can you hear her screaming?

FireCracker stopped in a Pottery Barn Kids with me a few weeks ago. As we entered, their little play kitchens greeted us. My girl exclaimed and declared, “How beautiful!”, “I love it!”, “Mommy, look at this little sink!”, “Best Day EVER!!”. She instantly drew a crowd of what I am guessing was grandma’s shopping for granddaughters. They looked on as she dramatically declared her love for the little kitchen set. I, however, was not a fan of the price tag for all the pieces.

We left the store and she wouldn’t stop talking about the kitchen.

Later that night at my grandpa’s house, my sister showed me a picture on her phone of a little kitchen set she had wanted to buy from a local vintage store, but space was an issue. It was perfect. Thankfully, my sister supported me ‘stealing’ it from her (Les, I’ll pass it on when you have room!).

The girls found a note under the Christmas tree that a present was waiting for them in the studio…

Notice she hasn’t even opened it yet, nor does she have any idea what it was – she was just that excited about a big present.

Her big brothers were as excited as I was to watch her open it. Her dramatic flair sure makes this house more fun.

And one so you can see the kitchen in color….

Little One just likes opening and shutting the doors…I see lots more cooking in my future.


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  • Tonya - FireCracker is just so CUTE!!!!!

  • angie webb - oh my word. best reaction hands down. love, love, love it!!

  • Corey Moortgat - What a FABULOUS vintage kitchen!!! Awesome! Your sister is a strong woman to pass that up, and even stronger to let her sister get it instead- ha ha! Looks like it definitely went to the right girl. My daughter is just a touch younger than Firecracker, and she couldn’t care less about our play kitchen, unfortunately (and we have two- one we keep at Grandma’s). Oh well, I guess it’s lucky I didn’t see yours at a thrift shop, because I don’t think I would have been strong enough to pass it up- and then we’d have three of them that don’t get used!!!

  • RachelC - Those pics are priceless! Love the one where she’s downing her tea. πŸ™‚

  • Michelle G - And it matches the chalk wall too!! Perfect. Love the reaction!!

  • Sophi Belle - That kitchen looks awesome!!!!
    I only imagine the screams. πŸ™‚

  • Deb C - That picture of Firecracker screaming is the BEST! Perfect little (big?) kitchen for your space!

  • Carrie Rosalind - So sweet! She sure does look like she lives up to her “FireCracker” name in these pictures! πŸ™‚

  • Molly - Happy, happy, happiness! Our play kitchen is in heavy rotation and the wooden play food in tins by Haba is the MOST popular. It is super cute, though tiny pieces. Bon Appetit!

  • Karen - It is perfect!! I love how excited she is!

  • Nancy Naylor - That just makes my heart HAPPY!!

  • amy cornwell - I love Firecrackers face and the fact that her brother’s are excited for her as well. So cute. What a great find (way to go Les!)

  • Rebecca - Firecracker’s hair is just beautiful. It doesn’t seem that long ago where she had that cowlick and you were so happy to get a little pony tail in her hair.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  • Mary - ahhhhhhhhhhh! pure bliss on that sweet face!
    love it so much!
    we scored a vintage wooden kitchen set a few years back and now my kiddos are too big for it. :/

  • Ginna - Haha, what a happy post! So, so cute.

  • Meg - I don’t know how ya’ll find the cutest vintage stuff! I am in love with that vintage kitchen and firecracker’s face is priceless!

  • Casey - Her reaction is priceless! I love it! The kitchen is a great find your sister made πŸ™‚

  • Angie B - MUCH better than any Pottery Barn version!!! LOVE the color! I can feel her excitement!

  • Kara M - One of my favorite posts EVER! LOVE her face. I know we only see a portion of life, but she seems like a very joyful gal!!

  • jill - I LOVE it! Much better than anything Pottery Barn Kids can make! πŸ™‚

  • Eva - YES!!!! I can hear her all the way in Florida! How gracious of your sister to share her find with you. Pretty awesome- both the gift and your sis! I can’t wait to see all the fun Firecracker and Little One cook up!!! πŸ™‚

  • alison holcomb - she. is. ADORABLE! and so is that vintage kitchen:)

  • emmybrown - LOVE her!!!! <3

  • Darcie - The colors are more perfect than I’m sure anything at Pottery Barn would have been! It looks just right in your studio. That’s what sisters are for, right?

  • the chronic utilitarian - what a score with years of enjoyment.
    firecracker is a hot mess in the sweetest of ways.

  • Tiffany - I’ve been in love with that Potterybarn set as well. Just not the price. Luckily I was able to find a look a like. I love the set for Firecracker. It totally goes with your home.

  • Kristin - This post made my day! Incredible pictures! Love her zeal!

  • Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - Awesome! We did something similar this year. Id been wanting a kitchen set for our youngest who loves to either be practicing her gymnastics or playing restaurant.
    Imagine my joy when I drove home one day, not one month before Christmas, to a vintage (solid wooden!) set a neighbor had tossed to the curb. Hubby and I completely re-did it, painted it light pink, and it became the favorite present. Woohoo for spray paint and a little bit of elbow grease!

  • Megan - Oh yes! I can hear her screaming! That set is so perfectly you and your family. Play kitchens are the best and that one is fantastic. Adorable kids!

  • Lennie - My daughter has a kitchen set that I got at a garage sale for $30.00 and it LOVE it! Awesome gift…awesome find….two points for Les!!!

  • maggie - Holy Cow did you hit the vintage kitchen jackpot! That is amazing!!!

  • Ceri - WOW, such excitement! That’s why we do what we do for our kidos right? THOSE looks just make it alll worth it. I LOVE that set! I too would have no room. My son has no intrest in kitchens so I have never thought of buying one. If I did I might make one of those cool ones I have seen on pintrest out of an old entertainment center. However, we have no room for one. Such a nice sister to share. Thank you for shareing snapshots of your life with us. I remember last year that the bothers made her a castle that she was so excited about. She is just so cute and joyful.

  • Julie Sims - I just love your blog!!! I have never commented before but I love it!!! You make me want to get a new camers:) My husband and I have also have recently adopted a little girl. She is from the states:) How wonderful adoption is. Such a gift!

  • Stoich91 - Adorable! Best Christmas reaction…Firecracker rocks my socks! lol

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Firecracker – your excitement makes ME excited for you! Have a great time with that kitchen! It is perfect!

  • alison - how perfect is that kitchen? it fits right in with all your stuff!

  • Katie - I can totally hear her screaming with delight. I love this sequence of photos, they have put a massive smile on my face. πŸ™‚

  • BeckyH in MA - OK…. this is taking me warp speed back to my childhood!!
    LOVE the kitchen! Word to wise — watch out for sharp corners on the doors. I’m sure your girls and your sisters 2 girls will have a blast playing with this. So much fun!

  • Lauren @ Daisy Cottage Designs - What a fun kitchen! It’s so cheerful and fun. I’m sure those little girls will enjoy many, many hours creating delicious treats for years to come.

  • karen - awesome town!!!

  • Leanne - We have had numerous kitchens over the kids lives…from plastic to big wooden ones (that we had to get rid of when we moved to a smaller place) and they are always popular.

    I think I might get ours out for them during these holidays, I can see hours of ‘cooking’ ahead of them!

    Her face is truly amazing! Thank you for sharing this joy with us πŸ™‚

    Leanne xo

  • giozi - Oh she is so happy. Is he best gift πŸ˜€
    I want a kitchen like this πŸ˜‰

  • Paige - Love the color! And the pattern. What a cool find! Kind of random question for you. I am currently in Lego madness. Does it bother you at all when the kids take all the people apart (including hands!) and lose some and have pieces of them only??? My list making, semi organized self is experiencing major heartburn over it. Not to mention they can’t tell whose is whose which leads to arguments. I got them storage cases for the people but they aren’t making their way back on a daily basis. Especially for my 3 yr old. Any suggestions? Do I have to just let it go and they just do what they do? I know it’s a dumb question. But it’s making me nutty so I thought I’d ask someone with tons of Lego experience. Thanks!

  • Jennifer Williams - Okay, these pictures mead my weekend! I can just “feel” Firecracker’s love for life! Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have such uninhibited joy! Your children are absolutely precious. I even loved the boys looking on and smiling as Firecracker opened her gift. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amanda Torres - I have come back two times today just to see these pics. So awesome!

  • Ashley A - I love your blog. This year has been a very busy year and unfortunately I’ve fallen behind on following all my favorite bloggers. Just got on here and my oh my how your kids have grown!! It’s been so fun seeing how much they have changed in the last year. Your little FireCracker has quite the personality! What a cutie! Little One is so precious!! So much fun, what a great family you have!! It’s very apparent they have wonderful parents πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas and God Bless!!!

  • My lovely mess - Nothing like a red play kitchen! And your blog is my fav:)
    Merry christmas!

  • Katie - That is the BEST! Her reaction. Her brothers looking on in excitement. The coolest kitchen ever. What JOY! She is going to remember that for the rest of her life. Nice work mom, nice work.

  • Alice - CanI just say how much I love this post? I keep coming back to read it again. You have such a beautiful family and I too have a dramatic flair daughter and can’t wAit for her to grow more and share more of her spunk. Even at only 18 months I know it’s there.

  • maggie may - i have to say that you have inspired me! with four boys (who are kinda like banshees) i keep things that are super cute or precious away from them…does that sound horrible? they break a lot of things and aren’t gentle. BUT…after having seen this awesomeness, i have decided to pull a few of my old favorites out of hiding because i think they’ll have an awesome time with some wonderful old toys. what a great find!
    oh, and i bought those prints from your sis and gave them out to a few friends this Christmas…they loved them. so thanks for a great gift idea!

  • elizabeth H - LOVE these pictures…i can TOTALLY hear her excitement!!
    and that kitchen, gah, it’s PERFECT!!

  • able mabel - LOVE the kitchen set! I can just feel her excitement thru your pictures. How fun!!

  • Zhanna - Oh how I love Firecrackers expressions!!! Lol. Your kiddos are perfection! But I’m sure you already know that πŸ˜‰