When we said goodbye to our first house last month, it was a bittersweet day. I knew that it was the right thing to do, but leaving it was so hard. We went around and took pictures of the kids in every room, had some good cries and also some good laughs….and the kids talked about what each of them had done in all of the rooms.
But for me? I would undoubtedly say that this was the hardest room for me to leave. The kitchen. My first kitchen. I sometimes have a divided relationship with the kitchen….but I really think it is where my heart is. I learned to bake bread in this kitchen (we moved into this house when our oldest was 2.5), it is the place where I cooked our first family Thanksgiving with just us, and it’s the place where I really learned that homemaking can be an art. It’s the place where I learned to “own the weeknight dinner.” And it’s also the place where I burned the lasagna to the bottom of the oven, made some completely rotten recipes, spent many hours doing dishes, sweeping, wiping off countertops, and many other jobs.
But all that work? It seems like a blip now….and I now just remember the wonderful memories that were spent there. The meals where we laughed and laughed at crazy knock-knock jokes, or the day we thought dad’s birthday candles were going to set the smoke alarm off…and we laughed some more, or those times we made sugar cookies as a family and ate way too much frosting. Those are the things I will remember from this place. It’s funny how throughout lives and kitchens, it’s the glorious memories that shine through…..
So, when GE Appliances came to us by way of BlogHer and asked us to write about how we, in our own way, own the weeknight, I thought of those little things that I do every day. I listen to my people, I try to assess their family needs and try to take the time to fill every simple moment with laughter. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion or an expensive meal, just get together and enjoy one another. Make memories. GE Appliances‘ philosophies are right on par with my own approach to making moments matter. They listen to consumers and make products we love by making the most of our time in the kitchen, no matter how simple the task. I am pretty impressed when a company does that. I’m also pretty impressed when they create innovative products such as their Gas Double Range Oven. After all, time spent not worrying about burning your meal is time better spent making those special weeknight memories. By the way, GE Appliances is also offering rebates and promotions (GE Artistry begins 5/15/2014 – 5/28/2014).
And soon, we will be moving into a new kitchen. It’s the reason we bought our new house, I loved the kitchen. It’s open and airy and has a big island for everyone to gather while meal preparations are going. And I am so anxious to begin making new memories in that kitchen, complete with lasagna spill-overs and sugar cookies messes. Because I know that there is where the memories are built.
And as for the messes…..well, they clean up just fine.
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