Some days your kid spits at the preschool director.
Some days your kid who is supposed to be showing off how very ready he is for preschool flings pencils instead and declares, “You bad lady!” to the woman you had hoped he’d impress.
Some days you want to burst into crazy, inappropriate laughter as your son lunges at the red ceramic fire truck that was certainly not meant to be played with but sits tantalizing close to his chubby hands on a less-than-impressed preschool director’s desk.
Some days do not go according to plan.
Some days are messy and full of a lot of mud slinging. They are impossible to control.
I’m learning to be OK with those kinds of days.
I adore you even more than I did before for this post, oh mama of boys! Let’s join in the mud… and laugh. :)
It’s all about the mud!
Yesterday I took little man to the little league field to watch his brother play ball. He didn’t have shoes on…didn’t want them. Proceeded to hop in the dusty ball field dirt making “dust” as he called it. I enjoyed every minute of his Linus moment, but can’t say all mamas looking on had the same response!
once I was able to accept that – this is what boys LIKE to do – there was much freedom & joy in my parenting life. I shrug and laugh a lot of stuff off now I was so bound and determined to prevent. Stopping a boy from getting dirty is like making a dog stop barking- it’s what they do!!
Our new rule is to get as dirty as they want, but after a bath – it’s to legos and books!!
I love your blog and I love your stories. I think your boys look adorable in these photos – I am the mother of 4 adult daughters. I grew up with one sister. I am all girl, but I did love mud. I loved it and can remember one frustrating spanking because I got muddy at the wrong time. I remember once mom driving by on our street where we played and not wanting me into the car because I was filthy – and I was a very fru fru girl. I played hard…outside. My girls did, too – I now have 3 grandsons – and 2 granddaughters. There are all kinds of messy days with boys and girls. And probably more messy, than not. p.s. I love your love for Africa – and reading about it.
yeah – you lose the anal-ness pretty quick once there is a boy in the house!
oh this gives me so much happy to look forward to! I love being the momma of a little boy already! I can’t WAIT for the messy days! Is that weird? :)
Not at all – often the messy days are the best days! I hosed them both off with ice cold garden hose pipe water right after these pictures – and that was fun for the mama!! :)
better to be slinging mud than poop, eh mom? :)
love this so much. the messy days are the best at school too :)
YOU are a fantastic mama, Lisa-Jo!
Embracing the messy moments is something I’m working on, too! And I’m finding that those moments are definitely worth remembering. :-)
Indeed! And sometimes they make for the best memories, don’t they?!