I Hate School Picture Day

I Hate School Picture day

School picture day and I do not get along. We have been mortal enemies for awhile now. It starts when my kids bring home that bright flyer with the perfectly pictured kid on it taunting me with that cheesy grin. I’ll admit that I don’t pay much attention to it. Ok, so none at all. I usually throw it on top of the fridge and completely forget about it until I am dropping my kids off at school a few days later and notice all the students perfectly dressed up with there hair all done with those envelopes in there cute little hands.

I freeze! Oh NO!! I run home to grab some money. I reluctantly have my child called down to the office to hand her the money just hoping she wore something semi decent that day and I notice that she did not particularly have the best hair day that morning. No worries I have my purse, it holds my whole life, there has got to be something in there to fix this mess. So I find an elastic and a barbie brush. Viola. I bust into hairdoing magic while my then eight year old looks at me very strange while I brush her long locks  with a tiny two inch doll brush.

You better believe that this really did in fact happen to me a few years back and it followed with two more years of completely forgetting about picture day.


This year I was going to be better. I remembered, and even though I only planned on buying a class photo which still costs way too much. I wanted my girls to look spectacular. We picked outfits the night before and planned for cute, curly, and fun hairstyles. We woke up early and started getting ready. Nothing was going to get in our overpriced picture day way. I had seen on the flyer that you could even pre pay online WOOHOO I thought, I have got this!

That morning when time starting getting a little tight I ran downstairs to the computer to pay online. As I started the process I read that you would have to print the receipt out to put it in the envelope after you had paid online. Deal breaker. we had no ink in our printer! I then ran for my wallet. I had cash but not in the exact amount I would need. I then started searching for my check book. Who even writes checks anymore these days? It was impossible to find! After texting my husband and searching everywhere, I found it. I then needed both picture flyers for both of my girls to hand in there money separately. I seriously felt like I was running a marathon. This is more complicated than anything in the entire world. I deserve a doctorate or something for completing all of these steps!

After searching through all of our strewn about papers I found both envelopes filled them both out. I crammed the checks inside  and gave them to both of my daughters. I then sighed a breath of relief. I had done it! They would indeed get there pictures taken, all was not lost!


Can you do me one favor though?  Don’t ever ask me to show you the  pictures, because past evidence shows I will never be able to actually find them.



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  • emily debry November 8, 2013, 9:13 AM

    I don’t even do school pictures anymore I either take them or go to a studio like Camera Shy costs less and pics are much better

  • Debra November 8, 2013, 11:09 AM

    I don’t love them. I think we are just going to do pictures somewhere else. In my nephew’s photos this year, his eyes were closed!

  • Summer November 8, 2013, 11:12 AM

    I feel the same exact way on picture day and always forget! This year I did better but my daughter decided on her own (at school) to redo her hair. She added big flower hair clips PLUS a headband. She is still cute but her hair – why didn’t anyone stop her??

  • Michelle Carrillo November 8, 2013, 11:52 AM

    Bwahahaha!!! Sorry… I feel your pain. I know these photos are a rite-of-passage, and you don’t want the kiddos to be left out or anything, but it always turns into an interesting story, right? I look back at my OWN school pictures and cringe a bit… there’s even one year I wore bracelets (and a giant watch, AND a zipper-pouch-bracelet) ALL together, going clear up to my elbow… and I thought… why did my parents let me WEAR this. The photo wasn’t ever framed or hung in the house. I didn’t look my best at all. But I still LOVE it because it shows exactly who I was at the time. Sooooo…don’t stress over the perfect hair or perfect clothes. Real life is a million times better. So no worries on the bad school picture, or even missing out on it altogether… I’m sure there are plenty of other pictures to look back on that capture them in the NOW, right? (And if not, just hit me up & I’ll make sure it’s an easy-peasy process.)

  • Kaylynn November 8, 2013, 1:04 PM

    My sentiments exactly – school pictures are the absolute worst. Sounds like you’ve accepted how much you hate them!!

  • Becky @ Utah Sweet Savings November 8, 2013, 2:02 PM

    I feel the exact same way. I don’t even worry about them anymore. It is what it is. She looks like herself, mess and all. 😉

  • Jo Z November 8, 2013, 3:06 PM

    It’s a scam that’s for sure…

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