Well, apparently Cecilia wanted to make up for being sent to her room right after Mass because she decided to be ALLLL the cute in these pictures, so I couldn't pick just one... Just look at that kid! Given the fact that her normal pose is a sullen glare, these are pretty brilliant:
They did NOT wear those clothes to Mass, they got changed as soon as we got home because that way we normally don't have to wash their Mass clothes...
|John Paul pressed the button, which always results in over-exposure because his hand ends up in front of the lens and confuses it...|
Dress: Easter dress from Shabby Apple (you've seen it before...)
Scandalously low neckline: c/o two babies who just finished nursing and a mom without enough sense to pull up her tank top in order to spare you from her whitewashed sternum. Don't worry, I wore a scarf AND a baby throughout Mass so I wasn't sporting any cleavage in church. Because I know you're judging...
Shoes: Falling apart at the toes and I'm maybe considering super-gluing them solely because they're not too ugly and they're comfortable?
We had kind of the perfect storm during Mass today - John Paul was pretty good, but Cecilia was her usual self and on top of THAT, both babies decided to be preeeeeetty much as loud as possible, so one of us was always out of the pew pacing, which meant Cecilia wanted to be with me whenever I was pacing, which meant she thought she could just leave the pew whenever... So as of this moment I'm planning on leaving her at home with napping babies and Dad next week and I'll take John Paul alone and actually give him (and Jesus) the attention he deserves. We'll see if no pretty dress makes her willing to behave a little better...
Mass grades, in case you were wondering/want to feel better about your kids:
John Paul: B+. Points deducted for sticking out his hand to try and convince the EM that he needed Communion, most points deducted for initiating the "mail slot" game, in which he and Cecilia collected all the pew cards and started dropping them down the slit between the pew & the hymnal holder (the one moment when Andrew and I were both pacing with babies. SERIOUSLY FOLKS, WOULD IT KILL YOU TO LEAVE ONE BACK PEW OPEN FOR THOSE OF US WITH A TRILLION SMALL CHILDREN???).
Cecilia: C-. Points deducted for needing to be taken out, loudly yelling that John Paul was kicking her when he wasn't, and the same old Cecilia antics as usual. She actually did really well at the beginning and I thought that maybe switching things up and sitting in the balcony area might have inspired some good behavior! Nope.
|Way to find awesome lighting, Mom...|
Elizabeth: C. Fussy, needing to be walked, made several of her loud screechy eardrum-piercing shrieks at key quiet moments.
|This dress may be a liiiittle big...|
Mary Claire: C-. Fussy, needing to be walked, babbling loudly because you know, "Aaa... Aaaa... Babababababa dadadadadadada aGAAAAH!", blew loud raspberries, and bit me HARD when I tried to nurse her.
But I suppose I should give her bonus points because the poor thing looked like she was dressed like a "little fella" this morning... So I'll bump her up to a C.
|John Paul always wanted a brother!|
Anyway, Happy Father's Day to the man who can rock a bow tie like no other:
|Some WIWS skepticism for you...|