Monday, March 16, 2009

Aaron Michael is here!

Fresh out of the oven, he arrived at 8:37 eastern time, 8 pounds 4 ounces 19 inches long. Yay!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

We Surround Them

We surround them

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

12 Values
  • Honesty
  • Reverence
  • Hope
  • Thrift
  • Humility
  • Charity
  • Sincerity
  • Moderation
  • Hard Work
  • Courage
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Gratitude
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Politicians Changed That

No I'm not so clever as to come up with this on my own. Sent to me via email by my cool grandma.


Not long ago I read a joke. It said all the politicians running for president are promising change to the American people. We send them billions and billions of tax dollars and they send us the change.

We used to have a strong dollar...Politicians changed that.

Marriage used to be sacred... Politicians are changing that.

We used to be respected around the world...Politicians changed that.

We used to have a strong manufacturing economy...Politicians changed that.

We used to have lower tax structures...Politicians changed that.

We used to enjoy more freedoms...Politicians changed that.

We used to be a large exporter of American made goods ... Politicians changed that.

We used to teach patriotism in schools…Politicians changed that.

We used to educate children in schools…Politicians changed that.

We used to enforce LEGAL citizenship...Politicians changed that.

We used to have affordable food & gas prices...Politicians changed that, too.

One could go on and on with this list.

What hasn't been changed, politicians are promising to change that as well, if you will elect them.

When, oh when, is
America going to sit back with open eyes and look at what we once were and where we have come and say, enough is enough?

The trouble is,
America 's youthful voters today don't know of the great America that existed forty and fifty years ago. They see the world as if it has always existed, as it is now.

When will we wake up?
Tomorrow may be too late. When will
America realize ... Politicians are what is wrong with America ?

What is needed is for the constitution to be amended to limit all Senators and Representatives to TWO terms in office like the president.
Oh, by the way, no big pension either, social security just like the rest of us. Being a politician shouldn't be a person’s life work but rather a call to service then back to being an honest hard working citizen.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Huggies Thong

So funny! I can't seem to find a way to embed the video but follow this link for a good laugh!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The nanny shaft

Week one in Kirkland: not that bad! In fact, it's pretty enjoyable. There are tons of beach parks, playgrounds, and a community center. Redmond Town Center is about 10 minutes away which is great since we can go to the book store for story time.

But there is one thing-- not a nanny can be found. I tuned into every conversation at the open gym time at the CC today and every single person referred to themselves as mom, dad, or grandma. I put an ad on and got one real response and one "pay for a nanny group" response. Oh well. The house is huge and with things to do in the area, we aren't exactly dying for immediate playmates.

Guess I'll have to try to make friends with 40 year old moms in yoga pants.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My sentiments on leaving Seattle

Well, I guess I am not exactly leaving Seattle but my nanny job is moving from Seattle to Kirkland tomorrow. The family decided that their tiny home just doesn't suit their toddlers need for space and a place for her toys. And her sleeping area, man that kid hears everything through the thin walls. They bought a 3000 sq. ft. home in Kirkland near the freeway but close enough to the beautiful waterfront.

The first fews months of working in Seattle were ok. The commute was hard but I managed. It took me about 8 months to get used to the commute during which I put on a tremendous amount of weight that I argue sprouted from my extreme exhaustion from 2.5 hours a day of driving related stress. I was tired all the time. I had hoped to move into Seattle sharing the idea of many outsiders of "if you're going to live near Seattle, you should live IN Seattle at least once." But the more I got to know the city, the more I hated it. The election didn't help. Oh my what a horrible time to work in Seattle. Obama bumper stickers popped up on 70 percent of the cars. There were regular mini-protests against McCain, Palin and the rest of the Republican party. Cars were being assaulted and I was being flipped off. The beautiful city took on a doomsday gloom in the middle of summer. I hated every moment.

However after the election the rabid liberals calmed down as their savior had won and in turn, I calmed down. My feelings mellowed and I began to enjoy the city again. I became closer with my liberal nanny friends, no longer fearing that the topic of politics would come up and I no longer wanted the whole damn place to burn. I've enjoyed the parks, community centers, U Village, the Starbucks 5 blocks away, and Northgate Mall. I have been regularly seeing a few nannies for the past six months to a year and loved being able to watch their nanny kids grow.

Overall, it's been a fun 14 months in Seattle. I feel fortunate that my car never got broken into or vandalized and that I managed not to scare away my nanny friends. I was able to go to the zoo, aquarium, children's museum, and science center, places I would otherwise not have gone.

So here I am once again analyzing my love/hate relationship with Seattle. Yes, I hate the politicians and most of the people, but to hate it entirely would say that I got nothing out of it and that it was a wasted year of my life. I learned a lot. The commute resulted in me listening to talk radio, educating me on politics which ultimately led me to reestablish my conservative roots and, just as important, led me to the decision to buy guns. :) Working in Seattle also made it convenient to join in the Young Republican happy hour meetings which again, something I would not have done in the first place due to proximity. The commute also led to a better relationship with my sister with all the free and uninterrupted time I had to chat with her (but even with all those hours, I was still never able to convince her of the name Axel). :)

Tomorrow I say good bye to the city but not for good. I hate Seattle but not without a morbid affection for it. Nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to stay.