Thursday Thoughts - Christmas Projects, Fall Baking and Ear Infections

Some random thoughts for your Thursday:

1. Amelia made it to nearly 18 months without getting an ear infection, and now she has one that just won't go away. Poor thing has been tired and cranky and sleep has been a little more erratic at our house than normal. Have I ever mentioned how much I love sleep? I love it. Hopefully things clear up soon. 

2. I can't tell you how excited my husband and I were for Amelia to play in the leaves this year. Last year she just watched from her stroller, covered with many blankets, while we raked the lawn. This year we were sure she'd be running through the piles and jumping in them. Turns out she hates being in a pile of leaves. She cried every time we plopped her in one, and being the wonderful parents that we are, we definitely plopped her in a pile more than once. When she didn't cry, she just crawled out of there as fast as she could. Maybe next year. 

 3. Have you all see the incredible kitchen sets that people have made from old entertainment centers. Here are some examples of my favorites.
Image Source: http://entirelysmitten.typepad.com/entirelysmitten/2011/08/diy-play-kitchen-set-for-kids-hack.html
Image Source: http://caroline-frei.blogspot.com/2012/08/kids-kitchen-habitat-for-humanity.html
Image Source: http://3krazychics.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-play-kitchen-from-old-entertainment.html
My husband and I have been talking about buying a kitchen set for Amelia for Christmas but they are either insanely expensive or look like they would break easily. We decided to try our hand at one of the entertainment center kitchens so we bought these beauties last night: 

I'm fairly certain we were the only ones at the thrift store getting excited about the entertainment centers there but we couldn't help opening and closing the doors on each one and imagining the possibilities. We decided to get two pieces in the end because one looked perfect for a stand-alone fridge and we wanted Amelia's kitchen to have a pantry and place for dishes. Obviously. Given that we have precious little free time between now and Christmas we might be in over our heads but we're going to try our hardest to finish it in time. I'll post updates as it progresses.

4. Our local grocery stores do sales where whatever you can fit from a list of specified produce into a shopping bag costs a flat fee. Usually this doesn't excite me too much because the produce on the list to choose from aren't things I need that week, but when they put squash on the list I ran down there and filled up two bags. Squash keeps for a long time and can be expensive to buy by the pound. I think I fit five butternut squash in one bag and goodness knows how many acorn, kabocha and spaghetti squash in the other one. Expect more squash recipes in the near future. :)

Hope you all have a great week!

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I do not know if you remember but the wooden kitchen set you received on Christmas (or was it your birthday?) wasa au naturel -- it got painted later...

I never knew that. We're toying with leaving this one natural but knowing how picky I am I'm sure we will end up painting it. Luckily it shouldn't be too much to paint. Hopefully. :)

Aww, poor Amelia :( Hope she gets better soon.
Oh my gosh, I have been admiring all those play kitchens forever...they are so cool! Yours is going to be amazing!!! What an awesome cabinet you found for it. i so so can't wait to see it :)

Painting will unify it and make it more kitchen-like. You will have fun decorating it... But Amelia will probably not be scarred for life if it gets painted later. =-)

Awwww, hope Amelia is feeling better soon! I can't wait to see how your play kitchen turns out. My husband would never agree to a project like that, he'd so much rather just buy something so I'm going to live vicariously through you :)

Amelia is getting so big! I hope her ear infection gets better soon -- those are so hard on them (and us). I can't wait to see what squash recipes you come up with, Nicole!

awe...hope your baby feels better soon. My daughter hated all things outdoors when she was little, I still remember plopping her down on the grass when she was about 6 months old, and her just crying and not wanting to crawl through it. Some girls just don't dig getting yucky...lol Wow...those kitchen play sets are amazing...I can't wait to see what you do with your find!

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