Let's play catch up.
Thanksgiving. It was great.
I made a pumpkin roll for the first time, and it was a huge hit. I should have made more than one considering how quickly it went. We celebrated at my aunt's house because I was too damn tired to do it. Plus with the sciatic nerve pain I have been having it makes it almost impossible to walk some days. I have a real good time trying to keep up with Samantha.
We had turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed taters, deviled eggs, fried green beans, yams, sweet potato casserole (was ok, a bit too sweet for my liking though), homemade rolls, lime salad, watergate salad, broccoli casserole, and a couple more things I can't think of.
We always make too much to eat. The best time is when we play aggravation. It's a board game played with marbles and dice. My uncle made a homemade board for 4 players (more like the old original board) and we play on teams. It's great fun and we are all pretty competitive when we play it. The kids run around screaming and having a good time... no worries, except for the next person in the bathroom hurries the heck up so we all can get a chance to go too ;)
Christmas = wonderful!!
I had so much fun buying for Doug this year, not to mention it was Samantha's first Christmas. Let me just say, it was one of the best ever. I bought pretty much everything Doug wanted, plus what he didn't even think of. I love that we make lists to give to each other. Makes things easier. Katelyn is my oldest, she's 9 and still believes in Santa Claus. It was a little harder this year shopping. Although I did most of it online, things like stocking stuffers were bought with her around for Samantha, and I had to hide that stuff too. I hope she didn't catch on. She did question me about a couple of things in her own stocking, so I told her moms & dads were allowed to throw a few things in them if we wanted to.
She got an air hockey table & mario party dance dance revolution from Santa. She was ecstatic, I love seeing her face light up! Samantha got this cute little square blocky thing, I don't know the name of it, but Sam like's it... so Santa did good ;) Samantha actually opened several of her gifts up by herself, and she liked the bows better than anything. *S*
Darlin Doug got me a Canon Digital Rebel XT. It's the only thing I really wanted, and honestly am surprised I got it. He bought me a tripod to go with it, a huge memory card, some diffusion filters, oh I feel bad I can't remember it all... lol My goal is to learn how to start using this sucker in manual mode for better exposure's. I have the Bryan Peterson book Understand Exposure, and I have been dabbling with it. I still don't understand much, but am hoping one of these days it will just click.
A sweet pea from 2peas (StephStanley) has set up a weekly thread/blog where she teaches us different parts of capturing our photo's. Right now we are trying to learn focus. I have to keep trying, as I am not seeing much difference. What exactly does recompose mean anyways? I have to remember to ask Steph this soon!
Well, I am sufficiently updated for the major holidays, so I will try to keep up here more regularly and fill in some of the other things that happened between the holidays I didn't mention..... later!