WIWS - Family Style


 First with the boring stuff:


Pretending it's spring I pulled out my light pink collared shirt (Express but from a thrift store long ago), a cream v-neck sweater (Petite Sophisticate (is that store still around?) but a Christmas gift from like seven years ago), and every homeschool mom's sidekick, my trusted denim skirt (Gap but a hand me down from a friend).  This skirt has a crazy (slightly embarrassing) slit in both sides thing going on.  But it fits and it matches with things.  Same Land's End tights and grandma boots as last time...and pretty much every day this winter.  I should've curled my hair under.  

On to much cuter things:


"Should I do my Gosling face?"


The boys actually LOVE getting dressed up for Mass each week.  We've never done otherwise and they're still at the phase where they want to look like Papa and get excited to match each other.  (The first person who implies to them otherwise will feel my Mama wrath come down upon them.)


Outfit made complete by the thumb-sucking deterrent glove.  No MJ references, please and thank you :)


I used to like to have them "blend" (because I'm a nutcase) but lately as long as they don't clash and are dressed nicely, I'm happy.  Besides, David keeps insisting on wearing this outfit every weak because green is his favorite color.  (I am officially unable to get a good picture of this offspring.)  


Every Sunday I mean to get a picture of them in their adorable coats and hats what with all the calm and peaceful goings on of a Sunday morning getting four small children to Mass...  The bigger three coats were my stepfather's when he was little.  Aren't they great?  Michael and David totally look like Paddington Bear when they're shuffling into church.  Luke's is a wool Children's Place coat I scored for fifty cents at a garage sale.  The ill-fitting hats and mittens I knit last year for Christmas.

I'm super grateful that the boys have never even thought to fight dressing up for church.  I think it's important, especially for them, to have their "Sunday best" and know that Mass is a privilege and a very very special thing.  And I think it does in some small way help them to be on their best behavior.  Sort of like when my high school calculus teacher told us that she wanted us to dress up for an important exam the next day because studies had shown that students who dressed up for tests did better.  How we dress affects our attitude and disposition.

Because when my boys dress up, they are always, always on their 


most well-mannered...


poised...


completely obedient...


and very best behavior.

Happy Sunday!  
Click on over to the ladies at Fine Linen and Purple for the rest of the What I Wore Sunday posts!

14 comments

  1. You look absolutely classic, Mary, and all of your boys look so handsome. I appreciate the work it must have taken to get all those boys so spiffed up for church. The older people at mass must love admiring your family!

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    1. We can be quite the entertainment, I'll give you that :) We have some older people who told us they specifically sit behind us just for that reason!

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  2. Oh my gosh- your boys in their coats: so darling! And yes, your husband is clearly trying to WERK it.

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  3. Did he really ask if he should do his Gosling face? So funny!

    And your boys looked so handsome, and you so lovely.

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    1. Well, it sorta went like "you want ME in a picture? Aw, no I don't wanna do that...I couldn't...wait, should I do my Gosling face?" He has a bit of an internet reputation for his Gosling impersonation from his gift last Valentine's ;)

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  4. So handsome...the males, not you! You are pretty as usual :-)

    Maybe you should make your boys wear a uniform for homeschool? Or is that sort of the opposite of what homeschooling is all about?

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    1. I've TOTALLY thought of that!! I even looked into it a bit...not really uniforms but jeans and a few solid polos from which to choose to wear every day. It's never been important enough for the initial investment, though...and then they need a variety of clothes anyway for playing outside and different seasons. I would love to streamline their clothes more, though.

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  5. As always I love the pictures. Fvorite one is Luke hanging from the chandelier! Very well dressed little monkey.
    Grandma & Grumpy

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  6. Your boys are SO gorgeous. Nothin' better than a mama and her sons. In my humble opinion!

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  7. Oh gosh, that last picture is so adorable!

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  8. You and all your boys are absolutely glowing. Love this!

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  9. First - your outfit is not boring at all. It's classic white shirt and denim...perfect for a Mama of four sweet boys.

    Second - LOVE the photo of your boys with their dress coats on. OH MY...such handsome little men!! Thanks for sharing them.

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  10. I am dying over the coats on the three oldest boys. What a blessing! Those are sooo hard to find. And, again, I'm just really taken with the brightness of your home. It's very Like Mother, Like Daughter. I feel like your outfit is similar to your home's styling. Something comfortable and darker (like your floors and antiques) with the crisp whiteness up top (like your walls and drapes). Just an observation.

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    1. A good one! I have a very hard time straying from solid colors! It's the crazy indecisiveness I have. Or maybe a subconscious attempt at camouflage ;)

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