We took the kids to CiCi’s after the temple, because that’s what Mormon kids do, except they were closing early for Christmas Eve!

We were prepared to leave, but were able to eat quickly – then they boxed up ALL the leftovers in the whole place and sent them home with us!

One of the ladies remembered them from our monthly temple trips, and gave them all coupons for free buffets for every month next year!


When we got home, we surprised them by driving through the lights:

Nathan had a job playing in a quartet for a church tonight, so I thought they should get to play after being in the car all day.

So I surprised them again for some end of the day playtime at the park, before the weather changes and before it gets too cold tonight,

They are so funny, and play so hard, even all bundled up.

They are happy, though, and that’s the best part.

Tonight we will have family Christmas, opening new pajamas and new pillows and new house shoes, which is one of our traditions.  We already did our advent service since Nathan would be gone tonight and his parents are at Alicia’s, but we will still light candles to honor their birth parents.  We will tuck them into bed, booby trap the hallway (another tradition), and then play Santa with many thanks to Hydes and Vivians.  The kids are so excited Christmas is finally here! I don’t know how they will ever go to sleep tonight, so I was glad to burn some extra energy to wear them out a little.

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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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