Sunday, January 07, 2007

Whee

I have had the best Sunday ever! Well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but it was pretty dang good. After an entire year of going to church when my kids should be napping the change to the 9-12 schedule was very welcome.

The biggest drawback to the new schedule presented it's self when I got up in the morning. My husband after a long discussion of our wake up time in the morning had not actually set his alarm. Luckily the kids got up early enough that we were not running around like madmen trying to get to church on time. Actually, not having to be up at a specific time is something that I see as a perk of being a stay at home mother. It is a bit annoying to have to be up every week at the same time. Waa I am such a whiner, I know.

Evan was thrown off by the new order to the meetings. He is used to coming in and going straight to nursery for two hours of playing. He started crying when we went right to the chapel for Sacrament meeting. He was inconsolable until I pulled the yogurt raisins from the diaper bag. We continued to stuff the kids with snacks and actually were able to sit through the entire meeting with minimal disturbances. Even did let out a loud "uh oh" right before the sacrament prayer. It was all I could do to not laugh out loud. I could see the people in front of us trying to hold in laughter too.

Nursery was lovely! I did not have to clean up after the ward that met before us since we are first now. I also did not have to worry as much about sobbing cranky toddlers. Towards the end the kids were getting tired but it was not the normal over tiredness that I had been dealing with in the past.

The best part was coming home at a decent time. We were able to have a nice lunch and then everyone (except for my non nap taker husband) took a lovely Sunday afternoon nap. We are now all happily playing and relaxing before the start of dinner. I think next year we will just start going to the other ward when they have our lovely morning church time because I love it that much.

7 comments:

Vicky said...

Kids routines matter so much - we actually stopped going to church in Japan when my eldest was born and it turned out that mothers here are expected to sit in another room with their babies and toddlers. I didn't see the point of staying in an empty room by myself for half a day of the two days my husband got to spend with us, and we left. Of course, spiritually, it was the slippery slope....

I remember being in my home church in England, and the service that day was just going on and on and on. Finally the pastor got to the closing prayer, and as he finished, in the little pause at the end, some toddler wailed so loud that the whole church heard "Can we go HOOOOME now???" and everyone laughed because it was what 90% of us had secrectly been feeling!

GoofyJ said...

Yay for early church! We just switched to the early time too. :) I am so glad our ward has always started with sacrament meeting first. For me it sets the spirit and tone for all of church. I have visited wards where it is last, and it always has felt so foreign to me.

Amber said...

What a lovely, inspirational post! I'm excited for our new time: 9 a.m. 1 p.m. was about killing us because it was smack during Haddie's nap. Let the lack of tantrums begin!

Mel said...

I'm on the other end. We had to switch from 9:30 with Sac mtg first to 1:00 with Sac Mtg last. Personally, I like the morning time better as well!

Pendullum said...

I love it when everything falls into place...
and good on you to sit back and post about it....
Glad you had a very happy relaxed Sunday!

chellie said...

Very cool.
Our church used to be at 8 AM. Which is a little too early for my family :-) I was always waking up the boys and they were tired by the end.
Now it's at 10 and it works great... Sounds like yours it great too!

Anne/kq said...

We actually love our new later church time (our kids are used to sleeping/napping in the morning.) 1 o'clock would be even better, but we never get to go at 1. *sigh*

Anyway, different kids do better at different times, I guess, but I'm glad the new schedule is nice for you!