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2016 Resolutions

A new year and a new set of goals/resolutions.  As with previous years, I am trying to set reasonable goals, but also trying to challenge myself to be a better person and do the things that make me happy.  See below for my list of things that may or may not get accomplished in 2016…

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Most years this one is unspoken in my mind, but I always want to write more.  This time I am adding it to the official list in the hopes that I will make it happen.  Writing more than last year should not be too hard to accomplish, considering my complete lack thereof.

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A little bit different from the standard “diet” resolution.  Much of my day is filled with semi-healthy food (which can be very tiring day after day), but in the evening I usually have a beer or a glass of wine.  With a trip to Hawaii planned for July, limiting the empty calories seems like a great way to start losing a few pounds to be ready for that swimsuit.  Not that I expect to be bikini ready by any means, but I hope to fit into the swimsuits that I bought for the Bahamas trip back in 2010.

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Since moving and going back to work, I have spent very VERY little time outside.  Now that we live somewhere that actually has winter, although you would never know it by how mild the winter has been so far, I feel like I should make more of an effort to get my vitamin D while I can.  The kids also love running around outside, which means that they nap better and sleep better at night.  Win, win in my mind.  I just need to remember the sunblock so that I don’t get a burn…

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I have a nice new camera, and a brand new lense that I got for Xmas, so I need to be using it.  I love taking pictures, but I am not fast enough for those candid moments most of the time.  I know that will only get better with practice, so this year I want to practice with my camera more.  But the challenge will really be to get a few pictures, and then put the camera away so that I can enjoy the moment with my kids.  I see many photographers taking pictures of their family when all their kids want them to do is stop and come play with them.

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This past year has very few pictures with me in them.  Primarily that is because I am the one taking the picture, but it is also because I don’t tell J to “take an effing picture already” to gently remind him that the kids might like to see pictures of both parents someday.  😉  Being in the picture will also help me train myself to be more photogenic, or at least not quite as horrible at looking decent in a picture.

Canon 7D

As an early anniversary present I got we got a new camera and I am so very excited about it!  I chose the Canon 7D as a good balance between the features I wanted/needed and the features that I have no idea how to use. I have heard the 7D called a pro-sumer camera and I think that describes it pretty dang well. 

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I also got a 50mm/f1.4 lense to go with it, because of course I need a new lense for taking pics of the kids. Duh!
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Now that I have been playing around with it for a few weeks, I am starting to get the hang of what it can do. We have a rock wall in the backyard that makes the perfect background for pictures… if I can get the kids to stand still in front of it. They usually don’t, so outtakes are the name of the game here.
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I am very happy with how the camera is doing in low light sittuations as well (aka, any picture I take inside the house). It is almost fast enough for the shots I want on Auto, but not quite. Luckily, the kids are willing to run around and help me practice.
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I am just so excited to take our family pictures this fall! Now I just have to figure out how to get myself into the picture as well.