Saturday, July 14, 2012

Living in the kitchen.

The past couple of days have been about as we expected. And accept for the machine at the Carrefour eating our cash card, which means we have no way of getting cash here in Poland for quite some time (those of you who live here know how much of an inconvenience this can be), everything has been ok.

We are tired, and the children are cranky, and the jet lag means that we are all up at all hours of the night.  But, again, this is how it always is the first week or so and the second night is always the worst.

We haven't even begun to unpack as we are just trying to stay fed and rested up to this point. But that ends today, because I am tired of living in the kitchen.

The kitchen in our house was redone last summer. It is really a great room. And because it has been recently redone it has a completely different feel from the rest of the house. We are all drawn to it and have "set up camp" here in a sense. The other rooms are for sleeping only. Of course, there is no other furniture in the other rooms. No chairs or sofas so we all gravitate tot he kitchen. It is the one room that I will be doing very little with because it has already been done. I will add a "pantry" and perhaps a moveable island for a little more cabinet and counter space but otherwise, it's quite perfect for us.

The kitchen:



Hejjo was the only one awake in this picture. He is having a rough time, folks. A really rough time. Poison Ivy is horrible. The high chair plus a crib were both purchased form IKEA the first evening here. Kacio is such a little prince!

The cooking and dishes area. Counter tops, etc. There is a really nice, huge dishwasher hidden in the last cabinet on the bottom right. Quite a luxury!

The view from the balcony...my chimes will be hanging right out here for all the neighbors to glare at as they make just enough music to compete with all the dang dogs, howling throughout the night.  This picture was taken at 5:30am. Bright outside, no?


The kitchen may be perfect for us, but the rest of the flat needs to be ready to live in as well, mainly for my sanity's sake. It's so hard to wait!

8 comments:

  1. Kathleen in MichiganJuly 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Thank you for your candid description of how it is going! And, for the pictures of your place. That is a very nice kitchen. I can only hope our probable home in Poland would be so cute and cheery! Yes, time zones and kids... this scares me. Good luck moving out of the kitchen, will look forward to updates on your progress.

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    1. With everything, one has to really mentally prepare for things like jet lagged children. And even then, I often get pushed to the edge of my patience but I have to keep reminding myself that they are children and they have just left everything they know and are very tired. It will get better slowly, today has been better already.

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  2. Great kitchen! I like the color choices. Fresh and bright. is that the refrigerator I see on the left of the first picture? That 5:30am sunshine is unreal. Good luck this next week. I'm looking forward to reading and seeing more. I've turned into a cleaning fiend over here, inspired by your move out. St. Vincent de Paul will be pleased.

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  3. Welcome to Poland!!

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  4. Do you speak Polish?

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    1. Good question! My husband is a native speaker and speaks to our children only in Polish. Because of this I have managed to pick up a lot along the way. I can speak to children in Polish, baby Polish. I can ask basic questions, and I can understand much more than I can speak, I can get around but I certainly can't talk Religion or Politics. So, I guess my answer would be: Sort of, but getting better every day.

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  5. The kitchen is sooooo cute! Love it!

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