Hopefully you are all surviving the pranks and jokesters out there. My kids totally dig April Fools day. Korey hid all of their cereal boxes this morning…which caused a bit of a ruckus. The boxes were quickly recovered from another cabinet, and the frosted mini wheat slurp fest was back on track. I caught Lucy attempting to dump a pound of salt into her snack bag of cheez-its. She thought she’d be funny and offer it to a friend (who apparently never brings their own snack). I told her she was wasting food, so she stopped…but quickly realized I was being grouchy morning mom (the non caffeinated kind), and I needed to learn to be cheerful despite the early morning lack of coffee. To soften the blow of my grumpy demeanor, I quickly threw some raw spinach in a baggy, and said to Brady in my most serious voice: “put your snack in your backpack”. Myself, Lucy and Riley were all laughing hysterically, but Brady was instantly sobbing tears of sadness. Oopsie. Swap the spinich for goldfish crackers, and the world is right again. I guess I’m not cut out for pranks.
A few jokes that Korey and I have tried over our lifetime that have not gone over well:
*Clear saran wrap over the toilet lid. Bad, just bad.
*Announcing on Facebook that you’re ‘expecting’. Don’t do this~while it is hysterical to your close friends/family…you are more than likely hurting the feelings of a those who have experienced infertility. Although, freaking your mom out is kinda priceless….maybe just text it
*Hide in the backseat of someone’s car, and lie in wait while the driver unknowingly drives you around town, singing their heart out. Then when the driver gets safely home, and parks the car, you pop up and say ‘boo’. Not cool, Kor…not cool.
*Call your girlfriend and tell her you’ve been shot in a hunting accident and that you’re in the hospital. Again, Kor…not cool.
* Oh geesh…there are so many dumb things we’ve done over the years…I’m drawing a blank right now. If you need some inspiration to fool your loved ones~check out this pinterest link. There is one of a creepy baby doll peeping through an outside window that would totally freak me out! Oh, and if you work in an office~you have to do the ‘feet in the bathroom stall’…that looks hysterical. Days like these make me wish I worked in the real world~haha!
I don’t think I’ve blogged any of this sweet little girl over the last year…she was one of my baby planners~and I’m not sure how she did it, but she got cuter every. single. time. I saw her! I love this family~I can’t wait to see them again~I’m sure their kids will manage to ‘out-cute’ themselves again!
NEWBORN~ This session is generally taken when baby is between 5 and 10 days old.
6 month session (we generally schedule this right when baby learns to sit up unassisted…usually between 6&7 months…too soon and they flop around…too late and they’re crawling all over the place).
My baby planners often throw siblings/family shots into the mix…
Typically for a baby planner, either their 6 month or their 1 yr will be warm enough to go outside for a bit! Her 6 month fell right at the end of summer, which worked great!
ONE YEAR! These sessions are typically the most challenging, because baby is more mobile. But they are also full of personality by this point~and they are so dang fun!!
I’d say about 70% of my 1 yr clients will do a cake-smash at the end of their session. You provide the cake~I provide the cleanup! A lot of clients order these small desk-sized storyboards when they do the cake smash~it’s a perfect little memory keeper!
At the end of baby’s first year~you get a custom 10×20 storyboard with your favorite image from each session. These are often hung in living rooms, so I will find some of the more neutral toned images to match the home decor.