Well we made it through Christmas still semi-sane. Whew! It never ceases to amaze me how much time, energy and money goes into putting it all together for the day to pass as quickly as it does. The chaos of having a combined family also makes the day even crazier.
Michelle

My two oldest have to split the day with me and their dad, as does my husbands's daughter between him and his exwife. We can never get everyone together at once it seems, no matter what we do. After ten years we have learned to just make the best of it.

Our Christmas day (after the kids - minus my step daughter -opened their gifts at home) was spent at my mother-in-law's - plus our step daughter, minus my oldest two. My mother-in-law usually makes the traditional Christmas feast but this year she made lasagna with bread and salad instead. I thought it was a nice change of pace actually, and much easier on her than 45 different dishes. I did kind of miss all the leftovers that usually get sent home with us though...I had to actually cook the day after Christmas.



While everyone was eating dinner we got our little messenger pigeon ready to spread the new baby news. We bought our youngest , Kasey, a shirt that reads "I'm going to be a..."(front message) "Big Brother" (back message). It took over an hour for anyone to "get it". It was my mother-in-law that finally read it...and then it sunk in...and oh my gosh, the look on her face was just pure evil. You could tell her brain was thinking "Are you crazy?". However, after the look she didn't have anything negative to say (thankfully) and once my sister-in-law caught wind of it I got a hug and congratulations. I know she is genuinely happy for us because she knows how much we love our kids. She was just amazed we can keep our mouth shut so long on spreading the news (we always wait till I'm past 12 weeks).

So now half of the family knows , the next step will be spreading the word on my side which I will have to do alone this weekend because my husband won't be making the trip with me. It's a 2 1/2 hour ride so an overnight stay is involved and he has plumbing that must be done while we are away so he can shut the heating system down (not something he can do with all our kids at home!). I know my mom will not give me an evil look or at least she'll wait till I leave to do so lol. Actually the biggest feat will be to survive a 2 1/2 hour car ride each way with 5 kids and rest stops only every 26 miles. Thank God for DVD players factory installed in minivans! PregnancyAndBaby.com

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