Still fumes

Christmas was really delightful and I’m so glad the way it all turned out.

On Christmas eve, we opened gifts at my parents.  I wasn’t sure how N would do but pulled through like a trooper.  He carefully unwrapped each present and made sure to say thank you to people.  He had a couple of great one liners (opening match box cars results in an immediate vrooom vrooom) and he did well with showing folks his gift & thanking them.  For some reason he did not want top open Brian & Kevin’s gift.  I think they are tricky for him – he really admires them but they also sort of freak him out (loud/so much bigger than N).   

Tita did great with everyone.  I know it’s hard to be away from her family and I imagine the holidays are even harder.  But, she kept a smile on her face and participated.  Everyone in our family really adores her and we all just want the best for her.  I loved how all of my siblings have accepted her and treated her as part of the family.  It means so much to us.

On Sunday, a scraggly looking Santa came to visit at the annual Franz Christmas.  N was a trooper and immediately went up on Santa’s lap for his gift and gave him a kiss.  I was impressed – no fear but the promise of a toy is a big motivator.

We’ve had a wonderful week.  We are all decluttering, organizing, cleaning etc.  It feels so amazing.  We still have a good amount to go but we are all making good progress.   Tita is getting caught up on her homework and getting ahead in some classes.

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This is an outfit we sent him!

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