Merry Christmas, Hive!

2023-12-25T22:25:57

Another Year Gone By

It's hard to believe that soon I will have been doing the Hive thing for nearly 7 years, but here we are! Another Christmas and 2024 right around the corner. @afturner and I decided to skip giving each other presents this year and focus on @little-ricky. I was perfectly fine with that, since all he really wants are dinosaur and vehicle related toys at this point.

Yet more diggers to add to the collection

It has been a lot more fun this year watching Ricky open presents. At this age, you really see them growing and changing quite rapidly. Last year he struggled a bit opening his presents as the paper was a bit difficult for him to rip. This year, he made short work of it! We decided to pace things a bit by giving him presents throughout the day so that they all don't just pile up on the floor. We're going to need to get rid of some of the old toys because it is starting to get a bit ridiculous in here.

We did get some 'early' Christmas Presents

Technically, we didn't buy each other presents, but we did get several things that we need to grow our business. One was the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k Pro. I actually purchased this model a bit on accident thinking it was the new full frame cinema camera just with an EF mount. By the time I realized my mistake, it was already too late since I have already removed it from the packaging and spent a lot of time learning how it works.

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I am fine with that in the end because it will work perfectly for the projects that I'll be using it for. Things are moving along a bit slowly on the kids show that we are working on because of other work commitments but I am convinced we'll cover some ground in 2024.

We found this giant plush dino at Ross. We watched them sell out of these

Apart from the camera, cage and some accessories, we also both got the Whoop fitness device. This device is really great compared to my old Fitbit. It give you a lot of cool metrics and has a coaching function which helps you figure out what you need to do to improve your health and fitness. I have already been improving some things like my heart rate variability. Apparently one thing I was really lacking was proper hydration. Wow, does that make a difference that you can see in the data!

Keeping Things Simple

I am taking a break here while writing this between little Ricky opening more presents and a couple of friends coming to visit for dinner. Over the past few years I have been appreciating keeping things slow and easy around the holidays. It is supposed to be a time to spend with your family and be in good spirits but all too often it's a time of stress and anxiety. The commercial aspect and expectations can become a bit overwhelming.

A Play-Doh Ice Cream Truck from Auntie

I hope everyone who celebrates this holiday is having a wonderful day with their family and friends. Merry Christmas, everyone!


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