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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Holiday – Day 6: Xmas Eve and the Scramble to Glitter this Place

I have the two youngest kids in the house, and with a full day in the car yesterday they needed to be free. So I opted to stay at home today with my tiny humans while the rest of the troops went off and did the things that needed to be done. Some ran off to hunt down a tree. With it being Christmas eve there were slim pickings. In fact there were only two full trees left. At least the rain let up for the hour it took them to bring the tree home. And you know what, after we set up, I kinda fell in love with our little broke down Charlie brown tree. My husband and our little boy put on the pretty blue lights that my sister in law had brought, and tonight I was hoping to work on a little project… if I could muscle up the energy.).

The rest of the troops went out for some last minute shopping. I was so GREATFUL that I had finished my shopping and wrapped everything before I left LA. As hard as that was to accomplish, it made today SO MUCH EASIER.

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Everyone came home at various times and then we all scrambled to get ready for church. All 14 of us were going to the Painters church for Christmas Eve service… in the rain. I miss church. I miss the joy of being in an amazing service. They had more than a little glitz and glamor than I am used too but I enjoyed spending the evening at church with our family.

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We came home to our typical Christmas eve dinner, a spread of yummy finger foods, cheeses, crackers, bread, dips, veggies and homemade Christmas cookies. With 6 kids and 8 adults it was busy and loud and fun and wine drinking deliciousness. I cannot wait until we eventually live closer to family. I miss it. I miss the mass chaos and the ties of being with people in your tribe.

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After we ate our family practiced the same tradition we do every Christmas eve, we gave the kids their xmas eve gifts, Christmas pajamas to wear that night for the following Christmas day. With my brother in law being another amateur photographer in the family we actually got some good photos. The last one I just FRIGGIN ADORE!

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I have to manage my expectations with what I am able to accomplish right now, which is totally hard. At no other time in my life have I ever been this tired, so tired that I cannot make myself do the things that I want to accomplish. Like making gingerbread houses, which I love to do with the kids during Christmas but I had to scrap. Or getting to my to do lists. Or a billion other things that I want to do but just HAVE such a hard time with. Have I mentioned lately how tired I have been (I think it is the new motto for my life right now). But with two toddlers I have had to shift what is possible right at this moment.

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Brining it back to the house and this tree that is just naked. Sure it has lights but it needed more. And so after I got my kids to sleep, while the rest of the adults wrapped gifts that they purchased that day some of the kids and I sat down to make snowflakes. Yup, white paper, scissors, good ole fashioned snowflakes. Grandma and grandpa supervised- slash – slept. And yes we needed many many many of them to make the tree complete. I have to say that we were all super excited by the time we were done. The tree looked so much better.

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Finally at 12:45 in the morning everyone was done wrapping. The little ones were in bed and we got to stuff the stockings and decorate under the tree with all the gifts. Adulting can be hard to do, but this right here is one of the highlights. I love love love Christmas.

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