Saturday, September 15, 2007
Needless to say, I'm exhausted. Hope you enjoyed the photos from these events.
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.
Friday, September 14, 2007
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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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.
Noah came home today for dinner and the birthday trip to the Cone. His little sister misses him.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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.