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While going (wading) through some (tons of terabytes) images for our website redesign the other day I came across these pictures we did during a recent Graco Casting. A Saturday “call back” amongst our horde of boys always puts everyone at ease. Ollie stared at the baby on the sheepskin and told her she looked like an alien. I’m pretty sure both families made the final cut… Even the alien baby.
I think she looks cute
This is not my beautiful wife
This is my beautiful house
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was...
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The corner of Arizona & Infinity
After surfing last Saturday Sam said, “I haven’t caught a good wave since September.” It was a beautiful morning. The sun was out, the temperature was in the mid 70′s, the winds were off shore and the water was cold but refreshing. The waves were so-so but while most of the country was under snow I felt fortunate to be able to be surfing even if we haven’t had a really good swell since September. So it’s time for Dawn Patrol. That’s where you set your alarm clock to ring at an indecent hour, dress in the dark, grab your wetsuits in the dark, strap your boards on the car in the dark, get to the beach in the dark, check the waves out in the dark, suit up in the dark and paddle up just as the sun is coming up.
Big ole moon
This is where the sun comes up
It’s dark, hard to see the water. It’s like looking through a pair of cheap binoculars. We hear waves and start making out white water. We walk back to the car. Sam get’s his wetsuit on first and as usual he asks’ “Daddy, can you zip me up?”
Vantage from the Volvo
The sand is cold as I walk to the water. Sam is already out. I pretend to stretch a little, put my leash on and paddle out. It’s high tide and it’s shoulder to head high. The sun is just starting to come up over buildings where I imagine people are just starting to get up. It’s just me and Sam in the water and the super high tide is killing the waves. The first wave I catch is for my old surf pal Alex who passed away last week. Alex and I used to surf here at Bay St. almost every weekend morning. He hadn’t been in the water for a few years and we hadn’t talked in about a year but this is where we used to surf. He rode a Hap Jacobs long board.
Time for school
We catch a few waves and I look at my watch. It’s time for Sam to go to school. I tell Sam, “One more wave.” The sun is up coming up as we take our last waves in. I remember once when Alex and I were taking our wetsuits off after surfing one morning in this very parking lot a homeless guy walks up to us and asks if we had any money we could spare. I told the guy, “No man, sorry.” Alex tells him, “Dude, I’m in a wetsuit…what the hell are you thinking!” The guy then asks, “Well, what about a cigarette then?” Alex reaches in his car and gives the guy a cigarette and says, “Here. Here’s a cigarette, get your own match.” Alex was a goofy foot and I will miss him.
Time to go
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Putting Ollie to work
So it’s done and over with. We made it through the holidays one more year. The cycle continues. With a family of boys ranging from ages 4-16 it’s hard to sustain the myths that go along with the holidays. I don’t really know who believes and who doesn’t believe at this point. It’s hard to sustain the magic. On the other hand, it’s pretty easy too to keep the magic going. They want to believe. So do I.
Richard Wright & Silver Coffee Teapot
The shock of the alarm clock going off at 6:00 am signals that it is time to go back to school. Debbie and I roll out of bed. It dark and it’s cold. There is no way we are going to get these bums out of bed. We say, ” Get up it’s time for school.” There is absolutely no response. We yell, “Get up it’s time for school!” Henry looks at us like, “are you crazy?”
The last of the egg nog
Debbie and I go about our morning routines. She puts in her contact lenses, checks emails and then proceeds to get lunches ready for the masses. I warm up the espresso machine, cross my fingers that there are still some hot embers left in our wood burning stove to get a nice fire going, split some kindling and get back to trying to wake those boys up.
The last of the pantone
Simon and Ollie
The last panatone
While making as espresso I think about the Marx Brothers film we saw last night with everyone. I think it was A Day at the Races. Groucho plays Dr. Hakenbush a horse doctor who somehow is hired at a failing sanitorium. We eat the last panatone and finish off the last of the egg nog. It’s a beautiful cold crisp morning. Lunches are ready, there’s complaning about clothes. Ollie can’t find his new skinny jeans and flannel shirt, Theo says every pair of pants in his drawer are not allowed in games class, and Henry is dressed in all athletic wear he’s a walking advertisement.
Ollie checking out his lunch
I drop the boys off at school and check the waves at Bay St. It’s flat. I walk to the water’s edge and think about getting a routine together to make the house run smoother. Planned breakfasts, early betimes, a chore schedule. It would be nice. I put my hand in the water. It’s cold- mid 50′s. Back home Sam is still in bed and Simon is on his 2nd breakfast. He’s got a big day of Lego building ahead.
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A few months ago our good friend and extraordinary stylist Micaela Milangri pitched Vogue Bambini to do a fashion story with our family. She has always liked our blog and thought they would like to do something in the same vein. So here’s how this worked. She brought back a big box of clothes from Milan and divided them out amongst our boys. There was about 1-2 outfits per Catanzaro (except for Sam. At 16 years old he’s a bit old for Vogue Bambini) which they sort of lived in for the next few weeks. Sometimes they loved putting on the clothes and sometimes it was a pain to get them to wear them. Anyways, The Nov.- Dec. issue is the result of the shoot. Run out and pick up a copy. But, be forwarned at $29.99 it ain’t cheap!
2 Vogue Bambinis
This is the cover we didn't shoot this, we don't have any girls or Chihuahuas
The boys at the comic book store
Ollie- our supermodel
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As the year reaches its end I look through images that have yet to be shared and decide to share. There’s probably a story behind each picture, but not enough time to sit down and begin…So I leave it to you to make up your own.
Ollie, bottoms up
Lola & Nina
Getting my Hasselblad fixed
Herman the German
Note for Henry
Death of my Tibetan Princess bamboo
A Visit fron St. Nick #1
A Visit fron St. Nick #2
A Visit fron St. Nick #3
Simon and Newspaper rack
Simon, Santa and Sookie
Sookie, Sevan and Simon
Theo with tree
To be continued..
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