The Sandal Game in My Sunday Best

Mass was kind of a wash for me today. I really don’t remember too much of it today.

Why, you ask?

Because I spent the majority of the time fighting with Little Miss to keep her shoes on. You see, she got new sandals yesterday, and while they fit around her ankle much better than previous sandals (given the never-ending Velcro strap), they also annoy her (given the never-ending Velcro strap). So, she and I fought the entire Mass… she would rip the feet portion off, I would place it firmly back on. She would rip the ankle strap off, I would place it back on. It was a game…

…all through Mass.

The offending sandals. Which are adorable, and were on sale at Toys R Us for BOGO for 50% off.

To add to the Sandal Game, we were seated in the middle of the rows today – not up at the front where we usually sit. We were surrounded by children, which was actually quite nice, sitting among other young families. When not obsessing over her sandals, Little Miss was enthralled with “Baby!” behind us – a 10 month old little guy. Or, she was busy trying to befriend the other toddler sharing our pew.

Aside from the occasional Velcro rip, she was thankfully quiet while engaging in toddler antics!

My husband’s Mass takeaway today was all about Esther and the party she had, since he spent Mass reading our children’s Bible to our son. For more on my Mass Takeaway (about humility), click My Sunday Best picture directly below to move over to my Instagram post.


Thankfully, our son was willing to partially participate today – meaning, he prayed, “Lord, hear our prayer,” during the Intercessory Prayer. The rest of the time, his legs were too tired to hold him up, so he spent time sitting and lounging over the pew. Because he’s four.

And, the only thing I could think of was, “At least you’re being quiet today!”

Finally, I’m linking up with Rosie’s My Sunday Best over at A Blog for My Mom. Don’t miss out on her take on “The Sacred Unveiled,” and read more from other bloggers as they discuss their Sunday Best, or their Mass Takeaway messages.

The above picture was taken by my son. As I stood there, poised and posed, he began counting, “3, 4, 5,” until I realized he was taking multiple pictures – one after the other. So, he caught me as I began chasing him down, as he giggled the entire time and continued to snap pictures. Because this following picture made me smile, I’ve decided to discuss my outfit on this picture!

Dress: Tommy Bahama – shopped my closet for an Aloha dress which is 4.5 years old; shoes – discussed and worn every Sunday since being purchased two months ago.

How would you rate your Mass experience this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

16 thoughts on “The Sandal Game in My Sunday Best

  1. That picture of you is adorable. And I have so been there with the shoes!

    I spent most of mass worrying and trying to pray. Ready for this week to be over already.

  2. I have watched baby shoes drop from the balcony at 1st UMC, accompanied by chuckles from the congregation. I have a feeling removing shoes is a common if parentally aggravating pastime.

    1. Haha!! Thankfully, that is not possible here, since there are no upper levels. But, I wouldn’t put it past my girl and her arm if it were… ๐Ÿค”

  3. Mary Claire decided her feet were hot and she needed to take her shoes off… Thankfully the Velcro wasn’t too loud! We really did have parallel Mass experiences this week ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Mass with young kids. Oh, my, that brings back memories. Good ones, now that many years have passed. At the time? – – – Looking back, I see them as opportunities for learning patience. Lots of opportunities. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh Anni, i love this post! It brings back such memories of 3 little boys and church attendance. Lots of smiles at our church this morning as a young couple had their third son baptized. The little brothers were also up front to witness and the 2 year old did more bouncing around, climbing the steps, scratching where you aren’t supposed to scratch in public and generally being a two year old. When the pastor baptized the baby the two big brothers were watching with great attention.

    1. That is always such a beautiful sacrament to witness!! And, it’s always made a little more special when we (as adults) get to watch the littleness and innocence of “older” siblings! So happy to hear another “young” family has welcomed their baby into the church!

  6. Ha! I’d call that dress Hawaii chic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Our almost 2 year old spent Mass barefoot, so you’re not alone in the shoe battle.

  7. This whole post is making me smile! I usually just give up the fight, and my 2 yo goes barefoot during Mass. But I HATE when my son (5yo) flops around, so I fight that battle. lol. I love the photo of you chasing your son! He’s so brave, to keep snapping photos while you’re coming after him haha!

    1. Haha! Glad you enjoyed this post! ๐Ÿ˜Š

      And, I usually don’t care about the shoes, except at church during Mass or running around the chapel.

  8. Love the picture at the end. Kids will keep us busy in Mass. My son acted like someone gave him a pixie stix before Mass. Sheesh. The most important thing is that we are they trying to participate. I bet God gets a good laugh watching us parents trying to wrangle our kids during Mass.

    1. Haha, right?! I actually wrote shortly around Easter (I think?) about how the important part is the Eucharist – everything else is icing on the cake. Because some Sundays, that’s the best I can muster… attention for the Eucharist! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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