Friday, December 17, 2010

Pictures from this week that make me smile...

I must admit, I am dissappointed in several things related to photo taking and the new camera.  First of all, I am dissappointed that I haven't been taking advantage of opportunities to take good pictures because I'm too busy enjoying myself (which...I guess can be a good thing.)  Secondly, I still don't know how to use my camera very well.  There is a learning curve, I hear, but I haven't tried very hard to learn.  bleh!  And thirdly, I can't find an easy to use editing program.  Every one I have found so far is awful and slow!!  The program the camera came with doesn't open jpeg files, and if you take the pictures in RAW format, you can't see thumbnails on the computer, so you are just guessing when choosing a picture to edit.  Also, the RAW pictures won't open in my photo viewer on my computer because Canon hasn't developed a codec for Windows 7 yet.  I just can't win!!!  grrr!  (update:  and now my computer overheats about every 15 minutes and shuts down! yippee!!) 

Anyway!  Enough with the complaining!  I have taken a few I like this week...they make me feel all warm and cozy!  Honestly, they have personal sentiment and will probably mean nothing to you, but I will share them anyway!  (Most are completely unedited because I am nearly completely out of patience!  Photographers, don't judge!)

My shoes. Wes's shoes.  :)

Zane's first Christmas program!  Look at that little tongue sticking out.  Ahhh...what a cutie!!  and that girl to the right of him is the essence of precious.  I think she should be a kid super model:)

Most delicious chicken pot pie.  It is a snap to make and Wes and I cannot get enough of it (so I always make a double batch for just the two of us!  The recipe can be found here.  Don't forget the velveeta!!

Last night we had a Christmas Party for the high school girls at church.  We had a lovely spread of snacks and drinks thanks to Amber, Chelsey and Chloe:)  They made beautiful, fancy things!!! 

This is the girls playing mafia.  We had a gift exchanging game, and Amber gave a short, but wonderful message about the condition of our hearts and our attitudes towards God using a portion of the Christmas story:)

I love this season!  Something about the cold weather and focus on Jesus absolutely melts my insides and makes me want to hug people:)


  1. So...I think I can help you with your camera issues. First, you should check out Photoshop Elements - I personally use Photoshop, but its major expensive - Photoshop Elements is the next best thing that is affordable. You should be able to get a trial version here:

    As for tutorials on using an SLR camera...hmm..I think if you search for Digital SLR tutorials you should find something useful. Here is a site I have used before: - I honestly got the most experience during my college classes for Photography - and of course - taking tons of photos. I hear that the best way to learn is to just experiment and take millions of shots - much easier with a digital (I have film).

    Let me know if any of this helps. Can't wait to try out your chicken pot pie!

  2. Oh...if you want a free program - GIMP also works well for photo editing and its free. I find it hard to use though and since I use Photoshop daily at work its easier for me.