Well, not entirely. But in some ways that seem pretty major to me.
I'm not talking about my house, which seems perpetually messy. I'm talking about my kids. There was a day (not that long ago it seems!) when I would stand over my kids with a wet paper towel when they were painting. Or would wipe their hands after each bite when they were eating messy food. Or, they just wouldn't eat messy food.
I'm exaggerating a little...but you get the idea. Messiness made me feel hectic. I guess I had issues.
I still have issues (let's be honest) - but apparently I cleaned up the messy one. Get it? Cleaned up.... never mind.
I'm pretty sure in my seven years of parenting, THIS is a first:
It was Hope's first crack at Spaghetti and Meatballs. It wasn't the first time I fed my children something messy. But it was the first time...
...that I didn't care how messy it got!! I think we have a breakthrough here, folks! Ha!
I know from experience that tomato sauce can leave stains on my high chair trays.
That would have pushed me over the edge just a little bit. But - I planned ahead for this moment! At the last consignment sale, I bought this Ikea high chair for only $7.00 so I could use it for messy eating or messy art projects, like finger painting. You can hose this baby down!! Hope thoroughly enjoyed herself, as you can see...
And guess which other baby can be hosed down? That is exactly what we had to do tonight.
And guess what I discovered? It was one of the best laughs I've had all week.
Some things just don't matter anymore. And some things end up mattering so, so much - like making memories and taking spontaneous sink baths.
We are also enjoying watching Hope walking all over the house! Here she is walking to Brian while he shakes her snack container trying to entice her to come to him.
And she's really getting tricky - walking AND doing "So Big" at the same time! This little girl is going places, I tell you.
No really - she really is going places. This little girl is never still!
And we're loving every minute of all of it...