Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tonight, my heart felt a contentment and a peace that I have not felt in so long I didn't think the feeling would ever come back. My family, and our wonderful "better halves" all gathered together, happy and watching this child who has us all wrapped around her finger. I looked at my father and said "Thank you" to the Lord for him...for his renewed presence in our lives. For how Isabel has Shawnda's smile which is just like his. How magnificent to see these traits in each one of them. I looked at our new friend Sandy and am profoundly grateful for her sharing her time with us to come to a band concert and eat ice cream with us. I looked at my sister and see what a beautiful, strong woman she has become. I see wisdom and a spirit in her that inspires laughing and joy. I look at my brother in law and see in his eyes the love of a father. His face shines so bright when he is near her. It has been such a treat to see him teach her to throw a football. I am constantly amazed and humbled by how much he gives and gives and gives. I look at my best friend, Nate and I am brought to my knees with gratefullness for him and his love for me. His heart and his capacity for thoughtfullness is inspiring to me. I finally found someone who values family as much as I do...it's awesome!
I also had the opportunity to babysit my friend Melanie's child, Adison, tonight and I brought him with me to the band concert. For so long, I felt that I did not have anyone in my life to rely on for help so I just became accustomed to doing everything by myself or for myself, and tonight, I saw my sister, my dad, Sandy, Nate and Javier help me with this child because my arm hurt. I didn't even have to ask...I really can't express in words how this very simple act brought such a warmth to my heart. Here is where God has to help me...to accept the help and not feel guilty. I think sometimes...if I can't do it all myself, then I am less or not enough.
This amazing child brings us all together and allows me to be a part of something so wonderful.
I guess I've put enought mushiness out there. I am grateful and amazed.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We took over the 3 Margaritas restaurant for some fine Mexican food. The didn't know what to do with us...our poor waiter Javier was excited that our Javier could speak Spanish to him. It was super cute.
After dinner we came back to the house for presents and to play some cards.
Isabel was about to get the surprise of her life. We made her put on a blind fold. Tee hee.
Natedogg got lots of cool clothes, lots of Broncos gear and we got him the tint for the windows on our new Toyota.
Natedogg and our nephew Jason. Jason looks a bit aprehensive, doesn't he?
He's wondering why he didn't get any presents.
Here are the little monkeys climbing all over the trampolines on the wall.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
...more detail later!
Friday, September 5, 2008
I know it may come as a shocker to some of you that I like animals. But I was in animal lovin' heaven with all the babies that were all over the place. I was continually trying to take them home and Nate was continually crushing my dreams. What a kill joy - just kiddin' babe.
My new pet baby pigs; Freckly, Pinky and Martha.Um - is this not a sign? I felt it was. My bid was "mysteriously" removed.
And her name was MooMoo. And I loved her. She had a very velvety nose.
They made it very difficult for me to steal the baby kangaroos. All kinds of security. RUDE.
Carly and Isa were human hamsters.
This guy was the show ender and was truly majestic. It was incredible. Although he looks kind of angry, he really was a happy monkey and liked to open his mouth and show his teeth.
OMG - then we got to see the Tiger show. I could totally be a tiger trainer. They employed the same training techniques I used to train Cubie and Jada. I could totally do it. They would be my pet cats...I think I could get over my allergies.
Another amazing sight. The big white tiger standing still while the other tiger jumps over him.
Givin' tiger hugs. Look at those paws! I just want to squeeze them! Rahr!This sandcastle was ridiculous. I can't even imagine how long it took to build it.
After all the animals - we finally got to the rides. Thank goodness - Isa and Carly were about to lose it. They loved the animals, but they wanted to ride some rides fer cryin' out loud.
The first ride we go on is the Haunted House. Upon getting into the little cart - Carly informs me that she is deathly afraid of haunted houses. I assured her that I would be sitting right behind her and nothing would happen to her.
BEFORE entering the Haunted House.
I loved this ride! You get whiplash but my stomach hurt more from laughing so hard!
Surprisingly none of us had a sunburn from the squelching hot heat and sun...it was seriously hot. It was a fantastic day and I think we need to start organizing a trip for next year...who's game? :-)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Well, you know me and my friend Google, we went right to work. I understand now the origin and it's intentions...not sure I necessarily agree with it...but that's a whole other post.
I'm sure that you all already know this, but here is a simplified explanation on how/what the electoral college is and why we do things this way. In case anyone is interested! :-)
How the Electoral College Works
Instead of voting directly for a presidential candidate (and his or her vice-presidential running mate), voters in the fifty states and the District of Columbia vote for a slate of "electors" who are pledged to vote for a particular presidential ticket (president/vice-president team). The political parties in each state select a slate of electors. The electors selected by the party of the candidate winning the most popular votes in a state become the electors for that state. Instead of just tallying the total number of votes cast across the nation in presidential elections, votes are counted state-by-state. The winner of the popular vote in each state is awarded the electoral votes for that state. The candidate winning the majority of electoral votes wins.
Given this arrangement, it is possible to win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote.
One additional feature of the process that worries people every time a viable third-party candidate runs for President is that when no candidate wins a majority of electoral votes, the election is decided by the House of Representatives. In such a case, the House delegations from each state would have one vote each. The candidate with the support of the most House delegations would be declared the winner. Thomas Jefferson was elected not by popular vote or by winning a majority of electoral votes--he was selected by the House of Representatives.
Why Do We Elect Presidents This Way?
There are two primary reasons the Founders chose to select presidents via the electoral college instead of by direct, popular voting. The first reason was their lack of trust in the judgment of the people. They were fearful that a well-spoken but not well-intentioned individual could flatter the people and win their support. They hoped that a secondary body, such as the Electoral College, would not be susceptible to such attempts at manipulation. This reason for the Electoral College is virtually meaningless with changes that have "bound" electors to cast their votes for the candidate who wins the majority of the popular vote in each state.
The second reason for choosing presidents by electoral votes instead of by popular vote is to give the states a voice in the presidential election. The principle of federalism was and is a critical feature of the American political system. By placing states in this important position in the selection of the country's leader, the Framers sought to maintain the position of states as important entities in the American political system.
Imagine that presidential elections were not decided state-by-state, but rather by a nationwide popular vote. The significance of states and the candidates' competition for support in key, "swing" states would disappear. Candidates would be inclined to simply run nationwide ad campaigns and visit large population centers.
So...we continued our discussion feeling a bit more enlightened...and then Javier brought up, what he thought was a benign point, but had a profound affect on me. He asked if people feel complacent in their need to vote because they do not understand the electoral college and how it affects the outcomes of our Presidential elections and therefore feel that their vote does not count, so why stand in the line to do so? He went further on to say that in many countries, especially the Third World Countries, that have been afforded the right to vote, come out in droves, they are so desperate for change and excited that they have a voice.
So take that for whatever it may mean to you personally. This country is great for so many reasons and we need to exercise our right to participate. Stand up for what you believe in.
Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."