Friday night we made homemade pizza for all 20 people in Brady's family. We made 5 cookie sheets of different kinds. It was really messy, but everyone loved it. We opened presents from each other after everyone ate. Ammon and Zenock got cap guns and punching bags from Izabella and Gabby. I got a cricut cartridge and some awesome paper from Bethany. Brady got a book from Ronny. We had a great time even though we had to leave early because Brady had to get home and change for work.
He has been working 8pm to 8am the last several days, and will continue that shift all this week. It's great to have him working so much because Securitas has no problem paying overtime, but it's sure hard on all of us. Brady has trouble getting enough sleep, and I have trouble feeling like a single mom because when he is here he is sleeping most of the day. And it's super hard to keep the kids from being too loud. Perhaps this is good practice for when Gideon comes.
We went to our neighbor's house for a while when we got home, and the boys got to decorate cookies and act out the Nativity. Ammon was Joseph and Zenock was a shepherd for about 3 minutes, and then he decided he didn't want to play anymore. It was really cute to see the kids act it out though, and they did really well, for being 2-6 years old. Brady stayed to say "hi" for a few minutes and then he went off to work.
I woke up Christmas morning at 7:45am. The kids were still asleep! I slept horrible because I was so excited about watching them open all the presents. When Brady got home shortly after 8 they were still sleeping! So he changed and we talked for a little bit, and we still had to go wake them up! I could not believe it! And then they were so overwhelmed with it all that they had trouble staying focused to open presents. They kept wanting to just start playing with the first things they opened. I don't know how many times Zenock asked me to open Buzz Lightyear for him. It was kind of funny.
We had a secret santa drop off presents for us last Sunday. Boy were we suprized! I don't know if we were on the angel tree at church or if someone just decided to do something nice. We have had a very good month with all of Brady's overtime, so we had a great Christmas already for the kids. I feel so blessed that someone wanted to serve us in that way though. I hope they recieve the blessings they need for being so kind and giving to us. We also had someone leave presents and quotations with pieces to a nativitiy in the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas. I still don't know who they were, but we really, really appreciate their generosity. And we had someone else leaving the same nativity pieces for us doing the 12 days of Christmas. It turned out to be some friends of ours in the ward. I never guessed it was them. We have had so many blessings since moving into this ward. We have phenomenal friends, great callings, opportunities to serve others, and since Brady got his security job we have been able to keep up with everything else at home. I feel so thankful for having the opportunity to give and receive service this year, especially at Christmastime.