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December 21, 2012

Am I Smart Enough For A Smart Phone?

So it's true, as connected and on top of it as I seem to be this household has not stepped into the world of smartphones but we are getting closer and closer everyday!

I posted this fall about losing my old orange flip phone and why it was so important to me - after finding it the poor thing went thru several more tramatic events that are slowly leading to its failure!  And this Insta-gram pic of Chris:


talking on a flip phone brought several comments of astonishment that he didn't have a smartphone!

But thanks to Verizon we are now hooked!

So to start with they sent us a Razr HD by Motorola:



And a Samsung Galaxy SIII:


Chris immediatly took the Razr which worked out great because I really liked the look of the Galaxy - I will say that for the first two weeks we were pretty much completely addicted to these phones - taking them everywhere, on them constantly - basically they never left our hands much to the dismay of the 3 kids who were itching to just touch them, stare at them in awe and download  countless useless apps on them - I will say after the first two weeks our obcessive use of them did drop off dramatically - I was seriously afraid we were not going to be able to afford to ever own any for fear of paying huge data usage bills every month!

Both of these phones worked out great for all kinds of purposes!

Chris-For the first two weeks, I couldn't put the phone down, learning, sorting, organizing, and discovering what the phone could do was fascinating. Having the weather with me at all times was usefull, and I realy liked the way the calendar worked. Calculator function, though simple, is another of my priorities, and this one worked well. The internet is handy on the job, but what I really used was just the simple portability of the internet even in our own home. I normaly use the desktop computer in my office for the internet, but I found myself accessing the internet from other areas of our home. What I realy need in a phone is convenient, secure, carrying. something that I won't lose climbing out of a grain bin, and I do not know if this fits the bill or not. Also....it is a bit cumbersome,...as a phone. It does lots of tasks well, but I have to look at it , press at least a couple icons, just to answer the phone. I never did figure out call waiting. Personal organizer, great. Portable internet access, great. Phone calls, fair. I can get my flip phone out while working and answer it with one hand. I can find most numbers I need quicker with my old phone. But the smart phone does save me time. I have several websites I visit daily, and I found myself using small openings to work this in, instead of spending time at my desk. I just wish it would fit in my pocket.

Jent -I loved the size of the Samsung screen, the camera did a great job for what I would use a camera phone for, it is very simple to use and understand!  There are only 2 things that I really didn't like about this phone - while the screen size was awesome for surfing the net, texting & social media it made the phone size just too big for my liking, it wasn't convienent, while it is extremely thin and light it felt too big for my back pocket (which is where I carry my phone right or wrong) and odd as it sounds the actual phone feature I found awkward, hard to use and because of the size of the phone it felt like I was holding a small book up to the side of my face!

I loved Chris having a smartphone because since the camera was easily accessed he actually took pics of me!!!



I think 'Santa' will hopefully be bringing some smartphones to The Campbell House this Christmas

December 4, 2012

HBC via Instagram

"prepping meals for Hoosier Beef congress, so nice just to go to the freezer for pork we raised! Pork BBQ and chili-which we always make w/sausage! #soexcited #HBC"
 
"sporting my fav sweatshirt to help keep me motivated for the long, memorymaking, tiring, fun weekend!  Now I have to go find my 'I will not tell my kid what to do in the show ring' t-shirt! #HBC"

"Most of the snacks packed! #HBC"

"Show clothes packed! #noeasytask #lovethisbag"

"So much for my plan of the kids are old enough now I won't have to get crap all over me-haven't loaded cattle yet and all ready got it up and down my jeans! #bestlaidplans"

"#myboots are on their way to Congress! #HBC"

"Watch out Indy, The Campbell's are in the big city!"

"A little pre-team fitting contest clipping! #HBC #thanksdad"

"Everybody is setting up for team fitting contest! #mommasnervous"

"The fitting team I gave birth to! #mommasproud #mommasreallynervous"

"My cow hair cocktail to ease my nerves! #redsolocup #mommasreallynervous"

"It's on! #HBC"

"It is too early for my feet to hurt! #myboots #mybootsaretired #hateconcrete!"

"#myboots & #cowbutts #HBC"

"EID's all around on the house by #BOAH! #HBC"

"They always end up this way!"

Lou took a pic of me clipping!


"My feet hurt again tonight! #mybootsaretired #myboots #stillhateconcrete"



"Cole & Otto #HBC"



"Making sure his steer eats everything"

"Just got home and afraid to take my boots off-early morning tmw and my feet are sore so not sure I will be able to get them back on! #myboots #mybootsaretired"

"I LOVE MY MOM! She brought us homemade cinnamon rolls, bacon & milk! #bestmomever #shesmine"

"I will not tell my kid what to do in the show ring" -first calf going in the ring in a minute and I am wearing my shirt and continually mumbling the words to myself! #wishmeluck oh #wishmykidsluck"

"Headed to the show ring-goodluck Casey #loveyou #HBC"

"The once over by Dad #HBC"

"In the ring-kid 1 #HBC"

"Kid 2 heading in the ring! #HBC"

"Adopted kid 3 headed into the ring! He even smiled #rare #HBC"

"I always end up on breakdown duty!"

"Kid 4 and final one in the ring!"

"The Manning sticker made it on the showbox and we showed it off proudly at 2012 #HBC"

"#mybootsaretired, dirty & ready to go home along with the rest of me! #myboots Now who's gonna load the trailer? #HBC"

"Exhausted calves!"

"May still be here tmw-so tired!"
 

 

AND

 
 
"In full disclosure while #HBC is fun this is what the area by the back door to my house looks like after 4 days there! #yeswearemessy #slobs #tootiredtoworrytoday"
 
 
 
 
 
 
P.S. My kids would like to personally thank Verizon & Michelle Gilbert of Verizon & Kyle Communications for letting me try out the smart phone responsible for my Instagram posts - with out it I would of spent the time it took me to take these pics hounding them in the show ring!!!!