The "dress" rehearsal was first. I sort of didn't agree with the thought of a dress rehearsal for a first communion but with 140 kids, I can see why the church found it a good idea. And after all was said and done, I agree that it helped to maintain order and ease any fears that the kids may have had. Photos were allowed during rehearsal. Photos were not allowed during the actual first communion mass. There was a photographer at the rehearsal so most of the kids were in their first communion outfits. My kids were not because I am a photographer. Plus, I didn't want to have to worry about keeping three white dresses clean.
Emily did the first reading. Allie and Anna brought the gifts to the priest. I have to say that Emily is a freaking rock star when it comes to reading out loud. Her teacher has told me that Emily reads like an adult would and that she's never had a student read like that.
Last Sunday was a beautiful day and in typical New England fashion, 90 degrees. My quick dress alterations were perfect and we kept white dresses white and hair from falling apart. I found myself saying, repeatedly, "No jumping. No touching. No jumping. No touching."
After party burnout