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2/6/12

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we took ourselves out saturday night for some much needed family time! 
the circus was in town...and oh how i love the circus! (despite my bleeding heart and itch to free all of the animals...flinging open the doors and riding off on the baby elephant...) anyways, it was such a funny night...lots of snickering at the serious music and ring master singing pop songs...and plenty more oohing and aahhing and getting sucked into the magic of it all. 
max rekindled his love for monkeys and magicians...sweets and acrobats and clowns. there were tigers and leaping dogs...tight rope walkers and beautiful dancing elephants.

it's been a while since we've seen our little guy happier...the circus can do that to a boy (and to a mama and a matt i suppose)!

 it was quite a night...i left with sore cheeks from laughing (the tiger tamer did a toe-touch when the tiger jumped through a flaming hoop...i still can't compose myself), matt left with a weak heart after seeing too many death-deifying stunts, and max left convinced he could ride a unicycle and with plans of becoming a professional clown one day! he was so taken by those clowns! ack!
three cheers for the circus!
i hope you all had a wonderful weekend! this week is off to a good start.
xoxo

(edit: i apologize to all of those hurt by this post...and by the photos of the beautiful elephants. i hope you know my heart! this is a happy place...and it is certainly not my intent to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable. thank you for the kind and constructive comments and information on circuses. i've been reading lots!)

33 comments:

  1. aw no, i do feel sorry for those elephants.

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  2. Oh what fun! You all certainly know how to have a good time :)

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  3. Wow, that looks like so much fun! I must admit, I have never been to the circus and I am now thinking I need to change that. I love the elephants!!!

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  4. such a sweet little family date. i love how the one clown is giving you the side eye while max talks to the other clown. and i love your pretty hairdo! happy monday :)

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  5. Good grief I haven't been to the circus in years. Looks like you had a great time.

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  6. I cannot believe that circus kept animals are still legal in the US?! That's crazy! I've never even heard of a circus with more than a camel in the UK, and I got up on my soap box about that haha

    The pictures of Max and the clowns are adorable!

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    1. it's such a tough thing, isn't it? the circus is so beautiful and magical but it's hard to not feel conflicted when it comes to the animals. oh how those elephants melted me...

      max is beyond smitten with the clowns! i'm not sure how i feel about this..haha.

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  7. oh man I haven't been to a circus in YEARS.

    also, I love elephants. I totally would've helped them sneak out and be free.

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  8. i love the circus. we missed it when it came to town this year, and i was so bummed. you look so beautiful with that red lipstick and the braid.

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  9. so many beautiful photos, looks like you had an amazing time :)

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  10. Oh I love it! I desperately want to go to the circus now!

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  11. The Shrine Circus was recently in Fort Wayne and I wanted to go so bad but sadly I didn't. I am totally with you about freeing the animals. There is something kind of magical and lovely about the circus that I just love. You look gorgeous. Love the red lipstick!

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  12. Aw, this circus sounds like so much fun! I haven't been to a circus in so many years. Now I really want to go again!

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  13. So cute! Looks like you had so much fun. I can't remember the last time I went to the circus. Reminds me of water for elephants. I LOVE your red lips!

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  14. Looks like you had a really great time, I wish the circus was at my town!

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  15. gorgeous photos, as usual!
    i want that baby elephant so bad. ugh, so cute.
    xo,
    Andrea

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  16. beautiful family
    http://fancycuteness.blogspot.com

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  17. What a fantastic time! And those photos... amazing.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  18. If you feel bad about the animals why do you support it?

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    1. it's definitely something i struggle with...i wish i had more of an activist spirit! maybe my "bleeding heart" is a tug in that direction? regardless, this night was more about family and letting max experience the wonderful and magical side of the circus!

      it's a shame though there aren't more humane circuses around...it's certainly something to look into!

      xoxo

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  19. That looks like so much fun! xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  20. can you believe it, we've never taken the kids to the circus. beautiful photos katie!

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  21. i anjoy circus shows! they are so much fun to watch!

    http://sydsense.blogspot.com

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  22. Lovely pictures of the clowns but my heart is sad for the elephants. I won't go to circuses now unless there are no animals. We had an incident near where I live where a circus worker was caught hurting an elephant.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-12915365

    There are a fair few contemporary circuses just acrobatics, magic etc that I will take him too instead. Cirque du Soleil for instance.

    Always love your photos. Sam xx

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  23. I have never been to a circus but your photos made me feel like I was there! That is a wonderful way to start your week :)

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  24. Acrobats clowns and dancers are great fun but animals forced into performing for our own amusement, not so much. I'm shocked families still take there children to witness this animal abuse and slavery! I love your blog, but this was a real disappointment for me. Knowledge is power. Inform yourself and your family on the abuse that goes on not only in plain sight, but also behind the scenes of ALL circuses that use animal labor.
    -natalie

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    1. i'm sorry you found this disappointing...truly. my intent is certainly not to offend or hurt anyone.

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    2. I appreciate your concern for my feelings, but really it would be much better for you redirect that concern toward the animals that are suffering. If you would just take a few minutes out of your day to read an article or watch one of the hundreds of videos they offer on the subject...that would truly mean a LOT. Here a couple links but there are thousands more out there.

      http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2007/11/circus-animals-abused-and-dangerous/
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/29/elephant-abuse-video_n_842092.html

      All the best to you and your beautiful family. You really are a gorgeous mama.

      xo natalie

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  25. This is amazing, I have not been to the circus in so long!

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  26. you have an adorable family.
    also, your hair colour is fantastic!

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  27. If you want to know the pain and truth behind circus' Katie all you have to do is watch this video;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQbeL-Hw00c&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dcircus%2Banimal%2Babuse%26oq%3Dcircus%2Banimal%2Babuse%26aq%3Df%26aqi%3D%26aql%3D%26gs_sm%3De%26gs_upl%3D1063l24178l0l24324l37l35l4l3l4l1l434l4627l2-8.4.3l16l0&has_verified=1

    We have the power to change all of this by the simple act of not buying a ticket to these shows.

    Peace and love to you and your (growing) family.

    -Peggy

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