I know this is a little shameful to admit among the Catholic mom blog community, but we have rarely gone to Mass all together as a family for quite a while now. Not just because we are lazy. We do have some good excuses - my health issues during my third trimester and a nearly constant rotation of illness among the family during this entire flu season means we've been tag teaming a lot and if the kids come we usually go to the parish with the nursery. Let's face it - that's a lot of children for one person.
This Sunday, everyone was finally healthy and we packed up the kids and carted them all to church sans nursery. I was a little nervous, since I wasn't sure how they would behave after such a long absence But it went perfectly!! The girls just sat quietly in the pew with their hands folded listening intently the entire Mass! Emeric just slept like a little angel in my arms!
In fact, I just thought I'd give you a little list of things that definitely DID NOT happen during Mass.
-When a rather large man walked down the aisle past us, Ava did not point and yell "DADDY, THAT MAN IS REALLY BIG!!"
-When the light shone through the stained glass windows and appeared on the wall, Ava did not scream "UNCLE GEORGE!! LOOK!! COLORS!!!"
-The girls did not hold hands and swing them around singing "LA LALA LALA LALA LALAAAAA"
-The girls did not repeatedly yawn in the most loud and exaggerated way during the homily.
-I did not have to whisper to Clare to encourage her to sing along while we were waiting to get in line for Communion in order to distract her from shoving both fingers up her nose and snorting loudly. And she did not start singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" at the top of her lungs in response to my request.
-When the priest placed the Host on my tongue, Clare didn't try to grab the paten and repeatedly yell "CAN I HAVE SOME?!" while I dragged her away
-When everyone sat back down after Communion, Ava did not yell "TIME TO GO!!!!!"
-And lastly, Stephen did not tell Ava that the ushers standing in the back were watching for naughty children to take them out of Mass. Because I'm pretty sure that lying in church is an order of magnitude worse than a regular lie.
Nope, none of those things happened, because that would have been really embarrassing, and our kids are perfect.
I might be in denial.