Flylady and Preparing for a Big Day at Church

Yesterday was an activity-filled day. First, we had the children’s Christmas program at church. This meant that we had to arrive at church 1-1/2 hours earlier than usual, festively dressed, with my piano music (because I had my copies marked with changes). After the children’s program, we had a brunch. This meant that we had to bring a tray of fruit, when we arrived at church 1-1/2 hours earlier than usual, festively dressed, with my piano music. Then, Amelia, Clara, Jacob, Tim and Margaret were all playing special music during the regular service. This meant that we had to have three violins, a viola, a cello, their music and four music stands delivered to the church when we arrived 1-1/2 hours earlier than usual, festively dressed, with my piano music and the tray of fruit.

After church, we had a potluck. This meant that we had to have a potato dish prepared when we arrived at church 1-1/2 hours earlier than usual, festively dressed, with my piano music and the tray of fruit and three violins, a viola, a cello, their music and four music stands. After church, because we were going to be attending another church event later in the afternoon and we didn’t want to drive all the way home and back, we decided to take advantage of the free matinee at the movie theater. This meant that we needed to bring changes of clothing for all of the little girls who were wearing the exceptionally festive outfits for the children’s program when we arrived at church 1-1/2 hours earlier than usual, festively dressed, with my piano music and the tray of fruit and three violins, a viola, a cello, their music and four music stands and a potato dish.

After the movie, we were going caroling with our church family and then coming back to the church for a soup supper. This meant that we needed to bring a crock pot full of soup when we arrived at church 1-1/2 hours earlier than usual, festively dressed, with my piano music and the tray of fruit and three violins, a viola, a cello, their music and four music stands and a potato dish and changes of clothing for the little girls. Are you singing along, yet?

Well, a preparation of this magnitude definitely called for some Flylady skills. So, Saturday afternoon, before we went to the Slagles’ house for some Family Fun, we got out all of the festive clothing, down to the tights and shoes, picked out the changes of clothing, gathered the music into one easily located pile, decided what was going on the fruit tray and loaded the instruments and stands into a vehicle that was headed to town so the instruments could be stored overnight at Levi’s house.

On Sunday morning, the only hitches were that the little girls had to shower since we got home late-ish on Saturday night, which kind of pushed our getting out the door right on time, plus Margaret’s music ended up separated from the rest of the music and Stephen volunteered to go all the way out to our house during the brunch to try to locate it, when the whole time it was in the van. But, overall, it was an amazing feat. The kids were cooperative about preparing their clothing ahead of time, I could enjoy being at the Slagle’s without anticipating having to come home and scramble, or, worse, yet, going to bed anticipating having to get up early enough to pull everything together.

Yep, I’ve been thoroughly Flywashed. Hurrah!

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