I should probably be calling these posts, “A month in the life of someone who can barely shoot a decent photo.” Anyhoo, the saga of memorable events and celebrations continues with Danny’s 6th grade graduation on June 2. Mind you, the pictures of the actual ceremony are pretty awful, due to lighting in the auditorium being horrific. But I am including a couple of those anyway, just so you can notice that Danny is the tallest one in his class, pretty much.
See that good-lookin' tall kid in the front? He's kinda blurry, but that's my boy!
Noah, Kyle, Danny, and Luke
Sure, next year they'll be mature middle-schoolers, but does that stop them from climbing the walls like monkeys? Nope.
Ryan turns a quarter of a century old.
Dennis turns . . . well, let's just say it was his birthday. And I had forgotten to change the camera settings from flourescent to regular. So everyone in all of the photos was yellow. But hey, at least we have a photo to commemorate the occasion, right?
Just as we were supposed to leave for Sean's graduation, he discovered that his cap was so huge that it spun on his head when he moved. So here I am, trying to figure out how to make the thing tighter. Again, I'm sewing things at the eleventh hour. Who raised these kids? Wolves? You'll be glad (not to mention surprised) to learn that we had a spare graduation cap, black, just Sean's size, hanging about the house where we could easily access it. So he wore that one instead. I'm not even going to try to explain why we had a spare. It's a Connair thing.
Shoemaker Stadium (indoors). It was pouring outside. Buckets. Everyone in the place was soaked, and it continued to storm and pour the whole time we were in there. But no one cared. We were watching our kids graduate!
Just watch a minute of this video from commencement. Sorry, but the focus stinks. However, the music was incredible. University of Cincinnati boasts a College Conservatory of Music that provides a band to do the commencement music. They totally MADE the ceremony. Pre-program music included the Holst Suites, and they played the good version of “Crown Imperial”–the one Dennis and I performed when we were in college band together. You might think the processional is recorded music, but it’s not. We had a live group playing. Awesome, right?
Processional, UC Graduation from Jan Connair on Vimeo.
At graduation. Can you guess where Sean was sitting?
Handsome lad with a B.S. in criminal justice, newly minted.
Danny, Ryan, Sean, and Allie. Molly didn't want to be in the picture. Why, you may ask? Well, remember how I said it was pouring down rain outside the stadium? We had to walk through that rain to get into the building. And when Molly stepped out of the car, she hit a muddy spot in the grass, her feet flew out from under her, and she sat in a mud puddle. She ended up wearing my black raincoat as her "dress" throughout the ceremony. Never complained once. But she wasn't anxious to commemorate the disaster by appearing in a group photo.
I think that brings us up-to-date, as far as events in June. We did attend a couple of graduation parties for Sean and for Allie’s friends. All fun occasions. But frankly, it was sure nice just to have a weekend (last week) where we didn’t go anywhere or do anything special. Although every occasion was a joyful one, I think we all needed a little rest from the celebrating.
So what have you been doing so far this summer? Graduations? Birthdays? Vacations? I’d love to hear what everyone else has going on!
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