Yes, you read it right. 7 hours. Kinda Crazy. It didn't seem like 7 hours but it was. Karen and I met at the Emerald Square Mall to get David & Holly's annual picture taken. Taking a picture of a 19 month old and a 21 month old is a huge undertaking. It went something like this...
Meet in Parking lot number 10...no 11...no 39. Okay just follow me.
Say hello in parking lot. Look in amazement how much Holly & David have grown. Pack up strollers (enough stuff for a few days but I still forgot Davids Sippy cup!) Show each other the matching outfits for the kids. Compare the colors.
Finally get into the actual mall. Where are the bathrooms? Duty calls! At this point an hour has already gone by.
Where is the food court... Oh yeah right below the sign that says Diner!
Eat some lunch; well Karen & I. David and Holly were too amazed at the carousel to eat. Ask a stranger about her amazing two seater stroller.
Go shoe shopping - have a really good laugh at the Hootchie shoes.
Find another bathroom I think...Find another elevator. Did I mention this mall has two Filenes, Which are really Macy's but still called Filenes... Very confusing. Round and round we go...
Off to picture people for 2:00. What an experience that was! It is all too open. tons of kids...too many things for the kids to climb on...Not enough workers. Try to change the kids into their outfits. Dullusional Mommies thinking we will have two photo shoots in two different matching outfits...how funny of us!!!
Sweat running down our heads chasing the kids. Comment that we will not be doing this wiht 4 kids. While one is front of the camera the other one is running around. The stool, the teddy bear, the fire engine, the train, the boat. "That is a great shot" too bad the photographer wasn't ready. Okay we are done with this...Valium please!!!!!
Off to more shopping, a cvs that doesn't sell sippy cups, coffee at starbucks - yummy, cookies for the kids. Sharing scrapbook pages. And then to the Kids Soft Area Playground...which was awesome.
Holly & David had some much fun. It is a brand new area just for the little ones with lots and lots of climbing which lil D loved!!!! We stayed there for a long time. But the kids had so much energy and did great. I got to visit a little with Karen and look at her Digital Scrapbooking. Loved it!
Then back to Picture People. Still a busy place. Not quite sure if I like how they do things. We didn't get that many great shots and the one we were looking for wasn't there. David has a meltdown cuz the people that work there are as slow as turtles! Go for a walk. Redecide on a new picture, have it reprinted. Purchase pictures. That part took a long time! Thanks to Karen the coupon queen we saved lots of $$$ .
Go for another walk. Lil D is asleep. Look at the beautiful girls clothes at the childrens place. Look at the beautiful clothes at Gymboree. Get some dinner. What the carousal again.
Watch in a amazement again at Holly cleary identifying and telling us that the number "6" was on Karens cup. She is so smart!!!
Call hubby tell him I will be leaving soon (it is 6:00) . But then a detour to Lane Bryant for some new clothes. We were giddy by that point. It was so funny shopping with my best friend. More good times!
Off to find the Filenes were are car was parked. Stop a sales associate to explain to us about the two filenes. comment how we felt like we went in circles around the mall but somehow we didn't see all three floors and all the stores.
To the cars we go. Unpack, change diapers, get snacks. Look at watch... OMG is it 7:10 pm - how did that happen! Drive home - ahhhh it is 8:35 and I am in my driveway!!!
What a great Day! Very Crazy and Hectic and I am exhausted today but it was so worth it!!!! Thanks Karen, I had a great time!