Friday, August 5, 2011

Four generations, one photo - The good, the bad, the outtakes

Because we don't often see my mamaw, we needed an updated photograph of the four generations together. I do want to note that I didn't dress the girls alike that day. I actually don't dress them anymore and often times, have very little say in what they wear. For the trip, I had packed clothes in three sets. For that day, I had three different shirts and shorts for them to wear. They refused to put them on stating (or whining) that they wanted to wear dresses. Oh, the drama.

I had packed these dresses as back-up and they all grabbed them. The photo shoot was a bit spontaneous so I didn't have a chance to have them wear the cute (unmatching) sundresses I had brought with us. (There isn't anything wrong with dressing multiples alike. I used to do it all the time, mainly out of convenience. I don't do it now because I feel that it draws extra attention to us.)

This was a test shot as I was trying to set the camera for Rich to use. Look at Anna's face. Ha! She apparently was not in a good mood.

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So here's a sample of what we ended up with. Squinty eyes, closed eyes, grumpy kids, shy kids and funny faces.

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Remember me telling you about my (and Grammy's) quest to find different fabrics and such. Well, I had been surprised at how small the fabric/sewing section was at Walmart. We had spotted a Hobby Lobby, which do not exist in our area, earlier in the week and on Thursday afternoon, Rich watched the girls so that Grammy and I could shop sans munchkins. I did find some cute fabrics, including some Disney prints, which I have been collecting for our next trip.

What I couldn't believe was the price difference in ribbons and such versus the cost here back at home. Before we left on vacation, I purchased a 6 foot roll of jumbo ric rac at Jo-Ann. The price was $6.99 and I used a 40% off (one item only!) coupon so I paid $4.20. The jumbo (although just a tiny bit smaller than that from Jo-Ann) ric rac was priced at $1.99 for a 9 foot roll at Hobby Lobby and then all ribbons and such were 50% off (no coupon needed!) so I only paid $1.00. You better believe that I loaded up my shopping cart with a bunch of cute ribbon.

Speaking of ribbon, I really need to get started on that second Rapunzel dress....

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8 comments:

Melissa said...

I believe most Walmarts have gotten rid of their fabric departments and only sell precuts. I love Hobby Lobby, that is my happy place. Seriously, I can go in for one thing and end up spending an hour walking around looking at everything. It never gets old and luckily, we have one about a mile from my house.

Melissa said...

I LOVE your dress the the pictures!! Can I ask where you got it at? I am always looking for longer modest dresses and that is perfect!!

Hilary@BabyMooHoo said...

i've been following your blog for a month or so, and just wanted to say hi & i love it! these pictures are priceless, i love the expressions on the girls' faces in each one.

on another note: are you from maine? i live in the midcoast and am always desperately seeking other maine bloggers :)

Momma Chantal said...

They just opened a Hobby Lobby in NH and I have been making the journey from Boston because it is totally worth it!

JEN said...

I think the pics are great! If you went to hobby lobby you have to be in canton or downriver. Unfortunately I just had to put a complaint into hobby lobby because I had really bad service when I was theren. They called me the next day!!

Jessica said...

Love the pictures...some of those faces are priceless!

Sarah said...

Melissa - this Walmart didn't have any pre-cuts! I so wish we had a Hobby Lobby near us. Momma Chantal - I'm going to have to check out that drive!

My dress is from the Gap outlet store. I definitely didn't buy it this year though - maybe last year. I'm wear a tank top under it b/c I don't like my boobs to be hanging out.

Hilary - Nope - we are in Mass.

Jen - we were in the Sterling Heights area. I'm not sure exactly where that HB was but close to there. Yeah, the woman working in the sewing area was a bit snippy and unhelpful when I asked a question about some ribbon.

Emily said...

Hobby Lobby is THE BEST! We have a bunch of stores in our area, and EVERYTHING is always 50% off. And if it's not, just wait until next week and it will be. I've never paid full price for anything there. I love it!