I go to this one park with Emeline. It has pretty walking trails, a cute little pond, and even a baby swing.
Yep, just one.
Down by the pond there are little outlets in the woods, with benches.
Last summer, when Emeline was just a wee little chickadee, we were sitting out on a blanket down near the woods at this park. I kept staring into the wooded areas thinking, This would make an awesome photo op. I could picture it. Balloons. Highchair. Adorable kid. Perfection.
But, 1st birthday photo shoot seemed so...far...away. I'm learning that the concept of time is on fast-forward once you have kids. I don't know who hit that button, but I'd like it to slow down to a normal pace, pleaseandthankyou.
Fast forward (this time, fast-forwarding allowed) now to March. My sister mentions to me that she finds this amazing wooden highchair on Craigslist that would be perfect for me to paint & redo according to my picture vision. She contacted the seller. It was available. There was a little bit of back forth. A week or two went by. I then contacted him. An email. Then a call. Then I finally get an email that he sold it.
I was bummed. Wait, no, that's an understatement. Slightly devastated.
I had scoured Craigslist and couldn't find another one available within a 45 minute drive. For some reason, I rationalized that 45 minutes would be my distance-cut-off time. You know, as to not appear that I've gone that mad over something as silly as a highchair.
But then, I wised up. Or dumbed down, I guess you could stay.
I started searching mis-spellings, and different combos of the words. Go figure. Bloop. Up pops a ton of options.
A few emails & calls later, I was on my way to pick up The Highchair. Just me and Emeline. On a random weekday. So, on my way there, I made a phone call to my friend Jess, and told her that if she didn't hear from me within the next few hours that I'd ended up at the craigslist killer's house, and to send out the forces.
Luckily, it was just a nice older lady with two crazy dogs. Both me and Emeline got out alive, with The Highchair on board with us. All was well.
So, did you know that cute little sunshine yellow highchair was actually the most boring-drab-outdated-blah-looking thing before? Oh you did? Well let's pretend you didn't. You know, so you can really appreciate the WOW factor. [Or the fact that I ruined a new pair of jeans with spray paint. Have a permanent crick in my finger from spraying. And have bruised knees from kneeling on the hard deck too long while spraying. But, I digress.]
Oh, say hi to Mac in the bottom left corner. He is so nosy when new things come into the house, or, in this case onto the deck.
Amazing what some sun yellow spray paint can do, yea? I'm so happy with the way it turned out. It looked so cute & was worth it to haul into the woods for a 1st birthday photoshoot. And it will be the highchair she uses on Saturday for SmashCake101.
And maybe, just maybe I envision all my future children reliving this highchair scene, each with their own color scheme, perhaps. Just perhaps.
Anyway. Let's see some more pictures.
|that face? my favorite.|
Sigh. What a fun little photo prop, that also has some function. Two functions, actually. One, to use for the birthday party smash cake fun. And Two, to keep little un-shoesied babies out of that-could-possibly-be-poison-ivy grounds.
Hey. Whatever works.