When school picture time came around in the fall Owen was in the middle of his second cold in a month. Like a typical little boy he would use the upward-thrust motion to wipe the his face with the whole palm of his hand. He ended up with a dried out chapped face with a bunch of red sores on it, and I thought, "I'm not paying for pictures of him looking like this!"
But then I thought "Can you do that? Can you really just not buy school pictures for your kid or will they call CPS on you or something? Well, I can always get re-takes." But I wasn't actually sure about how retakes work--do you have to send money the first time to be eligible for re-takes even if you know you don't want the first batch? Honestly I didn't stress out about it. And in the end we were still on Thanksgiving vacation on re-takes day anyway. So--no school pictures.
For Christmas, though, we got to see what his pictures ended up looking like thanks to a classroom craft project.