Busy, busy, busy

Busy, busy, busy. That is my mantra of the day. I have learned that one of the most wonderful things about my life can also be the most exhausting. I have so many people in my life that I love and love me. I am so very grateful for it every day. In turn, it does tend to fill up the days as well.

My first in-laws were in Indiana last weekend, so the kids and I took a trip up to see them all. We had such a wonderful time. All the love 😊 Next weekend Hubby’s Uncle and cousins will be here. This weekend we are getting caught up. For me that means writing . . . So, I need to back up a bit.

Last month my baby turned 21. I still can’t believe she is that old! For her birthday we wanted to upgrade her camera. When I upgrade she usually gets to as well. But with Hubby getting into photography more, he was the one that got the latest camera. I still can’t believe I didn’t do a post about the eclipse! Well in the prep for the eclipse, and her birthday, we managed to get everyone an upgrade. I ended up with my dream camera, a Canon 5D Mark III. I have been having so much fun! It has been so totally challenging me too. It is more to learn, especially working with all the focus points. But then we had a delivery yesterday, and wow.

A little backstory here. I was watching a photography training a couple of weeks ago. The instructor was talking about how useful a battery grip is. Now I rarely have a battery die. I keep a spare with me, and have never burned through both. So a battery pack was not something I had on my wish list. But the instructor was focused more on the buttons than the batteries. The grip has the same buttons on it as the camera – top right. This is such a convenience when shooting vertical, and it had never occurred to me until I saw him working with it. Hubby came into the room, and I mentioned it to him. Not asking for it, just the observation. Now back to the mail arriving yesterday. There was a box from Amazon. Nothing new, he orders from them regularly. First, he hands me a box with 2 extra camera batteries. We had needed to get extra so that he had a spare. So my reaction was pleasure for him. But then he hands me another box – the batteries were for me, not him. Because he had ordered me the grip! I just love that man so much!

1/25, f/5.6, ISO 12800

The youngest is giving me all sorts of grief about the grip. She thinks it is overkill – it makes the camera so big. It really made me laugh because there was a time I felt the same way. But I guess I have grown into it, and this is what I got. I took this picture of Hubby’s puppy Molly. She is 14 years old, and a bit of a crazy old lady. I took it at night, with no flash, using the 5D and grip. I was just playing, so didn’t really think it would turn out. At 1/25 of a second it should not have been sharp. But she is a beautiful old dame.