You’re not supposed to . . .

With chocolate up to his elbows and from ear to ear, Conner says, “Wait Mom, what about my cavitites?” Often I get caught up in all the things we’re not supposed to do. We’re not supposed to make a mess, we’re not supposed to play with our food, we’re not supposed to use potty talk, we’re not supposed to eat candy especially when we have a cavity (or two).

I’m not entirely sure how things got so out of control today.  T Dev was a ticking time bomb staring at her masterpiece strawberries.  I told them they had to wait until after dinner to eat a strawberry.  I wanted to hurry up and get things cleaned up before they made an even bigger mess. I could feel my blood pressure rising as I began to anticipate the clean up. Crap. I hadn’t taken a picture yet.  Quickly I grabbed the camera. As I sat scrunched behind the camera watching my life through the lens, I couldn’t help but pause for a moment and enjoy watching my kids be kids. I started to giggle and before I knew it all three of us were belly laughing so hard I had tears running down my face.  I started feeling a little guilty as Baby Gav enviously watched his brother and sister.  Oh, what the heck, he’s the third. At least there’s fresh fruit somewhere in that ball of chocolate.

Today I learned that once in a while it’s ok to break the rules. It’s ok to make a mess once in a while. It’s ok to play with our food once in a while.  It’s funny to say “poop” for no reason, and it’s ok to eat candy, even if you have a cavity, once in a while. At the end of the day, we have taken a somewhat uneventful activity and created (hopefully) a lifelong memory. So in twenty years from now when my kids have grown, I hope that I will have forgotten about the challenging times and only remember the ones when we broke the rules and had a whole lot of fun doing things we weren’t supposed to. Fart. Fart. Poop. Poop.

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  1. Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:14 am by Kathy | Permalink

    Seriously??? How much fun are those kids having? I so admire you for the mom that you are. I am not quite sure if I could have ever done that but so glad that you can!

  2. Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm by Carly Letson | Permalink

    I love those pics! Rules were made for breaking. Love ya.

  3. Posted March 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm by Natalie | Permalink

    I love these… frickin cute!!

  4. Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:47 am by Martha | Permalink

    These are classic! I especially love the one with them with their hands in the bowl, cracking up (from a memory point of view) and the one of the little guy looking so seriously into the camera (from a photographic one).

  5. Posted March 3, 2011 at 5:47 am by Kristy | Permalink

    LOL! You’re chocolate covered strawberries are gorgeous!

  6. Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:19 am by Jaymi | Permalink

    these are adorable! their little faces covered in chocolate is killing me! love it!

  7. Posted March 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm by Amber's Articles | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, these are the best. I absolutely love action photos, especially when the kids are having fun.

  8. Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm by Courtney | Permalink

    Sorry my button didn’t work for your post! I love the lesson you learned! You are so right…sometimes we need to let go of the “rules” and have fun with our kiddos!! These shots are fabulous and some I know you children will cherish for years to come. I especially like how you edited them and the shot of just the strawberries looks fabulous!

  9. Posted March 4, 2011 at 3:25 am by Claire | Permalink

    I love that collage you created. I really need to learn to create them. Great photos, the sheer delight on your children’s faces are priceless!

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