Friday, April 3, 2009

Lost Dress, Fat Lip and Passing Out...PICTURE DAY!!

So today has been one of those days!! This evening we had Easter pictures made. I take my kiddos every year, but this year we decided to have all the Brown cousins get together for the first time!! The pictures turned out great...but it took a really long day and a lot to get through it...

The day started off with a hitch as I realized I forgot to roll Claire's hair the night before so we were with out "Easter Dress Curls" =(. As of 3pm, Claire's Easter Dress was not here. It was in NWA, just on a random UPS truck since 8am!! It was supposed to be delivered this morning, but UPS took their time to get here!!! I was panicked as I had no back up dress and I was really looking forward to her custom made smocked bishop dress (that matched O's outfit and our theme with all the boys!!!). So, Claire and I loaded up and went to buy a filler dress in the case the new one did not make it in time for pictures at 5:40. We found a dress at Dillards, liked it okay, but just went with it in the case of there was nothing else!!! I waited as long as I could at home with the hopes that it would get here in time, but I finally at the last minute had to get the kids ready and just go with the filler dress. I was soooooooooo pissed!! Not at the awesome lady that made Claire's dress, but at UPS for taking their sweet time!! Shane was to meet us at the studio to help me corral Owen, but I called him after we left and asked him to swing by the house just before he came to make sure the dress did not arrive...

So we get there, Owen is a maniac, Claire's curling iron induced curls that she bawled through, were now waves, and I was a pregnant mess. I wanted to put off doing any pictures of Claire until Shane called to confirm dress or not, so the photog took individual pictures of Owen. Can I tell you that my little boy was a model!!?? He did so well, just cheesing away!! Then Shane calls me, flying over to the mall (where the studio was) with Claire's dress!!! This was great news until I realize, I forgot a bow for the new dress!! So I run to Gymboree, buy anything that could remotely match it and $20 later I am in back in business!! Shane gets there with a wrinkled dress, but it was just perfect and I was soooooo happy!!! I strip Claire down, get her hair fixed and we are now taking pictures.

Owen is running around like crazy while Claire is getting her individual shots made (Claire is a pro, she was totally working it), when Shane stops him and sees that he has BUSTED HIS LIP!! Yes, my son, all dressed in his Easter outfit, still not done with pics, has blood all over his mouth!!!! We frantically are cleaning him, when I say we , I mean Shane and Becky are doing it as I am about to lose my mind!!!! Finally we get all the pictures taken, wiping Owen's mouth in between shots and all is well!!!!!! The pictures turn out even better than we hoped and we are all thrilled!! Shane had taken the kids and Sterling home with him so Lane and I could wait on the pictures with Jennifer and Becky, so Lane and I were free pregnant women! =)

We waited for awhile to go through all the proofs and place our orders when I realize that I am getting really hungry (I think Lane was too). Then I realize not only am I hungry, I am getting sick and need to eat NOW!! So Lane and I leave to go to the food court and I am feeling worse and worse as we walk. We get in line at Subway and I am getting really dizzy and hot. Lane tells me to sit down as we were still in line. I get back up as it is time for us to order. I walk over and realize I am REALLY bad at this point and I am about to pass out! I tell Lane my sandwich order really fast (as that is what is most important =)) and go to sit back down. As I reach the chair, I black out and catch myself on the chair. I come back really fast, but I am covered in sweat and miserable!! I have never done that before and it was crazy!! Lane had no idea that I blacked out, and all there was around me was a bunch of annoying teenagers at the mall on a Friday night!! It was quite a trip!! I will never go without eating that long AGAIN!! Lane and I laughed later over our yummy sandwiches about what an insane day it has been!!

So with all that drama, the day had a wonderful ending!!! Check out these amazing pictures we got of the kids, busted lip, fallen curls and all!! I keep tearing up every time I look at them as they are all so beautiful and have grown up so much!!!
Claire's dress was made by the ever so talented and sweet as pie Danna!! Wait until you see the second one she made us!!! The pictures were made by The Picture People - they always pleasantly surprise me and if you are in the NWA area, request JD. If he was able to get this crew to smile all toghether, he is UNBELIEVABLE!! They have a new offer where you can buy all your photos on CD!!

24 comments:

Casey Lewallen said...

This makes me wanna cry! I can't believe how big your kiddos are, Claire was so tiny when we moved here!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

oh my gosh rachel what a day!! you poor thing having to go through all of that!

those pictures are absolutely perfect!!! wow! look at those two little siblings too, i love the loving and fun looks and poses, you can see how much they love each other! and their outfits are adorable. how fun that there are so many cousins that get to grow up together! so fun!!! and you and lane are too cute =)

alyssa said...

AWESOME PICTURES Rachel!!!! i love all of the colors!!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Wow, what a day for you! Loved all the photos!

writing4612 said...

You really got some great shots!

Maybe Owen was really into taking pictures because the other kids were there. He was a trooper.

Hope you're feeling better!

Jillian said...

CUTEST pictures EVER! And so worth the crazy day!! How crazy that you got so sick from not eating!

Brown Four...Never a Dull Moment said...

It was a crazy day...but the pictures turned out fabulous! I love how he was able to capture all the kiddos expressions!

Great job, Rachel!

AmyT said...

those turned out SO good!!!!!!!!!

CAMoore said...

Uh - hello!!! Those pics are great!!! I can't believe the picture people did those!! I am sold - we are booking with them!!! :)

O is soooo cute - I love his Easter outfit!! And of course miss Claire looks stunning!!

Have a great weekend AND rest momma!!

Lane said...

That was so crazy but I'm glad you're ok now! Thankfully the pictures turned out fabulous for such a crazy day!

amywelborn said...

What cute models!! Picture day is always the most stressful...I feel your pain!

I used to get weak like that when I was preggo too. When I told David I was hungry, he knew that meant NOW!!! Otherwise I would get the same way!!

winbe said...

Super cute! I love how he captured them just having fun.

~aj~ said...

Beautiful pictures! I love their smiles!!

Suzette said...

What a stressful day! The pics definitely paid off, they are adorable. You definitely have photogenic kiddos! Love the dress!

Megan said...

I am tired just after reading that!!! You poor girl! But your pictures turned out amazing! All such beautiful kiddos and great outfits!

Tara Gibson said...

OH MY GOSH! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THOSE PICS! THEY ARE SO GOOD!!!!

I cant believe the day you had! We will get some of that pasta tmrw yum!

Heather said...

Wow, what a day!! But look at those pics for a reward! OH.. MY..WORD.. Those are amazing!! Your girl, whew, she is gorgeous!! Loved seeing them!!

Mrs. Cole said...

you deserve a massage!!! The kids look beautiful so it seams as if it might all be worth it.

Lindsey said...

Your kids are truly beautiful!!! Love the pics!

Jessica said...

OMG, you better be glad that you are not having another boy because I would take that baby so fast and move to Mexico -HaHa!!! Owen is the CUTEST thing ever and Claire looks just like Nicole to me - simple GORGEOUS!!!

The Heckathorns said...

I think this picture needs more girls! Lane has to have a girl and of course you will have little miss Bree! Next year, two more additions to the Brown clan! :) So adorable!

P.S. Carry some food on you at all times so you don't pass out next time! ;) I ♥ the pics!

Carolyn said...

These pictures just made my day! Those smiles, the outfits, the gorgeous hair (no matter what you say mom, she looks perf) and Owens model poses. Perfection!

Happy Easter!

Nessa said...

Omgoodness, Owen is such a stinkin' cutie!! lol, and Claire looks so sweet and precious! Beautiful pics!

Maggie said...

OK Rachel, LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures. They did a FAB job!!! And the story, OMG, I can SO totally relate. Every single time we get family pics or pics of the boys, I am a sweaty mess by the end of it. haha

And just think, I get to do this again on May 2!! Can't wait!! haha, but so ready to get some new prof. pics of the boys.

The one of O squatting is one of my favorites - what a ham!! I love it!! =)