Sam and Ella had picture day at preschool yesterday. They were even able to take some pictures together. I’m really excited to see them.
Every year, it makes me realize how terrible I am about pictures. We take pictures, but I never print any out. It’s one of those things I just don’t make time to do. The baby books are woefully behind (I haven’t put any new pictures in them since Halloween 2008.) My house has pictures up, but most are of Sammy when she was a baby. I have only one of Penny.
The preschool does pictures twice a year. It’s easy to order, so I have a few recent pictures of Sammy. Now I’ll be able to add Ella. Still, none of Penny and none of them together. Grandparents want pictures, aunts want pictures, and I have none.
When I look around at all the pictures of Sammy, my mom guilt kicks in. If you looked at my house, you would think I have only one child, or you would think I didn’t love the others as much. Of course, it’s not true. I just have other things to do, and a list of things I keep putting off that are more pressing than downloading pictures to CostCo.
Of course, there is only one thing to blame. Digital cameras. I download all my pictures onto my computer, but I don’t take time to upload them, have them printed, and go pick them up. This would never have happened if I had good old film. I couldn’t see the pictures without developing the film so, although it may have taken a few months to make the trip to develop them, I would eventually do it.
I also don’t go anywhere to get their pictures taken. My mom used to take us to JC Penny or Sears and we’d stand in front of those horrible backdrops in our Sunday clothes, smiling at the photographer making a fool of himself with puppets and silly hats. I took Sam and Ella once about two years ago. They turned out pretty nice actually. And it was easy. Wait about an hour for them to upload the pictures and viola! order away, pick up two weeks later.
I may have to start doing that if I want any of Penny and the three of them together. Getting all three of them somewhere, in a good mood, and well groomed, well, let’s be realistic, probably isn’t going to happen. But, I’d have pictures.
Do you have pictures of all your kids up? Are you good about printing them out? Do you use JC Penny’s or other photography places and do you like them? Do you think anyone would notice if I just put some baby pictures of Sammy up and said they were Penny? They look pretty similar.