Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Grinch and stories from my crazy life

Just when I think life is going to slow down a little and I will get caught up, things happen and it gets crazy! Today I woke up, raced to get showered and the boys ready for the day, then ran over to take a friend to the airport, raced back, put Charlie down for a nap while my crazy house cleaners were here  and took Eli out to help me with a photo shoot of a darling 3-year-old girl (note to self - he's still not that helpful for things like this, especially when it's cold outside). It was absolutely freezing with the wind and so we lasted about 30 minutes outside and then came inside to do some studio style shots. 

Have I mentioned that I now own a studio setup?? I need to change my natural light photographer tagline... :) It's just too dark and cold here in Chicago in the winter time, and now we have the boys sleeping in the same room, which leaves a bedroom available to house my studio! If we have another child someday, I'll move the studio stuff down to the basement. I'll have to post some fun shots taken with the new setup sometime soon. 

After the photo shoot, my Gram came over for an hour and then I had to race and pick up a babysitter so I could hurry back, finish getting ready and drive downtown to Ben's holiday party, also known as the ping pong tournament :) They play a lot of ping pong at that company! It's a good stress reliever, particularly this year with the market still being so nuts. On my way into the city, I got stuck in horrible rush-hour traffic and once I was finally down in the Loop, and had a very hard time finding parking. I finally made it to a garage that only charged $8 after 3 p.m. (miracle! so cheap.) and got up to the party. 

Phew. If you've made it this far, you're either tired for/with me or just ready for something visual. 

I present to you - The Grinch at our ward Christmas party. So awesome. Eli was totally impressed!
 Charlie too, somewhat. 
 There were about 200 people at the holiday party. This picture doesn't give you the full scope of the audience, but it really was a great turnout.
Jeff Mulcock dressed up as the Grinch and acted out the story. It was hilarious. 

 Cindy Lou Hou (is that her name?? I'm forgetting now). Isn't her hair fabulous?? Dixie cup was the magic tool (inside the sticking up hair). 

 They had the kids come up and sing. I thought it was cute that they were the Whos from Who-Mette (since our church is in Wilmette). 

I love the holidays! But next year, I'm simplifying things. I can't keep up with this crazy pace!

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