Ava’s picture was taken by a photographer at the Obama victory party we attended on election night and posted the following day on our local paper’s website. I’m not sure if it made it into the actual newspaper or not since I didn’t manage to snag a paper that day (grrr. still trying to get my hands on one), but I got the digital version of the picture and am going to order a print to put in the scrapbook that I hope to someday make for her. :)

(I wrote this for BlogHer last week, but due to the election, didn’t have the opportunity to post it here until today. Hope you enjoy this break from all of the political talk.) Although you may never have had to worry about making cuts in your family budget in the past, chances are that with the current recession you are probably examining your finances more carefully and trying to find ways to cut back on spending. It may or may not be a necessity right now, but when planning in uncertain times, the more money you can sock away in the bank, the more secureRead More →

Last night history was made. The United States of America elected its first multi-racial president, Barack Hussein Obama. Jody, the kids and I had the opportunity to go to an Obama victory party held by the Boulder County Democrats. We met up with my sister Carrie as well as some friends. The energy was high, the cheers were loud. There were two big screens, food, drinks, and the place was decked out in red, white and blue. There were lots of smiles, lots of tears, lots of hugs and kisses. It felt like a New Year’s Eve party, except instead of people being donned inRead More →

I have just one word for all of you United States’ citizens today: VOTE! OK, maybe a few more words too. ;) Be sure to bring your ID along with you, and maybe a book and some water in case of long lines. If you run into a problem at the polls, you can get voter protection information online at: HTTP://WWW.866OURVOTE.ORG and on the phone at: – 1-866-OUR-VOTE (administered by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law) – 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund) – In addition, CNN has a voter hotline to call if youRead More →

On Saturday, Jody, the kids and I drove 2 1/2 hours to Pueblo, CO, to experience our first political rally where both Michelle and Barack Obama were scheduled to speak. According to the LA Times, there were over 15,000 people in attendance. We were seriously lucky and got amazingly close to the stage thanks to a phone call my sister Carrie made on Friday. Jody and I had been debating whether or not it’d be a good idea to take the kids for the 2 1/2 hour drive, then make them wait for the rally to begin and sit through the rally before having toRead More →