My mom flew down a few days after I signed the papers on my new house, helped in a million and a half ways, and left yesterday, back to Massachusetts. Marlowe adores my mother--- really, really adores her. She runs around calling her all day long: "Abu! Abu! Abu!" (her own version of "abuela"). It's such a sweet sight to see them together. My mom has always begged me to put a step stool in my kitchen for Marlowe, but our previous kitchen was much too small and narrow. But now, finally, a stool is in place, and Marlowe can climb up to help us cook (just like my mom always wanted), whenever she so desires. And, in Fridays case, to help Abu make arepas for our first big dinner in the new house. My mother made arepas for weekend breakfasts for along as I can remember, I didn't particularly like them growing up, but now, it's such a nice treat to have my mother make them for me (and all my hungry friends), when she's in town. And it's an even bigger treat, when Marlowe helps her make them. (vegan ones for us, regular ones for everyone else). M and I are so lucky to have my mom fly down, as often as she can, to help us out. It really is such an incredible relief to have an extra set of helping hands around. We both miss her already.
How do you like our new kitchen? It's still relatively small, but since the other side of the island opens up into the living room, it feels large. This kitchen looked much different two weeks ago. There are still many things I don't like or I want to change (the backsplash tiles for one, and I actually despise granite) but kitchen upgrades are pricey, so that will all have to wait for another time, far down the road. Like many, many have asked, I do plan on posting a home tour. It hopefully won't be very far from now, but for now, there still there are many rooms left untouched, there is no art on the walls, and there are a lot of things that still need fixing. I've taken photos pretty much every step of the way to potentially share, and it's been quite nice to see the changes progress. Thank you for all your feedback via comments and emails. I'm making notes, and definitely plan on addressing each topic :)