Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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My siblings' biggest fears this December have been put to rest... Santa knows that we moved to Florida.
We were supposed to go see Santa at the mall this morning, but of course I slept until about 11am and threw off all of the day's plans. We still made it out eventually, but it was much later than my mom had anticipated. Still, we managed to figure out where Santa was doing pictures and brought the kids to see him.
Everyone's greatest fear was that Santa wouldn't know where we were anymore. After all, my family lived in the same house since before I was born. This will be the first Christmas that we're in our new house, and the kids were seriously worried. But they got to tell Santa that we had moved down here and he reassured them that they wouldn't be forgotten. Plus, our Elf on the Shelf, Nutmeg, had to know where we were as well. I know that a lot of families' elves show up on December 1st, but our elf arrives after we get our Christmas tree. And as a matter of fact, we got our tree today as well.
After waking up so late, and then not eating breakfast or lunch, I wasn't completely in the Christmas mood today. I don't think that I was the most pleasant person to be around, but seeing the girls so excited for the visit with Santa and then bringing the tree in later made me feel a little better.
My sister and I put the lights on the tree after she and my mom set it up in the tree stand. The twins played with the garland, dressing themselves up and jumping rope with it. My brother, of course, enjoyed the tree by playing video games in his room.
The kids will be able to decorate the tree tomorrow, putting up all of the ornaments that we've collected over the years. There are ornaments from every child that has been in our home during the Christmas season packed in smaller boxes inside a huge box that we brought down during the move. After we took down the tree last year, I sat on the floor for hours bubble-wrapping each and every individual ornament so they wouldn't break in the move. We haven't opened the boxes yet, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything is alright and made it down here safely.
The holiday season still feels a little weird down here since it's so warm out, but I'm hoping that once the tree is finished being decorated, it will feel a little more like Christmas. I do love looking at the lights on our house and the other houses in our neighborhood, so this may be the finishing touch that we need. And if I remember to actually eat breakfast in the morning, I may be a pretty happy camper after all of that!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.