504 Main by Holly Lefevre: We Know How to Make a Mess
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Monday, November 7, 2011

We Know How to Make a Mess

Since I began blogging I have been a member of The Secret is in The Sauce (SITS).
I have learned a lot and made some great friends because of SITS. They provide us bloggers with networking, education...and some FAB opportunities! Right now they have one happening in conjunction with the Clorox's Bleach It Away Program. 
One of the perks is the chance to win a Canon Rebel T2i! 
Oh yeah...mama needs a new camera!
Mine has been painted, dropped, and all in all been "worked!" 

To get in on the deal, we simply had to write a post based on this prompt:
"Spending time with friends and family can lead to fun and memorable moments, but also some very messy ones. Tell us about the messiest moments that you’ll always remember!"
When I first became a mother a little over 10 years ago, I was filled with feelings of overwhelming love, and I'll be honest there was a lot of frustration and uncertainty in those first few months - possibly years even.

This little boy of mine was the light of my life and pretty much spoiled beyond belief. After all, he was the only boy - the only heir to the "family name."

I was very guilty of buying him new toys and gadgets and pretty much taking him any place I fancied would strengthen our bond, teach him something, or open his eyes to a new experience. Most of the time, things worked out as planned...but sometimes they did not.

Try as I might, my boy was not "that interested" in drawing or painting or doing artsy projects. Oh the horror! This mama could not have that. I tried just about everything. Finally I discovered what would be the "thing" that changed his mind...bathtub crayons.

What could go wrong? He loved his baths. I loved art. Now I would simply marry my love with his love and we would both be happy...and hopefully this new found love would extend beyond the bath.

And guess what...it did.

I was in the kitchen.
He was in the living room.
I heard "Mama, come see! Mama, come see!"
I hurried into the living room...

And there he was standing in front of the freshly painted, once-blank wall with crayons spread all over the floor. I looked up and I saw that I finally had it - a gorgeous piece of art...all over my white walls. 

So, yeah, my little plan, it worked...just not as I expected. It was gorgeous and I just had to admire it. He did exactly what he was told to do...just not quite where he was expected to do it. The joy of children!

This was not the first mess we made together. Nor was it the last. In fact I always say half of the fun is in making the mess. That is where the fun begins and the memories are made in my house anyway!

What's your messy moment?

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out www.BleachItAway.com.  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.


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