Yep, that's paint. Finger paint, watercolor paint, tempera paint. Green paint, red paint, purple paint. On arms, on legs, on the floor, and yes, some on paper. (Don't you know my daughter will kill me one day for that picture!) Now I could have 'gone ballistic' over this mess! But really, how could I get mad? They used our craft supplies, not real paint, so it was all washable. They DID put on aprons. They WERE being quiet while I was on the phone. They were playing WITHOUT fighting. They were HELPING each other. Aren't these all things that we want to instill in our children? Don't we read books about how to do this? Don't we PAY for art classes? Don't we pray that God gives them a creative, playful, spirit? So how could I get mad?
Now it did take me a good hour to get the children, table, and floor cleaned up. (Baths were EARLY that day!) I was frustrated at the fact that two hours on the phone cost me an additional hour of clean up. Don't think I just joyfully jumped at the task. But I did choose to just go with it. I was a Messy Mommy that day. And I do hope that when my children are older, they will remember that I let them get messy sometimes. That maybe, just sometimes, I was a fun mom! Life is often messy. The perfectly clean house will be in another season. Let me know how you want to 'get messy' with your kids this week!
(P.S. Thanks for the 'kick in the pants' this am to get back on here and write. You know who you are!!)