Monday, April 09, 2007

Humble pie for Easter?

It is always a miracle that we can get to church dressed and on time, and on Easter, it's even more of a wonder.

Our church is fairly casual, but even so, I wanted the kids to look halfway decent at least one day of the year. For the big girls, this meant wearing a skirt and top for the first time this year; and even though we all know how much it pains me to shop, the little girls got new dresses. Can't remember what our 12-year-old son wore, but I think it matched.

I usually try to have everyone lay out their clothes the night before, but we celebrated Easter with my family on Saturday, and, well, I was tired. I had the general idea in my head, anyway.

All was going according to plan until we couldn't find the mate to the three-year-old's shoes. We searched everywhere and...nothing. Remain calm, remain calm. (I could hear it now, "Here comes that family with all those kids, who can't get it together enough to buy shoes for their poor, youngest child!"). I was convinced she was going to have to either wear black suede shoes or snow-boots with her Easter dress until I finally found it under the sofa. Woo-hoo!

Whew! We were out the door. I was so proud of myself that we were ON TIME. The hair could have used some help, but hey, you can't have it all.

Since we had already celebrated Easter dinner on Saturday, we decided to go out to eat after church.

At the restaurant, I looked over at my husband Dennis and my well-dressed family and said, "You know, things are really starting to get easier, aren't they? Just look at our sweet family."

We were feeling quite good about our accomplishment. Smug, actually. To church on time, looking good, everyone getting along. Ahh.

About that moment, I looked over at the three-year-old and realized the tag to her dress was in the front. Yes, she had shoes on, but I had sent her to church WITH HER DRESS ON BACKWARDS!

Oh well. Maybe nobody noticed!

A few minutes later, I tried to scoot myself over to get up from the booth, but I pushed on the table too hard. The entire table went down under my weight, spilling every drink and unfinished plate of food...onto my slacks and all down my husband's pant-legs, on its way to covering the entire floor!

While the entire restaurant looked on, Dennis painstakingly cleaned up ice cream, ranch dressing and lettuce off of his shoelaces. I tried to act calm while I had the little one spit out the ice she'd put in her mouth from the floor. (My older daughter said, "Mom, if you hadn't screamed, no one would have even noticed what had happened." Oops.)

About this time a couple of the big kids were starting to get on each other's nerves. I could tell that separating them was going to be in order soon, but alas, it was time for us to go anyway.

We took our backwards-dressed, ranch-dressing soaked family and went home to change into jeans and t-shirts.

We felt better after that. And humbler.

(So much for the family photo op. Maybe next year.)

How was your Easter?


Anonymous said...

I was encouraged that you struggle getting to church! Maybe that doesn't sound very nice, but it's always nice to know you're not the only one! I have 7 children! 5 of them are girls, and I do the hair for 4 of them every Sunday! They wear dresses and seasonal shoes! Oh, and I have a 2-week old that needs to nurse! And we pack lunches for eating on the way home! I'm exhausted by the time we are heading to church!

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Thanks for the chuckle this Monday afternoon. Oh, the days when you (we) sit back as moms and read about these days and wish for them back. Well, sort of.

Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

Ok that really cracked me up. You always put a smile on my face! I just posted pics of our easter.

My little 19 mo old had SO MUCH FUN. It made it such a blast.

Beckyb said...

That made me laugh right out loud - that was priceless!! Although I'm sure you didn't think so at the time!! God just allows those things to keep us humble!!! Our day wasn't nearly as exciting but we did get some photos - you'll have to stop by and see!

Michelle- This One's for the Girls said...

My 12 year old spilled an entire glass of coke in MY LAP this past Saturday while we were out eating Mexican. I yelled "Dad Gummit!" (Which I NEVER say-- and was embarrassed to have said it so loudly in a public place.)

Ah well, at least we stay humble. :)

Andrea said...

Classic, ok, just classic. I'm hoping I detect a little bit of joy in all of that!

Anonymous said...

I guess that was an Easter you will never forget! Thanks for the laugh although I am sorry it was at your expense!

Susanne said...

Well, not as exciting as yours it would seem! :v)

We can never get out the door on time and we're two less than you with no little ones.

You should have taken a photo anyway just to look back on it and laugh. Okay maybe not when you look at it this year, but maybe in a year or two you'll get a chuckle out of it.

Jill said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. As another mom of 5 I needed that. Oh, the days of only one and she looking perfectly polished all the time. Now I consider it a great accomplishment if we all end up at church on time with everyone's teeth brushed and hair combed.

Kimberly said...

Major LOL!
I had some "humble pie" as well. After spending time finding the perfect little dress for my 18 month old, she gets sick all over it on Easter morning...
Where are my priorities?

Beck said...

You know, I think that your youngest and my son might someday meet, fall in love and marry because he almost always is wearing at least one thing backwards and one notable Sunday, I noticed that he was wearing his ENTIRE OUTFIT BACKWARDS - shirt, pants, sweater - in church.

Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

I had to laugh out loud when reading this post because I can SO relate to it. Every time I think I have this parenting-of-two down, something happens to prove me otherwise. =) Thank you for keeping it real!

Code Yellow Mom said...

Hmmm. I think your Easter beats ours, although ours also includes the need for dry cleaning and we also had to postpone the picture taking...:)

The comment about you screaming is the most hilarious. Sorry. :)

Here's to a better Easter next year, huh?

Anonymous said...

I am the mother of ten all under the age of twelve. We have had three year olds go to church in slippers, rubber boots even bare feet! No not all the same 3 year year old, by the way. I know all too well the "people are going to think we have too many children to properly attire", so I enjoyed reading about your Sunday!

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

Oh, our Easter was good, but not as exciting as yours! I had a good belly laugh while reading this post - thank you! You give me hope - it's not all roses, is it? ;)

Aleah said...

Love the way you wrote about your fun day! ; )
Usually things like this happen to me when I go out alone (without husband) and I swear I'll never do it again. But of course I will.

Thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

LOL YES! This is lunch out with my 5 as well. (Add in one dd 6 year old who has trouble remembering that the food on the other tables isn't ours too.) Getting to church a) on time, b) dressed and combed, and c) shoes on the right feet (and no snow boots!) is a huge issue, and I'm so glad we aren't the only ones who struggle with it! Your words are inspiring and encouraging. It made me laugh, to think of our family from your point of view. :)