I ended up getting another camera from Christmas The one I asked for. Someone saw me with it and said, "Oh, you downgraded." Well, I guess you could look at it that way. If it's a matter of size, then yes I downgraded. My new camera cannot swap out lenses and does not have some features that my Rebel has. But I consider it an upgrade. Because I'm taking picture again. I actually bring my camera places and I can just toss it in my purse without feeling like I need to bring my extra-large purse.
I once read that it's not a good camera that takes good pictures, it's a good photographer. I agree. It all comes down to the person behind the camera.
Here are a few shots I took with the new camera. I think they're just as good as anything I've taken with my Rebel. Although, that's coming from a professional amateur.
Lola at the Science center
snoozing with bunny ears