But naturally, before we get to the children, let's cover the kitchen. [In this particular instance, quasi-related.] As of close of business last night, we have a functional kitchen! Including but not limited to: a stove, a fridge, a sink (with water!), a hood, a dishwasher and a microwave!!!
Not to mention my island light, that I love. Even got a somewhat backhanded compliment from some of the contractors stating, "It really looks better than we thought it would." Ye of little faith.
Which brings us to the irony of the year. It was also Maggie's 8th birthday. In spite of a party planned for the following day, she really wanted to go to Kabuki for her birthday. She had never been there, but her friend Luke had sufficiently hyped it to make it the only thing she wanted to do. So on the first night I had a functional kitchen in a month, we went out to eat.
And it was totally worth it. The kids had never been to such a place and found all the jokes and tricks hilarious. They even tried (and liked) shrimp. They brought out ice cream and the staff sang and Maggie was on top of the world.
When we arrived home, we even got to eat cake in our kitchen.