Monday, April 16, 2012

Messy clothes. Paint in my hair. And paint on my porch. That's our definition of fun.

You know when you have an itch and it just bothers you until you get it? You know the itch. And I'm not talking about the one that you want to scratch. Although, I get those often too. But instead, I'm talking about the kind of itch that makes you want to do something about it. And you want to do that one something right now. Yes. That itch.

I get it a lot. In various aspects of my life.
And one of those itches includes doing certain activities with my daughter. Like finger paint.
Partly due to the fact that I have things I want to make sure she doesn't miss out on.
Partly due to the fact that I want to be a fun, hip, cool mama.
I want my daughter to remember her childhood. Remember being outdoors. Remember how her skin was sun-kissed from being outside so much. The neighbors that she will know by name. The kids down the street that she grew up with. The scrapes on her knees... some possibly permanent like the ones her own mama has on her legs.
And the activities that she did. The things she learned. And the messes she made.
The dirty hands. Her feet so dark it would be a sin to not bathe her right away. Clothes that go straight to the washer as soon as we walk through the door.
She may be only 16 months old... but her mind is constantly thinking. On overdrive storing all this new information in her little brain. Finding the right place to place that information... does it go on the right... or does it go on the left.
Regardless of where it goes... just knowing that it is going somewhere in the back of her head. Knowing that I am brightening my daughter's day... one paint color at a time.
I am fully aware that at this age... she won't remember any of this. But that is why I take these pictures... capture each and every detail... to show her how much fun she had as a child.. even during the years that she can't remember.

And there are a lot of things about this day that I want to remember. For her and for myself.
I love how I searched and searched for the perfect "finger paint recipe," when in reality...
                                      it's just that... finger paint.
I love how you would look at the brush with paint on it with the biggest smirk on your face. Proud? Surprised? Confused? Whatever it seemed happy.
I love how you wanted to paint the ground more than the actual paper I laid out for you.
I love the way you would sit. Not exactly sit. Not exactly stand. It look so uncomfortable... yet you stayed that way for the majority of the time.
I love the way you weren't afraid to get your pretty little outfit dirty. The way you're all girl, yet so carefree in this world. So much like your own mama.
Which, I still giggle about the fact that knowing we were going to paint, I still managed to dress you in a cute little get-up with a matching hair bow. I did however leave the shoes at home.
I love the way I had to work to get you interested in the painting, as all you wanted at the beginning was to go swing.
But then once we started? You never wanted to stop.
I love the way you would cheeeeese from ear to ear when you saw your piece of "Art." You would giggle non-stop at yourself. And I just wished in that moment that you could just talk to me. I can only imagine what was going through your head.
I love the way you would try to taste the paint, and then make that classic "Ewww" face. And 10 minutes later? You would try again.

As if it would taste any differently with time passing....
I loved the way that I had no care in the world about the mess you were making. On our front porch of all places. Why not the driveway? Well for one, I didn't want you to be distracted... especially with the swing in view.

And two? Pictures. It comes down to the pictures.
I love the way you would stop what you were doing when the cars would drive by and track them as they rolled away. Never leaving your eyes off them.
I love the way you looked so deep into what you were doing. So concentrated. So at work.
I love the way you were just a kid. And I was just a mama. And in that moment? We didn't care about the mess that we made, the paint on our clothes, the things in our hair, or how absolutely crazy we looked to the people driving by.

We were enjoying ourselves... and in the end...

We have the first pieces of art to put in our art book.

I love the way we play.


  1. This looks like so much fun! I am going to have to give that a try with E. I'm sure he'd love it as he loves anything messy!

  2. I love this post! It's those little moments that mean the world! They may not remember it for forever, but you will! You get to go to bed at night knowing that your baby girl had an amazing day and you were a part of that. Thats more than enough for me. :-)

  3. LOVE the way you put it at the end... It's so wonderful to let go of all control and just have fun with them! Always an adventure! :) Too cute!

  4. love this post. She looked like she had such an amazing time finger painting! I can just hear that little giggle of hers!

  5. You captured some great moments from such a fun day! I love her little face and her cute clothes and of course her artist skills!!

  6. You are such an awesome mom! I love that you are all in and you don't worry about what others think and you just give 150% to you beautiful little girl!

  7. How sweet! My daughter is 16 months old and I've been wanting to finger paint with her but kept wondering if she was too little....and if she would just try to eat it instead!! But who cares if she does, by golly the first sunny day we have-were painting!!!

  8. It looks like she had a great time! We need to try painting, but I'm not sure we're ready for that, haha

  9. Such a sweet post, adorable pictures, and a great way to look at making her life so special!!!!!!!

  10. Such a sweet post, adorable pictures, and a great way to look at making her life so special!!!!!!!

  11. I just love the sweet little squat she's doing! She is precious and it looks like she had a blast!

  12. This is such a wonderful post! It looks like she had an absolutely wonderful time! & I can imagine you did too :) I really need to get more craft things for my little guy to do.

  13. super cute. im dying to try this tape off letter/name finger activity i saw on pinterst with my little.

  14. super cute. im dying to try this tape off letter/name finger activity i saw on pinterst with my little.

  15. What a beautiful post :)
    I think I need to go pick up some finger paints...

  16. I admire your energy and your determination to make sure your daughter always makes the most out of every activity you present to her! Your family is so beautiful!! I'm looking forward to the Chicago recap post : ) Have a great week!!

  17. I hope Jackson grows up with the exact memories you've described. I will never forget all those afternoons playing with my brothers and all of our neighborhood friends. This looks like a womderful way to create some memories with that sweet baby girl!

    Hope the weekend getaway was a success!

  18. I think you might have a future artist on your hands! The pictures are gorgeous and the joy on her face is priceless! She will love looking back at this someday!

  19. So cute. Looks like a perfect afternoon.

  20. You really are a fun mom! She will cherish these pictures one day!

  21. I sure hope you make scrapbooks with all these adorable photos you take of her childhood :)

  22. What was the perfect recipe you found for the paint??? :)

  23. This is such a sweet post. I love it.

  24. Every time you try something new with E I think to myself, I can't wait to do that with Olivia!! :)

  25. Love this! And her paintings are beautiful - definitely keepers :)

  26. I can't WAIT to do this!! Can you share the recipe you used? I know Jack will put it RIGHT in his mouth!


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