Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I'm a Traitor (iPhone 5 v Samsung Galaxy S5)

That's right everyone.  I am a traitor.  Steve Jobs is going to rise from the grave and get me.  I traded Mariphone in for Maralaxy (Samsung Galaxy S5).  I was actually sad to see her go and to think of her sitting on shelf all alone.  Then to make matters worse, I get emails from apps telling me your iPhone has been disabled.  It's like they are all against me.

Erik and I have been talking about getting the Samsung Galaxies for a while.  I wanted one last year and Erik said we were iPhone people and not to think about it.  Then he dropped his phone a month or so ago and cracked the screen and all of a sudden he wants a Samsung Galaxy.  So we did it.  We handed over our beloved iPhones.  I like my new phone, but that doesn't say I'm going to keep it.  Let me tell you some of the reasons I decided to switch.

1.  The camera:  The camera is 16 megapixels.  The pictures are just so much sharper than those I take with my iPhone.  We all know how important taking photos is to me, especially with my phone.  Val has a Galaxy S5 and her pictures were just so much sharper.  I know because I've printed some of hers out.  The last weeks of school, I had printed some directly from my iPhone, rather than Instagram, and they were slightly pixelated.  The Galaxy S5 photos are not.  Also, with the Galaxy, there are about 20 different modes you can put your camera in for pictures.

2.  Texting:  I love that the S5 has that vibration when you type your text messages.  I've always liked that.  It's not available with the iPhone unless you jailbreak it.  Jailbreaking voids your warranty.  I also use the cute messaging that allows you to customize pictures.  So I have added photos for my contacts and I get to see their cute faces when I text them.

3.  The size:  The Galaxy S5 is much larger than the iPhone.  Since I use my phone for reading, that is kind of convenient.  It's not too big, so I don't look like I'm holding an iPad to my head when I talk.  Haha.  It still fits in my pocket, which was a requirement.

4.  The Galaxy S5 is something new.  I've had an iPhone for so long.  The thing about upgrading to the new iPhones is that it's always the same thing.  Nothing really changes on it.  It's the same product with a few changes.  It's a great product, don't get me wrong, but I was ready for something different.  If the iPhone had a better camera, I would not have switched over, though.

Now, let me tell you switching over and trying to figure out how to use the Samsung Galaxy was not an easy task.  The iPhone is much, much easier to use.  I've had to watch Youtube videos, and grill kindly ask Val a million questions about how to use the S5.  Erik got his phone yesterday, he doesn't know how to use it yet.  I'm slowly getting the hang of it.  I've found that both phones work very similarly.  They are touch phones with apps, you swipe the screen, they have a home button, they have voice commands, etc.  The big difference is that you can completely customize the Galaxy S5 anyway you want it with widgets.  With an iPhone, you are stuck with what you get.  The Galaxy S5 is also water resistant, which is a nice feature for us as we go to the lake a lot in the summer.

I also want to say this.  If the reason you won't switch over is because you've been told you will lose all of your iTunes music, apps, etc.  That is NOT true.  In fact, the guy at Verizon told us that before we got the phone.  He said we would lose everything and not be able to use it.  It is absolutely not true.  We downloaded Smart Switch which brought everything over from iCloud wirelessly.  Our music came over so easily it was unbelievable (must be connected to a computer).  In fact, we will probably keep our iTunes account for purchasing music and just switch it over to our phones.  We will always be Apple users with the Mac, iPods, iPad,  and probably iPhones again.

So, there you have it.  I've been beating myself up over my choice to change.  But then again, you have to meet the consumer's needs.  Apple needs to make their camera better, and provide some variety in their phones.  At least that's my opinion.  I'm going to go hide in my hovel hole now and avoid the rotten tomatoes being thrown for disparaging Apple.  Have a good day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

So Many Things

I have so many things I wish to catch up on this summer.  One of my goals this year was to really work on this blog, but that plan was sort of derailed by illness.  We are almost to summer.  Tomorrow is the kid's last day, and mine is on Friday.  I love/hate this time of year.  I love it because I can't wait to finish up and rest.  I hate it because there is just SO MUCH too do before the year is over.  It's just a huge, mad rush to get it all done.

I am also at a point in life where I don't know if I want to continue working on my photography business.  It's not like I want to stop completely, but I want a break.  I have "three jobs."  I have my regular job.  I have photography.  I have my web design/promotional work for another business.  It's a lot of work.  I really love taking photos of people, but I hate having to sit in my office for hours on end editing my photos.  It's so hard to pull myself away from my family to do that.  Sometimes, I just want to come home and hang out or God forbid, scrapbook.  I've never considered myself a creative person until recently.  Apparently I am, because I need to have some way to be crafty or design something.  I'm finding that little hobby has been pushed so far back on the burner I can't even see it.  I'm hoping that this summer, I will be able to get caught up on everything.  I do have some layouts from National Scrapbooking Day that I need to post here, but then I would have to download the pics and convert them to JPEG's so, when I get the time and energy to do so, I will.

I'm going to set my summer goals this week and start working on them.  In the meantime, I'm counting the seconds until freedom..Ha.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Weekend Fun

Erik's schedule changed this week, and he now has weekends off for a small period of time.  We spent our first weekend together in two years (meaning Saturday and Sunday) just messing around in the background and spending time as a family.

 At the nursery, picking out plants.

 The garden is growing.  We got some green beans this weekend.
 Yummy, yummy homemade pizza.
 Morning Glory on Sunday
 The new flowerbed we planted.
Sunset on Sunday Evening

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Learn Amor Teach

Hello there.  As you might remember, I mentioned a while back that me and my friend would be starting a new blog.  It's called Learn Amor Teach.  We will be offering resources and printables in English and Spanish.  Here is a sneak peek.  Please excuse that we only have two posts and no custom blog header.  We will be adding tons this summer.  Make sure to subscribe via email.


Friday, May 16, 2014

First Swim of the Season

It's been a cooler spring for us.  Erik set up the pool this weekend.  The boys went swimming the other day as it was finally warm enough.  I feel bad for Mazzie.  She can't stand that the boys are in the pool without her.  Erik put her and Jill in.  Jill was less than thrilled.  Mazzie loved it.  Since the boys have been swimming after school before Erik gets home, I can't put her in the pool.  She runs back and forth and jumps up on the side of the pool.  Poor thing.

 Jill wants out.
 Filling the pool.
The big pool was too cold...Love that JoJo has his life jacket on in three inches of water.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


I've had this little quote in my head for sometime.  I searched it and found that it's actually part of a hymn.  

We all have so many blessings in our lives.  It's hard to see that when times are tough.  It's always good to be thankful.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Project Life Week 13

Here is Week 13...Chronicling this week.

National Scrapbooking Day allowed me to get caught up on my Project Life album.  That was nice.  A quarter of the year is over.  I can't believe it, and I have it documented.  Go me!  I'll be posting more layouts this week.  As a note, I did steal some photos from my Project Life album so I could scrapbook them in another layout.  Ha!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day

It's National Scrapbooking Day!

I'm going to try my hardest to get some scrapbooking done today!  You can participate in various online activities.  Big Picture Classes is offering free classes with videos today.  They also will have giveaways on their Instagram Page.  To enter just take a picture of your layouts and tag them #NSD10k

I'll be posting on my Instagram feed.  You can find that here.

So scrap away!  Here are a couple of my favorite layouts.

Hopefully after today,  I will have some more layouts to post!!  Grab you scissors and supplies everyone.


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