Today has been one of those days…we’ve had a lot of them lately. Something about that lost hour has really affected my boys this time around, and we’re just now getting back to normal around here. So, I decided to drown my grumpiness in cupcakes.
The boys, of course, were quite excited as well. It came time to ice them, and I hear an excited voice, “Can I help put the icing on?”
Big sigh inside.
I can do this infinitely faster without their particular brand of help.
I was in no mood to have a short task turned into a long one, or to clean up the mess made by a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old trying to put icing on cupcakes.
Everything in me said “No.”
I reasoned that they were getting cupcakes, and fun colored icing to boot…that’s treat enough, right?
But in that moment, another little voice reminded me that these days are fleeting. We all hear it so often, and we all know the truth of it.
That other voice also reminded me that living with a mom who suffers from depression means that my kids get less fun mommy moments than I would like. There are far too many “no’s”.
So, in that moment, I grabbed a couple extra snack-sized bags from the pantry before I could give myself time to think about it.
They had so much fun.
It was worth the mess. And you know what I’ve found? It almost always is.
Note: If anyone is interested, I simply made homemade butter cream frosting (similar to this recipe, although you could use store bought as well), and then colored it with food coloring. I put it in zippered baggies, and cut a small hole in one corner to squeeze out the icing. It helps if you refrigerate it for a bit, so it’ll be firm. Otherwise the heat from squeezing on it makes it kind of melty.
And,their finished product:
When is the last time you said “yes” to spontaneous fun with your kids? What inspires you to have more fun moments?