Monday, August 27, 2007

You know how they say a picture is worth 1,000 words?

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Well, these pictures are worth $179.99, plus tax.

You see, it all started last Thursday. Maren was turning eight months old that day, and I wanted to get a picture of her on her eight-month birthday. So I took my camera out, and shot this picture (it's Maren with my friend's daughter, Lucy). I immediately got the "change batteries" signal on the camera. So I dutifully changed the batteries. But as I was sitting at the desk, changing the batteries, I got interrupted, and left the camera on the desk.

Four hours later, I found the camera lying on the playroom floor. It was dead. Irrevocably dead. I had been watching my friend's three kids all afternoon, and freely admit that with seven kids in the house, keeping track of the camera was not my highest priority. Signs point to Isaac as the camera killer, since the last three pictures on the memory card bear his signature (they're all pictures of his underwear on the bathroom floor).

Under ordinary circumstances, I'd weigh my camera options a little bit. We'd had this one for two years, and it served us well. I probably would have done some research for the best model at the best price and ordered it online. But school started today. Annie started kindergarten. And there was no way I was going to let that day pass without pictures (I know some grandmas living in far away places who would have been very unhappy with me). So on Saturday, Annie and I went to Target, bought the two-years-newer version of the same camera we already had. It wasn't even on sale (gasp!).

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the pictures I paid $179.99 for.

Bryce-- starting 2nd grade:
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Annie on her first day of kindergarten:
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All of the school-age kids (Isaac starts preschool next Wednesday):
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Walking and waiting:
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Emily said...

I vote totally worth it!

julie said...

Shelah - Those are totally cute pix! Where did you get your kid's shoes? I need to replace all their sandals and sneakers.

Shelah said...


Annie's Mary Janes came from Lands' End overstocks.

Bryce's shoes are from Payless. They were on sale for $14.99 last week.

Isaac's sandals are a much peed-in pair that I bought for Bryce at Old Navy four years ago.

Courtney said...

I think you made the right choice with the camera. Whatever you overpaid is worth it to get those first day of school pics.

Lucy said...

It obviously takes cute pictures. It helps when it gets such adorable kids as subjects:)

Congrats on making it through summer!

Arlynda said...

I'm sheepishly saying sorry. But, I really appreciate you watching my kids that day.

Shelah said...

No need to apologize, Arlynda. I have a feeling that he would have killed the camera even if your kids hadn't been here.