Monday, April 21, 2008

Picture perfect anniversary

I have been totally preoccupied for the past week and a half. I've been running around like a maniac, sneaking here and there. I can't concentrate. It sounds like I'm having an affair, but the truth is that I've been working on a surprise for my husband.

As a special anniversary gift for my husband, I had professional photos taken of my kids and it wasn't an easy task.

On Thursday, April 10, my husband was supposed to have an early morning meeting at his office. His company usually has one early morning meeting a month and since the weather was supposed to be perfect that day, I arranged for Dan Creighton, a photographer from The Mercury, where I work, to come to my house to take some pictures. On Wednesday night, while giving the kids a bath, I asked Jon if his meeting was still on.

"No. It's been rescheduled to next Thursday," he said.

Panic struck me like lightening. It was 7:30 p.m. and I had to call Dan and make sure he didn't show up at my house the next morning. Immediately after the kids were in bed, I sent Jon to the grocery store so I could call and reschedule the photo session. Instead of wasting the beautiful day, we decided to meet at a park.

Jon got the kids dressed first thing Thursday morning. Neither were dressed picture perfect and I couldn't change them. I have a history of changing their outfits after my husband gets them dressed and a couple days before picture day, Jon finally had enough and asked me not to change them if he dresses them. My hands were tied and I had to find a way to pack and hide dress clothes for them so I could change them in the back of the minivan after we got to the park. (See, another reason to love the minivan.)

After Dan took the pictures, I still had to go to work. By now I'm really late for work, dripping in sweat with a handful of mulch down the front of my shirt.

Wiping away the mulch and sweat, I dropped them off at daycare dirty, tired and hungry. I didn't have time to change them back into their play clothes. I felt bad about it, but that's the price you pay for sneaking around. When I picked them up at the end of the day, I changed them back into their play clothes and headed home, hoping Sophia wouldn't remember Dan's name and repeat it.

The Saturday after the photo shoot, Jon and I took the kids to the park. Jon pulled the stroller out of the trunk of the van and mulch fell out all over the place.

"How did this get so dirty?" he asked.

"I don't know. It's the trunk. It's dirty back there."

I know he didn't buy it. I wouldn't have bought it, so I changed the subject and it was forgotten. I think.

It's been a long week and a half. I've had the pictures for days now and I love every single one of them. Dan did such a great job, I couldn't have asked for more perfect pictures. Sophia and Ryan look beautiful and it's taken a small army to keep me from telling Jon about the pictures.
But, the day is finally here and I am so excited to share the pictures. At the bottom of this page there is a slide show of some of the best pictures from that photo shoot.


To my husband: Today is our anniversary. We've had seven years filled with highs and lows that I wouldn't give back for the world because each of those events have brought us to where we are today. Never in a million years would I have ever imagined that we would be parents, let alone the parents of two of the most remarkable and beautiful individuals in the world. I'm looking forward to the next seven years and every year after that. Please accept my gift to you on this special day. It's the most special and precious gift I could think to give you … our children.


Shannon said...

Thats a great idea for a present. Way to go, Mom. Those pictures are fantastic. Especially the ones of the two of them together. Both of your kids are adorable.Now what did he get you???