For the most part, the stuff we could control went very well. We decided to keep the kids home from daycare to save some money. We realized that was a mistake because it is hard to get anything done when they are in their mommy or daddy-centric mode. We couldn't correct that decision but could re-frame our expectations in that we weren't going to complete all our bold re-organization and purging projects, but whatever we did manage to accomplish would be better than we were before yay that.
There were some wins for sure. I found a party pizza package that managed to feed everyone (with 1 extra pizza for leftovers) that only cost about a hundred bucks (before tax and tip of course).
The baptism was a lot more trouble than it should have been. We decided to do it at the same church where we got married and they made us jump through some unexpected hoops. To be clear, any church would have made us jump through the same hoops or even more. But we got tied to this church and ran out of time to find another one. Well, at least it is over.
We had to sit through a Polish Mass. I get that the church is doubling down on its dogma and requiring members to actually show up outside of Easter and Christmas. But to make small children sit through a mass they aren't capable of understanding yet is just cruel and unusual punishment. 1-year-olds get fussy and want to walk around. It is very hard to keep them contained for an hour. Nothing is served by making them be in God's house because God's presence is everywhere.