Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inaugural Ball

Were You invited to the Inaugural Ball?
We were!
Not surprising considering I was the one that planned the whole thing.
I asked Mr Bird if he thought Barack Obama would make an appearance at our Inaugural Ball along with the 10 others he had to visit last night.
He said we might have a shot if we had donated a million dollars to his campaign or if our party were not over 2000 miles away.
Or maybe if we had even voted for him. As we watched this historic event we made our party decorations and baked a spectacular flag cake. The likes of which I have not seen since the 4th of July.
After dinner we all got dressed in our fanciest clothes and got ready to party.

We all had a great time dancing together. It was like we were at a real ball.
First the band (radio) played Vivaldi. We danced all fancy like.

Then we turned on real music and just went nuts.

Shoes were baned from our ball. You know that pesky no shoes allowed in the house rule.
That's OK, I don't like shoes much anyway. If it were not for the snow and the fact that it's socially unacceptable to go around barefoot I might never wear shoes.

Mr Bird and I only got to dance one song together. The kids pretty much demanded we dance with them all night long. When we did finally steal a dance we had to ignore the two screaming kids at our feet who were hanging onto our clothes.
Don't worry, we did not step on anyone.
As we watched the coverage on the news all morning of the Inauguration I could not help but feel how huge this moment was for America. They interviewed several black people who were part of the freedom writers back in the 60's. They were all so humbled and floored at how far our country has come. I was touched by how many people showed up to welcome our new president. Even though we may not agree on all political agendas, he is my president and I join in the millions of people all across the United States in welcoming him to the White house. As many others across the nation, I have high hopes for this guy. I hope he can see America through these tough times. I wanted to join in the parade and pomp and celebration. I wanted my kids to remember this time. We may not have another inauguration for 8 more years, by then I doubt they will want to have another ball in our living room. I felt I may as well do it now, when they're young and they don't know how weird I am yet. While they still want to dance with their mother.

Did we ever dance the night away. We danced until their little legs would not dance anymore.
We had a great time.
I hope our kids remember why we had this celebration.
As the years go on I want to teach them more about the presidency and just what that job entails. I want to teach them about the freedoms we enjoy and how we have the freedom to blast crazy music in our nice heated homes and dance like crazy people if we want because of the sacrifice so many have made for our nation.
I want to teach them of the men and women who have given their lives to make and keep our country free.
I want them to learn to work hard to keep these freedoms and to contribute to our country in some way, even if it's just by living a good life.
Happy Inauguration everyone!
If you did not get a chance to watch it on T.V. here is a link so you can watch it now!
Go ahead, it's history in the making.


FowersFive said...

you are the cutest family ever!

The Farmer's Wife said...

Oh my gosh. You guys are so funny!

I laughed out loud over and over.


Just one tall girl named Laurel said...

We were celebrating too! And we DID vote for him, so that was super exciting. What is that blue ball gown from?

Reely Jiggin said...

It sounds like you guys had ton of fun that evening. You have a very beautiful family!! :)