2.23.2011

the messier, the cleaner

There are two feelings that have walked constantly with me throughout my life: inspiration and doubt.  I think that's why I usually answer my children's requests with a hesitant, "Oh-kaaay..."

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"Mom, can we make some fancy shoes for a ball?"
"Oh-Kaaay..."  Shoes?!  I ain't no cobbler!  But, let's see what can be done.

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"Mom, can we make a fort over the bathtub so we can pretend we're beavers in a dam?"
"Oh-Kaaay..." Probably not, that's crazy talk.  But I'll see what I can rig up.

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"Mom, can we squish mud between our toes?"
"Oh-Kaaay..." It's only snowing outside and the only dirt around here is chemical laden potting soil and what has collected in the corners of my rooms.  But, let's see if I can find an alternative.

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This is it, the equation of my life.  Want something, doubt it can be done, do it anyway.

Could be worse.

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I highly doubt that anyone could confuse soap with mud.  But, for the record, both can be adequately squishy when experienced with the toes. 

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12 comments:

  1. you know what else is really wierd to play with-cornstarch and water.
    my kids find it fascinating.
    We are thawing out here in the south-lots of mud-honestly the soap sounds way better right now LOL!
    thanks for a bit of inspiring ispiration ;)

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  2. Ok, so what happened here?? You just dissolved bar soap in water for a squish-fest? That sounds like fun!

    We made homemade Moon Sand once, just to show the kids that you can make just about anything that they see in stores/on tv. That was lots of fun, but I was cleaning it up for at least a week.

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  3. inspirational, I LURVE your attitude, what a great mom you are.

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  4. Have you heard of "clean mud?" A recipe by awesome teacher Bev Bos; can't quite remember ratios, but basically water, grated soap, and tons of ripped-up toilet paper. Squishy and fabulous!

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  5. what a good, resourceful momma you are!!

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  6. I really wish I could have a mom exactly like you.

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  7. Thanks all!

    Lise, thanks for passing along the idea. I just find this http://www.theideabox.com/Clean_Mud.html and will be giving it a go very soon.

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  8. So much fun! I love the banner photo :)

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  9. Ever so very cool. Have you tried corn flour and water? Or custard powder and water - it does the same thing. You can make a ball out of it, then relax your hand and it dribbles back into a liquid. Fun, and interesting.

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  10. Your right, it could be worse. You could doubt it and not give it a go. A habit, which just so happens, i am trying to break myself right now. I love your ideas, they are fantastic.

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  11. that is so fantastic! I am putting all of your cute ideas in my back pocket for when my wee fellow gets a bit older and starts asking questions...hehe

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