It was, the biggest box under the Christmas tree. Size thirteen, chocolate brown harness boots fresh from the Sundance outlet (and I am sorry, if you don’t have the Sundance outlet in your town).

Alas, despite their astonishing length, they were too small for Erik; he returned them and chose to be present-less in exchange for the thrill of putting some $$ back on the credit card. But in February, when Mary received a miniature pair of the exact same boots for a catalog shoot he went straight to the store and special-ordered a pair in size 14.

If only he could wear a skirt too and fully show them off.


Since then, my westerners make a point to wear their twin boots as often as possible. And as the sun was setting, I finally caught a few frames.






Really, it was too dark for twirling pictures and I feel greedy– because as lovely as these are I want more of them laughing, spinning, rubbing noses and telling jokes.

Because it never was about the boots.


September 14, 2010
September 22, 2010



  1. Alyson (New England Living)

    September 17, 2010

    That is seriously too, too adorable! Love it!

  2. Blue

    September 17, 2010

    i didn’t know alyson read your blog! hi aly!.

    and I ♥ boots. i’ve yet to own proper, real boots. i’ve had a few fakey, wanna-be boot-type shoes, but real cowboy boots (or girl, as the case may be. or is.), those are still in my future.

    your kids are lucky to have such a fabbo photog in their midst, capturing so much of their lives in a beautiful way.


  3. Cath

    September 17, 2010

    “It never was about the boots” – tells all. This is precious. The synergy between the two of them is beautiful.

    I saw that you called. We’re heading up to Park City this afternoon but I’ll try to phone you over the weekend, or early next week. Let me know if you’re up for a run soon! xo

  4. Sue

    September 17, 2010

    What a cute pair (the boots and their wearers)!


  5. Rachelle

    September 17, 2010

    Oh gosh. I love this! And, I would really like a pair of those boots for ME! Is that dorky? Do they make them for women? They are soooo cute on Miss Mary.

  6. Tracy

    September 18, 2010

    So is this the outfit you have been planning..??? LOVE the boots. Glad Erik decided it was worth the it is worth more than just the boots.

    Don’t daddy’s and their daughters just melt your heart every time?
    xoxo, t

  7. Carrigan Clan

    September 19, 2010

    absolutely precious!!!

  8. Tifani

    September 19, 2010

    Pure love. We need to move somewhere where boots are a must have. They feel like such a luxury to me.

  9. Selwyn

    September 20, 2010

    As always, astonishing and lovely.

    Tasha and I both squealed when we saw you had posted this weekend!

  10. Jan Russell

    October 11, 2010

    Oh my heart! I think these pictures make me want a girl as much for Jonthan as for myself – it’s just so sweet seeing the two of them together! The boots are icing!

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