When the sacrament music started, and there were 3 empty priesthood seats which could/should have been filled by my 3 boys at home, I felt pretty regretful and thought I had made the wrong decision in leaving them. Wesley turned and looked over at me like he felt sad and guilty too. Then, exceeding my expectations, Corey, Joseph, Mel and Hyrum all walked in at 9:05. Hyrum's hair was a little disheveled, Mel's hair was in a bun, Corey and Joseph looked a little bit like they'd just woken up, but I was impressed that they could get to church so fast. (...which, unfortunately, is one reason why they don't/won't get up when I tell them to, they'd rather get a few more minutes of rest and then hustle out.) I knew Ethan takes longer, he needs at least a half hour to put in his contacts and feel properly presentable. But still pretty good for a bunch of slackers! Corey drove home to get Ethan around 9:30.
After we got home at noon we talked about what happened. Corey said "I didn't expect you to leave us, you've never done that before!" Yeah, I'm tired of it, I'm not doing it anymore. You are all big enough and should be responsible enough, I'm done. I quit! If staying up late on Saturday night is more important to y'all then getting to church on time, that's your choice. If wearing contacts instead of quickly putting on glasses is more important to Eth than getting to church on time, whatever. I am tired of nagging, you guys do what you want. "Oh no" Corey said. "I've pushed you too far, I've abused my privileges and now I broke you!" No, I'm just feeling feisty. Everything is fine, I was just fed up. And despite my current mood, I'm sure that I'll be getting up at 5:30 yet again tomorrow to wake up kids and make oatmeal even though in my heart I don't want to. This house would fall apart without me. Today I kinda resent it.
So that was this morning. Tonight we went to Temple Square to see the lights tonight. It was a perfect opportunity, because Joseph was singing with the Concert choir and Madrigals at the Assembly Hall there. Joseph got a ride down with friends who picked him up from Corey's parents' house, where we had all gone to celebrate the December birthdays. Joseph left at 4:30, the concert started at 5:30. We made the mistake of not leaving the inlaws house until 5. At home we had loaded up the car with the double stroller and blankets and I grabbed hats and a box of gloves. I was glad there wasn't snow but I knew we should prepared for cold. After parking the cars at the Conference Center, we tried or best to cross the street without losing anyone. We kept counting kids as we hustled to the assembly hall. It is a very rare occasion that we all go out in public together. Corey gave me a few wide eyed expressions of "this is nuts" and made me laugh when he kissed me on the cheek and said "...If I were ever to have a dozen children, I'd have them with you." Then watching the clock he said "Come on kids! If we hurry we might get there right when it ends." We made it into the Assembly hall, up the stairs to the balcony, and the 12 of us probably making a scene as we entered... we sat down, listened to a verse of Silent Night ~ and Daniel started to squirm and fuss. And then it ended.
Joseph knows how it is trying to get all of us out for Christmas concerts. He showed off Daniel and Natalie to his friends, he's in the red coat holding Daniel ~
Light the World vending machines. Unfortunately the building was locked, so we could only peek at them through the window. I think it is such a great idea, I hope they put them in every state and all year long, not just at Christmas. I love the Church.