Who is loving this warm weather?! ME!! I seriously hate winter so I am ALL about this sunshine and summertime. If you are cooped up inside, you need to get out and have a picnic or go to Mr. Freeze (my local fav).
This is definitely going to be the best summer yet because Colton is old enough to really play and get excited about things and Braxton is walking all over. He just trots around and gets the biggest thrill out of splashing water out of a bucket. I may actually be able to get some yard work done this year while they are playing in the yard. I can't wait.
Now, if you follow my blog, you know my trusty photog friend Allie Darr takes fabulous photos and we would always laugh about how every photo I took with with my iPhone. Well ladies and gentleman, I am proud to tell you I have officially upgraded from the cell phone camera!! :) Yes, I know, you're shocked. I made those pictures look pretty darn good if I do say so myself...
Enter: Verizon Wireless with a Samsung Galaxy Camera. You got it... I got a Samsung Galaxy Camera on Verizon's 4G Network. I already love Verizon and have used them ever since I got my own cell phone plan, back in 2005. No, that was not when I got my first cell phone, that's just when I left my parents phone bill to be a big girl and pay my own bills ;)
So when I got asked to review this camera, I was excited. I was just thinking how great the timing was because I had been telling Jeffrey how I needed to get a new camera. I didn't know TOO much about the camera when I got it. But let me tell you, the day I got it... I was in love. Yup, with a camera. Jeff actually calls it my husband. Brandi (my sister-in-law) was over the other day and he asked her if she had seen my new husband yet, because I was sitting there playing with the camera... I told him not to be jealous :)
Okay, so you probably are thinking I'm obsessed with it... but you're right. I totally am. I posted all about it on Facebook and after playing with mine one of my friends is buying his wife one for Mother's Day, and all the girls in my office are getting one too. And on a side note, I was at Costco and had left my phone in the car but had the camera in my purse so I e-mailed my friend Molly to ask her a quick questions about which beverage I was supposed to buying for a bridal shower and a lady came up and asked me what I was using. She was like "I saw you typing on a camera and I was like wait, is that a phone?" So she too played with it and thought it was the coolest thing ever.
Okay so let's get down to the actual product... It does everything but make phone calls. It's a 16.3 Megapixel camera with an incredibly far 21x optical zoom and a 4.8-inch LCD touchscreen. Besides built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS support, this also has Verizon 4G connectivity. This is the first Android camera that does 4G and guess what else? it listens to you. You can control the lense and shutter release by saying commands such as "zoom in" and "shoot". Yeah I know, so cool.
So it's an awesome camera and a fully functioning tablet device! I even have Netflix on it. It also has Instagram, Facebook, and all my e-mail accounts on it! You can set it to vibrate or beep when you get a message or notification and you can download any app you want right through the Google PlayStore. You got it, it's the next big thing.
I just wanted to share my wealth of information with you all because I know the bloggers out there are all about pictures! Here are a bunch of photos that I have taken with the camera:
I hope you all have a great weekend, I will be out snapping photos of my muchkins playing outside! :)
Colton turned 3 on February 22nd and we had a party for him the weekend after. 3 is definitely my favorite birthday so far! He was SO excited, literally SO happy to have a birthday party, and he actually understood what cake and presents and all that were. I let him pick out the theme of his party, which first he picked Mickey Mouse then quickly changed his mind to Thomas the Train, and he stuck to Thomas... and talked about it EVERY DAY up until the party.
I asked him what color cake he wanted and Katie, from Katie's Cakes, probably got so annoyed with me because I texted her 3 days in a row changing the color "make it blue"..."oh wait, he wants green, make it green"... then the next day "please don't hate me but can you make it blue?" LOL true story. She did an awesome job and he got his blue cake.
Then I let him tell us some of the things he wanted for his birthday and Hungry Hungry Hippos definitely topped the list. I started looking up some Thomas party ideas. I'm not big on invitations for some reason so I just sent my family and a few close friends e-mails telling them about it. I mean who keeps invites anyways? I do think they can be really cute and cool but I guess since I'm such a procrastinator I would never get them out in time anyways, that's probably the real reason why I don't do it...
My mother in law sent him this cute personalized Thomas the Train shirt to wear for his party, so I spruced it up by sticking it over an oxford shirt. He looked pretty cute if I do say so myself ;)
The night before we hung streamers and balloons from his bedroom door while he was sleeping so when he opened his door in the morning he would have a surprise. Then Jeff made train tracks on the floor from the entry of the house to the kitchen with Duct Tape and I made tracks on the counter tops using a thinner Gorilla Tape. We got all his favorite snacks to set out: Goldfish, Gardettos, and Trail Mix. I also hit up Party City for all of the decorations except the actual trains, which we already owned or I purchased while out shopping.
Here are a bunch of pictures:
He had such a great day!
Hope you enjoyed the photos! Have a great rest of the week,
Hello all :) I hope everyone has had a great weekend! Last night, as most of you know, I was super bummed because my favorite show Revenge on ABC is taking a "break"". Seriously, is that necessary? I need to talk to who ever is in charge of that decision... I might also suggest they start playing it every evening, what is this once a week business!? ;)
Well besides that, we had a busy weekend... It was Colton's birthday on Friday. I seriously cannot believe he is 3. It's so crazy, but still so fun because 2 and 3 are such a great age. I love his little voice and all the funny things he says... hopefully it stays cute and he doesn't ever talk back to me ;) just let me stay in dream land and pretend that will happen! Sunday was his birthday party- Thomas the Train. I will write my next post about that and get more into detail. He had such a great time, he was in Thomas Heaven all day.
But as most of you know, with planning a birthday party and running errands there is not a ton of time left for cooking or being around the house. I was constatly on the go this weekend. I decided to try to trick my little newly-three year old. I went through McDonalds because he kept asking for "nuggets". In his language "nuggets and fry fries" is really chicken nuggets and french fries. So I pull up to the drive thru window and asked for the happy meal with Fish McBites instead of nuggets. All he heard was nuggets so he wasn't paying any attention. I also got myself the regular size fish bites to try. I love fish... one of my favorite foods.
I got my bag from the next window and Colton doesn't even let me pull away from the window before saying "nugget! nugget!" It's like he gets a glimpse of the bag and he KNOWS. It can honestly be so annoying, but I also remember as a kid when my mom went through the drive thru and would make us wait till we got home to eat anything and it was like torture. So I decided to test my trick... I said "you want a nugget buddy?" and he replied with an enthusiastic "YEAH!!!" so I hand him the Fish McBite. He chowed it right down and asked for more! He ate every single Fish McBite in the pack! I was thrilled, I had succeeded. I kept asking him if he liked them and he kept saying yes :)
Success. Colton likes fish ;) I later told him, which I'm not so sure he even understood, about the trick I played on him. He kept saying "tricked me!" so who really knows. But twice I've ordered him the fish instead of the nuggets and he is just loving it! Naturally, I've ordered myself an order every time as well. They are honestly really good!! :) If you like fish you've got to give them a try.
Since I know you're just running to get your car keys now to try them... or not, Let's do a giveaway to inspire you to head to the closest McDonalds and give these babies a try... Let your kids try them, even if you have to trick them! You will win an entire Fish McBite prize pack! You will get to try them for free and you get some cool free stuff from McDonalds as well!
Share this post on your social media feeds, Facebook, Twitter, whatever... and then let me know that you did! I will pick the winner randomly from the names on Wednesday! Share Share Share :)
Happy Monday and Happy Fish McBites!