Count me among those who were dubious when Nikole proposed that she make a play kitchen for Thea as a Christmas gift. Okay, count me the only dubious person.
I think the starting point, for me, is simply that I'm the sort of person who calculates the complexity of a project against the costs of paying someone else to complete it for me. It was compounded by the fact that Nikole has never actually constructed anything using saws, nails and wood.
I'd forgotten that she'd also never made candles, or pottery, or jewelry, or scarves, or any a number of amazingly creative endeavors into which she's thrown herself over the course of our relationship.
Which explains just how wrong I was to count her out when it came to the kitchen, which arrived in our home in mid-January and has become the centerpiece of Thea's days.
Over at her A Happy Nest blog, Nikole describes the process of making the kitchen, along with the creative additions that she's made since – including felt cookies and pasta for Thea to use in the kitchen.
I'm lucky to have such a talented, creative woman in my life. And Thea's going to collect great memories as she grows up.