The last time I took the kids to get pictures together was about 2 years ago. I had taken Ben when he turned two, but they were way overdue to get pictures. Call it nesting, call it checking things off my mental to-do list, but I knew if I didn't take them before the baby came it would not happen.
I know Emily will get school ones done, but I can't count on them to turn out nice nor would I get any of her and Ben. So, I needed to head to Sears. In this small town, it's Sears or Walmart or a professional studio that is out of our price range.
I dread doing this, from the outfits to the hair to their shoes, it raises my blood pressure 20 points just thinking about it. I had a rough night, a really rough night. I was up by 1:00 with some pains under my rib cage, maybe it was muscles stretching or a foot, in any case I was up for over 4 hours in pain. Then, right when I was about to fall asleep one of the dogs went diarrhea all over the bedroom carpet. David had gotten coerced to sleep with Emily which is normally fine by me as I sleep better if I can have all my pillows lined up on each side. But, when the dog has an accident and I'm in pain, the last thing I wanted to be doing at 5 AM is steam cleaning the carpets. Of course, David lectured me that I should've woke him up, but I didn't. He came in at 6 right as I was finishing up and pretty much at my wits end. He called in sick today. Luckily that meant he got to help me with the kids pictures.
We get there and I quickly find out the trainee is taking our pictures and the manager is helping the previous customers. Oh no. This always happens. We get the newbie and nothing ever comes out right. After about 10 minutes, she had snapped the camera twice. Then she asked the kids what they wanted to do and she told them to say "cheese" followed by a "please". I'm thinking this is not going to work. My blood pressure went up another 20 points. Luckily, the manager finished up and came in to rescue the photo shoot.
The kids went from this:
The rest of the pictures were great and luckily David whisked the kids off to the play area in the mall while I sifted through pictures. Two hours later, we left happy.
Here are some of my favorites:
This is Ben's normal expression:
3 hours ago