Well, it wasn't exactly INTENDED. But the dining room table has gotten... um... wobbly. The chairs have been in rough shape for a while. But the table itself is now ready to fall over. It wobbles when you touch it, let alone lean a little on it. Eyuck.
So, today we went shopping for a dining room set. Table, chairs. Something that could be a decent size (42x60 or so closed) normally, but expandable to BIG when we need it (at least 80" long, if not 90").
We found a mission oak table we both really liked. My description of it is a sushi block on tall legs. Nice, neat, square. But not Ikea smooth. Very nice, semi-rustic. Very us. Very very us.
There was a more rustic farmhouse table that I just loved (it had two leaves and went all the way out to 108"!!!). But it was just too expensive. Some year in a different house, maybe. The table we did pick out is very adaptable and would go well in many different settings. Which is good.
Dani was cute. She has a very good idea how our family simply expands sometimes, to include well, more people. I was talking about Thanksgiving, since we sorta need to do this before then. But she kept insisting it is for Christmas Eve, because that is when her Aunts and Uncles are there, and that was the important time to make sure we had a good table to fit everyone for.