You know you're a parent when...
you want to skip doing things because they will a) make too much of a mess b) would just be easier if you did them yourself.
Then you remember that your laziness is not the point. The point is for your child to have the experience. To make the mess. To make the memory.
Every Wednesday night, we have my parents over for dinner. They live close by, but are very busy with work. These dinners are a way for all of us to slow down, touch base, spend some quality family time together mid week and make sure my parents are eating healthy. It is a blessing to have them so close. Gianna loves her grandparents so much!
The neat freak lazy lady in my head wanted to skip this activity, but I knew Christmas cookie decorating with the Grandparents was a must on my seasonal to do list. So I set about making some sugar cookies (nothin' fancy. just Betty Crocker bag mix) while Gianna napped. After our family dinner, she learned how to decorate cookies...and decorate Grandpa! Everyone had a blast and the giggles were so worth it!
I know this is the first of many messes in our lives. Art projects. Muddy sandcastles. etc. But I am looking at these messes as her memories. Memories that she will cherish and take with her and hopefully someday share those memories and experiences with her own children. Come on...doesn't Grandpa look pretty?!