Oh, you guys. I have somehow dodged the S.A.D. bullet this year (I KNOW. WHO KNEW?) but then December hit and I was all, “I can DO this.” And then the Holiday Fairy threw up on my day timer and I was still all, “I will ROCK this.” and then I barely actually lived through the last week and now I’m all, “DECEMBER IS TRYING TO KILL ME.”

It’s not that last weekend wasn’t fun, no, it is just that we have three (THREE) kids and there was ballet and groceries and Christmas baking and a Christmas production practice that cut into my limited free Saturday time and Mount St. Laundry and me helping out with the preschool Sunday class and more Christmas baking and then the actual production (that caused my husband to nearly lose his ever lovin’ mind). I woke up on Monday morning and realized that “days off” is just a pipe dream, really.

There was a lot of good in the midst of the chaos, whether it be the fact that my kids are inherently hilarious or the fact that Emily can now get onto her sled without assistance. Three kids who can go outside all by their bad selves is what we call FREEDOM, people. And also, pure joy. For all of us.

More sledding photos to be found on Flickr when I have time to upload them all. Check back in 2012. Or late 2011, if you’re feeling lucky.

We had a potluck dinner last night at a good friend’s house with all of our besties and it was SO GOOD to have time to chat with everyone while our kids beat on played with each other downstairs.


(You knew it (but) was coming, didn’t you?)

We have three more Christmas productions this week. The dudes’ school splits it over two days and this year they didn’t fall on the same night. Miss Emily has her end of year production at her playschool as well. Oh! And we’re hosting Matthew’s staff Christmas party (sixteen people) this coming Sunday.

(I’m actually really excited about that one. I love! to host parties and while they’ve opted for a caterer for dinner, I still get to be in charge of appetizers. Appetizers are my FAVORITE. (Suggestions welcome, bee tee double-you.))

Next week includes more insanity (and a wicked cool awesome hot early Christmas surprise for Matthew) and then, on Christmas Eve, at noon PST, I will be leaving the office and not returning until January 4th. That’s ten (and a half!) days off and at home with my family, friends. I can’t hardly wait.

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  1. Sarah December 14, 2010 12:23 am edit

    I think I got your sads. But that might be because it hasn’t STOPPED raining and I don’t even remember what sunshine IS!

    Or something equally dramatic.

    But your kids sure are cute, not that you didn’t know that already or anything. ;)
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..It’s cold outside And white But it’s not Christmas =-.

  2. angella December 14, 2010 2:24 pm edit

    I sure do think so…but thanks, friend. :)

  3. Hannah December 14, 2010 1:48 am edit

    Hehe, I think I wrote a pretty similar post last week … December is CRAZY, BABY! But I’m sure you will survive, just as I will! :-)

    LOVE the sledding pics. Hope you get lots of pics of all the end-of-year productions too!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..The Christmas Story =-.

  4. angella December 14, 2010 2:25 pm edit

    I have so far, and will continue to do so. I’ll probably be able to make a photo book of *just* Christmas productions. :)

  5. anonymous December 14, 2010 7:10 am edit

    Your children are beautiful and I enjoy reading your blog – it often reminds me to stop and smell the roses more with my little ones. But I feel compelled to comment on this post, which I have never done before. I am a personal injury lawyer here in Ontario and I can’t help but ask you to please have your children wear helmets while they toboggan. I can’t tell you how many permanent brain injuries I see this time of year from children who are tobogganing (even down small hills or driveways) or snow-tubing without helmets. Toboggans can easily reach up to the same speeds that kids travel on a bicycle, and an imact and resultant closed head injury is no less dangerous in snow and ice. I’m sorry to sound preachy, but there is nothing sadder than a perfectly healthy child who will never be the same because of a recreational accident – and I’ve seen this too often for my liking. Just pop a knit toque under a standard issue bicycle helmet.

    As you know, your children’s future is in right between their ears – protect it!

  6. DawnA December 14, 2010 7:22 am edit

    Super easy apps – crescent roll with piece of pear, proscuitto and gorgonzola cheese wrapped inside. Bake @ 350 until rolls are done. Salty, sweet and savory! Gorgonzola is strong so I didn’t add a lot. You can also brush a little honey on top after baked. Have fun.

  7. angella December 14, 2010 2:23 pm edit

    Oh, MY. That sounds amazing!

  8. Meg December 14, 2010 8:17 am edit

    I have 10.5 days off too! I plan to SLEEP! And EAT! And then sleep some more :) you’ll make it, I know it!

  9. angella December 14, 2010 2:25 pm edit

    So will you! And, yay!

  10. Kami December 14, 2010 8:46 am edit

    Holy what the heck on the helmet comment?!

    Anywho, our Dec has been so busy that we may not even put up a tree. I KNOW. But we still have the snowman collection out and we aren’t even here on Christmas Eve or day….

    Here’s to surviving!
    .-= Kami´s last blog ..Remember Me =-.

  11. angella December 14, 2010 2:33 pm edit

    Back atcha! You can do it. You always do. :)

  12. Nenette December 14, 2010 9:04 am edit

    I’m totally with you re: the chaos of the season. I too usually get SAD but it’s been sunny enough, and frankly, I’ve been too crazed with activities to be affected. I still haven’t done the Holiday greeting cards and baking still has to be done… oh, and both of my bathrooms are being reno’d starting TOMORROW! Ack, what have I done?!
    But yes, sunny side… isn’t it great when the wee ones can do stuff on their own? Much easier to sit back and relax in the warm house while the kids go nuts in the snow.
    Take it easy, my dear. Enjoy, and try to relax — even a little — before your 10.5 days of rest. And be happy no one’s coming to pull out your toilets anytime soon! lol :) xo
    .-= Nenette´s last blog ..winning is cool =-.

  13. angella December 14, 2010 2:35 pm edit

    You’re doing BATHROOM RENOVATIONS in December? You guys are brave. Or crazy. ;)

    You try and squeeze some relax time in there as well! xo

  14. Sizzle December 14, 2010 9:17 am edit

    December is a flurry of activity. One way to slow down is to get sick. Apparently that’s what my body decided to do this year. BOO ON YOU BODY!

    I do so love the fervor of the holiday season. Enjoy!
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..Cookie-d =-.

  15. angella December 14, 2010 2:38 pm edit

    You enjoy too! And GET BETTER. Tell your body that’s an order. :)

  16. Elaine December 14, 2010 9:42 am edit

    Our crazy week is this week – starts tomorrow. with rehearsals and there are school parties and adult parties and baking to do,etc. and it doesn’t end until Sunday after church! Oh and somewhere in there I have to finish sending out cards and wrap presents! ACK! I feel ya girl!
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..Hey Santa! =-.

  17. angella December 14, 2010 2:32 pm edit

    I’m with you on the cards and presents! SIGH.

  18. Kristabella December 14, 2010 10:25 am edit

    I have something from Thursday through Sunday nights this week. And then I get a few days of WORK to calm things down before the holiday!

    I wish I had 10 days off!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Where Have I Been =-.

  19. angella December 14, 2010 2:32 pm edit

    In Canada, Christmas Day, Boxing Day (26th) and New Year’s Day are stat (paid) holidays (it’s the law). If they fall on a weekend, you get week days off in lieu. My firm shuts down at lunch on Christmas Eve and pays us for the afternoon.

    So! I’m using three vacation days and getting ten days off. I love it when it works out that way. :)

  20. hillary December 14, 2010 11:10 am edit

    December is trying to kill me too. And I think it might be succeeding :)
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..Say- Whats In This Drink =-.

  21. Carmen December 14, 2010 1:15 pm edit

    Oooh, appetizers are my favourites too! I often make what I call Tuna Puffs. I make little tiny (think 1-2 bites each) cream puffs, but instead of cream, I put curried tuna inside (just mix up some Miracle Whip-like stuff, tuna, curry powder to taste (I use a lot)). People gobble them up and always want more.

  22. angella December 14, 2010 2:27 pm edit

    I LOVE tuna. And Miracle Whip. And curry. What do you wrap them in? Phyllo?

  23. Carmen December 14, 2010 1:18 pm edit

    Oh! Or, you can melt a bit of brown sugar, mix in some brandy & pecan, pour over a wheel of Brie & melt it in the oven. It is ridiculously good.

  24. angella December 14, 2010 2:28 pm edit

    Brie! I love it, but have never served it. I should remedy that. :)

  25. Amanda Brown December 14, 2010 2:27 pm edit

    I feel the same way re: crazy December. It’s all good stuff, but you can totally have too much of a good thing, right? It’s just too bad January and February are so bleak and dreary in comparison to the hustle of the holidays; I wish we could spread it out and really enjoy it more.
    .-= Amanda Brown´s last blog ..Tiny Vices =-.

  26. Sharon December 14, 2010 3:08 pm edit

    I’m glad I’m not the only one. The Christmas productions nearly did me in last week. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Susan Knight December 14, 2010 3:33 pm edit

    I always love reading your blog.. I had a wee little giggle as I read over and over and over again: bee tee double-you… I FINALLY said it out loud and got it! *head bang against wall* perhaps a nap is needed.

    Thanks again for the wonderful reading and here’s to a wonderful December filled with yummy appy’s!


  28. Belle December 15, 2010 9:33 am edit

    Christmas programs as in cute kids on stage, right?! Because that sounds awesomely adorable. But maybe I’m just naive and my biological clock is ticking too damn loud and I can’t hear anything else! Gahhhh!

  29. M. Bailey December 16, 2010 8:02 pm edit

    You sure have some fabulous looking kids!! Hope you manage to get some down time over the Holidays. :)

  30. Lacey Small December 23, 2010 1:50 pm edit

    Back atcha! You can do it. You always do. :)

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