This week, in addition to mom-ing my kids, I’m watching a 5 month old baby for one of Aaron’s co-workers. After returning from a walk around the block today, Baby B and I were sitting on the front step while C and D played. They were pretending to be nature fairies (we currently have Tinkerbell books from the library) whose job it is to paint rocks. I said, “Would it be fun to really paint rocks sometime?” And I got enthusiastic agreement from both kids. This is where the possible temporary insanity comes in…
I offered to let them paint rocks right then and there. With no prep time for me. While caring for a baby. With 2 kids who always manage to get far messier than I imagine is possible.
The first couple rocks from C had some thought put into them. Then it was just messiness and craziness and I forced myself to forget the perfectly painted rocks I’ve seen on Pinterest. Probably 2 dozen rocks later we were done. Mainly because they were running out of paint.
Whether you’d classify it as insanity or just leisurely parenting, I’d do it again, because my kiddos had a ton of fun. I might choose a day when we don’t have friends from the under-one crowd over. And maybe I’ll get a wet rag ready before we start. Or we might just do spur-of-the-moment, messy, giggly fun at a less than perfect time again.