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October 31, 2008

happy halloween

Vivienne went out as a little pumpkin (a hand-me-down, but fitting!), Max was a ninja, Ian a Power Ranger and Isabel was Belle. Not shown here were fireman Finn and another Power Ranger, James. We trick-or-treated down Fair Oaks Street which is a closed to traffic and totally immersed in the spooky spirit. There was lots of candy fun for all.

October 29, 2008

pumpkin carving

Maxs Pumpkin08
Max drew this face himself, no kidding, I just crafted it into cut outs. Awesome. Daddy and Max did all the carving, nice job boys!
Vampire Max

Vampire Max!

Drawing Pumpkin
Carving Daddy
Final Pumpkin

October 28, 2008

pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Cart
Serious Pushing
Max was very decisive about his pumpkin selection. He was also a super thoughtful big brother and picked out a small one for his little sister. She loved it, as she always does, because her big brother gave it to her.
Vivis Pumpkin

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sketchbook art

Moleskin Art1
Check out all the wonderful sketchbook illustrations done in "moleskines" notebooks on the Smashing Magazine site. There's a good list of resource links to more art there too.

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October 26, 2008

zoned out and tuned in

Max Headphones

sleeping angel

Vivi Sleeping

October 24, 2008

St. Crispin's Day

Shoes Ready

Shoemaking has a long history and one that is rich in tradition. Within the trade itself--among shoe and bootmakers--the legends, the traditions, and the history really begin with St. Crispin. St. Crispin is the patron saint of shoemakers. Since medieval times, October 25th has been celebrated as St. Crispin's Day and the Shoemaker's Holiday. In the past, boot and shoemakers traditionally closed their shops on this day, in celebration and commemoration.

Who is (are) St. Crispin?

Crispin and Crispinian were once the Catholic patron saints of cobblers, tanners, and leather workers. Born to a noble Roman family in the 3rd Century AD, Saints Crispin and Crispinian, twin brothers, fled persecution for their faith, winding up in Soissons, where they preached Christianity to the Gauls and made shoes by night. Their success attracted the ire of Rictus Varus, the governor of Belgic Gaul, who had them tortured and beheaded c. 286. In the 6th Century, a church was built in their honor at Soissons.

The feast day of Saints Crispin and Crispinian is October 25. However, these saints were removed from the liturgical calendar (but not declared to no longer be saints) during the Catholic Church's Vatican II reforms.

The reasoning used by Vatican II for this decision was that there was insufficient evidence that Saints Crispin and Crispinian actually existed. Indeed, their role as shoemakers, their relationship as twins, and the timing of their holiday are suggestive of the possibility that they could have represented a local Celtic deity (Lugus-Mercurius) which had been made into a saint as a result of syncretism.

What does this all mean?

Thanks to Mr. C's LOVE of shoes, every year we celebrate St. Crispin's day. This year the party was at Orson, and all the shoes in attendance can be seen on this flicker set. Below are the shoes I wore that evening— pale pink, shimmering and super soft leather strappy heels by AF Vandervorst.

Stcrispins Shoes

October 22, 2008

does everyone deserve a defense?


My lawyerly sister sent me this link to Peter Keane's essay from "This I Believe."

Crucial quote: There is one key mechanism in our society that protects and maintains all of our freedoms. It is that we go by the rule that whenever someone does something that we condemn, no matter what it is, he still gets one person to speak up for him. Take away this protection and all our other democratic rights, which are so carefully woven into the constitutional design of our republic, become meaningless. Without resistance from lawyers who represent people being prosecuted, all freedom is ultimately lost, because it is the natural human tendency of those who wield power to abuse those without it.

Once you start searching through the other essay topics you'll really get lost in a sea of philosophical, psychological and moral debate. Which, when thinking about an image to pair with these tortured thoughts, reminded me of the ever controversial but beloved by me, Joel Peter Witkin. Pure evil genius? Freakishly diabolical master? I'll never forget the first time I saw his work. I was glamorized from afar. I walked closer and closer to the seductive deep brown and painterly images only to realize the bodies in the composition were corpses, I gasp. Then I bought the book.

October 20, 2008

good old days

Holga Vivi2
Holga Vivi1
I didn't think I could love my iPhone more. Oh but I do, thanks to the new application Camera Bag which turns my camera into a Holga (the Lolo and 1974 settings are favorites also). Oh sweet Vivienne!!
Mini Marcus
Look at mini-marky our breakfast comedian! Seriously he looks more and more like his father everyday.
Papa Vivi Nuzzle
This picture of Papa & Vivienne nuzzling is so sweet it hurts.

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October 11, 2008

cutie pies

I've been so remiss in keeping up with my blog. In fact the whole time I was in Austin I hardly took any photos, so I'm having to rely on the kindness of others to piece together events.
Baby Buddies
Vivienne and Gabriella were two peas in a pod. Both babies are super huggy and kissy love bugs and they giggle spontaneously. They adored each other. We can't wait for them to hang out again!

Maxs Nails
Max Dancing
Max Crackingup
Max really enjoyed himself at Salt Lick (and so did we — so yummy!). I love these images (thanks Andrea!), as they are so natural and happy. Usually when I ask him to smile I get something like this. I also love the top one of him because it shows off his perfect and first professional manicure. He is quite proud of his painted nails. The "last tango" and "life of the party" colors he chose look great against the green window frame : : : big smile : : :

October 10, 2008

sweetest day

Whisper Max

Father Bride
Ring Bearer-1
Ring BearerPaga Vivi
Vivi Paga Wedding
Happy Couple

October 9, 2008

milk + honey

Milk Honey
We spent the day before the wedding getting properly primped at Milk + Honey. It's a lovely spot to be pampered and we were treated very well. They did an amazing job on Alexis' wedding hair and makeup — she looked amazing. Chad is a rock star. We also adored Jasmine, who on the down low (they said "no" to giving kids under the age of 12 a manicure) gave Maximillian a perfect and totally professional manicure. She was an absolute sweetheart and said some of the cutest things like "the more dirt under the nails the more fun you've had". She praised Max for holding so still and talked about how they were working together, as partners, in the manicure process. She gave him "minus one point" when he swiped his wet thumbnail across a towel, but she gave the point right back to him after he held still while she repaired it. She's a gem.
Max Manicure
Happy Nails