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29 November 2015

November Adventures (The Sad and The Happy)


Can I have a moment of silence, please? This month, my beautiful camera, pictured above, died a sudden and very unexpected death. As a blogger, this is somewhat upsetting, because how can I blog with no camera? This camera was given to us three years ago by my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, and it has served us faithfully on all our adventures ever since. Honestly, a DSLR isn't in the works for people like Angel and I. We need a tough camera that can fit in a pocket and manages to take good, pretty pictures even though Angel doesn't really have a long enough attention span to actually wait for it to focus. I have never bought a camera in my life, my previous camera was given to me when I was 16, and after 5 years of using that one, this Sony was a huge upgrade. Any recommendations for a replacement model, or at least what features to look for? I'm borrowing my Mom's ultra-compact Canon at the moment, but so far it seems especially prone to taking blurry pictures if your hands aren't perfectly still, which isn't great for two non-photography experts like us. Or maybe we just have it on the wrong setting...

{Here's the part where everyone wonders how I've managed to blog for so long without learning the basics of photography...it took diligence and commitment, let me tell you...}



We took the kids on a field trip to an International Horse Show. There were show jumping and dressage competitions, but the most exciting part for the littles was that some of them got to ride a horse for the first time ever!


Josh wasn't entirely sure what to think about the whole ordeal.


On a whim, we decided to enter a bouldering competition (not because we are awesome rock climbers, but because the competition entry fee was cheaper than normal entry), and we had so much fun. My claim to fame of the day was that I was the only lady in our group (of 5) that successfully completed both the "easy" and "medium" courses. You only got three tries for the competition, though, and I fell off on my first time on the medium course, so I didn't even get to try the hard one.

I drove once this month. Pretty sure my face shows my feelings on that subject.


Some time ago, Kira posted on her blog that she'd made this dress, but it was too big for her, and wanted to have a giveaway for it. I knew it wouldn't be likely to fit me, but I thought it might fit Rebekah, so I entered, and lo and behold, Kira was actually willing the mail the dress all the way over here to Malaysia!

Rebekah loves the new dress! I asked her if any of her friends said anything to her about the dress on the day she wore it and she said, "Well...no one really got a chance to say anything, because I was running up to people and saying, 'Look at my new dress! It's so cool! And the skirt twirls!' as soon as I saw anyone I knew."


We also had a Thanksgiving dinner at our place. This is not a photo of that dinner, however, because we took no photos of Thanksgiving. However, there was a significant amount of overlap in guests between this dinner (earlier in November) and our Thanksgiving dinner, so I call it close enough. There were 13 of us for Thanksgiving, 3 of which were 4 and under, so it was a slightly more rambunctious crew.

Our Thanksgiving menu was chicken chili, lime sherbet punch, loaded mashed potatoes, chips with homemade dip, apples with homemade dip, no-bake chocolate cookies, and a loaf of french bread. What do all of these things have in common? You can make them without an oven. ;) Because, between two households, we are currently completely oven-less, as my parents' oven died this month. (It was a bad month for electronics)


Starting a Youtube channel was a highlight from the last week of our month. Thanks for all the support you guys! We're having fun chatting about video ideas every time we hang out. This is a picture Angel snapped from an as-yet unfinished skit, because we've already had our first filming error and will have to retake because the camera was out of focus. And this time I'll probably write the items on the board in bolder handwriting to make them more readable. What would you guess that hugs, the 4th of July, and casseroles have in common?

So, I'll do what every single Youtuber does and end with the word: Subscribe!

20 comments :

  1. Aaahhh, I'm so glad the dress is going over well! I'm so thrilled that it's safe and sound and loved all the way around the world. Just too cool! And Rebekah looks great!

    And oh, no, sob for the camera! That one looks like a really nice compact one my parents had for a long time. I can totally understand not wanting to tote a DSLR around everywhere -- I get great pictures and such, but man, it's like carrying an extra, heavy, delicate, I'm-terrified-of-it-getting-stolen purse. Here's hoping you find a replacement that will serve you well!

    Happy Thanksgiving-Christmas-Youtubing-and-everything! :)

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  2. Good luck with your youtube channel! Hope it goes well.

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  3. What a great week! The horse show sounds fabulous. We only took one picture on Thanksgiving, so you aren't alone! Ha. :)

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  4. Starting a Youtube channel is exciting! It's something on my bucket list :)

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  5. Sorry about your camera! I got a Nikkon 3200 DSLR Recently on bestbuy.com refurbished for 325..I hope you get a new one soon! Also I am loving the pics of the kiddos! I wish I were brave to start a youtube channel, I have one..just havent gone there yet! Best holiday wishes to you!

    Valerie

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  6. That stinks about your camera :( The pictures look great though and that's exciting about the youtube channel. I have one, but I haven't really kept up with it as much as I'd like.

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  7. So exciting that you started a YouTube channel! That's in my plans for the new year. That's too bad about your camera, though. I actually don't know much about simple point-and-shoots, so I'm afraid I won't be much help in finding a new one.

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  8. How about a go pro? Those are small and highly durable? Mostly yes for video I believe but works well with a new YouTube channel, no? :D Good luck! I'd love to try rock climbing sometime. Totally on my bucket list.

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  9. Sounds like a very full month. That picture of your pre-Thanksgiving gathering looks like a fun group, so I'm sure Thanksgiving itself was amazing! By the way, great job on having a no-oven meal for the holiday. I would have been losing my mind with stress, but it sounded like you all did a great job.

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  10. That's a lot of adventures in one month. Sorry about the camera though, but glad about your youtube channel.

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  11. Wow, what an adventure-filled life! Thanks for sharing from your heart, lots of love to go around, I see.

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  12. I completely understand about the camera deal. I had one that broke and I just got dependent on my phone. So even though I was given a new camera I take pictures with my phone all the time. 1 I have it with me all the time. 2 it fits in my pocket, lol. 3 so easy to upload pictures to all social media and my blog. 4 Only down side is to continually have to do loaded pictures because I have too many in there and it slows things down. (More pictures in there then I have caught up on my blog, lol). Good luck. I have had great success with canon and nikkon.

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  13. I completely understand about the camera deal. I had one that broke and I just got dependent on my phone. So even though I was given a new camera I take pictures with my phone all the time. 1 I have it with me all the time. 2 it fits in my pocket, lol. 3 so easy to upload pictures to all social media and my blog. 4 Only down side is to continually have to do loaded pictures because I have too many in there and it slows things down. (More pictures in there then I have caught up on my blog, lol). Good luck. I have had great success with canon and nikkon.

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  14. How fun!! My camera broke in college when I still had a flip phone with no camera. I cried and cried. I hope you can replace yours soon! I'm glad you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving still!!

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  15. Sorry about your camera. I know how you feel. I used an instant camera for years til it died. Now I have a DSLR. I love it. It is easy to use and fun. I made sure to buy a strap which I keep around my neck when using so I don't accidentally drop it. My mom always made me keep her camera strap around my neck when I used it as a teen. She feared I'd drop it. I love taking pictures.

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  16. Hugs, the 4th of July, and Casseroles are all VERY American. Am I right? lol So sorry about your camera!

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  17. My first international Thanksgiving was when I studied abroad in France. That week was actually our last week of classes, so one of our professors invited all of us students, the other professors, and our host families to her house for a good-bye lunch. She made turkey soup, and all us students brought bread. We might have overestimated how much bread we needed... But can you really have too many baguettes at a French-American meal?

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  18. Bummer about your camera! I had a Sony Cybershot for years and it served me very well, so I understand your pain :(
    I looks like a LOT of adventures lately, though which is awesome! Horseback riding is so fun - and way to be a champ at rock climbing :)

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  19. So sorry your camera broke. That is such a bummer. Love that skirt your daughter is wearing. It is so cute.

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  20. Aww :[ So sorry to hear about your camera!

    That horse show looks awesome! I've sadly never been to one, but hopefully someday! (+ yay for rock climbing! :D!)

    We didn't take very many pictures for Thanksgiving either. I did make sure I got a picture of my meal though, haha.

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