My Life is a Mess!

31 Mar

As a mom, do you ever feel like all you do is clean up one mess after another? Lately, I feel like I just move from one disaster zone to another, automatically access the damage and initiate the appropriate clean-up sequence.

In the past few weeks, thanks to my very active and artistic toddler, I’ve had the supreme joy of cleaning up black crayon scribbled on white carpeting, black Sharpie marker scribbled on glass, painted walls, and wood floors, and black mascara dabbed all over white painted door frames.

Here are some more fun messes and substances I’ve had to deal with recently…


My sister gave some Moon Sand to my 5-year-old son for his birthday. He definitely had a great time playing with it, but I didn’t have such a great time cleaning it up. Even though I tried to confine my son’s play to a shallow plastic container, the Moon Sand ended up all over the kitchen. (Thanks anyway, Darch!) The ad’s claim that “clean up is a snap” is completely false, though the claim that you can “bring the fun of the beach inside” is pretty accurate. There’s nothing quite like the gritty feeling of sand between your toes as you walk across your wood floor. 

So what I want to know is who designs this stuff anyway? Obviously, NOT a mother of five kids…


Then there’s Floam which has the consistency of Rice-Krispie treats. Our church nursery leaders were using this stuff during play time until I told them it was showing up in my son’s diaper. Yes, I found out the hard way that “floam sticks to almost anything” (like to my child’s intestines) and those “tiny foam microbeads…form to any shape you want.” (Okay, I won’t go there…) Let’s just say it made for some interesting diaper changes. Like my oldest son says, “Floam in, floam out.”


Last but not least, there’s good ole’ Silly Putty. My younger daughter brought some home from church on Easter Sunday. It has since shown up in sticky teal-blue puddles on two handmade items I made for her–a crocheted baby afghan and a bed quilt. I’m not sure how to go about getting Silly Putty out of fabric so I think I’ll just sit back, scratch my head and go to my “happy place” for awhile. Sigh!!!!


5 Responses to “My Life is a Mess!”

  1. Beebers31 April 1, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    Sorry sis, I was one of the people that told you Moon Sand was fun and wasn’t that messy. Maybe I thought that because I was over at a friends house and I wasn’t the one cleaning it up! Could be worse… could have been glitter! 🙂

  2. brainymama April 1, 2008 at 9:42 am #

    Glitter is definitely THE WORST!

  3. SassyQuilter April 2, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    So sorry, Sis! I should know better than to blindly believe the advertising. They will say anything to sell that stuff. Probably lots more fun outside. Don’t feel bad about throwing it away. I am such a mess freak that I only let my kids play with AquaDoodle pads. The only drawback so far is if you leave the pens wet for too long (like in a sandwich bag in your Sunday bag) they will mold big time! Then you must soak in bleach before your kids gets a hold of it and sucks the water out like mine do. Yuck!

  4. Weasie (Mom) April 3, 2008 at 4:04 am #

    Your stories made me laugh!!! It is such a joy to read!!! Makes me feel good to know that you are experiencing some of the joys of motherhood, but can still find humor through the trials it brings. It makes me proud to know that all the mistakes I made along the way didn’t have a long-term adverse affect on my children. Keep pushing forward in your endeavor to raise wonderful children. All my children amaze me!!! Dad and I are truly blessed!!!

  5. brainymama April 3, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    Wasn’t it Sister Hinckley who said if she didn’t laugh about her life, she’d cry? I’m just trying to find the humor so I can stay sane. As Dori says in “Finding Nemo,” “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”

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