prepare the way

26 March 2015

For quite some time I was pretty determined that we would make it to Sunday Mass together as a family. Even when Simon's weekend schedule got rocky we managed to make it work and I would either bring the kids to the hospital chapel on Sunday morning for a little game of church roulette (will Simon be free to come downstairs to meet us? or not?) ... or we would go as a family to a later Sunday evening Mass at a small local college where we didn't stick out at ALL. Until this winter when we went soft or we got smart ... depending on how you look at it. Simon and I started splitting up and taking one or two (or no!) kids at a time to church on Saturday night/Sunday morning and it was great. No complaints. We still do it if Simon is working on Sunday but now that the weather is a little less hateful we're back in the habit of hitting up the easy breezy 30 minute hospital Mass with all the heathens in tow. Look at us go. I know. But, I'll pretend we do it for Simon's well being on the weekends he's coming off a 24 hour shift on Sunday morning and not for my sanity in the pew. Not at all.

For better or for worse, we've started having the kids pack their own little church bags so that I'm not throwing a baby wipe at all of them by communion and hoping (in vain) that they'll suddenly strike up an interest in wet origami.

It's actually worked out really well despite last week's loot ...


Minimalist Julia: forbidden markers + pen + crayons, my missing sunglasses, a rosary, a Julia bracelet (made by Simon, the favorite parent), a book of Frozen stickers, old fruit snacks, a paint sample stolen from Sebastian, a stuffed dolphin, and a princess sticker book.

Unpredictable Sebastian: five various toy modes of transportation. None of which made noise which cannot be said for the week prior ...

Materialistic Theo: a crumpled up page ripped out of a Costco travel magazine.

Theo was territorial about his lone treasure and Julia didn't dare to show me her writing contraband and Sebastian never even opened his bag but was just happy to have something that neither Julia nor pesky Theo could touch. We'll see how long it lasts until I start resorting to my sorry bag of lone-diaper-and-three-wipes tricks or the kids miraculously start paying attention ...


... imagine THAT.

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22 comments:

  1. Where did you get the cute bags?! Love them!

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    1. I linked to them above but here it is again :)

      http://asdarlingdoes.com/product-category/bags/

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  2. HAHAHAHA Julia's stash! Does it even all fit in the bag?!

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  3. Those bags are so cute! I've been looking for something exactly like them for my son to stash his toys-on-the-go. Love your style - as always. :)

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  4. The "wet origami" line killed me - read it to my husband :-)

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  5. Love the bags!! If you are looking for some very cool things for your kids' church bags, my dear friend makes some great Catholic things for little ones. (prayer cards, rosaries, etc) https://www.etsy.com/shop/BettyJoSews

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  6. Oh how my little klepto's would love one of those backpacks. They are always on the hunt for their next hiding place. But those are so cute!!! And as always the Patton children are adorable :)

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  7. I'm laughing out loud. This post is just so funny to me.

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  8. Those bags! So adorable!! The fact that you even try to go to church with 6.5 people is pretty remarkable.

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  9. This post had me laughing so hard this morning for whatever reason.....the difference in what they put in their bags is hilarious and your wet wipe origami comment....just stop!!!!

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  10. Wet origami! You crack me up!

    I knew which bag was Julia's before reading the description - your little hoarder.

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  11. Grace, you're hilarious. Laughed at wet origami and that I knew which bag belonged to which kid. Just don't tell my kids–they be totally jealous, since they don't get to take anything now that we're weaning Soph off her blanket.

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  12. LOL! I wonder if wet origami would have kept me quiet when I was little

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  13. hahahaha! I always laugh when my kids pack their own bags; they are always filled with such random items. I guess there must be some rhyme or reason to it in their own minds. :)

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  14. Great idea!! Those bags are the cutest. I love Julia's hoarding....it's so me, haha.

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  15. This is amaze. My little mini me is just shy of 4 months and my husband and I are to scared to take her to church yet even though she is so well behaved, so we currently stream the service online. When we do go back, wet origami and Costco coupons is clearly where its at. Hey at least you found your missing glasses.

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