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Ready for Normal!!!

Our scholars have been out of school since the end of the school day on the 17th of this month.  It is AMAZING what being out of a routine can do!  They finally got into a "new normal" routine. (Although they have a hard time sleeping in!)  

Christmas was wonderful!  We spent Christmas Eve with the almost entire Chilson Clan.  Our oldest son and his family were over on the twenty-third.  Our oldest daughter flew in from Fort Bragg, North Carolina early on Christmas  Eve.  This time she decided not to jump but wait for the plane to land!  She is Army Airborne!  Everyone visited while I finished up preparing lunch.  We had turkey, ham that we made into sandwiches, and the usual sides.

Two of the older boys went together and bought their siblings a BIG gift.  Keep in mind, it has been standing behind the Christmas tree for about three weeks.  Most of the siblings were trying to guess what it was.  The final guess was a BIG flat screen TV.  We put the box on the floor and counted to three for all of them to open it at once.  They were shocked when they opened it...IT WAS THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX WITH NO WRITING!!!!  Too funny!  They finally looked at the side and it was an ESPN Air Hockey Table.  No one was disappointed that it was not a flat screen TV! 

The older boys put the table together.  Guess who was the first to play?  You guessed it, the big guys!  Amazing how a game can turn a 23 and 24 year old into children again!  They had to "make sure it worked"!

The older ones left late afternoon and we finished our evening with the Christmas Eve service at church.  We let everyone open one gift before going to bed.  Everyone was excited and it was almost 12:30 am when the offspring got off to bed, and 1am before hubby and I went to bed!

We have a tradition at our house for Christmas morning.  The children come into our room and sing a song, I believe it is called Christmas at Our House.  It is a song we heard Ron Hamilton, a.k.a Patch the Pirate, sing years ago.  Any way,  they were up at 5:50 am!!!!!  I heard them going from room to room getting up their siblings.  I quickly got out of bed and informed them NO SINGING BEFORE 7 AM!  Aww...mean old mom!  I know, I know!  I woke up with the start of a head and chest cold; along with the lack of sleep it made me a little out of sorts!

No worries, at 7 am they were back in our room singing!  I was in a much better frame of mind!  I got up with the ones who were wide awake, that is everyone 12 years on down!  By 9 am I had held them off long enough!  I had to become Sgt. Mom and start getting everyone else out of bed, not an easy task!  I was given several dirty looks!  Maybe they were "sleepy" looks! :-) 

After reading Luke chapter 2, we prayed and opened gifts!  Everyone was very pleased with all they received!  Later in the evening we went to the church to have a pizza party with some friends!  It was a blast!  Good food and fellowship!  

Today is Daughter #1 birthday!  She turns 22 today!  Happy Birthday Sweetie!

I won't bore you, at least right now, about rest of our Christmas break.  Let's just say, I AM READY FOR SCHOOL TO START!  Ready for a normal home schooling schedule!!!!


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