Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pygmy Marmosets




Today, we had the joy of holiday photos. I needed a stiff drink after that photo shoot, let me tell you! Our holiday photos were supposed to be last Monday, but Georgia’s little face has been all broken out, so I decided to postpone them until today. Bad idea.

Yesterday, Eli developed a cold complete with runny nose and he felt “hot and cold at the same time.” Crap! Georgia’s face is still broken out, and I think it’s because of the dry weather. So this morning, I was faced with Eli’s very red, very crusty nose, and Georgia’s irritated little face. Aside from that, both children were up during the night and we were all tired. A perfect time for those Christmas card pictures!

Our appointment was at 1:30 this afternoon. I usually put Georgia down for a nap shortly after 1:00, but that was the only appointment I could get. You can see, it’s just getting better and better. I spent the morning primping the children. First, we did make-up. I did Eli first. Foundation, concealer, powder, and Gold Dust for some added sparkles. (I’m really not kidding.) Next up was Georgia. She needed more foundation than Eli did. Luckily, we all have fair skin, so my make-up was the right shade. Then, concealer. Then powder. Then Gold Dust. Beautiful.

Next up – hair. Eli’s was fairly easy, but then came Georgia. I only know how to do a girl’s hair one way – the way I do my hair. You can tell this when you look at the pictures because Georgia’s hairstyle is exactly the same as mine. First we wet it down, then curling mousse, then blow dry with diffuser, then styling spritz. We were doing okay so far.

Then Eric got home. One look at the kids and he said, “Jesus Christ, Neila! They’re wearing more make-up than you are!” Okay, I personally thought they looked good, but whatever. I don’t think you can tell in the photos that they’re wearing make-up.

When we all managed to get out of the house and to the photo studio, I had high hopes. Until it was our turn. We did the family photos first. Trying to get the four of us to look at the photographer at the same time and smile was more difficult than you could possibly imagine. Georgia was tired, impatient, and screaming. Eli was squinting his eyes shut because apparently he thinks that makes his smile bigger. Eric and I were busy looking at the children to make sure they had decent looks on their faces. It was not going well. We tried several family shots, shots of the children together, and shots of the children separately. The photographer took a total of 83 pictures. We were only able to choose five decent pictures.

After the photo shoot, the kids ran around the play area, while the parents sat at the big screen computers and tried to decide on photos. I was going as fast as I could because Eli was busy doing his own thing. He organized a group of about five little girls and they were running around the portrait studio with Eli screaming, “We have to save the pygmy marmosets from the dragon.” That got me some looks from the other mothers. What?! My kid’s creative. Deal with it!

We finally tore Eli away from the pygmy marmosets, got our photos, our holiday cards and off we went, content in the fact that I don’t have to do pictures again for another six months.



11 comments:

SQT said...

Mom, you did a good job. Not only can you not tell the kids are wearing make-up in those pictures, but they look adorable.

We do what we must, right?

Hulai said...

I think that you did a great job! I would have never known they were wearing makeup! they are simply adorable!

ian said...

Awwww...I love looking at kid pics!

Ian

Morgen said...

They're great!
And no, you can't tell about the makeup!
I love the shot of Eric -- he looks like he's thinking "take the f*^king picture already"
Both of your pygmy marmosets pics turned out great. And I think Georgia looks adorable as a mini-Neila!

But I'm so glad it was YOU at that portrait studio and not me, let me tell ya...
You are a brave woman, who deserves a medal.
Or at the very least a cup of Caribou with a shot of Jack.
;)

Peanut said...

the pics are so cute! Especially Georgia's! Do they put pics from photographers up @ the mall you go to? They used to do that @ the big mall in my area. They had my pics up for about a month! It was sooo coool, but I was 5, and that was the most exciting thing to me besides watching THonas the Tank Engine...
-Peanut-

Peanut said...

*Thomas

jenny mclellan said...

I would never have known your children were wearing makeup. The pictures look great, and nobody would know the hell you went through to get them looking that way!

maggie said...

Those family photos are really good. I especially like the one of the whole family.

Slackermommy said...

A mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do to get a good photo! I think they turned out very nice but I must admit I can't help picturing you holding The Rabbit and giving instructions on how to use it. I'm seriously considering having a party after the holidays.

crazymumma said...

oh they look excellent. In fact you all do. What's a little makeup between family? But, i thought we would see a photo of you reclining on some naughty pillows....

Sunrunner said...

I think your pics looks great! And no you can't tell that the kids have makeup on!