I could easily write this post on how we did our colored salt activity, show you a few beautiful pictures of my toddler happily playing, scooping and pouring and you would be none the wiser. You would probably walk away thinking I am one of those Moms who really has her act together and can do it all. I mean really…. colored salt, how cool? How does she manage to find time to color salt, let alone blog about it all the while having an 18month old and a 6 week old? (ok…for arguments sake even if you are not thinking you would think that lets just suppose you would…it will make me feel better). Well, this time I’m going to share with you a little of what goes on behind the scenes. Ready? Oh, wait, first a pretty picture.
Ok, now we can proceed. As far as the colored salt goes, I got the idea here. It was fun to make and pretty to look at. Heck, I wanted to play with it. I was getting the salt ready while the little guy was otherwise occupied. It was an activity I intended to use for later in the day but the Mister spied the bowl and wanted to “see”. The baby was sleeping so I saw no harm in setting it up right then. I figured the worst case scenario was that I might not get to picking up the mess right away if the baby woke up. Mr. C had a ball playing with it!! It was fun to photograph. Perfect. I’m so glad we are doing this! C thoroughly enjoyed it. He played very intently and for quite awhile.
Then… he SNEEZED! Right into it, and not just any sneeze, but an I’m cutting a tooth so when I sneeze I spray drool everywhere sneeze…eeew… so much for reusing it. Ok, I can live with this, I’ll just let him keep playing and when he’s done we’ll scrap it.
Then, as if the sneeze wasn’t enough, I see a puddle. A puddle of blue salt mush on the splash mat. Hmmm… that sneeze wasn’t that big. Nope! He’s totally blown a diaper. How is that even possible less than an hour after I put a fresh one on him? Ugh, ok playtime HAS to be over now. So I scoop the Mister up. Now lets just say he’s not happy (I’m sure you can relate). Because now, not only has his fun been cut short but he’s totally aware that he’s blown a diaper and is very salty and very uncomfortable. As I head upstairs to clean him up and change him, the previously sound asleep baby wakes up. Now not only have I got one child covered in blue salt and ‘who knows what else’ but I’ve also got a mad-that-I-got-woken-up crying baby that I just can’t get to right this second. Not to mention a very salty kitchen floor that needs my attention. If I’ve ever had a “Calgon take me away” moment this is it!
Don’t get me wrong. Most of our activities go well (and involve far less bodily fluids) but occasionally we end up with one of these. I thought you deserved to know.
All’s well that ends well though. Don’t you worry. I got the Mister cleaned up, calmed the baby down and eventually got the kitchen floor cleaned. And for what it’s worth, we will definitely do the salt activity again.
Oh and also, while I’m writing this, my kitchen counters need cleaning, my dining room looks like a storage closet, and my hamper(s) are overflowing. Feel better Mom…You’re not alone!