So you call the mall kid photo studio to have a sitting at 4:30.

They say, “Great; we have an opening.” All is good; you think you will miss the mad rush on Halloween when everyone trick or treats at the mall. You get the kids ready and get there 15 minutes early so no one takes your spot.

At 5:45, “Oh, we can take your photo now.” Only one person has taken photos in that whole time, and they had one kid ( four shots done). I have no clue why the wait.

We take photos; wait about 30 minutes to see them on the computer screen. Don’t know what the photographer was thinking because they have a digital camera and should have been able see that my middle child’s eyes where closed in all but two photos out of ten.

Wait another hour or more; take photos again as we wait for two other families to take their photos. Haven’t a clue what three employees where doing while one was taking photos. Take photos again; now it is about 7:30 p.m. Another family takes photos.

So, in three hours of waiting and three times watching Disney’s Robin Hood movie over and over, four families including ours have taken photos.

Now at 7:45, my pictures should be printed but they aren’t because the machine just broke. Oh, when do you think it will be fixed? We don’t know. We can mail you your photos in about seven days.

This is just ridicules. I just ordered 13 sheets plus a cd. So I say, “Fine; the kids and I are tired.” They don’t even offer a free photo, so I ask after all this and they say, “Oh, yeah, I guess you can have that.”

I got them in my email already; just not cropped and formatted with words like I designed them to be, but oh, well, here is one. So much for the tradition of always having a new picture on the wall on Halloween day. I guess I will be fine with one on my blog for now.

Just so you know, I purposely left out the company name as they usually do a great job. So I really don’t want to give them bad press because I like the company a lot and will use them again. I think they just had a bad day. Us, too!

Thank you for listening; I am better now.

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Libbie
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 07:59:00

    >Sunshine! What a crazy day!!! I looked at the photos on your blog, however, and they are just DARLING – your girls are all so cute in their costumes. At least you have some great pictures to show for the challenging day!XOXO, Libbie


  2. Nancy Jo
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:00:00

    >Boy that was a long photo shoot!!But I guess the good thing is the pictures are really cute, of course you did a great job with their costumes.NANCY JO


  3. daffodile dreamer
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:00:00

    >Hi Sunshine,The photos are adorable though – worth the hassle – and the costumes are divine. Very pretty – my daughter wants to be a dead person for her ‘scary’ birthday party that is coming up – your girls look much nicer!! Which is my daughter’s penpal, so I can show it to her? She is currently writing another letter.Best wishes,Jayne


  4. sunshine
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:01:00

    >to daffodil dreamerThe one is burgundy and white is her penpal. When we ge tthe photos I said theyc ould mail pictures to their penpals. She is real excited about being abel to send school and halloween photos. we took both this last week. Now we just have to wait for them to come then we will mail them off.


  5. katie-ell
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:01:00

    >What a day! I don’t know how you could endure for that long — my head would’ve exploded.The photos are f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c!! Wonderful keepsakes.Hopefully the memory of the long day will fade . . . and you’ll have these adorable photos forever.


  6. ~Tracey~
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:02:00

    >Sunshine, I will go look at the photos but you should not have had to wait that long. Perhaps a call the the manager or higher up or even an email will save someone else from having to go through the same thing you did. That just sounds WAAAAY wrong: the waiting while they let other families go is not right.Glad you got your photos done though!!ETA: ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS and mama, for those gorgeous pics of the children I would have waited too!!Tracey


  7. Beemoosie
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 08:03:00

    >Sunshine…beautiful rewards for a LONG day…you are more patient than I !Bonnie


  8. willowtreecreek
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 09:31:00

    >Well even for all the trouble your kids are beautiful and despite it all still have great smiles!!!


  9. sunshine
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 10:44:00

    >this came in an email to me from Newheart at MJF”Hi, loved the halloween pictures,,I haven’t forgotten your fabric,etc…just too too much for one box load, also have yarn and needles from neighbors yard sale for you.. Can you email me instructions for YO YO doll.. I have all my life wanted one and now that you showed me how to make yo yo’s think I’d like to try it.. new heart…….margie cole”I have started one and will post it by the end of the week if at all possible. I emailed you a ruff draft of it. It will be easier to understand once I take photos for refferance. If any one has questions on things like this I will do my best to answer them and post the answer for other too.thank you Sunshine


  10. sunshine
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 10:50:00

    >In case you saw it my blog was spamed this morning. I had comments about Sept 11 posted on this topic about halloween costumes. I do read comments and leave critics and things like that. But this had nothing to do with my blog and was just spam so it was deleted. I also got this in an email from a concerned reader. Thank you for the concern it is greatly appreciated this is to be a fun blog not a political one. Thank you all who read and enjoy and leave appropiate comments. ” Jocelyn wrote to me 6:42 am Oct 31 Sorry to hear about all the trouble with the pictures this year. The girls sure do look cute though. FYI – someone put a comment on about 9/11 & WTC that I’m not sure if you want to leave there. I assume you are able to edit comments on your blog.” Yes I can edit have only done it twice when I have been spamed. Other wise I let them stay.


  11. sunshine
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 14:47:00

    >These outfits for future referance if people want ones that look like these they are from Lillian Vernon and Story Book Heirlooms both are on the internet.


  12. daffodil dreamer
    Oct 31, 2006 @ 19:58:00

    >Hi Sunshine,Thanks for letting me know – we all had a look at the photos when the girls came home from school and they loved the costumes!Best wishes,Jayne


  13. Nance in France
    Nov 01, 2006 @ 09:10:00

    >Cute kids, cute costumes, happy faces; the halloween headache was worth it, wasn’t it? And sunshine, that romanian crochet baby bonnet is beautiful beyond description. Exquisite!!! Nance


  14. sunshine
    Nov 01, 2006 @ 09:12:00

    >Thank you I don’t have much choice on if the kids are cute or note that is all Gods doing.. Thank you for the compliment on the bonnet. My husband was shocked when I put it up for sale. He said you made that yeah and I never made it for a family member just for fun so it sits in a drawer doing no good. So I hope who ever does decide to buy it loves it too. As I thought about that for a few months because I like it so much but then I figured I can always make another.


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