Happy Valentines Day To Me!

It’s been snowing here a lot the past week.  Ace has never really enjoyed the snow.  When he goes outside in the snow he just stands there and looks in amazement and the white fluffiness covering the once green lawn.

I’ve tried to get him to lay down..roll around…pick up a sow ball…and nothing.  He just points,with a big smile on his face and says, “SNOOOOWWW!”

So the other day (I used a sick day…shhhhh) Ace and I went outside to play.  This time I dug my snow pants out of the closet and suited up with him.  I though that if I rolled around  in the snow that maybe he would soon follow and start to enjoy it.

Nope…instead there is a two year old standing pointing at the snow and a 31 year old rolling around in the drifts, making snow angels, and making snowmen like he was 8 years old again.

I had fun…not so sure about Ace.  😀

Anyways, the point of this post is that I took my digital camera outside to take pictures if Ace did decide to play in the snow.   Even though he did not roll around in the freshly fallen flakes, he did look pretty cool in his new snow attire.  So, I got out my camera…and nothing.  It would not turn on.

The batteries are probably dead.  Nope!  The camera is dead. D.E.A.D. Dead.

So, Momma, being the quick thinker and most excellent wife that she is went out and bought me a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera.

She knew I would not spend that kind of money on a camera even though I have been talking about getting a DSLR for years!

Ace’s birthday is coming up next month and she was afraid that I would go out and buy a $200 point-and-shoot camera that I really did not want. (And you know what…she was right.)  😀

So, she surprised me with my Valentines Day present a week early.  (I was also informed that I will not be receiving any more gifts until next Christmas.)  😀

I’ve been practicing every night for a week now and am starting to get the hang of the thing.  Many buttons. Many settings.  Many things I have no idea what they are for.  😀

So,without further ado…I present my first photos taken with the new camera…

Me...seeing what I look like with my new companion.

Me...seeing what I look like with my new companion.

Ace being his onry self...

Ace eating pretzels (the only time he holds still long enough to take his picture is when he is eating. 😀 )

Ace Eating His Fingers

Ace Divided By Two

So there you have it.  I think I did OK, for being a complete beginner.  I’m planing on taking some workshops here in Columbus so that I can learn to use this camera to it’s fullest potential.

Maybe someday I can be as good as a few of my fellow blogger friends turned photographers…PG and Kim.


  1. Great idea for yourself AND your family…(unlike many who give others a gift that’s really for themselves, it looks like you’ve done the opposite here, SAID it’s for yourself, but others really benefit! 🙂

    Speaking of ‘Happy Valentine’s Day to me’ here’s a post on Shaping Youth along those lines that you might like to share…I like the holistic concept of self-love+self care=happier families! http://j.mp/arpba8

  2. Momo Fali says:

    I love the image of you rolling around in the snow and Ace just watching you!

    I got a Nikon last summer (though it’s not as nice as yours) and I have to take some classes too. You know you’re in trouble when your camera is smarter than you are.

    You, however, did darn good! I love that last shot.

  3. Honeybell says:

    Those are gorgeous! I love the B/W, that kid has some beautiful eyes. (Liam doesn’t play in the snow either, just likes to walk around in it.)

  4. I hate to admit that this is 1st time I’ve seen your new blog design – it looks great by the way. I’m glad you’re a Nikon guy – the wife let me buy a D90 for my Christmas and I luv it, luv it, luv it. And, I’m with you, no more gifts for me for a long time which I’m cool with – my camera brings me tons of joy. I’ll look for more of your pics on Facebook.

  5. Papa K says:

    Ace. What a great name. Before we had our first, we considered that name then it turned out to be a girl and Ace would really work for a chick name.

    Great site.

  6. Good choice of camera. My wife is a photographer so she takes all the good pictures of our daughter. I am usually the goon posing her with his head cut out of the picture!

  7. TJ says:

    Going to a DSLR made a big difference for me too. When next Christmas finally rolls around, you’ll probably be looking for another lens for your camera, and you can find some pretty amazing lenses for a few hundred bucks.