Weekly Winners {The Merry Christmas Edition}

On Christmas Eve Eve I took some fun shots of the two big boys, Mikey and Benny, in front of our tree:

I even got a traditional selfy pee in a Christmas ornament:

And a traditional bokehffected shot of the tree, too:

Then on Christmas Eve, Nicky came to us.  The same Nicky who is estimated to be 7 months old.  The same amount of months that have passed since our Sadie girl left us.  If you believe in reincarnation you might be inclined to believe that Nicky is—indeed—Sadie.

Christmas Eve was as blurry as the above photograph.  But, it was good blurry as the above photograph.  No, great effin’ blurry!

Michael and I got all the stuff done that needed to be done.  He put out the Christmas presents. I added the bows and filled the stockings.   He brought in Livey’s bike and I made sure to put out the Santa cookies next to the note that Olivia wrote.  The note that wished him well, expressed her love, and thanked him–in advance–for whatever presents he chose to leave for them.  Michael told me he still needed to wrap my present and sent me up to bed with the new, sweet puppy.   We tried to put him in the bathroom, but he cried and whined.  Needless-to-say he slept in our bed with us like all our puppies have done.   It’s all about tradition!

Nicky woke up at 3:00am.
David woke up at 3:00am.
Benny woke up at 3:00am.

What fun!

Finally, everyone was back asleep.   A few hours later I was awoken by Michael, as I slept in Davey’s bed.

“Mishelle, the kids are all up and I’m taking Nicky out,” he said.

Slowly, I got out of bed, washed up, put on my nice pajamas.   Shortly thereafter David woke up.   I was changing his diaper when Michael came up with Nicky.  Then Nicky pooped.  Then we cleaned it up.  Then I almost vomited.   After we got it cleaned up I went downstairs to wash my hands and pull my camera out of the closet.  I grabbed my bag and set in on the table before returning upstairs to rescue Nicky from our bathroom to take him out one more time before the festivities began.

I went out with Nicky while Michael came downstairs with the kids.

Once I came in I took off Nicky’s leash, took off my boots, slipped on my slippers and proceeded to the kitchen to get my camera.  I’d already missed some of the initial reactions, but I told myself it was o.k.   I grabbed my bag, opened it, and instantly saw my present.

Oh, I thought, he DID get me that battery grip.

Oh, I thought, wait! that doesn’t look like my camera, as I picked it up out of the bag.

I slowly turned it around and saw:

5D   Mark II


I turned around to the video camera in my face with Michael and the kids waiting for my reaction.


And I burst into tears.  It wouldn’t be spring time before I got my professional grade camera.  The time was now.  Michael got me, and he got me good.  He even had it all charged up, ready to go.

I’m still in some form of shock, I think.

Videotaping Me (as I cried when I realized he's switched my Rebel XTi for my new Canon 5D Mark II)

Little Nicky

Hot Chocolat-ay

Loving His Dino Rig

Checking Out Her Stocking Loot

Christmas Coffee

Me and My Camera

{The Whole Christmas Set on Flickr}

Finally, I’d like to profess my undying love for my trusty Canon Rebel XTi.   That camera’s been an amazing tool in helping me perfect my craft.  I’ve loved learning more about photography with her.  For now she’s put away, but she won’t ever be gone or too far from reach.

Canon Rebel XTi = Best Entry Level DSLR

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32 Responses to “Weekly Winners {The Merry Christmas Edition}”
  1. 12.26.2009

    Congrats, Mishi! Glad you guys had a wonderful Christmas!
    Must check out 5D at Blissdom.

  2. 12.27.2009

    Aaaawww, I enjoyed this series Mishi!! The CUTE doggie pictures are back; I LOVE that!!!

  3. 12.27.2009

    Beautiful photos. Enjoy the new camera.

  4. 12.27.2009

    I’m so glad you and yours had such a wonderful Christmas. Nicky is adorable! Congrats on the new camera. I got my prime lens too. Good times for everyone!

  5. 12.27.2009

    Congrats on your new camera! I love the depth on the Christmas coffee photo!

  6. Mish,

    I know how much it means to you that Michael bought you that camera, and surprised you with it.

    You are an artist, and you deserve the best tools to work with. Congratulations, darling girl. Can I drool over it at Blissdom?

    The shots are simply stunning.

    xoxo ~ Rach

    ps: WELCOME NICKY!!!

  7. 12.27.2009

    Oh, my goodness… lucky, lucky, lucky you!! And such wonderful pictures you took with that new camera. LOVE the puppy over the back of the couch and the bike shot!

  8. You are so lucky! I’m jealous! That was a fantastic post! Loved all the photos! Enjoy your new “toy”.

  9. 12.27.2009

    Wow! congrats on the new camera! Those are wonderful shots you’ve taken with it! Happy Holidays! =)

  10. 12.27.2009

    Oh wow! How very cool!! I’m so very jealous!

  11. 12.27.2009

    SO happy for you – you totally deserve that 5D! And I am totally going to accidentally leave this post open somewhere my husband will see it. My birthday is six months away, after all!


  12. 12.27.2009

    Oh my gosh such a nice story and a cute puppy. I hope he gets to stay. Love the Christmas lights photo.

  13. 12.27.2009

    Oh, big huge congrats- what a fantastic gift! What a great story, too…I love it!

  14. 12.27.2009

    Over the past few years I have been more and more impressed with the photos that you have taken with your canon…it has led me to want to get one myself someday (once we have the money for it) so that I too can experiment more than a point and shoot or a 35mm film camera will allow. I look forward to seeing what great new shots your new camera (as well as your great eye) will share with us in the near future… Happy New year!

  15. 12.27.2009

    ooooh, that’s so exciting! I knew I should have gotten married (to a good guy) (or a rich one) (maybe, just, period).

  16. 12.27.2009

    ADORE your blog and photos. Happy Holidays!

  17. 12.28.2009

    Wow. Sounds like a fabulous Christmas and the camera is such a great surprise! Of course, I think you could probably take awesome photos with a one of those old 110 film cameras, but I am certainly looking forward to seeing what you do with that gorgeous 5D!!

  18. 12.28.2009

    What a wonderful Christmas for you and your family! I absolutely love that first shot, the toy dog/cat, and of course, Nicky on the couch!

  19. 12.28.2009

    I love this set Mishi…the love is just oozing out of the screen, what a gorgeous family Christmas! And congrats on the new camera … suhhhhweeeett!

  20. 12.28.2009

    What a wonderful Christmas and what a gift ! I think with that you forgot the little incident with Nicky, lol !

  21. 12.28.2009

    Sweet!! You totally deserve it. I can’t wait to see what you will do with 5D. :)

  22. 12.28.2009

    Congratulations Mishelle! You of all people certainly deserved that wonderful surprise. :)

  23. 12.28.2009

    Wow!! BEAUTIFUL photos! And great subjects as well. :) Congrats on the puppy and the new camera. I always enjoy your blog and the amazing photos you share.

    Happy Holidays!

  24. 12.28.2009

    Thank you everyone! xoxox

  25. 12.29.2009

    WOW WOW WOW! Merry Christmas indeed! YAY!!

  26. 12.29.2009

    What a great present!!! What a perfect name for a Christmas puppy! What a perfect day…except for the poop!

  27. 12.29.2009

    Woooooooooo! Congratulations! That has to be the best present ever!

  28. Suzanne

    Congratulations! You have a beautiful family and your pictures are stunning. I’ve been a luker here for a while and now, two comments in a row! I know – the mind reels! I have a Canon XTi and love it – can’t wait to see what’s next!

  29. congrats!!

  30. 12.29.2009

    A puppy!

    You were a good Christmas Treat for that puppy, too. You make me glad.

  31. 12.30.2009

    I am jumping up and down for you girl.. That is simply AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to see 2010 photos with your new toy!!!

  32. 01.03.2010

    Congrats on the new camera! My parents gave me the 35 mm lens I have been wanting and I almost cried when I opened it. My husband gave me an eye-fi card which I am still trying to figure out. It was a very photographic Christmas!

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