Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Forever Family Day & New Camera Lens

This continues to be a week of celebrations.
Today we officially celebrate our first "Forever Family Day" Anniversary!

For our upcoming (and last) home study update, one needs a variety of family photos and we never seem to get a picture of the three of us together.
The photo below was taken this past weekend at a family gathering celebrating Nicole & Jordan's engagement.

At least we now have one photo for our update!

The photo(s) above and below were taken with our Nikon D40x. We were taking fairly good pictures but we felt they could be better but assumed it was us; in that we didn't know how to use the camera. Turns out it was that :) and more.

A co-worker (who has this blog) was buying a new lens for his camera and knew we had a Nikon also. He offered his old zoom lens to us, a AF-S NIKKOR 55-200 zoom lens, at a good price and we said yes. What a difference!

Here are two pictures taken with the new lens; we are amazed at the clarity of the water droplets we never saw before.

Cropped and close up!

Love the new lens.....except now, Ford wants a lens like the one my co-worker just bought!
I think we'll just work on learning how to use all our camera's features for now :)


Catherine said...

Congrats on your forever family day and oooo....great new lens too! Awesome detail!

Beautiful pics of a precious family!!

Dawn said...

Happy anniversary. After reading kris and garths blog last night I went back to your Gotcha day to see just how much AA has grown and Wow, WOW that's all I can say! After crying my eyes out for about 10 minutes remembering the story I still can't believe the difference.
P.S. love the photos!

bbmomof2boys said...

Jonni over at The Chronicles of Mommia ( me about her 50mm lens. I didn't think this lens would make much of a difference but it does!! Its not expensive either at around 100 bucks.

Great job on the pictures, enjoy your new lens.


Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy Forever Family Day..
LOVE the photos..
I need to learn how to use our big camera better..

Jboo said...

Congrats on your Family Day anniversary! Very cool photos!


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Happy Family DAY!!!

Love the family photo....and whoo hooo for the new lens:) Isn't it amazing the difference a lens can make!


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Kelly And Allison said...

Happy anniversary. Great pictures. Love them.

Cora said...

What great photos! Happy Forever Family Day to all of you!

Ruth and Brian said...

You are such a beautiful family!!! A new camera (the Nikon specifically) is on the top of my WISH list. I love the photos!

Happy 1 year gotcha day! We wish we were celebrating with you as it seems wrong to do it alone as we started thus adventure with all of you.

Huge hugs,

Sam said...

Happy Family-versary!!! It goes by so fast!!!

T n' W said...

Oh gosh. I forgot about those family photos. Better get my camera out.
Enjoy your celebration!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy Family Day! And I know the director and caregivers will love seeing that photo. AA looks so... so... cool in her shades.

Jimh. said...

Happy Family Day! It has been wonderful watching your family over the past year or so. I can't wait to bring our children home. May all three of you have MANY, MANY more Family Days!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots. Love the water drops in the water photos.

Suzie said...

Happy Forever Family Day! That's a great photo of the three of you. Can't wait to see more shots taken with your new lense!

Don and Be said...

We're printing out the family photo for the fridge. Happy Anniversary to y'all!

Shelly said...

Happy Forever Family Day! What a beautiful photo of your sweet family! Have a wonderful time celebrating one amazing year together!

katie said...

This is a little belated, but congratulations! I can't believe it's been a whole year already. Seems like just yesterday I was racing to the computer each morning to read your updates from China. By the way, I KNEW something was different about your most recent photos. I wondered if you'd gotten a whole new camera. They look pro!

Michelle said...

Happy Family Day! (a day late)

I can't believe it's been a year already............

Dita said...

Happy Family Day!! I can't imagine a more perfect picture of my 3 Favorite Floridians!

You are rockin' the new lens...its addicting...BEWARE!

Hugs to all of you,

Ford, I'm waiting on the next installment of the funeral home story....I'm amazing myself at the patience I've been showing! I'm still on the edge of my seat!

Andena said...

You have selected wonderful AF-S NIKKOR 55-200 zoom lens for your Nikon camera!! Pictures are looking so clear and sharp!!

Vivian M said...

Wow, I cannot believe it's been a year already! Congratulations!