Although the morning was full of promise (since I woke up for good at 6AM and got breakfast ready shortly thereafter and laid out the boys' clothes--minus shoes), it all fell apart.
Here are just a few of the items we couldn't find in the half hour before needing to head out the door:
- baby's diaper cover to match her dress
- the hat I had crocheted for her, which would have matched her outfit perfectly
- matching shoes for our 3-year old
- one of my shoes (thanks to little boys who play in our closet)
- the next set of checks for the checkbook
The key to being prepared, and having a peaceful Sunday morning, really starts Saturday night.
Last week, for Lauren's baby dedication, I wanted to ensure a peaceful morning. So Saturday night was really geared toward a smooth Sunday morning, instead of our own leisure. I figured out what each of the boys was going to wear, and laid out their clothes--complete down to socks and shoes. I made sure anything that needed to be pressed was. I put the baby's dress, tights, and shoes together (except I forgot to find the hair ribbon the night before).
On Sunday morning, we got up and immediately started getting ready. Then, if there was extra time before church, the kids could play or do whatever they wanted once they were ready. This was so much more peaceful than procrastinating and then having to rush like mad...which in the end just makes everyone mad.
(Lauren has laid out a helpful list here as well: http://titus2moments.blogspot.com/2011/10/preparation-is-key-part-1.html)
What tips have helped you get out of the house peacefully?