Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Last week Mr Bird wanted to have a family jam for his Birthday. So we loaded up our kids and our cake and went to his sister Lisa's house where we ate cake and played music until way past bed time.
It was hard to eat that beautiful cake. I knew how much butter and sugar were in the thing, so it made it really hard to enjoy.
It is one of the richest most fattening and sinful cakes ever made.
I think each bite has 1,000 calories.
But boy, was it ever tasty.
Have I mentioned I love chocolate almost as much as I love my children?
But I still love Mr Bird more than chocolate, hands down.
Lisa has the most gorgeous music room with the most beautiful instruments.
A baby grand, a stand up bass, a harp, a Cello plus violins and guitars and a mandolin.
This makes their home ideal for family jams. Plus she and all her kids are the most talented musicians I know.
Lisa played the piano while Mr Bird played the bass.
Jeni, Jason (her cure hubby) and Jo all played the violin.
Jo also plays the harp and the piano.
Jeni plays piano and her hubby, Jason, sings. He has a gorgeous voice.
When we have jams I feel like we are attending a personal concert.
The kids sort of wonder in and out. They pick up an instrument here and there, then trade it for a different one, as they please.
He and Doodle had a great time trading and playing together.
They played a song called Lover's Waltz.
It is a beautiful song and always makes me think of Mr Birds mom and dad. One summer Sunday a few Summers ago we were having a family jam in Lisa's front yard.
All the people who could play an instrument were playing. I don't remember the song but suddenly dad took mom by the hand and lifted her up. This was just at the time when she was starting to get sick. He took her in his arms and danced with her, right there in the lawn. No one else was dancing. He just held her close and danced, he did not seem to care that we were all watching them. It is one of the most tender memories I have of the two of them. That is how their marriage was. Sure they had their rough spots, just like we all do, but there was no question how much love they had. And they were not afraid to show it to all of us. Coming from a single parent family, I don't think they knew how much that moment impacted me.
So when I hear Lover's Waltz I always have that image of the two of them dancing. In my mind I can see her dancing still. I dream about the time when Mr Bird and I are old and grey and sick and still dancing, no matter who is watching.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I have made this race track a few times. The first time I made a circle 8 shape out of 2 round cakes. I could not find that photo though.
The classic jelly bean cake.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
He was so great to come and help paint our silly walls. We got so much more done than we could have on our own. Thanks Matt!!!
As we painted we started talking about our New Year's plans and he said we should come over to play games. He said we'd ring in the New Year at 10pm (Midnight Eastern time) and we could still get home at a semi decent hour.
We played Cranium, boys against girls.
Who won you ask?
The girls of course! Was there really any question.
Actually, we creamed them.
It felt good, it felt really, really good!
Here is Matt's cute wife Kerilyn and her ever growing baby belly.
Kerilyn's parentals joined us for the evening as well, they are so fun and they love their cute grand kids so much.
Baby Cakes was not quite so alert. He knocked out around 10:30. That's pretty good for him, he's used to being in bed by 8 pm, every night, without fail.