Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Meet my new baby girl!!

     She's here!!!!

    Meet my new baby girl! Her name is Courtney, Courtney Canon. I call her CeeCee for short. I really am such a dork about the whole naming my camera thing. Believe I know. I can't help myself though. I'm a freak when it comes to names. I add or remove names from my (future) baby name list daily. So my sweet BEAUtiful friend Courtney, from the fab blog Eric & Courtney, also just got a fancy big girl camera! We were talking & decided to name our cameras after one another. It's official, we kinda love each other! Lol.

Warning overload: waaaay to many selfies.
Y'all have no idea how long I've wanted to take one of these!

See that uber adorable camera stap cover? OMgoodness. I heart it bunches.
I actually won it on the Grace's blog, her mama made it!
It fits perfectly, they are such a great price.
Go check out Rachel's shop!

    You guys. I can't tell you how absolutely thankful & blessed I feel to have this camera. I have wanted one, BADLY wanted one, for over a year. We've just had so many big expenses lately, I knew it wasn't anywhere in the near future. That didn't stop me from praying every day, that some how/SOME way to be able to get one. One day, out of the blue, I received one amazing email. It was from my bloggy pal & now Canon Fairy. To make a super lonnng story shot, she said she knew how much I wanted a slr, & she would be happy to sell me her back up Canon. I was thinking how wonderful that would be, but probably couldn't afford it. When she told me how much she wanted for it, I though she was joking. It was an A-mazing deal! This woman is seriously an angel. She could have gotten a lot more for it. A LOT more. But she helped this mama out, from the goodness of her heart! I adore my Canon Fairy, aka my Bloggy Friend! Please go stop by & say hi for me. She is an wonderful photographer, & has a great blog. Did I mention we live about 30 minutes from each other! How cool is that?! We are going to meet up for lunch soon & maybe even go on a picture walk! I can't wait my friend!

   Just as importantly, I wanted to say a quick thank you to my honey. Even though CeeCee was a great deal, it was still a stretch for us right now. Babe, you are the just the best. Thank you for working your cute lil butt off for us every day. You always put Jaxy & I first, & I LOVE the heck out of you. Thank you for my big girl camera hon! I'll make sure to do that "lil thing" you like tonight...? HAHAHaaaa... just joking! Well not really, but ya know. (teee...heheeehe) 

My new camera is the Canon Rebel xs.
    I know it's just the beginner slr, but it is heavenly to me. I'm having a bit of frustration trying to learn all the different settings. I read the entire manual, watched a million tutorials, & sometimes I'm still like, "huh?!" I'm starting out shooting in AV mode, & hope to move to manual SOMEtime soon! We shall see.

Why hello there Flash... you sure are flashy!
(hahaa... yep. Couldn't help my dorky self)

LOVE that silly cheesy grin.
That's my boy!

    Awwww... my poor old point & shoot, Henry. I feel a little bad just leaving him in the dust. Henry has been a strong sturdy friend to me. Every picture taken on this blog before today was w/ good ole Henry. For a point & shoot he was awesome. Kinda like a good cheap bottle of wine. Does the job, & tastes pretty great! Don't worry Henry, we'll still play, you can just have a much needed rest.

~random new slr pics~
Very 1st shot ever taken on my slr, CeeCee.
Not perfect (at all), but not as bad as I thought it would be.
I have a LONG way to go, but I'm super excited!

Really Jax? Really...?
Bubbles galore!

This is a very short fence, btw.

Jaxy having a blast with his neighborhood girlfriend, Harmony. (Is she cute, or is she CUTE?!)
He has girlfriends all over. Heart breaker for sure!

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Vivian said...

Nice Baby!!!

Becky said...

Oh my, sweet friend! I am SO happy for you! What a nice person that gave you a deal! Oh, I already told you in an email, but I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED to see what you do with it. As much as you use a camera, you will learn it so quickly!!! YAYAYAYAYAY! :0)

Susan said...

SO excited for you!! She's a beauty :)

Kelly-Marie said...

Amazing pictures hun .. It's amazing how much of a difference a big girl camera makes lol

Sean Marie said...

One, I don't know why you're so pretty. For real, you're one of the hottest mamas I know. I'd tap that and I'm a straight, married woman! :p Two, I am so happy for you! I know how much you love photography and how much you wanted an SLR. You're already so good at it but this will just intensify your talent even more. Three, Jax makes the cutest faces! He's a little charmer for sure.

rachel said...

yay! finally!

bird and tree said...

oh my adorable!!! congrats on CeeCee!!

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

Hooray for new cameras! Very cool!! Congrats :)

kyna... said...

I ABSOLUTELY love that you and Courtney named your cameras after each other!!! ha ha ha ha! That's awesome!! So totally awesome!

Those pictures are amazing girlfriend! Gosh, I wish we lived closer so I could give you a full tutorial on your's really much easier once someone shows you the ins and outs...maybe I'll just hop on a plane and pay you a visit! :-) (I wish!)...Love you bbff
♥ Kyna

kyna... said...

BTW Mel, I know I've said this before, but your self portrait shots are amazing!
♥ Kyna

Nessa Bixler said...

YIPEE!! I am so over the moon excited for you! I can't wait to see more of you and Ceecee in action.

Lish said...

Yay! So happy for you! How cool is that to meet a blogger that not only sells you their stuff for a good deal, but lives minutes aways from you?! Awesome! By the way are super gorgeous!!

Mallory said...

Woo hooo- you got one! I am so beyond excited for you and looking forward to all of your upcoming amazing photography.

Courtney B said...

Mel.... have I told you lately how much I love you?? Because I love you. Like a lot.

Oh my, please excuse my rudeness! I was talking to my camera...... HAHA!

AH, I LOVE your camera! And I seriously love you :) I was dying of laughter through this whole post...almost! The rest of the time I was oooing and aaawing your photos. You're talented and gorgeous. Jax is so cute and happy. I should hate you for all of that but I don't! I can't help but love you... especially when your camera is named Courtney Canon!

Oh, and your hubs is the best! I can just how much he loves you!

And why can't we live by each other?!

misc.alaina said...

Congratulations on the new camera - that is awesome! Loving your shots so far!!

Angie said...

Melanie, my heart feels so FULL for your right now. First off, you are the sweetest thing. You are. You are an angel. You have the best attitude about life and things in it. I wish we lived closer because I would insist we go on photo walks together. You are precious.

And your Canon fairy is a precious soul too. What a wonderful gesture and I am so happy you have your new camera in hand and already taking photographs with it! Good for you, girl! There is a learning curve, but don't let that stop you (like it would, lol, you have the best attitude!), just keep on snapping those photos and watching those Youtubes, and reading that manual over and over again, and I promise you will get it all down pat soon enough. :)

Congratulations to you beautiful little mama! I can't wait to see all you do now!


Angie :)

Heidi said...

This is the bestest thing EVER! I am sooooooooo happy for you, Mama! Congratulations, seriously. And how much do I love that very last shot? Tons.

Danielle said...

YAY for camera!! And yay for cute, CUTE baby boy with his little girlfriend. I have a nephew who is the same way with all the ladies. What a heartbreaker! Love your blog. Newest reader!

Jen said...

Yay!! I'm so excited for you! I shoot with a Rebel too, even though it's a starter-it's a great camera, especially for learning on!

Chelsea said...

Oooo I love Courtney! The camera. And the blogger! Your photos just keep getting better and better. I'm glad you got such a sweet new toy!

Chandra said...

Congrats on the new toy! Didn't mind all the picts of you....luckily you are easy on the eyes, lol! Your the best and with your new sidekick...I know your pictures will continue to be amazing!xo

Stasha said...

Congrats! I see a bright future for you and CeeCee :)

Bailey@Lost&Found said...

First, Jax is such a beautiful boy! Those curls and his eyes- stunning! Second, congrats on the new baby! I haven't named my camera, but I think I need to. So much better than calling her "camera" all the time- totally unoriginal.

Happy Thursday!


nat said...

Congrats on the new camera- and good luck!

I think em tagged you, so no pressure to join up, but I also tagged you in the 11 facts thing.

btw- CUTE pictures- so much fun!!

Sonya Marie said...

AWESOME!!! What a great post! New cameras are always so much fun!!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Congratulations on your baby! I have complete camera envy!

And I can't get over how cute your little guy always is. Good ole Henry took some amazing shots back in the day. I think you mentioned that you had a point and shoot camera once, but I kept assuming you had an SlR.

dramaticmama said...

YAY!! I love my Canon!
Can't wait to see your pictures!!!
Love your selfie. <3

fiddlehead said...

Congrats on the new camera! I have lots of camera love is great to embrace it! And I love your self shots, all fantastic!