Like most twin mamas, I wince at the term “double trouble”. But while I wouldn’t want it to be pointed out to me during every trip to the grocery store, I have decided that our girls are guilty of creating double the mess.
In theory, I would like for my girls to take out the toy that they want to play with…engage in said play…and then put that toy up before taking something else out.
That’s a pretty far stretch from what happens most days, though…
Baby A might start playing with blocks. Sounds great!
And Baby B might start cooking in her kitchen. Perfect!
But before you know it, they’re melding their pretend scenarios into a whirlwind of activities…blocks, play food, babies and animals, pillows, blankets, and books…oh, my!
I took this picture a couple of weeks ago, after the girls had gone down for their nap. [In theory we also clean up our toys after lunch, but that doesn’t always happen, either.]
I can’t remember all the particulars, but I know the plaid blanket was an ocean for the dolphins, the pillows were beds at a hotel, and the baby dolls were taking a bath in the bins that the blocks were in, after they'd gone for a swim. The girls had been cooking in their chef’s hats and aprons. And what would a day be without some structure-building and book-reading, too. It seems only the train set didn’t see action that morning...but that probably happened in the afternoon.
I really love sitting back and watching our girls build off each others’ ideas. The interaction is nothing short of amazing, and I love seeing them take their play to new levels every day.
But boy, it sure does make a mess!
Oh, well...I console myself by saying it's the price of challenging their imaginations. And, when we break to clean up, it's like a whole new slate for a fresh round of play.
[If you look closely, you’ll see our sweet kitty Sasha checking out the morning’s spoils. I also get a big kick out of seeing her navigate the ocean / hotel / birthday party / library when they're safely out of sight. And she has quite an affinity for the girls’ play tent!]