So I got a new camera. For a few years now I've wanted a digital SLR, but I convinced myself to wait for numerous reasons: Right now I don't have the time to learn how to use it. I don't have the money to spend on it. I can't afford the one I really want. It's not very practical while we're going through school. I have too many hobbies. ect. ect. ect. But, more recently I came up with some really good reasons to invest in this fancy little toy: I'm not going to live in the most beautiful city in the world for very much longer. I need a hobby that's practical now that I have 3 kids. Maybe I don't have time to take a class right now, but it's not like there aren't books about photography. My kids are only this small once. And, finally, the most important reason... if I combine birthday moola from two fantastic sets of parents and one understanding spouse then I can buy a Canon Rebel XSI and even a few things to go with it. So that's what I did! I'm in love with it and can't learn things fast enough. Do I still feel guilty about this purchase? Occasionally... which is probably why I'm blogging about it (in the hopes that the blogging community will say, "It's ok! Great purchase! You'll never regret it!" ect.) For the most part though I'm really glad I bit the bullet. I've come up with the best reason of all for having a nice camera: you can't put a price on pictures like these.