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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Why I am dreading switching to 9 am church next week

Ever since Joel got called into the Bishopric, my Sundays have been crazy. I have been really thankful that we have church at 1:00 pm, because it gives me plenty of time to get the kids breakfasted, bathed, dried, dressed, curled and cutified before I get into the shower myself.

But last Sunday made me realize that perhaps I have been doing everything completely backwards. It is a dangerous thing to leave three little girls who are completely ready for church unsupervised while you take a shower. All was well when I got into the shower: They were playing quietly in a bedroom where I had told Bria to keep an eye on Sophia and make sure she didn't get herself into any mischief, and headed off into the bathroom.

When I got out of the shower, I was brushing my teeth when I started to feel that little niggling feeling in the back of my mind that something might be wrong. You know, the one they tend to call "Mother's Intuition?" So, I went into the bedroom to check on the girls. At first glance, all seemed to be fine. Bria and Chloe were playing Barbies on one bed, and Sophia was involved with some toy on the other one.

But then I looked closer at the alleged toy that Sophie was playing with. As it turns out, it was not a toy at all, but a can of chocolate frosting from the fridge. There was chocolate all over Chloe's Little Mermaid bedspread, and quite a bit on the floor. More distressing was the large amounts of chocolate all over Sophia's face, hair and clothing.

So, I did what I had to do, I lugged her into her room (half dressed and with a towel turban on my head) and gave her a good and quick wiping down with half a box of baby wipes. She was extremely unhappy with me, but there was just no time to bathe her again if I expected to get myself ready, and besides, nobody bats an eye at a slightly disheveled two year old. A slightly disheveled 34 year old is another story entirely.

So, the thought of switching to the early hour of church sends me into a downright panic. Obviously, the girls will have to have their baths the night before. But I'm still going to have to get up at the crack of dawn in order to make it to church on time! Especially since Joel just informed me that his meetings will start at 6:00 am every week.

Sigh. What a fun year this will be.

27 comments :

  1. I could pretty much pee my pants with joy that we are going to 10:20. And hour makes all the difference in the world!

    Good luck with the wrangling!

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  2. 9:00 church does stink! I too like having time in the mornings and not having to rush! But I'm not sure our new time is much better - 2:00! YUCK. And I just got called to be a RS instructor (why me?!) Wanna switch? I would much rather be choir director!

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  3. 6:00 on a Sunday morning! Yuck! Good luck...maybe you can force - um, encourage - your kids to have naps Sunday afternoons?

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  4. Wow frosting maybe if church is early then they wont have time to get into thing? Good luck I feel for you.

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  5. I can totally relate to your situation~~~my husband has been Bishop now for 2 1/2 years. (halfway point already!~yeah! not that I'm murmuring, but it has gone faster than I thought it would!) Anyway, we have had 9 am and 12:30 pm and I definitely liked the 9 am better ~ even with our 20 minute drive. Less time for the kidletts to get into trouble. (Mine are 5, 8, 11, and 15~and, sorry, she is usually the last one out the door...) Just bathe and layout EVERYTHING the night before, do your shower before you get the kids up (can that happen~or would you have to get up too early?) Shoot to leave 15 minutes before you have too, and you should make it there before the end of the opening song!
    :D

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  6. I have to do church prep my myself, too (Brian is EQ Pres) and we just finished 9:00 church. I actually greatly prefer it. I find we are still scrambling even with 1:00 church because we laze around all day thinking we have all the time in the world and then we run around like crazy the last 30 minutes anyway. Here is what we do: baths the night before. I get up and shower around 7:00 or 7:15 and do whatever I can before the kids insist on being fed (whatever... who needs food?). Then get them food and usually try to do my hair in the downstairs bathroom. Then I get them dressed and do my makeup and we are in the car by 8:30. It is a tad hectic and I know I could be better prepared. But it works. We aim to be there 15 minutes early and that gives us a GREAT window. It also helps that Jaren doesn't get up until I go get him, so he stays out of trouble. The girls are good about following instructions so I can tell them from the shower to get dressed and they do. Good luck! I think once you find your rhythm you will love 9:00. Because you get home at noon and you have ALL DAY to take naps, chill. pick up from your crazy morning... whatever! May the force be with you.

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  7. UGH! I have been so lucky because I'm the one in meetings before Church for the last 3 years, so Dustin has to get the kids ready. :D

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  8. We also have a switch to 9 am in January...I am happy for it because I must admit I love Sunday afternoon naps...whatever time we go to church, it's good to know that it's only for a year and every year is a gift, after all...LOL

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  9. We stay at 11:00 again this year. No change. Due to the ward split I guess...Problem is...We still can't get to church on time. I can't imagine 9:00! (well, I can-but last time we had 9 we only had 1 kid. that doesn't count)

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  10. 11 is the best time for church--not too early, not too late.

    We're going to 1:00, and I'm dreading it, because the day is over when you get home.

    But I won't miss 9:00, which is what we have now. Not one tiny bit. Good luck!

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  11. You should shower before. Either before the girls are up or the night before. That's the ONLY way it will work. Also, I'd enlist B in the cause. Have Joel talk to them too -- they need to realize they're supporting his calling by getting themselves ready, without frosting. :)

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  12. Yah, I used to have to do the Sunday thing by myself with 9:00 am church and after a while wondered why I wasn't getting MYSELF dressed first. Like you said, better the kids and not the mom half dressed! Good luck!!! I don't envy you.

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  13. Wow, it would be hard to get FOUR ladies beautiful for church! I don't envy you! We have 9 am church (we switch every September for some reason), and it's easy to get two boys and one bald baby girl ready! I get up at 6 every morning to shower, dress, and do make up, so I am definitely a BEFORE girl!

    Good luck, Lara!

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  14. I'm so sorry! There's no easy answer for this one. I just dread switching to the 9 o'clock schedule. Just dread it! It seems like those winters are the ones when we are sick more often simply because we have less mornings we can sleep in and catch up on sleep. We are switching to 9 next week too. I don't wanna!! Wahhhh!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. I hate to say that although I don't LOVE the idea of getting up early to get the kids ready...I am SO in love with 9 AM church I can't wait! I hate 1 PM...especially with a cranky three year old who normally is napping or getting close to it at that point. But I only have two kids to get ready to and a husband to help most days...so for you I am sorry...for me I am loving life!

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  16. We have been going at 11 and I love that time! Switching to 1 will be hard, but I don't have little ones anymore, so everyone enjoys a bit more sleep.

    Ever considered showering at night and just redoing your hair in the morning? It might be an option.

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  17. I too have been nervous about the change in time. We will be starting at 8:30 am. However I am very excited to get out of the 2:30 time.
    Good luck with getting everyone ready on time. :o)

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  18. We had turquoise blue otter pops once. I didn't have time to clean it up because we were already running late, so the second we walked in the door after church, I ran upstairs with the Folex. That stuff is AWESOME!!!!! It cleaned it all up.

    We have 2:30 p.m. church next week. Since I'm in Primary, I'm thinking it's not going to be very fun when Junior Sharing Time is at 4:45 p.m. The kids are going to be MISERABLE!!!! And so are all the teachers!!! Oh well....

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  19. A-ha! We are leaving the 9 am time, and moving to 11 am. So I think... I actually haven't heard officially, but it *should* be our turn for 11.

    Definitely do as much as you can the night before. Do your girls like braids? You could french braid their hair the night before, and it should hold pretty well.

    Definitely get yourself ready first! Sophia last. :)

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  20. I actually really like 9 am church. Luke leaves for meetings at 6 also.

    I used to hate it - till I realized that I get the kids and self ready without help every other day of the week, and we have to be out the door earlier on school days! "O) Somehow, though, Sundays always seemed more hectic. (I'm certain that Satan works extra hard on Sunday mornings!!!)

    However, I do only have ONE girl's hair to do - not 3. I'm with Karen - go for braids!

    Getting up early enough to be totally ready before the kids get up is pretty much a MUST. I also usually make muffins for breakfast - they bake while I shower, then get the kids up to eat while I get ready. Then I get them ready. M's church clothes are always laid out the night before, so if she feels so inclined, she can get dressed by herself. It works well for us.

    Another option is to make the muffins the night before with STRICT instructions to the kids that when they get up, they are to eat breakfast. No tv. Ever on Sundays. That's made a huge difference at our house.

    Good luck, friend! You'll figure it out, and then you'll hate Sunday afternoons even more than Sunday mornings! (I'm just the voice of cheerfulness, aren't I?!)

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  21. I vote that we just have conference every week. Church in my jammies makes me SO happy!

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  22. The reason Chris will never be in the bishopric: I would send at least one kid with him on Sunday mornings. I know such a thing is unheard of with "normal" LDS wives, but I guess I'm too much of a Mormon Feminist! Lol I ask Chris if he feels like I bring him down, and he gives me a weird laughing look and says, "uh, no..." Yeah, right. I'm bringing him down alright. Straight to hell.

    BUT SERIOUSLY...I love the blog header for after Christmas. My only issue has NOTHING to do with you. It's my appearance in the photo. I feel dumpy and frumpy, but we can keep that photo with that header. It's okay. It has NOTHING to do with you. I LOVE it. My problem is ME. Thanks so much!

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  23. My husband is also in the Bishopric, so I hear ya'. We're actually moving from the 11:00 time to 1:00. Here in Washington, it will be DARK when we're leaving church. That feels weird to me.

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  24. I'll trade you my 1pm church for you 9am church! I HATE 1pm church. You spend all day waiting for church to come-- and everyone (me) is grumpy when it finally starts. (we have 1pm until next september. why do they change in september???)

    I love the get up, get ready, get out the door... then come home and be lazy all day. My husband was in the bishopric in IL and it was the best! I even was on time-- most of the time (amazing with 3 little kids).

    Good luck!! (bathe them at night! that's the secret!)


    ps. merry christmas!

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  25. I don't know if I could do the 9am either. I either go to the 5pm on Saturday night or the 11am on Sunday.

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  26. Wow--kids just keep you on your toes. I'm sure you'll do great after a few weeks.

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  27. I wish I had some advice, but the truth is, I'm still trying to master 11:00 church, and we'll be switching to 10:00! Good luck!

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