Sunday, December 7, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Aren't they good looking!!!!!
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The Boys Too Excited To Sleep...Ready To Go To Whidbey
Posted by Durbin Express at 9:33 AM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.
In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity: Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth. But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of hate fizzle out in our lifetime.
There was another important "first" last night. Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was loud and clear yesterday.
It's been an inexcusable 44 years since a Democrat running for president has received even just 51% of the vote. That's because most Americans haven't really liked the Democrats. They see them as rarely having the guts to get the job done or stand up for the working people they say they support. Well, here's their chance. It has been handed to them, via the voting public, in the form of a man who is not a party hack, not a set-for-life Beltway bureaucrat. Will he now become one of them, or will he force them to be more like him? We pray for the latter.
But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack, of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return. Imagine supporting our country's greatest minds as they seek to cure illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I know, pinch me.
We may, just possibly, also see a time of refreshing openness, enlightenment and creativity. The arts and the artists will not be seen as the enemy. Perhaps art will be explored in order to discover the greater truths. When FDR was ushered in with his landslide in 1932, what followed was Frank Capra and Preston Sturgis, Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange and Orson Welles. All week long I have been inundated with media asking me, "gee, Mike, what will you do now that Bush is gone?" Are they kidding? What will it be like to work and create in an environment that nurtures and supports film and the arts, science and invention, and the freedom to be whatever you want to be? Watch a thousand flowers bloom! We've entered a new era, and if I could sum up our collective first thought of this new era, it is this: Anything Is Possible.
An African American has been elected President of the United States! Anything is possible! We can wrestle our economy out of the hands of the reckless rich and return it to the people. Anything is possible! Every citizen can be guaranteed health care. Anything is possible! We can stop melting the polar ice caps. Anything is possible! Those who have committed war crimes will be brought to justice. Anything is possible.
We really don't have much time. There is big work to do. But this is the week for all of us to revel in this great moment. Be humble about it. Do not treat the Republicans in your life the way they have treated you the past eight years. Show them the grace and goodness that Barack Obama exuded throughout the campaign. Though called every name in the book, he refused to lower himself to the gutter and sling the mud back. Can we follow his example? I know, it will be hard.
I want to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources to make this victory happen. It's been a long road, and huge damage has been done to this great country, not to mention to many of you who have lost your jobs, gone bankrupt from medical bills, or suffered through a loved one being shipped off to Iraq. We will now work to repair this damage, and it won't be easy.
But what a way to start! Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Wow. Seriously, wow.
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One Power Ranger
Posted by Durbin Express at 8:47 AM
Friday, October 17, 2008
I love my boys!! (Horrible pic of me!)
Aren't they cute in their Durbin sweatshirts!
The goats are so funny
Sliding was Cameron's favorite thing!
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Cam and Colten loving Nico
Giving him a kiss
Bribes to hold still!!
Nicholas doing motor boat
Cameron "The Clothes Monster"
Posted by Durbin Express at 2:51 PM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I find it hard to swallow that there are so many people who still just don't get it. What is wrong with people. I know if I can explain things to my five year old and he understands why John McCain is not good why is it so hard for adults to get it. Here is a guy who has changed his positions at least four times in one week. Then today he said let's postpone the debate to get this bailout done. Sure it would be a noble idea if he had ever sat in on any other economic meeting. It is all for political posturing. Phil Gramm is one of the people most responsible for getting rid of the regulations that got us here and he is still chair of McCains campaign? Please McCain, stop acting like you care about us Americans who are effected by all of these disasters that you and the administration you support caused. It is ridiculous!!!!! Two weeks ago he was for deregulation and now he is against it? Right. I am not going to choke down that pill. I can say that I never voted for Bush and I will never vote for McSame either. I actually care about education, health care, the environment, the economy and my children's future. Now, if you care about these things too then the answer is actually quite simple. As easy as 1+1 really. Vote Obama. If you care about rich people, oil, and wall street then vote McCain. Check out these videos above. Point proven..
Posted by Durbin Express at 1:53 PM
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sooo, we decided that Cameron could wait a year before going to kindergarten. We didn't realize how much everything over the past few years had impacted him emotionally. He is academically there, but we wanted him to have fun and not feel bad about himself for having a harder time with sitting and listening. We don't know what is going on in his little body and we'd rather figure it out at pre-k. He had a great teacher and we are looking forward to seeing her again next year. It just wasn't fair to rush him. Life is too short and you're only little once. He was so excited to go back to Sparkleberry's. We love his teachers there so much!!! They are the best. So here are his pictures from his first day back. We are so proud of him.
Posted by Durbin Express at 3:20 PM
Thursday, September 4, 2008
There it goes
Posted by Durbin Express at 6:33 PM