Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What a Mother's Day!!!

I wish I had some great pictures to put with this post but I do not, so you get to read about my crazy day instead. I had the privilege of speaking in our ward on Mother's day. You might think that is sad for me, but it was a pleasure. I was able to really focus during the week on many of the things I treasure about Motherhood and women in general. It was a great week, and I enjoyed preparing for it.

Well, then Sunday comes. Kris had to go to the hospital to do rounds in the morning so I was on my own getting the kids ready. This is not unusual, but it was Mother's day and a little help would have been great. Anyway we got to church--early I might add. Kris came in at some point after the meeting started wish was good. I went up to the front so I could have a moment to gather my thoughts before I spoke. After the first speaker all the primary kids came up to the front to sing a cute song. I moved to the front row so I could see their faces instead of their backs and it is a good thing I did. When Joshua went up to the front instead of walking around the side and walk up the stairs he decided to try to "spiderman" it up and over the front of the wall. I quickly grabbed him and ushered him the right way around. The song was darling as always. I thought that Joshua's spiderman was going to be the embarrassing moment of my day, little did I know it was just beginning.

I stood up to speak and as I was only a few minutes into it I looked over to my family and Gabriella is on a sprint to the front. I am thinking surely Kris will grab her before she gets to me, but he isn't moving too quickly. She makes it up the stairs and finds a little stool to join me at the microphone. Kris finally gets her and hauls her off crying to get her diaper changed. That leaves the older 3 kids sitting by themselves. Veronica had offered to help me with them if Kris was not able to get to church on time and so she was there to help them. It is a good thing too. Joshua managed to get Kris' iphone and turn on the music or volume or something. Whatever it was it started playing loudly. As she and Mindy (another nearby helper) tried to get the phone off, Joshua thought it was the perfect opportunity to join me at the microphone. He bounded up to the front and I told him to sit on a chair. As you can imagine I am pretty distracted at this point and pretty much lose my focus. After about 30 seconds of sitting in a chair by me Joshua is bored and started climbing around. Summer (yet another helper) came up and took him away. I was somewhat able to finish my talk and sit down before any other children came to visit me.

Needless to say, I am sure I will not be asked to speak again any time soon.

Luckily, Mother's day only got better from there. I love that my kids love to spoil me on Mother's day and I am so grateful to be their Mom!

9 comments:

Doug, Katie, Britton, Hayden, Boston Anderson said...

That is SOOO funny!! And so frustrating. It's a good thing you have more patience in your little finger than I do in my whole body! Love ya lots!

Mike'n'Amy said...

Jamie! I often feel like we're more like the circus coming to town than the well-behaved family on the second pew that I remember growing up. :) Gotta love it...like the time one of mine asked Grandma very loudly about her underwire during a quiet minute. Or the time one froze at the pulpit, put his head down, and did the COME HERE sign until Mike made it up there. Or the time...you get the picture. You are DEFINITELY NOT alone!

Donahue Family said...

I loved your post and no need for pictures! lol. I witnessed the whole thing!!! GOOD TIMES!
Your talk was great and all the little things that happend during it made it all the more better!
If I'm ever asked to give a talk at church can I borrow your kids? Thanks. lol

Aimee said...

This story will go down in your family's history of great memories. I personally think the experience exemplifies true motherhood: unpredictable, crazy, funny, lovable, and laughable. Some might say things didn't go as perfectly planned, but I say it perfectly depicted the typical family.

Estelle said...

That is HILARIOUS and I'm sorry I missed it. Who says church is boring? I still remember your husband's talk about the cockroach sticking to you - I know from first-hand experience that cockroaches are horrid creatures, but that story! - oh my GOSH - do you laugh about it now? I need to be notified when the Wests are speaking so I don't miss any more good times!

Carolyn said...

LOL!!! Aren't kids great! I'm sure you did a great job in spite of all the little problems and I'm glad the rest of your day went better.

You'll have to tell me the cockroach story one of these days...

mom with a camera said...

Jamie!
what a story! i don't know how you were able to finish, but I'm sure you did a great job and everyone was very entertained!!

Mal and Tom said...

Jamie I love your family! I only wish we could have spent more time together when you came to visit. The kids were adorable! I love moments like that, Those are the ones you will treasure.

Lewis Family said...

Oh Jamie!!!! I had a similar experience recently. Only I wasn't speaking... thank goodness. I had to haul Isaac out of the chapel by one arm (because I had Bella in the other) and he was hanging on to the pew in front of us. Meanwhile the twins were trying to pry his hands off. Oh the joys. Thanks for sharing and making me feel like I'm not alone!