steinmart for a steal!
We went to a Christmas Winnie the Pooh performance...can someone please tell me why my daughter looks like a pre-teen here?!
And Philip and I took an evening away from unpacking and kitchen-building for our annual viewing of Four Christmases. Can I just tell you how much I appreciate Vince Vaughn's ability to make me laugh and forget my troubles?
While our little place still feels rather chaotic, I did finally get some pictures hung in the living room and took the time to create a little space that felt welcoming and cozy to me.
As we anticipate and prepare for Christmas, I hope wherever you are, you feel cozy and welcomed as well :)