Last evening, I got to clean my kitchen and tidy up the house. After work during the day, and hosting a family barbecue, I woas so happy to bustle around and make everything look nice again. We have a very modest DIY kitchen remodel that is lovingly referred to as stage 1. Not our dream kitchen, just the best kitchen we can have right now and we love it. We spent what money we had adding structural beams and taking down walls to make an open concept space that works for the whole family. The last step in stage 1 will be Ardexing my old laminate counters. The kitchen island here was a $100 granite topped Craigslist find. I love serving my family here. This morning it was waffles for me and my four kids, with the flowers my husband helped them pick out. He’s still sleeping in. This is not fantasy land. :). But it is very happy mom land in my very happy stage 1 kitchen. Happy Mother’s Day to you all!