Last week, we all showed the outside of our home or the entry if we had one. I’ll start off this week with an excuse – er, an apology. I forgot the kitchen part and thought this week was only about dining rooms. “What’s the problem?” you’re asking. “Why doesn’t she just snap a few pictures of her kitchen and be done with it?”
Well, I’m sorry but I can’t. I loaned my camera to my sister this weekend because I’m 300 miles from my kitchen. If it’s kitchens you want, you’ll have to drop in on Smockity, Raising Olives, or the Headmistress.
But in what I thought was an uncommon display of foresight, I did snap a few pics of my dining room before I left town. Here’s the grand tour.
Lest you get the wrong idea from the word grand, our dining room is not particularly large, though we think it is well suited to entertaining large groups. Our floor plan is very open, with a dining area smack in the middle of the 12 x 48 kitchen/dining/living area.
Our table, on the other hand, is nearly 4 feet wide and 9 feet long of solid hardwood. We found it at a scratch-n-dent store many years ago and decided it was probably a good investment for a family that was growing at the rate of one child every 19 months. Now it’s just the right size for our family, though we’re always happy to squeeze in a few extras if the occasion arises.
The finish is sadly deteriorated after all these years, so as part of our homeschooler disguise we covered it with maps and other educational items under clear plastic.
I gladly gave up my vacuum cleaner years ago when we put down linoleum tile. Now we use these to clean the floor.
They do a beautiful job, and don’t require any storage space like the vacuum did. I think they just live under the table, usually as close to the little ones’ seats as possible.
In the first photo above, to the right of the table you see our computer counter. I had a separate photo of this but it didn’t turn out so you’ll have to squint your eyes and/or use your imagination.
This is where we keep 4 computer monitors, all attached to the same desktop unit. These are often used for educational purposes. If you think Facebook is in any way educational, then they are always used for homeschooling. That would certainly answer the “what about socialization” question, wouldn’t it?
Another useful fixture in our dining room is the globe. We like ours without a base because…um…it’s easier to turn it around and see new places? No. The truth is, the base never lasts more than a month. I got tired of replacing perfectly good globes just because the base broke and now we’ve had the same one for 3 years. I don’t think the younger children know that globes even come with a base.
Above the computer counter is the birthday wall. See how uneven they are? That’s because they all rattle every time somebody slams the front door, in the lower right corner. Hmm. Natalie seems to have fallen again.
This is where we have 1st birthday photos of each member of the family, from Dad all the way down to…well…if you count the frames, you’ll find that I’ve procrastinated for at least a year in updating it, because there’s no picture of Bethany, let alone Parker. If you look closely, you might notice that Perry Boy is only a couple of months old, which means that I’ve procrastinated far longer. Anyway it’s far more efficient to do these things by 2′s and 3′s, don’t you think?
Guess who most of our children take after.
And we’re done! Who’s hungry?
Are you ready to show your kitchen and/or dining room? Link up below, and please remember to follow the rules: you must link to an individual post on your blog (not the home page), and your post must link back to one of the 4 moms. Thanks for joining in!