26 June 2011

Ugly duck

I wish I weren't the only female who shows up at church (any church) with a procession of adequately fed and clothed kids instead of a carefully executed wardrobe, hair, nails, and makeup job.

Just look at the kids, OK?

20 comments:

Reb. Mary said...

I had this angst just this morning, and the only "careful execution" I was trying to achieve was a proper French braid, which was eluding me because I had to keep dropping strands to deal with other issues. Seemed like that shouldn't be asking too much. :P

HappyFox said...

We'll move to IL after Steve gets out of the Army. Then there can be two processions.

Bonnie

The Mama said...

I apply makeup in the car in the parking lot. Or at stop lights.

That's the closest to carefully executed I get.

Untamed Shrew said...

I put in extra effort at Christmas, Easter, and Ascension. And I try to remember red for Pentecost and Reformation. Beyond that, I just want them clean. Even this has me looking like Frump Girl.

Delawaremamma said...

With (only) two boys to get ready we're still pretty good at the careful execution and the picking of matching clothes.. However, our family is currently growing and I fear my days of Sunday morning mayhem will soon be upon me.

Gauntlets said...

My children are the only fine accessories I've got going for me, too. But I found that a good and wide headband solved a lot of my Sunday morning hair issues. If only something could solve my Sunday morning post-baby paunch issues ...

Mrs Gregory said...

You would feel better about yourself if you had seen my child's hair yesterday.

Heather Best said...

Being a little afraid of being both a mother of many AND the dreaded 'letting myself go', I try to organize things so that I will feel presentable in public. It doesn't always work. Thankfully my husband loves to cook and so while he is feeding the masses, I have a little time for hair and make-up. My nails will never be pretty though since I still bite them. :(

Elizabeth said...

I just thank God that I've never had the desire to do my nails or make-up. Now if I could just be happy with my hair and wardrobe...but most people notice the adorable little girl I'm carrying who is wearing that cute pink dress from Grandma instead of looking at me, so that helps a lot too. Plus, I know that little girl adores me and doesn't care if my hair is in place or not, so that helps.

The Mama said...

Gauntlets- a strong pair of shaping undergarments goes a lot way with smoothing everything.

;)

Leah said...

Ha! I love Sunday mornings... my child generally cries the whole time I'm getting ready, so it's a miracle I ever match (at least, I hope I match...). And, he doesn't allow me to wear my hair down, and since anything but a pony tail requires more effort (and swearing), I usually stick with that, brightly-colored hair tie and all.

Melrose said...

Shaping undergarments?! lol! I think maybe we all need a quick revisit to this wonderful post that I think of often:
http://concordiansisters.blogspot.com/2009/10/weight-up.html

We all have our tactics for trying to remain feminine and beautiful for our husbands, but for now I'll settle for my hair scarf (www.garlandsofgrace.com) and three little boys that I TRY to keep clean at least until we get into the building! :)

The Mama said...

Ah, Melrose, you know me- I always speak best with a foot firmly planted in my mouth. I will admit that I am not above resorting to said undergarments with certain outfits.

And yes, I did just publically admit that!

Joy said...

No nails to speak of (ever in my life except for the two months before my wedding..they grew out nicely for pictures!), haven't bought makeup in years, the only haircare products I own are shampoo, comb, brush and hairdryer (because it's good for inflating air matresses). I only ask that my kids' clothes not clash too badly...so no, son, you can't wear your brown striped long sleeves under your blue checked shortsleeves. And yet, even with such bottom of the barrel standards, we are usually dashing across the road as the church bells are ringing.
Don't worry, I will find a mentor for my daughter if (when...*sigh*) she turns out girly.

Leah said...

I guess it takes all types. I always do my hair and makeup for church. (I try to do it most other days of the week too, but it doesn't always happen.) I paint my toenails in summer, but I do too many dishes to ever do anything with my fingernails.
I don't know, maybe feeling pretty gives a little lift to my day and keeps me from getting into a "haggard housewife" mindset. But hey, that's just me. I almost didn't post because on this one, I guess I'm the odd one out. Oh well.

Rebekah said...

Leah, everybody here would rather have a big dinner and a clean house to come home to after church than a conventionally groomed mom . . . and realistically, all the grooming in the world wouldn't help me that much. We don't hate you because you're beautiful. :D

Leah said...

Hey, it takes some work to get me this beautiful (cough)! :D
But I'm with you on the big dinner and clean house thing too. Having older kids does make a big difference in what we can accomplish on a Sunday morning, or any morning for that matter. They are such good little helpers. :)

jeni said...

Joy, dibs on mentoring your daughter if she turns out girly. :)

I've been doing hair and makeup every. single. day. since I was 12! That's a crazy long time, so my hope is that all that practice-makes-perfect-ness will come in handy when the kiddos start showing up in this house. At this point, 15 minutes is all it takes -- do you think I can make it work or am I dreaming? Eee!

Joy said...

You've got the job, Jeni! You should probably start soon because she insists on wearing green flip flops, a pink raincoat, and a stained cupcake t shirt every day!
And I think you are right...your practice makes perfect should pay off! I'd work on doing it all with one hand though ;)

ζωὴν περισσὸν said...

I realize I'm late to this, but I don't consider *my* smoothing undergarments to be vanity, just practical. I mean, short of wearing maternity clothes all the time, I do like to fit into my clothes and I don't want to be inconsiderate to those who have to view me, hence I'd rather smooth out the bulges...

And while I don't wear contact lenses, makeup and "fix" my hair all the time, I do it enough that it helps me feel together without being a slave to it. Sometimes I do it when I know I'm not going anywhere, just because I know my husband will be seeing me and appreciates it.

And in case you're wondering about him, he gives me compliments when I'm in my grubbies with hair unwashed and glasses on, too. ;o) Which makes it all the more fun to please him by putting myself together, because I know he's attracted to me no matter what I look like.