This year I tried to avoid paying for the cheesy (in my opinion) school pictures and took the kids out for a photo shoot. I figured we'd get some pictures for our Christmas card while we were at it. It was perfectly overcast when we left the house. 10 minutes later when I stopped for gas, it was hailing. 40 minutes later when we got to the park it was sunny and super bright out. I'd already hauled them all there, so I did my best. Better luck next year. Picture retake day was today, and I happily handed over my check.