Taking photos in every direction in the vain hope that your little darling will be visible in at least one of them- when you get home with the magnifying glass to read name tags?
Brave all the splashing and cavorting at pool observation day only to realise that fabulous underwater picture you took? Someone else's kid....
Frustration be gone!
Fret be banished!
Follow this one simple tip and you'll never fear child mis-photographing again!
But don't just take my word for it. See for yourself.
Spot Amy in this picture:
It even works when your child is facing away from the camera:
Amazing isn't it. You can find her in nano-seconds. Your eye is drawn to her you could say.
Yup. I sent Amy to kinder in the wrong swim hat. Meg's old swim hat. I had renamed it for her to use at the city pool and forgot over the summer holiday that her class wore blue hats. In my defence she didn't say anything when we packed her bag. Or when she put it on. Or when everyone else put on blue caps... but that might just be Amy...
Also in my defence today was the first day of school for Meg. (She really did only have 20 odd days holiday- 30 July to 18 August) So this morning the house was an epicentre of frenzied activity as we got her ready. We'd done most of the packing last night but there were still last minute things to organise. Because there was a lot to organise. Today Meg hauled to school:
- All her textbooks. We didn't actually need any of them all holiday but nevertheless they came home on the last day of term so had to go back today.
- Summer homework book and picture diary book. These were the things we actually used for summer holiday study. For some odd reason the picture diary book is too large to fit in their school bags...
- PE kit- shorts, shirt, red/white hat
- Lunch serving kit- long sleeved whiteapron, surgical mask, floppy white bonnet/ hair net hat. Apparently they don't actually operate on their lunch but if the need arises they will all be perfectly kitted out.
- Swimming kit- togs, towel and green hat (got that one right!), signed and temperature recorded pool card.
- Lunch eating kit- chopsticks, placemat, towel
- Toothbrushing kit- toothbrush, cup, bag
- Melodica and case
- Aluminium cans for recycling (every Thursday)
- New floor wiping cloth sewn just so. Which I was told was needed 5 minutes before she needed to leave. One trusty cloth nappy and the sewing machine later and walah we have a cleaning cloth. Miffed it wasn't made from the regulation hand towel I reassured her her cloth would have far superior absorption properties and was soft on her skin to boot. Only partially mollified.
- Water bottle for the walk home
- Free study project, First graders chose between flower pressing, mud ball making, dying with natural plant dyes and clay objet making. Meg made a star shaped clay candle holder. The clay was from the 100 yen shop and it was very brittle so we wrapped it in bubblewrap for the trip to school.
- Morning glory plant complete with pot and one metre tall stand.
And I think that was about it. Phew....
Despite her eagerness to try there was no way she was going to be able to carry it all without incident to self, morning glory, clay objet or a combination of, so I drove her and the girl she walks with (and all her stuff) to school. It was eerie as the roads were deserted all the way there. There are usually kids streaming in to school like ants from all directions but I guess a lot of mums and dads out there were keen to get those ruddy morning glories back to school in one piece after spending all summer nurturing them and recording their progress.
So yeah, after all that I think only mixing up the colour of Amy's swimming hat was a pretty good effort!
I even made it to swimming observation day between classes.
A few more gratuitous cute Amy in the water pics (now you know how to pick her out from the crowd...):
Be warned though. Wearing a different coloured cap will make you the envy of all your friends who will want to check it out and get their own. In which case it will lose it's power...