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Friday, June 18, 2010

The BEAST can BUBBLE UP even in BEAUTIFUL PLACES

Hmmm... Today was a wacky day... Kind of a roller-coaster. Do you REALLY want my REAL thoughts?? In person I tone it down. A LOT!! I'm really quite a BEAST at times!! I had my moments but STILL exercised GREAT RESTRAINT! 

I tried, but could NOT sleep last night. AT ALL...Racing mind mania... Guess that's nothing NEW... 

We had to hit the road by 5:45am to be at the Manti Temple for the 9am sealing of my niece and her family. YAY!! We've been WAITING for this day!! Sounds like the START of a BEAUTIFUL DAY, right? It was... TRUST ME!! We made good time getting down there. She WANTED us all in white, so we changed. The temple is a beautiful and peaceful place. I will go into how SPECIAL this was on Sunday, because it TOTALLY WAS!!  =D

THEN we go out to do the family portraits. She had ASKED me to do this. Part of the reason I came even though I had sick boys at home (just a cold... I'm not THAT bad...) and hadn't slept... I had brought my equipment, 2 cameras with different lenses attached... yadda... yadda... yadda... Hubby was going to change and go get the equipment and meet me outside because he's SO FAST and me... NOT so much. The place I WANTED to do them was unavailable because they had everything set up for the Mormon Miracle Pageant. (An AWESOME event if you've never been... but it WAS inconvenient to ME at the MOMENT... *sigh*) So... had to consider other spots. Mind you, there were 6 kids, the oldest 10 and the youngest an infant whose nap time was rapidly approaching. WHERE was the HUBS??? Maybe at the car getting the equipment still??? How was I to KNOW for sure... Give it 10 MORE minutes of waiting and he comes OUT of the temple... ??? He had been chit chatting about his latest book with the temple president... *sigh* But he RUNS fast... gotta' love'im...

We have to go down and up stairs to get to a grassy hill to the northeast of the temple. I am NOT wearing hiking shoes... Dresses, dress shoes and photography are not always a GOOD combination... I can feel my arches starting to scream for attention already... 

I just have to say that THIS is where the frustration really starts... You have a family with many little children... GETTING THE SHOT is a challenge without ANY HELP from outsiders... Or I guess in this case INSIDERS... Seeing as how the kids KNOW the GRANDMA better than ME!! So as she is OFF to the side with her camera trying to pose them, making sounds, calling names, etc... I just let her for a bit, THINKING that then she'll give me MY turn... AFTER The kids are TIRED of the whole process... I could just pack it in, grandma has it covered. (This would be niece's hubby's mother, NOT my sis...) So after a bit I just said "OK, I need all eyes over here. If you're done for a minute, I get half of the eyes over there and some here. It doesn't work." She seems put out. (In all honesty, there were moments of the others -including G-ma- being very helpful and I can see the beast in me bubbling out... So REMEMBER my LATER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT as I continue my pathetic rambling...)

Yeah... THESE will NOT be among the faves... *sigh*

The people in our way in another spot moved, so we did too. The family and kids had to walk down a hill and we had to drive around below a wall to where I was to shoot. Had more cooperation here. Then, again, there were other kids at the top of the hill that just kept running around behind them, so I'll have to EDIT them OUT!! The sun was blazing and there were more shots than I'd planned. It was hard to see what was coming out due to how bright it was outside. HAD to use flash fill to see their faces at all. WRONG time of day for outdoor full sun shots. GAH! In spite of my 15SPF moisturizer, I was getting burned. I appreciated G_ coming down to try to get the kids to focus in my direction. Feet DYING by this time... Kids are REALLY getting tired of this...

Niece wants more up close to the temple by the door on the West side... so we drive back up. When hubby informs me I'm a little HARSH..." *sigh* What am I supposed to DO?? Can't take the shoes anymore and just take them OFF. Get to where they are and G-ma is posing and clicking again. I just wait for a bit. When I go to start, she continues, so I stop again. Her to me, "You do your thing and I'll do mine." Me, "I can be done if you just want to take this. I can go." Niece, "No! Ok everybody look at Aunt Holly now... I'm hot and can feel my skin toasting. My feet are killing. My head is now splitting. The kids DON'T want to play anymore. AND I'm the BEAST! She's coming out... AND now I get to try to get 6 kids to look at me and SMILE after how long in the hot sun? We finish and I did get some shots. I'll include some good shots on Sunday's post. 

NOW WHAT?? I had REALLY WANTED to go around and take all kinds of beautiful shots of the temple from different angles and such... I knew hubs had taken a few... *sigh* I just COULDN'T DO IT... Also, the idea of all going to lunch had been brought up earlier. Sis didn't know if there was a definite plan, she was going to round them up and figure it out. Right then it just hit me... I just want to go home... The temple was a beautiful experience, I'm glad I went. The after part... not so much. I was exhausted, hungry, and in pain. I hope she wasn't offended and I REALLY wish I'd said BYE to some of the others... but I just HAD to GO... I hope she (& they) understands. 

I DO ACKNOWLEDGE that my beast side came out towards the hubs, too... Being annoyed about not having the equipment right away, changing a lens on my other camera, etc... I don't know HOW he puts up with me...  (What would I DO w/o HIM?? *sniff*)  SO GLAD HE was driving!! We grabbed Arby's at the drive-thru and WENT on our way... We got home; one boy was feeling fine and the other was doing much better. I CRASHED for a few hours. Such was my roller-coaster day of high and low. I'm just grateful it wasn't the EXTREME RIDE!  ;p

((HUGS))

1 comment:

Megan Dewey Clark said...

Oh that reminds me of my wedding..... Taking pictures after my sealing was horrible... I was so ornery and could feel the beast coming out too. I was so worried that the pictures would be horrible because I was in a horrible mood but they turned out great so I was lucky..... I hate getting my picture taken.... lol.... after the temple we were all meeting at a restaurant for dinner and we got there and waited about 45 minutes for everyone else... the waitor had to come and ask us if our guests were coming or they would have to fill up our reserved space... so then you get mad at your family for being late and embarrassing you and this is supposed to be the greatest day of your life.... sigh

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