Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Another Christmas has come and gone and the Fontenot family was very blessed and fortunate this year. We had a fabulous holiday together, with no tears from Mommy at the prospect of Drew not being at home next year, perhaps because Drew announced his intention of returning home for the holidays next December! I am aware this may not happen though....my mom's house is a pretty fun place to spend Christmas as well! We had a great time on Christmas Eve, although, we unintentionally moved away from our habit of NOT going anywhere that day and just staying home together. This year, Drew had to be shuttled to and from work, we ended up needing to make two trips to Walmart,and Manny was back and forth to his girlfriend's house, so the day did have an unfortunate fragmented feel that I hope we won't have next time, but it was still a wonderful day. We did all of our usual things, our Secret Santa exchange, watched A Christmas Story and left our reindeer food and cookies for Santa. Daddy read Twas' the Night Before Christmas and Mommy told the story of Jesus' birth. Just before bed, we checked the Norad Santa tracker and discovered that he was on the East Coast, so our kids eagerly (for once) scrambled upstairs to bed, with no protesting or stalling! When everyone woke up in the morning, we discovered Alexandria had gotten sick in the night and had thrown up all over herself and poor Mia, so we needed to take showers quickly before coming downstairs to see what goodies Santa had left for everyone. Luckily, Alexandria felt much better and so we all trooped down the stairs and Christmas morning chaos began! We opened gifts, tearing off wrapping paper and pulling apart boxes until the last gift had been opened, then Albert and I relaxed on the couch while the little ones played with their new gifts, one of the rare mornings of the year where everyone plays cooperatively with no fighting and no whining. We soaked that in! Yesterday was Manny's 16th birthday, which I was sad to note, we did not get to spend with him because of his insanely busy social calendar. He had a basketball tournament to attend (he helps with the stats for the team)and was gone all day. We did get to briefly give him one of his gifts (a punching bag and boxing gloves) and hastily blow on candles on a candy cane pie since he isn't a fan of traditional birthday cake. That night we saw he and his girlfriend Aylissa before they went off to watch television and again late at night for a couple hours. Can't wait until we all have a day off together in the upcoming week to really celebrate with him. Today, I took down the tree and put up the decorations. We are all ready for New Years. We enjoyed our three days together and now its time for Daddy to get back to work and life to resume in its normal way. Here are a few pics of our Christmas. I hope everyone is blog land had a wonderful holiday as well.