We usually eat dinner in the kitchen, but there’s no room for a table, so it looks something like this every night:
That picture was taken pre-Number 7, so it’s even more crowded in there now.
My husband and I usually just stand somewhere in the room while the kids eat.
It kind of sucks.
We could eat in the dining room, but the table is never accessible.
It typically looks like this:
Or this (those clothes were on the table until one of the kids knocked them all off):
Except on birthdays.
On birthdays, the laundry and whatever else has been thrown in the dining room gets cleared away so we can have a civilized meal, followed by cake.
We’ve celebrated lots of birthdays
I didn’t realize how rarely we ate in there.
Yesterday I finally reclaimed the dining room.
Every inch of it is organized.
Every. single. inch.
Number 7 was so confused by the decluttered condition of the dining room that she ran in,
pulled up a chair,
and started not just singing,
Happy Birthday to Yoooooou.
And then she waited.
When I didn’t come in with one, she was pissed.
And I thought, how sad.
What a waste!
It’s such a beautiful room, and it’s been so neglected, and so underutilized.
We’ve missed out on a lot of family dinners in that room.
So, last night, I changed that.
Number 4 and 5 set the table.
My husband came home from work. He looked in the dining room. He was confused.
“Is someone coming over?” he asked.
“No,” I answered.
“Are we eating in here tonight?” he asked.
“Yes,” I answered.
“Why?” he asked.
“Because we can,” I answered.
And so we did.
We even used the fancy glasses.
My kids will now look back on their childhoods with fond memories of many, many dinners in that room.
Not just on birthdays.
It’s making me a better mom.
My front hallway needs some TLC.
I LOVE Number 7’s reaction. Priceless! Looks great by the way!
Shannon Cooke says
It looks amazing. And there’s no highchair. That has to be bittersweet.
Kama Levi says
that was funny! I actually read that wrong. I read “screwed my husband, now it’s time to repair my relationship with my dining room!!”
but then I got it. It’s a great room and a beautiful family!
Love it. Between #7 thinking a cake was coming and the look on #5’s face in the photo, that is completely priceless. And it is a very beautiful dining room.
Irene C. says
OH…#7 you are just too cute. I took last Friday off from work and cleaned my living room and dining room. We have a wood stove in there, so it leaves a ton of dust, grime, etc. Boy did it look awesome when I finished. I should have done is last April, when we burned the last fire, but of course I never got around to it. I always feel a sense of calm when I have a room clean and organized. Keep it going Susie!
I love the space. And I love the little ones reaction. My daughter is like that when we do something only on occasion and I do it for no reason.
Priceless…I need to get my dining room table “de-cluttered” but it is doubling as my craft table right now.
Love this post, your house looks wonderful but still like a home. You have inspired me.