Friday, May 2, 2008

Rolling in the Dough

We don't have kiddie-proof locks on our cabinets. Installing them is such a pain. Plus, if there were child proof locks on the cabinets, how would a 15 month old baby be able to get in, pull out the biscuit mix, and make a wallop of a mess?

When I came into the kitchen to see Annelie happily pulling chubby fist-fulls of biscuit mix out of the bag and carelessly tossing them onto the floor, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Serves me right, of course. I hate installing cabinet locks, so all the non-toxic household items are a free-for-all... and anyone with kids knows that it takes literally seconds for a little tyke to make the biggest mess.

But the day was a bit boring with nothing going on but packing and movie watching, naptime and Barbies. Rather than get mad, pick her up, and toss her in the tub so I could clean up before it all got out of hand...

I invited Gracie to join her.

Together, my little girls rolled around and made angels in the powder. They took turns rubbing it into each other's hair and sprinkling it onto each other's backs.

They squished it in their toes and swished it with their feet.

And had more fun for the 30 solid minutes that I let them play, than I have seen them have in weeks.

The best part for me, besides getting to watch the girls interact and play with such joy, was that it took only a minute or two to sweep up and throw out... and another half an hour for them to play together in the tub as they washed it all away.

I probably wouldn't have made those biscuits, anyway. They were the heart healthy kind, meaning that they tasted like cardboard.

But that package was certainly worth the fun on an otherwise boring afternoon.

23 comments:

Winklepots said...

You're such a cool mom, Marisa. :o) I don't know if I could have just rolled my eyes. Your daughters looked like they had a blast, though. :o)

BabyLyons said...

What a great day! You know they'll always remember that, and so will you :)

The Nature Nut said...

That is such a sweet post and your children are absolutely adorable! You get my vote for best mom of the year :o)

Nodin's Nest said...

What happy girls you have! What a patient mommy.

Marie said...

Oh.my.gosh. was all I could think when I first saw those pictures, but what a wonderful attitude to have about it all. Looks like so much fun, it makes me want to be a kid again...almost.

Carrie said...

Yes,the best fun is of the messiest variety!! ;)

Leah said...

The situations your girls get into never fail to bring a smile to my face. I'm glad they bring one to your face as well!!

Jen said...

wow. just wow.

IslandBaby said...

These pictures are adorable! What a great mom these two have!!!

Andrea Baker said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! Well at least they had a good time!

Rosebud Collection said...

I was laughing so hard, when I saw those little ones..How cute they are..and how great you are as a mother..Just a great blog and a really happy one..

Christopher And Tia said...

oh. my. gosh. cutest thing EVER.

Valerie said...

You are sooo cool! Your children are very lucky. And it looks like they had a ball!
I remember my dad making popcorn and taking the lid off the pan and just watching the popcorn go all over the place. Sometimes the simplest things are the best moments in life.

Rosebud Collection said...

I just want you to know..had to bring my husband in to see the little ones and their fun with Bisquick..

ThisOldHenHouse said...

hahahaha that is the best thing I have ever seen!

You definalty deserve the biggest diamond ever for mothers day next week!!

Bellastar1117 said...

What a beautiful memory you made for those beautiful babies! Hugs to you!

knitsteel said...

Oh that looks like so much fun! Let's all roll around in biscuit powder!

Janna said...

Oh my goodness!! What a shock that must have been walking in to that mess! I totally LOVE your attitude about it. The mess was already made, why not let them have fun for a while? You are an awesome mom!

Koryn at Mothers Precious Gems said...

You get my mother of the year award! That is so cool! Happy Mothers day and enjoy those darlings while they are still little. It goes way too fast and before you know it they're grown.

Love your artwork!

New England Quilter said...

My mom always grabbed the camera first whenever we got into a messy situation growing up! This is one that they'll remember by the adorable pictures!

Candice said...

You are the coolest mom EVER!!!

Keepsake Couture said...

How wonderful! Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. I'll bet this is something both you and your girls will remember forever. I hope that when my little guy is able to scoot around on his own and starts getting into all sorts of stuff that I can be as good of a sport! :)

Cathy said...

hi marisa!! how have you been? i fell off thje blogging trail for a while but i'm back again! just catching up on your posts! love this one! maybe your girls are meant for my boys after all! i need to take a leaf out of your book...and let them enjoy just being kids! you're an inspiration!

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