Last weekend we spent most of our free time out in the sun in our backyard playing in the sandbox, running in the yard and cleaning the garden for spring. What a fun time for everyone! As the kids get older I find myself grasping to these times with Jude and Teagan. I can literally see them growing up right in front of my eyes - it goes too fast! I would never consider myself an expert mother but I do find myself being way more relaxed and carefree since the first summer with Jude and because of that I am really caught in our Beautiful Mess.
While we were outside we started cleaning out the garden and Jude spotted some Strawberry plants turning green. Instantly, he turned into a gardener and started caring for his strawberries by digging up weeds and finding worms. Oh the messy hands!! It was priceless to see Jude teaching Teagan about worms and why we want them in the garden. Such a good big brother - he even let her hold a worm! YUCK!! Seeing them water and care for their garden made me even more excited for summertime with these kiddos.
Often us adults forget how important it really is to forget about the dirty clothes, mud piles and sticky hands. This summer I am ready to step back and truly focus on the Beautiful Mess our family creates. The memories that are made when we as a family have some messy fun is way more important than the sweeping those memories may create!
During our time outside we did a lot of sandbox playing. One of the best moments was seeing Teagan take out all of the toys from the sandbox and lay down in the sand. Honestly, my first reaction was to gently ask Teagan to get up! But when she responded to me her response brought be back to the moment - the moment that allowed my daughter to enjoy life and be free to have some fun in the messy sand! "Mommy, I am making sand angels!" Oh goodness! A Beautiful Mess made full of memories.
This weekend was so good for our family. One of my goals for 2015 is to be more present and enjoy the moments I have with Jude and Teagan and this weekend was one of those reminders. The kids can play and run all by themselves now. Sure they want us to play sometimes but mostly we are seeing these little ones grow up and while it is exciting it is also really important that we enjoy these moments. Jude is so excited for those Strawberries!! Yummy!!
So when nap time came around we knew that our Beautiful Mess would be following us into the house. Both kids had sand in places that should never see sand and goodness knows the dirt, worms and grass found their way in too. Instead of making a fuss I simply had the kids Shake It Off right onto our kitchen floor. Once we got the kids in bed I used my favorite O-Cedar Angler broom to sweep up that Beautiful Mess. Our worm fun, sun soaking, and sandbox sand angel making was easily cleaned up but never forgotten.
Once nap time was complete we started on our next Beautiful Mess! Oh life - I love it! Full of fun, messes and memories. Having a 4 year old and a 2 year old is just plain FUN!!
This video pretty much makes me cry. The Goldfish crackers and hair ties found in the mess makes the moments we have with Jude and Teagan a great reminder to the big picture! A Beautiful Mess can be found in our home every day! This is a must watch!!
Now that I've shared how I found beauty in our mess. I'd love to hear about yours! Where do you find beauty in mess?