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My Latest Addition

by Meghann on November 28, 2009

I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the GraduateMeghann family…


It’s a Rebel!!!!


The Canon Rebel T1i to be exact. :)

After a couple of months of saving, researching, and testing out my Mom’s camera I knew the rebel was what I wanted to go with. When I saw Nicole from Another One Bites the Crust (Love her blog and photos!) was selling her less then a year old camera, I knew it was fate.

I purchased the slightly used Rebel from Nicole at a very reasonable rate and could not be happier!


Now I just need to familiarize myself with the new camera and truly learn what it can do. Nicole told me that apparently you can set the camera on manual, adjust the settings, and see what the picture is going to come out like in the live view mode on the back of the camera before you take it. Can’t wait to play with that setting. :)

The camera was actually suppose to arrive on Wednesday, but was held up at the FedEx facilities in Orlando. They then tried to deliver the camera yesterday, but we were all busy shopping and no one was home to sign for it. :( Finally, after waiting by the door all day the camera arrived just before 5:00 pm. Better late then never.

I did manage to keep myself pretty busy while waiting for the camera to arrive with a little Christmas decorating. Well more supervising than decorating. πŸ˜‰


The boy hung the lights and I watched the pups.



When lunch time rolled around Kelly and I volunteer pick a selection of subs for everyone from Publix.


My sister and I split a footlong veggie sub on multigrain bread.


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My favorite part of the Christmas decorating process has to be picking out the perfect family christmas tree.




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Alot of thought went into finding the perfect tree.



In the end we went with a 10 ft ‘surprise tree.’ We call it a surprise tree because we select one that is still wrapped up and won’t know what it looks like until we get it home and take the twine off.

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Once we got the tree home it was time to reveal the surprise.



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Let the decorating fun begin!

First up – Lights!



Next comes my Mom’s Precious Moments collection.



My Mom’s has a Precious Moment for each year here and my Dad have been married.


This year she added #27 to the collection.


My siblings and I also have a precious moment ornament from the year we were born and by tradition we all hang our personal ornament first.


Mine from 1985. :)




I had alot of fun playing with my new camera while decorating the tree. :)



The finished tree ready for presents to start filling up underneath. πŸ˜‰


My Mom is a little obsessed with the gold theme for our tree.

As if we hadn’t had enough Turkey this week, my little bro had receive a free turkey from work and my Dad decided to make it while the family was all together.


He slathered the turkey with a homemade basil and oregano butter using fresh herbs from his windowsil. The results were moist and delicious.


With the turkey my Dad made homemade Mashed Potatoes






Green Bean Casserole




and an array of left overs from Thursday


My plate with a bite of everything


My Dad had put the idea of cookies in our heads for dessert. We went with the no fail Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from the back of the Nestle Tollhouse bag.





For some reason I have trouble making ‘small’ cookies and always end up with gigantic ones.



Nothing goes better with fresh cookies hot out of the oven then ice cream.


I had one cookie with a scoop of vanilla fudge swirl on top and it was basically nothing short of amazing. πŸ˜‰


I <3 my new Rebel!!!! :)

My alarm is set for 4:00 am tomorrow!!! The whistle blows for the Space Coast Half Marathon at 6:00 am and they are reccomending everyone begin to corral at least 15 minutes before hand.

I have all my race gear laid out and hopefully I will be ready to run so early in the morning.


My stomach is full of butterflies in anticipation of race day. Let’s hope those butterflies allow me at least a little bit of sleep tonight

Wish us luck!

Good Night!

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bridget November 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Looks like SUCH a fun day with your family and makes me can’t wait to get a Christmas tree! I love all the pictures with your new camera. That camera is quickly becoming my new obsession as well! Delicious dinner.

Good luck tomorrow…you’ll be awesome!!!


2 Nicole November 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm

So glad you like it!!!! And that it finally got there!


3 melissa November 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm

good luck! one of my nyc tnt friends is running the marathon too! have fun with the rebel rebel


4 jenna November 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm

love the new camera! The pics are awesome. I can see a difference! Looks like a great meal and dessert!


5 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) November 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Congrats on the new camera! Hoping to join the club soon, myself =)

Love the tree decorating too. Such a fun time!!


6 Erica November 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I could not be more jealous! What an awesome camera. Sounds like quite a fabulous day too. Yummy eats, fun christmas tree!


7 Karla November 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Congratulations on the new camera! I love my Rebel too! (sadly the bf has it for the weekend and I’m going through camera withdrawal!!)

Great pictures! I want to set up for Christmas!


8 Kelly H. (The Running Phoodie) November 28, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Wow, 6am is such an early start! Good luck and I hope you have a blast :)


9 KatieMoo November 28, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Welcome to the family, Rebel!

I LOVE your FSU sweatshirt. SO CUTE!

And I just made the toll house cookies… they’re the best!


10 KatieMoo November 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

oh, and good luck tomorrow to both you and kelly!


11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm

SO JEALOUS of your new cam!!! I played around with the Rebel at Costco the other day and fell in love.


12 blueberrymuffins November 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Good luck! Love the new cameraaa!


13 Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I love Publix subs! I don’t know what it is, but their subs taste better than any others. Can’t wait to see all the photos you will taking with your new camera. :) I want a Rebel SO bad!


14 katey November 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm

your tree is beautiful :)


15 Justy2003 November 28, 2009 at 11:21 pm

The pictures look great! And the tree is beautiful! My mom has Christmas ornaments for each of us kids for each year that are all Precious Moments ornaments, too!
Good luck at your half tomorrow…I’m sure you’ll do great and I can’t wait to read the recap!


16 Kristie Lynn November 28, 2009 at 11:27 pm

1 – My family definitely has the Precious Moments ornament with the sled – it might even be for my birth year?
2 – Are the gloves from Target? I think I got the same ones; can’t deny the $1.50 deal!
3 – Good luck tomorrow!! :)


17 Matt November 28, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Wow the half starts at 6? That is early!


18 00kate November 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Good luck tomorrow! Congrats on the new addition to your camera family, and the food looks delish :)


19 Nicci@NE November 29, 2009 at 12:09 am

I love your new rebel too, haha ave fun with it and good luck with the race tomorrow.


20 greensandjeans November 29, 2009 at 12:35 am

Good luck tomorrow! The new pictures look great!


21 Courtney November 29, 2009 at 12:56 am

Good luck, good luck, good luck! :]


22 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now November 29, 2009 at 1:32 am

Good luck at your race tomorrow, I know you’ll do awesome!!


23 chasingthenow November 29, 2009 at 2:13 am

Best of luck with your race. I hope it goes well!


24 Tamzin November 29, 2009 at 7:03 am

Looks like you had a wonderful day! Good luck with the race x x


25 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar November 29, 2009 at 9:55 am

Good luck! =]


26 Evan Thomas November 29, 2009 at 9:56 am

Your camera looks so good! I suppose after 3 years I should get a new one too but I hate shopping for them because I’m not sure what to look for.
We got our tree yesterday but it’s a bit smaller, hehe.
Good luck!


27 Danielle November 29, 2009 at 10:03 am

Yea for a new camera! My Nikon is similar to your T1i and you will LOVE it, as you already do, I’m sure.

We also got our Christmas tree yesterday but usually let it “fluff out” and will decorate it today.

Have fun at your race!


28 Erin November 29, 2009 at 10:05 am

Congrats on the new camera — the pics look gorgeous already. I’m holding out one a new one until next year because even though the pics are better with a DSLR, it’s much easier to travel with a smaller one.


29 TorontoGirloutWest November 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

Best of luck to you and Kelly today!!!!!!!!!!! :) Here’s hoping you both PR!

And awesome pics – I’ve been lusting after a DSLR for years but haven’t been able to justify the expense yet. First it was the fact I was still in law school and shouldn’t be splurging. And now I’m saving for a wedding. If someone (cough cough – Fiance) saw fit to give me one for my wedding present I’d heart him even more! lol πŸ˜‰

I think I’m going to have to cut and paste this comment and send it to him!


30 Lizzy November 29, 2009 at 10:18 am
31 Brittany November 29, 2009 at 10:53 am

It looks like you had a fabulous and festive Saturday!!

Picking out and decorating the Christmas tree is one my most favorite things.


32 ~Jessica~ November 29, 2009 at 11:06 am

You don’t need luck for your race ~ you have more than enough talent to put in a stellar time :)

Those shots with your new camera look fantastic.



33 Kara November 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

Those photos are breathtaking! So jealous and now I want to spend money I don’t have haha.

And good luck!


34 biz319 November 29, 2009 at 11:27 am

I am sure you kicked ass today!! Good luck!


35 Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) November 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Wow, an SLR really does make a HUGE difference, doesn’t it? I thought that is what you bought, when I saw something about an Early Christmas Gift (yes, I love putting in proper nouns where they don’t belong) on fbook, but when I saw your title I though maybe you had gotten a new pet or something!

I’m sure you rocked the race…I’ll be reading about that later πŸ˜‰

Happy Sunday.


36 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write November 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Good luck! I really loved your family time. I missed my family alot this Thanksgiving.


37 Anne P November 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Awww I heart Christmas. Pretty pics :)


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