When Kelle over at Enjoying the small things asked her readers to think about the parts of their home that are most filled with life, and to send her photos of these places (she had a little contest, it was very cool to look at the photos she posted), I started to look at my house differently. Instead of seeing clutter and chaos, I started thinking about all the life and love that fills our house, and how it gravitates towards certain pockets.
In our house, the hot spot is the kitchen. Sam and I both spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning, (and baking if you're me), and the kids just like to be where the action is. They don't so much go upstairs to play without us yet; they follow us around and play at our feet. It occurred to me looking at these pictures that someday they won't be sitting on the floor of the kitchen while I'm cooking. They'll be out and about, doing their own thing. That perspective certainly helps me to shift from seeing them as in the way to appreciating their presence.
I snapped a few photos this weekend of the typical scene around the kitchen.
We made dinner for our great friends Jody and Justin on Saturday. While I was prepping, Skyler was working on a flower centerpiece while Reed was drumming on bread pans.
In the foreground, you can also see that Skyler worked very hard to display and style her play-do ice cream dishes. She put them on that platter and asked me to photograph them, that little future food blogger.
a pie was cooling,
And Reed was serving up pretend ice cream. This is our life in the kitchen.
What is the center of action in your home?