Saturday, September 15, 2007

In case anyone is keeping track...

Last week, I began this year's co-op on Monday, packed for Johannah on Tuesday, celebrated Caitrin's 11th birthday on Wednesday, drove Johannah to OSU on Thursday, went to homecoming football game on Friday night and today, shopped for homecoming clothes as well as helping to host the homecoming dinner for the band members... all while I've been sick.

Needless to say, I'm exhausted. Hope you enjoyed the photos from these events.

Jacob in his new tie

Homecoming, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

Jenny, behind him, is one of his good friends who also plays sax.

He-men on homecoming
The guys hamming it up.

Jeremy Saxophones
Jacob's good friend and Rose Parade roommate, Jeremy. Jacob with two other saxophones.


Across the room, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

Jacob's first homecoming was tonight. The saxophone section and miscellaneous members of the marching band all had dinner at one of the family homes. I helped out by dishing up Italian food and then cleaning up the plates and cups 20+ teens used up.

I have more shots (will post them) but loved the way this one turned out. So I'm posting my "arty" one first and then a couple of shots with Jacob in them (since he's the focus of the event for me anyway). I just liked the composition, black and white balance and the way this boy is looking right at my subject.

Homecoming Game

Friday night, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

We lost the game last night but the marching band headed to the Rose Parade (of which we are reminded every ten minutes at every game--and we don't mind at all) was sharp!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Goodbye Pere

Goodbye Pere, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

According to our family habit of incorporating random bits of foreign language into our daily conversations, Johannah calls Jon, "Pere." Here he's giving her those last words of advice before launching her into the 54,000 student world of Ohio State. Moments later (not shared here), the entire family openly wept (except for me). I was brave, only welled up a bit. My tears came later, alone, at night.

Today, all's well. And so is Johannah who has already texted each of us. Thanks for all your warm and caring thoughts.

All the skirts fit!

All the skirts fit!, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

Those tiny dorm rooms...

We still fit in the car perfectly. And so did all her stuff.
Happy for now

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Birthday chocolate

Birthday chocolate, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

Caitrin turned eleven today. We'll celebrate in Chicago next week at the American Girl HQ. This morning, I took her out to Panera for breakfast where she OD'ed on a chocolate frosted chocolate brownie and hot (you guessed it) chocolate with whipped cream.

Brotherly love
Noah came home today for dinner and the birthday trip to the Cone. His little sister misses him.

Sitting on a thistle

Sitting on a thistle, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

Yesterday's walk showed us the first signs of fall.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Who Dey!

Bengals beat Ravens, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

For all you Bengal haters, let's just review a few facts, shall we? Bengals have beaten the Ravens five out of the last six meetings. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout. (Part two of how I spent the weekend.)


BFFs, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

I suddenly realized Sunday night that I would not only miss Johannah when she leaves Thursday, but her best friend would no longer be hanging out in her room with her. And that made me profoundly sad. :(

Ready for writing and teaching

Ready for writing, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

I'm behind in every way because of two inevitabilities: the necessity of preparing for composition and literature classes and the intrusion of sports. :) Here's "part one" for how I spent the weekend.

Tag Day

Tag Day, originally uploaded by juliecinci.

I got to drive six band kids (including Jacob) around neighborhoods asking for money from local families. They don't sell anything and they don't give you any compensation except a coupon for a free coney at Skyline Chili (Cincinnati... 'nuff said). And raise money they did. We raised $25,000.00 this year toward the Rose Parade.

I remember the first year these kids came to our house (we had no one in high school at the time). They asked for money. I asked what they were selling. They said nothing. I was so happy, I gave 20 bucks! I hate having to buy something I don't want. Much rather all the cash go to their program.

Isn't that funny? It really works.

Btw, (big news alert) Jacob made first chair in the concert band out of nine saxophones. When he started last year, he was last chair. I'm so proud of him.

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