What do cardigans, pillowcases and wet suits have in common? One very chilly Pilgrim photo shoot! Yes, you heard that right. These photos were made possible by Neoprene. I mean, it was 35 degrees Fahrenheit, and I couldn’t exactly have the kids wear their ski jackets over their Pilgrim costumes, right? So, what did I turn to? The things you wear when you do the OTHER kind of skiing. Water skiing.
This would be a cooler story if I told you that we actually take the kids water skiing. But we don’t. These wet suits are hand-me-downs from more adventurous relatives. Sadly, we have never used them for their intended purpose. However, I thought they would be the perfect base layers for our time-travel adventure! Except if a child has to go to the bathroom. Which totally happened. I *may* have put our marriage to the test, when, after Jeff sweetly helped me dress all the kids (it took an hour and I collapsed into giggles when he inadvertently put Eliza’s cap on upside down and backwards) Eliza announced that she had to go potty. We had to take everything off of her and then put it all back on again. Wah wah.
Photographing all five of our children is nearly impossible! Fortunately, Emma and Elliott can be counted on to take great photos.
Eliza is our little clown. Her expressions drive us nuts and make us laugh whenever we try to take her picture!
But, sometimes I manage to catch some good shots of her, like these:
Oliver is also a wild card. He was only in it for the apple slices. (Another period-appropriate distraction that I thought would be okay if it was seen in the pictures.
Come to think of it, Annika didn’t dig the photo shoot, either.
First, she was hungry. Then, she was hangry. Then, she was just plain angry! Eliza had also had enough.
It can be disheartening to spend a bunch of time making costumes, only to have the kids not want to cooperate for photos. However, the good pictures of their sweet little faces make all the hard work worthwhile!
Stay tuned, because I will be making more posts about how I made some of these Pilgrim costume pieces from scratch and/or how I dyed and re-purposed them!