This day started out so well and I boasted it on Twitter....guess I needed to be humbled, in Heavenly Father's opinion, because church was a nightmare!
Will had to work today. I got up and got our stew into the crock pot, set the bread maker, and got all 6 of us ready for church with 20 minutes to spare. MIRACLE!
We had 4 baby blessings in church today and that started the downfall...
Asia refused to sit quietly so I took her church bag away until after the sacrament. Still wouldn't sit quietly so I told her she is not getting it back. Starts to cry. I threaten that she won't get it back for next week either. She gives me a dirty look and huffs herself onto the bench.
Brinlee was sitting closest to the young childless couple that was lucky enough to get to sit with us this week and would NOT stopping talking (not whispering) to that poor gal (Rachel Denton).
Mariah was teasing Asia until they somehow ended with each other's shoes and Mariah hit Asia with hers.
Tatum was just flat out whiny. I was holding Roxelle and feeding her snacks. Tatum wanted to "ho-jeeee" (hold me) and so I gave Roxelle to Mariah so I could soothe Tatum. Brinlee starts whining that she never gets to hold Roxelle.
Roxelle fusses and throws herself against Mariah, so I tell Mariah to scoot down so Tatum can sit by me and I can take Roxelle. Mariah rolls her eyes and pouts, but does it. Tatum starts to freak out because she wants to "ho-jeeeeeeeeee".
And that was all during the baby blessings.
THEN, the sacrament starts. Asia has her feet on the back of the other bench and is clicking her heels on the hymn holder. I make Brinlee come to sit by me because she just won't stop talking, even though Rachel incessantly shushes her. Tatum starts to cry again because I am holding Roxelle. So I passed Roxelle to Rachel and put Tatum on my lap. She still won't stop crying. I popped her discretely on the bum which worked.
Just after the water part, Tatum starts with the whining about wanting "hahgum" (hot gum). So I reach to get it and she says "I no want tiny, I want huge". I tell her no that Mariah gets to have some too and there's only 1 piece. She's starts yelling "I want HUUUUGE" and crying, so I get up to take her out, even though the boys were not done passing yet. I took her in a corner and popped her on the bum again. I told her she needs to be quiet and that she cannot have a whole piece of gum and if she doesn't want a half then she gets none.
When the sacrament was over, I went back in to sit down and caught Asia leaning over the bench to retrieve her confiscated church bag. She looks guiltily up at me and says "hug?" as she hands me her bag back. I hissed at her to sit.down. and she starts to cry...LOUDLY, just as Mariah and Brinlee start tattling jibberish on each other to me and Tatum begins with the gum again.
THAT WAS IT!
I packed them all up and hurried them out of the chapel. I had Roxelle in her car seat over one arm and all the church bags and diaper bag over the other all the while pulling Tatum along by the front of her shirt AND we were sitting 3rd row from the front, so I could feel all eyes watching us. SO EMBARRASSING!
I sat them all on the same couch in the foyer, shoulder to shoulder and made them sit quietly, arms folded for the rest of the meeting. Even Roxelle sat contentedly in her car seat. Tatum kept telling me she wanted to go see "Aunty in nurshey".
I got a lot of "Are you okay's" and "Aww I feel for you's" after the meeting. So glad this day is almost over.