Family is Everything

I stumbled onto Obama’s Flickr stream via BoingBoing today and thought I would share two of my favorite photos from that set:


Mrs. Obama is gorgeous, isn’t she? I’ve always liked her – she’s very articulate, intelligent and she just seems “together,” you know?

But what really caught my attention in this photo was Obama’s shoes. Look at the soles – that is a man who’s done a lot of walking in those shoes. And it’s cool that he’s not being too pretentious with his wardrobe.

But this photo is my favorite – it made me smile:


It just goes to show, that kids will be kids no matter where they are stationed in life. Even though her dad would go on to become the next president of the United States, she was still bored waiting around. 🙂

And doesn’t she look like her mother?

I may not agree with Obama’s political agenda (at all, in fact), but there is no doubt he is family-oriented and for that, I admire him.

ADDED: I meant to pass this link along in the original post, but then my rancid body odor distracted me and I HAD to take a shower and I forgot. But now, I’m feeling, and smelling, better so my brain is working once again and I remembered … is a website launched by the Obama team’s Presidential Transition Project which documents the transition into power and solicits ideas from the public.

I’d love to be a peon on the other end of those feedback forms and read the suggestions coming in – I can only IMAGINE the craziness.

One thing that really struck me during this campaign was Obama’s technical prowess – or maybe not Obama’s, but certainly his campaign people’s technical savvy. It absolutely amazed me not only HOW and how FAST he got the word out there (leasing his own TV station is just one example), but that he utilized all of the technological avenues available in our geeky world TO get the word out.

That was a very smart move from Obama’s people. Very smart. And a lesson for all of us, really. If you want to get the American people’s attention, hit them in their cyber guts.


Savoring Family Time

Sleepy Boys

Taken moments ago …

It’s now 8:24 a.m. The husband is taking a shower, I’m catching up on blogs (no emails to answer! Yay!) right now, will scarf down some yogurt after I post this and then head to the showers myself. The sun is shining (it was actually pretty cloudy yesterday – boo!) and it promises to be a beautiful day. It’s still pretty chilly, but I’m sitting here in front of the camper heater, hot air blowing against my sweat pants and I’m actually pretty cozy. When the boys wake up, they will likely camp out (pun intended) in this cubby hole.

Camper Cubby Hole
(We spend a lot of time in this hole).

The husband and I did a bit of shopping yesterday. We went to BAM (Books a Million) and I bought Twilight again (I had to give my other copy away for the Bloggy Giveaway – I had just started reading it when the Giveaway started and I was all like, “Ack! I want to give something away, but what?). Then we went to Wal-Mart to see if they had Gears of War 2 for the XBox for GD (that is his birthday gift request) and they did. Whew! Apparently, this game is pretty popular and they only had two copies left. I’m betting Springfield has already run out of copies.

And that’s all we did yesterday. The kids didn’t even change out of their sweats (but in their defense, it’s just warmer to stay in them!)

My Texan chili was DEE-LISH!! In fact, the husband sang my praises all night (and I ate them [pun intended] up).

We played the game of Life last night – GD won (we called him Bill Gates he ended up with so much money), the husband came in second, me third, and MK last. We had a lot of laughs and I love the fact that the kids will remember that our camping trips consisted of many hours of board games.

We also watched Ironman together, too. The boys and I have seen it, but the husband hasn’t. As usual, we had to keep nudging him awake – movies are like a sleep drug for him, he simply doesn’t stay awake long enough to finish the movie and then has the audacity to ask what happened later.


Today, will take it easy once again. We wanted to play a little putt-putt, but it might be too cold for that. In fact, I don’t think the courses are even open today. *sad face*

We plan on going out for steak for dinner, playing more board games and watching Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull today (again, the boys and I have seen it, the husband has not and again, we’ll probably have to nudge him all night).

Life is good.

How is your weekend shaping up?


NaNoWriMo Progress late yesterday P.M.

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