These are the words spoken by Jazzie when the girls were playing in the basement yesterday. As I was making my way towards the basement steps, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There are a lot of toys in the basement and the girls' craft area is there as well. It is their area to play, to use their imagination and to be creative. I have come down to the basement many times to find Barbie's all over the floor, to find a city made up of blocks, books, toys and everything else they could find down there, to find papers all over the floor because the girls are playing school, to find the play food strewn all over because they are playing store, to find sleeping bags and suitcases because they are pretending to camp, etc. I am a very organized and neat person and I do not handle a mess very well. That is part of the reason we finished our basement; so our girls could have a place to go where they have free range and where the mess doesn't really matter because I don't have to look it. I'd much rather they play and use their imagination than sit in front of the TV or computer or play video games all the time.
So, when I was told to come down to the basement because there was a surprise, I was expecting something along the lines of this surprise from a while back ("come look at what a great school I made"):
However, when I came downstairs I found this:
All the craft supplies were put away and I could actually see my beautiful bamboo floor because it wasn't covered by a million pieces of paper!
All the toys were put back on the shelves...
Jazzie was so proud of herself and started "flying" around the table because there was nothing on the floor:
I try not to stress about it when the basement is a bit of a mess. I try to always remember what a wonderful and creative outlet the girls have in this basement. I can close the door at the end of the day and nobody knows the mess is there. My girls aren't watching mindless TV or playing mindless computer games. I'm thankful for our basement and I am even more thankful when the girls surprise me when it's a tidy one ;-)