It's Christmas!!! And this has been a fun one for sure!! We woke up at 5:30 to have a Christmas breakfast before everyone left for their shifts. We had stockings, presents (so nice, really. I've been here for two days and they already had a Christmas present for me), and delicious cinnamon rolls. I also had this morning off and got to take a glorious nap that was supposed to be half an hour, but turned out to be two hours. But I can justify it because it's Christmas. Heh. It's been a good day today.
It turns out that Ecuadorians actually celebrate Christmas on the 24th, so today was sort of a dead day which is good because yesterday was easily one of the most exhausting days of my life. It was the first time I was actually working and the entire schedules and routines were thrown off because there was a giant fiesta happening and tons of people from the community were bombarding the place with pocketfuls of sugar and an insane amount of toys (no complaints there, I promise, and it's a further testament of charity AROUND THE WORLD (let's hold hands!)), but this sort of led to a bunch of hyped up kids and then extremely naughty kids today who wouldn't share. That's okay. It's Christmas. But I figure this is a good & rough jump into the work because if I make myself think that I'm going to be this tired every shift and in actuality I really won't be, I'll adjust much better. We all lie to ourselves at some point, right?
Today was better. And today was exciting because a few kids remembered my name and I got a plethora of baby kisses. Twas delightful. Being at the house was fun too. We had a huge Christmas dinner, shared some scriptures, sang Christmas carols and exchanged some white elephant gifts (pirated DVD LOLZ). This will easily be one of the most memorable Christmases of my life.
Things are good. And I'm where I'm supposed to be. And I took my first shower today since Tuesday. YUMMMM.
Sorry for no photos. Another time.