Sunday, December 7, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree!!!!!

Our Beautiful Tree
We Did It!!Yummy
I Love Marshmallows!!!!

Here are a few pics of the tree we got today. We had fun decorating it and then the kids had a little reward. Marshmallows. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey Weekend!!!!

Fort Casey
Aren't they good looking!!!!!
Checking Out The Enormous Weapon
I'm Off!
Cameron LOVES Checkers With Grandma
The Beach On Turkey Day
The Boys Fort
Cam Trying to Get Colten to Say Cheese!
Hey........We Are Hiding!!!!
Okay, You Found Me

We headed back to the island for Thanksgiving to spend it with Dave's family. It was a nice relaxing weekend. We stayed until Saturday. Dave did some more work at their bathroom counter tops, installed doors, did trim...the whole nine yards. He is very handy and good at what he does. We went to the beach after we ate on turkey day to walk of our full bellies. It was a beautiful sunset. The kids played in the fort on the beach they had built before. Then on our way home we to the boys to Fort Casey. They had a blast. Colten was trying to give me a heart attack by leaning over the edge and running on the concrete steps. They have no fear!

Hangin at Whidbey

Colten Posing The Day Before We Went
The Boys Too Excited To Sleep...Ready To Go To Whidbey
Nice Shoe
Boys And Their Toys!
Too Cute!
They Had Sooooooo Much Fun Playing

Two weekends ago we headed up to Whidbey to see the grandparents. Also went so Dave and his brothers could build new counter tops for his parents kitchen. They turned out amazing. There is a lot of talent between these guys. Cam and Colten had playing with there cousin Matthew. The only bummer was that Colten was super sick with croup......AGAIN!!!! Twice in one month. He is just always getting croup. It doesn't stop him from having a good time though!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Pinch Me"

I wanted to put this up today because I am still in amazement at the event that took place last night. I had believed that Americans could really get together and get it right this time but there was still that skeptic inside of me. I am so proud of my country and have a restored faith in the American people. We have a lot of work to do but this is monumental. I think about what it must be like for my grandmother who is in her nineties. She has now seen pretty much everything. I received this e-mail from Michael Moore this morning and thought he did a great job of summing up a lot of the emotions that people are feeling today.

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.

Michael Moore


One Little Monkey
One Power Ranger

Two cute kids!!!!!!!!

Well another Halloween has come and gone. The weather here ended up being great. The rain led up in time to go trick or treating and it was warm and foggy. The fog added that spookiness that makes Halloween so much fun. Colten was amazed that all he had to do was say "trick or treat" and he got candy! Cameron was lucky too. He goes 5 days a week at sparkleberry's but is in 2 different classes so he had 2 parties at school and got to dress up 2 days in a row. Everything is always more fun when you are around children and you sees things through their eyes!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pumpkin Patch!!!!!!!!

Going to get the pumpkins!
I love my boys!! (Horrible pic of me!)
Aren't they cute in their Durbin sweatshirts!
The goats are so funny
Too cute!
Say pumpkin
Sliding was Cameron's favorite thing!

Today we went to the pumpkin patch with Cameron's preschool. It was beautiful out. The boys had a great time. This is our 3rd year going to Hunters Farm and we love it. They have animals to feed, a maze, big slides, and a wagon ride to pick your pumpkin. A fun day for sure!!

Dave's 31!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to you!!
Make wish!
Mixing together
Well on the 15th Dave turned 31!! The boys helped me make him a cake that morning. For dinner I made one of his favorites. Shrimp and scallops in a scampi sauce. Yummy! Happy Birthday Dave!!!! We love you.

Some Random Moments

Sagwa loves sleeping with or on the boys!!
Cam and Colten loving Nico
Giving him a kiss
Bribes to hold still!!

Nicholas doing motor boat

Colten's first hair cut

Cameron "The Clothes Monster"

Here are some pics of the past month that I hadn't had any time to post. A couple weeks ago the grandparents (Durbin), Uncle Mike and baby Nicholas came for a visit. The boys just adore little Nicholas. In fact Colten decided last week he is done with his binky and he wants to give it to Nicholas. Colten also got his hair cut by Grandma. He is getting so big!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Seriously People, Wake Up!!!!!!!!!!!!

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..

Monday, September 22, 2008

First Day of Pre-K!!!!!!!!

So excited!
Colten wanted to say cheese!
Cool new backpack

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.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sand In The City

Checking out the boats.
Watch this!
Throwing rocks
There it goes
Big foot
Wall E

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago. They have this event on the water front called Sand In the City. We went there at the end of the day. It was amazing what people did with the sand. Then we went and threw rocks on the beach. It was so nice outside.