What happens when you leave your children with me

It all started so innocently. They wanted to play house with a giant box that we keep in the basement for cabin fevery winter days.

We decided painting it with finger paints and handprints would be a great idea.

Then we ran out of finger paint, so they continued work on their color palette with poster paints and brushes.

Which quickly turned into body painting.

And more body painting…

Clearly body paint makes you into a superhero, which is what three of the four are demonstrating here.

Or a “scary monster.”

The final results?

I’ve never seen four children so anxious to have their picture taken. And they had as much fun washing it all off as they did putting it on.

My personal favorite of the day…

So, any takers for a play date?

Edited to add: Lest you think I am a complete loon, let me share a little secret. I have an outdoor shower!


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27 Responses to “What happens when you leave your children with me”

  1. MelodyA. Says:

    I’m putting them on a plane right now! Two of them. Just send them back in their spare clothes.

  2. applecyder Says:

    Man–your photography is GOOD. My little guy would love a play date like this one. (And thanks for the Boston Mamas nomination, btw. I was sure it was my mother!) Molly

  3. applecyder Says:

    PS Your kiddo is going to be so angry about that “crack” shot someday….

  4. Maggie Says:

    I am pretty sure that is the coolest playdate ever — I want to come over to your house!

  5. Maria Says:


  6. mommyme Says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog by accident and thought I’d leave a note saying HI! I love all the pictures!! What kind of camera do you use? I think it helps that all the kids are so darn cute. 🙂

  7. laura Says:

    I want to come over and play!

  8. Michelle Says:

    I let the boys do that one day last month, and it was awesome – they loved it! But your pictures, of course, are much better than mine!

  9. kayris Says:

    Oh God. Thank goodness for washable paint! Looks like fun!!

  10. ChiaLynn Says:

    Can I send my husband to your house? No, seriously, he’d love this.

  11. JenBun Says:

    Heck yeah! If I had kids, they could SOOOO come over to your house– that looks like such a fun day!!!

    What cuties!

  12. carrievoris Says:

    Oh my…The girls are on there way over. Right Now!

  13. MGF Says:

    The outdoor shower is the key to the play date. What great shots. Looks like everyone had a great time.

    It should be on e label that paints do make you a super hero.

  14. Christina Says:

    Sign us up! Big time fun. I LOVE it. Awesome photos, but that second one rocks in a major way. You are such a cool mama. Things for the cute kid photos fix. 🙂

  15. B. Says:


  16. mommyme Says:

    I’m a wannabe photographer. I only have a point and shoot Sony, nothing fancy. I’d love to buy a really good camera, but the hubby says “NO!”. LOL!! Maybe because I keep breaking the ones I have, and they’re cheap! LOL!! Here’s a link to my journal……



  17. amy Flood Says:

    if your doing the cleanup too, then we are in! i love to have the kids finger paint, but i hate the cleanup!! love the last photo. plumber in training.

  18. Toonsis Says:

    Can I play too…please …please! Those photos look like a day in one of my art classes at the Y! Even the butt crack looks familuar! Got to love it! Great job…Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great end of summer!

  19. Kate Says:

    ok, is it me, or does Henry look like he is flipping off the camera in the picture of the 4 of them?!

    Great shots

  20. crista Says:

    Thanks for the post, Anna. Hard to believe those girls were squeaky clean when it was time to go home.

  21. Maya Says:

    Pat and I are looking at these together because I just busted out laughing saying this is so what we will send Zane’s friend’s home looking like someday! OMG YOU ARE AN AWESOME MOM!

  22. Andrew Says:

    I just want to be a kid all over again.

  23. Brenda Says:

    Those are fabulous pictures of the kids! I especially like the second one with the playhouse window.

  24. Stacy Says:

    LOL…at least they had fun, right! What cute shots!

  25. golightly Says:

    Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!

    Oh, and my 3-year-old can come too.

  26. Little Bohème Says:

    Fabulous pictures!

  27. that girl Says:

    I have a toddler who’d like to make a reservation…

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