Christmas morning wasn’t quite as early as I expected. James and Amie were probably up around 7 am. Jeremy and I heard them playing in the dining room around 7:30 am, but they were being quiet and waiting for the other kids to wake up. By 8 am, Christine was awake and I had them put on Christmas music and see if the little kids were awake yet. They went up yelling, “Wake up, let’s see what’s in our stockings!” Noelle didn’t understand that stockings=presents so she didn’t want to get up at first until we asked if she wanted to open presents. After stockings, we had breakfast of monkey bread for everyone except James (because of his milk allergy) and he had crescent rolls which I’d put butter and cinnimon sugar on before rolling up. Directly after that, we unwrapped the presents which the church had given us and the ones the children got at the church’s shopping spree. We took a bit of a break after that to clear out the living room a bit, all those boxes and wrapping paper, and let Jeremy put the ham in the roaster to cook. The last presents we unwrapped were the ones we had gotten everyone (one present a piece, matching skirts for the girls and me, cowboy shirts for James and Jeremy) and the presents from my parents. I started boiling the sweet potatoes after that and we all got dressed and ready to go to Jeremy’s parents’ house. We wore the new skirts and the boys wore their new shirts. It was fun. We put the sweet potatoes, ham, pumpkin pies, and zebra bites into the van as well as children, of couse, and headed on down there. I finished up the sweet potatoes there and we finished fixing the food that Jeremy’s mom had started and then we ate. Yummy! I kept my eating down and didn’t stuff myself. The rest of the day was spent talking and watching the kids play. The guys (Jeremy, his brothers, and his dad) all went out to the room behind the garage and worked on putting the floor into Andrew’s room. They got that done and put up the closet pole. It is starting to look really good. He can start moving furniture in now. They still have a bamboo chair railing to put up around the room and a few other things, but it is almost done.
We didn’t get home until around 9:30 pm and had some very fussy children.
Yesterday, I spent doing a lot of cleaning in this house. I sure was glad it was trash day because I was afraid of it getting pulled apart by feral cats looking for food and then having a ton of wrapping to pick up again.Â I also took a nap in the afternoon. The younger kids were very fussy all day because of the long day beforehand and Noelle went to bed a bit earlier than normal.
There you go, you are now caught up on our life.