Gosh, I’ve missed this whole blogging deelio this past month. It’s not you, friends, it’s DECEMBER. I have 768 (I wish I were exaggerating but, no. That’s what Lightroom tells me I imported) photos to delete and to edit and maybe wrangle a blog post out of. Maybe. They’ll likely end up on Flickr once I get through (Christmas day, and) editing them. So, 2012? Before the world explodes?

I feel like I need to sit down and update and while photos take a zillion hours to edit and whatnot, words come quickly. At least they do to chatterboxes like me. (My Dad is likely laughing at the truth of it all. Because I GOT IT FROM HIM.)

If we were all to sit down for coffee, you’d probably tell me about your hectic December as well. We all have work and life and external commitments and Christmas (Or Holiday, if you’re not into Christmas) productions and Christmas (or Holiday) cards to address and so it goes on.

I hear you. December tries to eat us alive with all of the external pressure and then other issues seem to arise that bring you to the breaking point. For us, it was Matthew (unknowingly) dropping a shopping bag of gifts he had bought for me and his coworkers then inadvertently DRIVING OVER THEM. He had to go back to the Big City (an hour away) to repurchase everything and, yeah. Then, a few days later, we had a chimney fire which shook me to the core because once you’ve had a house fire, any sign of fire makes you especially sensitive.

The kids were fine, we are fine and the house is fine. HOORAY!

Instead of focusing on The Busy and The Scary and the Holiday of PEOPLE, PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, I thought I’d point out what is making me happy (apart from my family)(Hi! Honey).

1. I got an iPhone 4.0 last Monday. It’s an early Christmas present from…me. It makes my life easier and a lot more fun. It’s also SO SHINY. And SO FAST.

2. On that note, the Instagram App is like Flickr 2010. All of the interaction and none of the…silence? I’m not sure but I know that I love the app and the filters and the community and, MAN. It’s on the main page of my iPhone, if that tells you anything.

If you’re on there, add me (AngellaD, of course) and I’ll add you back.

3. I like playing with bokeh. Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop.
Playing with bokeh

4. We hosted Matthew’s staff Christmas party last night. There was a caterer for dinner but we (Matthew) spent two days cleaning and organizing and amidst that we (I) made appies galore and decorated.

It was a lot of work and a lot of fun and we’ll be doing it all over again (with the full meal deal) on Christmas Day (in FIVE DAYS) for the extended family. I can’t wait.

5. So, it turns out that the contest I mentioned in my last post lets you vote ONCE PER DAY. Help a girl out with your vote? And if you’re Canadian, enter the contest and leave the link in the comments so I can vote for you too. It’s not often that a contest lets the voters win cool stuff as well.

6. We’ve booked a trip to Disneyland for the family in early January. Work is quiet and my friend who is a travel agent got us a ridiculous deal and WE’RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND. We’re thinking of telling the kids just before we start on our trip, assuming I can keep from telling them until then. Did I mention that WE’RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND?

7. We’re pregnant! Totally kidding (if I were pregnant, I’d have some ‘splainin’ to do) but I couldn’t leave this at six points. Seven or ten points are more my style.

How are you guys? I’ve missed you. Are you holding up with the chaos, or has December pinned you to the ground and farted in your face?

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  1. Meg December 20, 2010 12:45 am edit

    Ahh! Sounds busy! I totally like how you faked us out with that pregnancy point though! Nicely done :)

  2. Hannah December 20, 2010 1:13 am edit

    Wow, that is scary about the chimney fire, I am really glad that everybody and everything is okay! Especially after your history with fires. Praise God for his protection!

    Oh, and SUPER COOL about Disneyland!! WOOT!

    HAHAHA at the pregnancy fake-out. Totally awesome.
    (As if you’d leave it for point number 7, anyway. It would have to be at least 2 or 3).
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Good reports =-.

  3. Eric's Mommy December 20, 2010 5:35 am edit

    Ok, that whole “We’re pregnant” thing not funny, LOL.
    Chimney fire, very scary, especially with what you guys already went through. I am so glad everything is fine!
    I gasped out loud when I read that Matthew dropped the bag of gifts, but then DROVE OVER THEM! OMG
    I cannot wait for the Holidays to be over.

  4. Michelle December 20, 2010 7:12 am edit

    Haha! That was funny! I hope that the rest of your week is uneventful and full of family love!!!!

    I am planning the whole big party for my extened family 35+ people for Friday afternoon. I am running around like a chicken with no sense of direction!!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Kami December 20, 2010 8:09 am edit

    Oh you scared me with #7, nicely done! December has been busy but not too bad over here. We had a lovely weekend opening presents and now only three days of work until we start Christmas with the extended family.

    Glad you have made it through, well almost anyway!

    .-= Kami´s last blog ..Friday- Already =-.

  6. Brittany December 20, 2010 8:23 am edit

    HAHAHA!! The last line about being pinned to the ground and farted on brought back some disturbing childhood memories *shudder*… But, since I’m still on speaking terms with all my cousins, I guess I forgave them at some point. :)

    So thankful you guys escaped the chimney fire unscathed! Yikes, that must be so scary. I’ve never had a house fire, but my aunt and uncle had their home demolished THREE SEPARATE times by fires so I’ve seen how awful it is.

    As for point #7, you’re making me want to restart my old blog, just to pull something like that on my family/friends…. Mischievous? Who, me? ;)

  7. Sizzle December 20, 2010 9:21 am edit

    That’s so awful about Matthew running over the Christmas gifts. Oh dear! But it sounds like despite the hectic of the holiday season, you’re in full swing of the good cheer part. I feel similarly though I am glad I am 90% better from this blasted head cold. It was really cramping my style. Now I feel like OMG CHRISTMAS IS ON SATURDAY and I still want more of that holiday spirit. I kind of wish there was one more week before it so I could have time to slow down.
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..Holiday Cheer to the Max =-.

  8. Carrisa December 20, 2010 10:23 am edit

    Those commercials where the parents video telling their kids they are going to Disney? I love them. And I even get misty eyed at some of them. You should totally record your kids reactions when you tell them.

    And you should also get pregnant again. Emily needs a sister. :o)

  9. Mrs. Wilson December 20, 2010 10:57 am edit

    Oh WOW. That SUCKS about your gifts and even worse about the chimney fire! Yikes! SO glad you’re all okay though.

    LOVE the bokeh. STOKED for you guys about Disneyland.

    I’ll agree that December’s been a little … sucky. But, here’s to an awesome Christmas!!

    .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..7 Days- 2 bright =-.

  10. Rebecca December 20, 2010 11:12 am edit

    I am full on chuckling at the farting in face deal bc that’s kind of how it’s feeling. I believe that last night it really felt like Christmas is coming and then I got an idea for a wreath I could make and realized it would only be up for a week or so and ditched that idea! Happy Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :)
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Dropping a Ball Or Ten =-.

  11. Sharon December 20, 2010 12:15 pm edit

    I agree with Carrisa. Those Disney commercials are so totally awesome, and worth recording to see your kids’ reactions. I too get very misty eyed watching them.

    Glad things are going well for the most part! The first few days of December were pure insanity, but since I’ve been on vacation for over a week already, I have nothing to complain about. Except maybe the weather yesterday – it was raining and flooding the entire day, which is not so fun when you’re in a tropical location on vacation. People were even riding their surfboards down the flooded streets! Quite the hilarious site.

    Hope the rest of your month is less frantic and more restful! Sounds like you’ve got a lot of great things coming up. :)
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Almost beach-bound At last! =-.

  12. monstergirlee December 20, 2010 11:47 pm edit

    So far December has pretty much sucked. It may be mostly my mood tho. I’ve been to a Christmas concert and ballet recital (a first for both kids) and the photos Sucked. Mr big head was directly in front of my boy for the concert and there was literally no way to get around him. However, i have them both on camera and thats the best.
    Hmm… didn’t mean to complain throughout in my comment. I still have a ton of shopping to do. And cleaning. My parents are coming. And Hubby is taking 2 extra days off so we’re pretty excited about that.
    Love your bokeh pics on flickr – yummy ideas!

  13. Danica December 21, 2010 9:32 am edit

    After the iPhone bit and the Disneyland bit, I nearly believed the pregnant bit. Happy Holidays!
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..I’d Better Get Baking =-.

  14. Belle December 21, 2010 11:29 am edit

    Number seven was EVIL!!

  15. Kerri Anne December 21, 2010 1:04 pm edit

    Is it bad that I am maybe giggling a little bit about Matthew running over presents? (I KNOW, but the visual is just SO GREAT.)

    And what, you had a chimney fire?! I feel so out of your loop right now. I blame the flu. And December. And snow.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..What I Think About When I Think About Running =-.

  16. Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 2:34 pm edit

    Oh WOW. That SUCKS about your gifts and even worse about the chimney fire! Yikes! SO glad you’re all okay though. LOVE the bokeh. STOKED for you guys about Disneyland. I’ll agree that December’s been a little … sucky. But, here’s to an awesome Christmas!! xoxo .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..7 Days- 2 bright =-.

  17. Marisol Perry December 21, 2010 7:03 pm edit

    Number seven was EVIL!!

  18. Colleen December 22, 2010 3:21 pm edit

    I’ve been so busy I had actually e-mailed myself this post so I could remember to come back and read it. Craziness.
    .-= Colleen´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

  19. hillary December 22, 2010 5:25 pm edit

    The holidays are killing me dead. Also, Instagram keeps crashing on me and I haven’t been able to use it in days. It’s very upsetting.
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..Fall On Me Black Helicopter Youre All I See =-.

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