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School vacation, ski days, more snow, Tom Waits, revelations. Spring must be around the corner.

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The sky’s as deep as it can be
Bend down the branches
Close your eyes and you will see
Bend down the branches

You’re like a willow
Once you were gold
We’re made for bending
Even beauty gets old

Climb the stairs they’re not so steep
Bend down the branches
Close your eyes and go to sleep
Bend down the branches

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My fabulous little buddy Raegan Claire (see her other shoots here and here) spared a few hours from her crammed schedule of napping, eating, and gazing cutely into space to show me her new sitting up skills. And her new smiling skills. And her art appreciation skills. We met at the ICA— her observations of Francesca Dimattio’s Banquet: “There’s a sense of logic to her seemingly chaotic assemblages. A real weaving together of disparate objects. It makes me want to eat that clump of dust over there. Or my foot.”

Much more entertaining was the shiny floor upon which she could sit, or fly!

Into the media room where she matched the accessories perfectly. And more cuteness!

Tell me this isn’t the most gorgeous family:

The perfect hat, and more smiles!

Mom Stefanie and dad Andy are so happy when they’re around Raegan. She’s happy too, but look at those feet!

Thank you, family, for another fantastic day. Can’t wait to do it again in the spring!

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Calder has all kinds of friends: School Friends, Camp Friends, Sports Friends, etc. Today I want to introduce you to one of his Bus Stop Friends. It’s a whole new category.

For me, the race to the bus stop (do you have your homework? where is your hat? oh my god is that gum in your hair?) brightens significantly when I get a good dose of the 8-year-old spitfire that is Bobby Allen. Bobby is a second-grader, just like Calder, and over the past two years, I’ve spent time chatting with him (and his fabulous little sister Ainsley) about baseball, skiing, football, whether math is hard (it’s not), how to say hello in Mandarin (nǐhǎo), and whether or not No Ordinary Family is the most awesome show ever (not sure yet). Bobby has a killer smile, a mop of blonde hair, and an extremely rare disease called Glut1 DS.

Glut1 is so rare that only 300 children worldwide have been diagnosed. Bobby’s parents, Shelly and Chris Allen, have teamed up with Milestones for Children (you can like their facebook page here) to launch a fund-raising campaign called 21 Days. $21. It started on Facebook, moved to Twitter, and is getting some real traction thanks to the generous donations of those people who have clicked on the site, watched the video, and shared it with their friends. February 28th is Rare Disease Day 2011 and I want to help the Allens, and all of the children living with this disorder to reach their goal.

In addition to my personal contribution, I will add $2 for every comment left on this blog post. Say hi, tell a story, complain about the snow, tell me how cute Bobby is, say ANYTHING, but just say it, and help me help this fantastic kid.

Please watch the video below and make your own contribution if you’re able. The more attention we can call to this extremely rare disease, the more likely a cure can be found quickly.

Share this with your friends, blog it if you have a blog, post it on your Facebook page, email it to everyone at work. It only takes a minute, but it can mean a lifetime. Thank you!

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That cheerful post from last week? The one about how it was no big deal that the kids were out of school, that we welcomed snow days with joyful bonhomie, skiing, and snowball fights?

I take it back.

Today marks the 6th-and-a-half day that Calder is out of school due to the recent spate of storms. There’s some issue with snow on the roof of his school, and no one seems to know when they’ll be opening back up again. You can imagine my delight at this lack of information.

So…let’s think Spring? Book a portrait session for any time in the month of April, and I’ll include one of the fabulous mini-accordion albums with images from the shoot. You must book the session before February 15th to qualify for the free album. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little sunshine to look forward to?

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A quick message to my intrepid friend who thinks there’s nothing worth doin’ in these parts…

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