Feb 9, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
I recognized the name of one of my portrait inquiries. When I consulted my files, sure enough, it was Penn's very first pediatrician ten years ago! He was referred by his next door neighbor. Who happens to be Penn's first babysitter! That babysitter happens to also live next to a couple whose wedding I photographed.
Small world. I need to check out the rest of this street.
He and his wife and kids are all amazing and smart and kind and beautiful. This portrait was one of the most fun ever.
Jan 23, 2014
Penn finished his first cotillion. Although an ancient right of passage for many, this was a brand new experience for me. Cotillion is a six week course that teaches social graces, basic etiquette and ballroom dancing with the goal for each student to learn courtesy, poise and dignity. They have to dress up for each class and the girls have to wear gloves.
I felt like if I waited until Penn was a teenager to enroll him he would find a good excuse to not go. But at 10 he is still maleable and open to learning new things. He said it was fun and I melted inside at the rare glimpse of all those prim children and their manners.
Jan 17, 2014
After Christmas we drove to The Farm in Oklahoma City. The Farm is a beautiful piece of family owned private property in the country filled with trails and a pond and ATV's. It is fairly off-grid and hosts a lovely house that can accommodate the MANY children in Daniel's family. One of the highlights for the kids was having the opportunity to learn about and shoot an arsenal of weapons. While I'm no fan of firearms, shooting an AK 47 is certainly an extremely rare opportunity.
There was a lot of ping pong playing in the basement and some marshmallow roasting and great weather and freezing weather. We made a field trip to Pops on Route 66 for fancy sodas. Penn bonded more with his cousins and Lucy got more familiar with her family's faces.
We all had a blast. So grateful for such a wonderful holiday break filled with all of the things that are really important.