I actually took these a couple weeks ago, but I’m just now getting them edited and printed.

Commencement is Wednesday, so I definitely needed to get it done before then.

Hard to believe we are graduating our second son.


Winners Drink Milk (18/52)

My apologies for no May flowers or Mother’s Day pictures here this week. I spent my Mother’s Day weekend at the Indiana State Band contest.

Our school won for the third year in a row, and my boy–a senior–got to be one of the two representatives to receive the award…

…and drink the ceremonial milk (Contest sponsored by Indiana Dairy Farmers). It’s an Indiana thing–the winner of the Indy 500 also drinks milk in the winner’s circle.

Photographically events like this are a huge challenge for me. And I have a hard drive of fuzzy, grainy, dark pictures to show for my efforts. The red and blue stage lights, although they did add some fun effects in certain shots, were also a challenge. I finally gave up on color and just went with black & white.

Still Alive!

So we survived the big winter storm. We ended up getting more sleet instead of freezing rain, which is good. Sleet is little pellets of ice that accumulates like snow instead of coating everything with ice. We had a couple inches of sleet before it turned back to the freezing rain.

We had a little bit of everything–sleet, freezing rain, snow, high winds. After all is said and done we have about 3-4 inches of solid frozen precipitation on our driveway, sidewalks, and neighborhood streets. You can walk, sled, skate right on top of it… no sinking.

The main city streets are better today, but the city does nothing to neighborhood streets, so they have pretty much been untreated and unplowed.

School is cancelled again tomorrow presumably because the neighborhoods are so bad, and all the school parking lots are ice. We have never, ever had three snow days in a row.

The kids are over the novelty and ready to be done. Spencer actually set out on foot to go meet a friend today because I wouldn’t let him drive… oh, and my car had a dead battery.

The worst part was the winds… you can see all the branches down. It sounded like shattering glass as the winds blew the icy branches around in the night. I kept getting up to make sure a tree wasn’t going to fall on the house.

A Little Help, Please!

Ever make a bad decision? A miscalculation?

Something that looked so easy at the start turned out to be way harder than you thought.

Next thing you know you’ve gone too far. You’re way out on a rickety limb that won’t support your weight.

You’re really stuck. Paralyzed with indecision.

You need a friend–someone who will overlook your awkwardness

and get you going in the right direction.

Someone you trust.

Who will rescue you.

70:365 Central Canal

70:365 Central Canal, originally uploaded by team.breeze.

It was not quite warm enough for me to wear shorts and a T-shirt today, but my son didn’t seem to have a problem with it. First thing he did after school was break out the shorts. Still not much color around here so I went with the monochrome tones.

This canal was built in the 1800s before the railroad became the mode of transportation of choice. My son has to visit historical sites around town for his AP US History class. He always seems to wait until the last minute, so, fortunately, the canal is historical, it’s close to home, and the weather was nice!