At the beginning of the month we made our way to the JC Penny’s studio for our annual family photo. Obviously, Chris and I are missing from the shot, but someone had to be sacrificed for the greater good. There was no way I was going to be able to get everyone ready AND look halfway decent for the pictures as Chris had a meeting he could not miss that day. Soooo, it was just kids (who really wants to look at the old folks, anyway) which, in theory, seemed easier. Well, if it WAS any easier, I didn’t notice because the entire experience was a nightmare. The first few pictures came fairly easily, everyone was in a good mood as I made sure everyone was fed and well rested (and well scrubbed, too!). Shortly after that, things started going downhill. Isabelle decided she wasn’t so sure she wanted to sit still. Then she insisted on holding some of the prop apples, refusing to put them down without screaming like a banshee. Honestly, it takes a LOT to make me sweat, and I was dripping. As soon as we got her moderately calmed down (apples in hand), Jude decided he was ready to be done. In fact, he refused to sit for even ONE MORE picture after that. We spent 1 1/2 hours at that studio and ended up with 7 shots to choose from. Thankfully there were a few that were good enough to buy… meaning everyone was looking and had their eyes open. In fact, after I received the finished pictures, I was almost glad I had endured that nightmarish afternoon, jumping, smiling, laying on the floor… anything to try to get Jude to stop crying. Finally I held him on my lap and she was able to get a close up of him smiling.
I left there completely exhausted. Sweaty and just plain worn out. Yeah, it was all worth it 🙂