I think I’m trying to do too many things in this short window of “vacation” time I have before school/work starts up again.

So here is a very random post with the ramblings of my brain, because for some reason I tell myself that if I write all this out really quick that I’ll feel like I got something done and my mind can then have more focus to get something else done.

Yeah, I don’t know how that makes sense either, but just go with me on this for now. 🙂

Merry late Christmas everyone! We had a good year over here, much more optimistic and hopeful and less stressful than last Christmas. My next “hindsight” post will be about 2013 vs 2014 vs 2015 I think, so just hold on to this thought and I’ll come back to it later. But yes, it was a good Christmas. Although, on Christmas Eve night, I did have a bit of an overwhelming moment as I surveyed the piles of gifts under and near the tree. We were VERY blessed this year, and just in remembering the differences between our Christmas 2013 and our Christmas 2014 was a lot to take in.

But still, overall, it was wonderful. This was the first year that C was really able to get fully into Christmas, and Christmas when you have kids is awesome.

Oh, aaaaand…I got a new camera!! Like a REAL camera, you know, like a DSLR camera and everything. Now, I must first say that I was in no way expecting this. It’s awesome but it caught me a little off guard to get, and felt a bit too extravagant, and at first, I think I was almost anxious to accept it from KP. I certainty didn’t get him anything as fancy and nice and valuable. I’m quite frugal when it comes to things like this and if it were up to me, I’d rather continue using my old point-and-shoot camera until it broke.

BUT, though it took me a little bit to acclimate to it and warm up to the idea (and KP assuring me that he scored it on an amazing 50% off Black Friday sale), I must say that I really love this new camera. It takes amazing pictures. Way better than my point and shoot. It’s awesome. Very, very awesome.

So something now tells me that you should probably expect lots and lots and lots of pictures on this blog from here on out. See below for your first example.

Last year was our first year to really stay in L.A. over Christmas and not go anywhere (well, other than the infamous Christmas 2010 which, thanks to the Carnival Splendor Fire and a cancelled cruise, led to the existence of our daughter – have I never mentioned this story before? I should someday), and we discovered what may grow to become one of my all-time favorite Christmas Eve traditions. I almost don’t want to talk about it because I don’t want it to become much bigger than it is now and the fun and magic of it to be ruined. So I’ll be semi-vague in descriptions of it. If you live in L.A. and want to go, either send me an email or go look it up yourself. I don’t want to make it toooo easy for you. 🙂

But there’s a nearby neighborhood that has a mini-Christmas parade that drives through local neighborhoods and everyone stands outside and sings with it, or you can walk along with it for awhile. It’s just fun, and kind of magical. Everyone is happy, and it’s a beautiful thing to experience. There’s no specific route/timetable, you kind of just have to know the area they might be and either drive around til you can hear it, or just start walking around the neighborhood and ask other strangers out on the street if they know which way it is. But the adventure and hunt is worth it.

I tried to take pictures last year, but my little point and shoot did not cut it. Low lights, lots of movement, and a flash that did not travel far. But look at the pictures below. This is NO flash! And MANUAL focus!

Yes. I’m in love.

Christmas Photo Overload coming in 3…2…1…

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