Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day 2009

To my children on Inauguration Day,

Today President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of this country. I sat in the lunchroom at work today watching the inauguration with my co-workers as it happened. People cried and cheered. I've never seen an inauguration day like today. Typically it just passes by without a notice. I freely admit that I have been anxiously awaiting this day. To me Obama represents a very new type of leadership for this country. He has truly been chosen as the agent of Hope rather than falling into the same trend of fear that is so often used in politics. He is educated, eloquent and focused on what must be done. I am very optomistic for what America will be under his leadership.

Additionally, this election is historic because we have for the first time sworn in an African American as our president. I think it is wonderful that you will never have known a time when there had never been a black president. I predict that by the time the two of you are adults there will have been a female president as well. It is a wonderful thing that the "melting pot" will not just be something that you are taught about in school as I was but that you will see as a given in life.I love you both!


"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met."

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. "

"In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."

"Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."

Hal Donahue: "Complete strangers of all classes and shades hugged and talked and cried. On Tuesday, the immigrant cab driver taking us away from the mall to a hotel was literally crying with equal measures of joy and astonishment. This was massive change and everyone knew it. The road ahead will be long and uphill but for this one day; we celebrated the victory of our time.
Make no mistake. Tuesday was a revolution. We, the people, came together to make it very clear that this is a revolution."

Sunday, January 4, 2009

18 month updates

On December 15th Samantha turned 18 months old and on December 18th mommy forgot about her doctor appointment completely so I don't have any stats. She's still a peanut though and wears mostly 12 month clothes. A couple 6-9 months items and a couple 18 month items as well but mostly 12 months. Quite the difference from what Dominic was wearing at this point! She's still nursing although I have been putting her off unless it's nap or night time. Something about hearing "Nurse now please" is a little odd. Dominic had weaned at this point although I was pregnant and he always liked his pacifier which Samantha has never gotten into. It's definitely a comfort to her though because every time she gets hurt she immediatley asks to nurse. I've been saying no though to that and just cuddling instead.

Her independent streak continues and "no, I do it" is a very common phrase coming from her! And frequently she can actually do it which is very cool. Other common sayings are "my turn" or "that's mine." She frequently points out what she wants by saying "the yellow one." Now you may think that she must really love yellow. Unfortunately she doesn't seem to have any idea what yellow is. So if she says that she wants the yellow book, that doesn't actually mean the yellow book. It could mean the purple book or the blue book. It can be a little trying. She is trying to get some colors down though and counts a bit as well. She has also started responding to the answers to her question with "oh!" So a pretty typical conversation is "What happened?" "The cup fell down" "Oh!" It's very cute! She has become incredible verbal and speaks in phrases most of the time. Of course she's still prone to temper tantrums but we are strongly discouraging them and encourage her to ask for what she wants.

Her newest (and Dominic's as well) obsession is "Mamma Mia" the movie. It's a great movie and I was shocked when Dominic asked to watch it one day. They both love it and sing along with the music. Samantha's favorite song is "Mamma Mia" and if you start singing it she'll respond with "my my." I love it when the kids like something I actually like and it's a nice upbeat movie that I really don't mind having on multiple times a day! She has also gotten into "cooking" in the play kitchen and will often bring you food and say "here mommy, eat." She loves duplo and reading and plays great with Dominic although sharing can somtimes be an elusive concept!

Oh, a little quirk. Samantha is a sleep talker. Ever since she has gained a vocabulary she has spoke words in her sleep. Now that she's speaking more in phrase she has started doing that in her sleep as well. The other night she said "No, that's my chocolate milk! That's mine." I guess work as a secret agent is out!

I just can't believe how fast it's going by! She's getting so big every day!

Gee & Papa's

After we finished opening and playing with the presents christmas morning we headed over to Gee & Papa's house to do it all over again!

Christmas Continued

Playing with the new stuff!