Tuesday, November 4, 2008

YES WE CAN

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer...

...Its been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America...

...and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the earth, this is your victory. I know you didn't do this just to win an election, and I know you didn't do it for me, you did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime; two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq, in the mountains of Afghanistan, to risk their lives for us. There are mothers and father who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they will make the mortgage, or pay their doctors bills, or save enough for their child's college education. There is new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long, our climb will be steep, we may not get there in one year or even in one term. But America I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight, that we will get there, I promise you, we as a people will get there. There will be set backs and false starts. There are many who won't agree with everything decision or policy I make as president, and we know the government cant solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face, I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.

And above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way its been done in America for two hundred and twenty one years, block by block, brick by brick, callused hand by callused hand. What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter can not end on this Autumn night.

This victory alone is not the change we seek, it is only the chance for us to make that change.

And that can not happen if we go back to the way things were, it can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. So let us summon a new spirit, of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder, and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember, that if this financial crisis has taught us anything its that we can not have a thriving wall street while main street suffers. In this country we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the republican party of the white house, a party founded on the values of self reliance and individual liberty and national unity. Those are values that we all share, and while the Democratic party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.

As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours: 'We are not enemies but friends, though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.'

To those American who's support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices, I need your help and I will be your president too. And all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

To those who would tear the world down, we will defeat you, to those who seek peace and security, we support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright, tonight we prove once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope. That's the true genius of America, that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts. There are many stories that will be told for generations. But the one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She is a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election, except for one thing, Ann Nixon Cooper is a hundred and six years old. She was born just a generation past slavery, a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky. When someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons, because she is a woman and because of the color of her skin. And tonight I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America, the heartache and the hope, the struggle and the progress. The times that we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed, yes we can. At a time when woman's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot, yes we can. When there was despair in the dustbowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a new deal, new jobs, and a new sense of common purpose, yes we can. When the bombs fell on our harbor, and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved, yes we can. She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told the people that we shall overcome, yes we can. A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen and cast her vote, because after a hundred and six years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change, yes we can.

America we have come so far, we have seen so much, but there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves, if our children should live to see the next century, if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see, what progress will we have made. This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment, this is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids. To restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace, to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that out of many we are one, that while we breathe we hope, and where we are met with cynicism and doubt and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people....YES WE CAN"





Saturday, August 30, 2008

The bicycle, cycle, or bike is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other.





Ok, so I have been saying I would get a bike and a seat for Oliver since like forever...

There have always been things in the way, mostly money. I didn't ever get to a point where I felt we could afford to drop more than a hundred dollars on a bike and the fixings when there were so many other things in line first (damn those bills!).

I don't really know what brought it on, but I suddenly started to feel the end of summer coming and realized that I had not spent as much time outside as I wanted to. With the freezing cold weather haunting my thoughts, I decided it was time to just do it. I have a new job... we are caught up on our bills.
..its the end of summer, things are going to be on sale...there is no time like the present...I should get a bike!

Plus, as a bonus, my mom helped out and paid for half =D yeay Mom!

Strike a Bike Pose

Oliver was very excited, it was really cute. He was so well behaved, we had a blast riding around. Our first trip was this afternoon and it lasted about 30 mins, then I got tired and my butt started to hurt. Plus it was freaking hot outside!
So, after a bike ride around the neighborhood we stopped for a treat.
=D
It was yummy!


Ice Cream Smiles


I can't wait to get up and go riding tomorrow!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Toddler Tattoos



I bought these spiderman stickers but when I got home and gave them to Oliver, found out that they were temp tats, so we put them all over him =D it was fun.

A Great Campaign Ad!



LOL!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

If I had a million dollars...

Vintage Dresses
1. Black silk chiffon 1920’s beaded dress
2. 1940’s cotton day dress
3. 50’s feminine, milk chocolate rayon floral fabric
4. Camel & black stripe 70's sweater dress


...I'd buy me a whole closet full of fabulous vintage dresses!! From all eras, they are all amazing!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Symbol of Hope


Symbol of Hope, originally uploaded by Madison Guy.
"Humans are strange creatures. In the midst of devastation, they often seem compelled to create a little spot of hope and beauty. I don't know why else someone would have made their way through the toxic, bacteria-laden flood water to put the flowers on this water fountain. I think it's a touching image of hope in the midst of destruction. Nothing fancy, no flags and marching bands, no banners saying "We'll Be Back!" Nothing wrong with those, of course, but sometimes there's nothing as moving as just a few flowers left in an unlikely public place. If the water fountain can't provide water, make it a planter."

I stumbled upon this picture on Flickr today and it took my breath away.

It's beautiful.

Amazing.

This picture is a glimpse into how deep and wonderful people can be.

Its too bad they don't show it more often.

I just love this picture.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Into The Sunshine

My new favorite song...I listened to it like a hundred times at work today, and I'm still not sick of it!! =D Shout out to the amazing and wonderful Julia! Luv ya girl!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Gesundheit!


Oliver now says bless you,
well more like "bleph-ou"
after I sneeze.

Its ridiculously adorable.



I love him.

A lot.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Momma's Milkshake









He really is my son =D

Garage Sales Rock My World!



I scored these two amazing pairs of earrings at a garage sale I stopped at whilst in San Diego. The woman had a whole table full of vintage jewelry, I only had $20 cash on me, and spent it all. Besides for these two beauts I also got another pair of earrings and three necklaces.
Yeay garage sales!!
=D
I gave the fishies to my sister Mae & they look fabulous on her!
=D

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Funky Saturday

Today was an interesting day. Oliver woke up crabby. I figured that he must not have gotten enough sleep or he was hungry. So I gave him some yogurt and got in the shower. Then we walked to my favorite breakfast place, Lazy Jane's (which I am going to miss living down the street from when we move next month) only to discover, after waiting in line for 15 minutes, that the ATM was out of order (and they only take cash). So I decided to walk down the street to another ATM, despite the fact that it was hot and humid. Oliver didn't want to walk, he wanted me to carry him...of course. As I was trying to get through my hot irritated mood with a grumpy boy in tow, a higher power stepped in and sent us just what we needed...live music! As I was rounding the corner of the parking lot of Willy St Coop, I heard the lovely tunes of a band called The Vagabond Opera. Here is some video I shot while we were enjoying the music.



Oliver loved it so much, I couldn't get him to leave until they had stopped playing!



So needless to say, it cheered both of us up, made us forget about the heat, and helped the walk back to Lazy Jane's be not nearly as bad as the walk there. And to top it all off, when we got back, there was no line!! =D We enjoyed our meal and went home for nap. Later on, after Erin got off work, we took Oliver to his Grandma's house, and went to see a movie. "You dont mess with the Zohan". It was great, I highly reccomend it. We came home and relaxed before bed, and now I am going to get some crafting done, I have several ATCs to make, they are going to be fantastic. =D

Friday, May 30, 2008

More Bloomin' Buttons!

Here are a few more Button cards I made last week 
=D
I just think they are so cute!!





Fun Friday Game

The Concept:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Thanks Stef  =D  That was fun!

The Best Plane Rider



Oliver has been flying for more than two years now. Our first trip to California was when he was 6 weeks old.  I am so glad to have a two year old who is not only well behaved but also cute as can be while traveling.  I thank my lucky stars that he was not the one on the plane crying the whole flight!

The flight from WI to MN was only an hour long, 
so we enjoyed playing and taking pictures.


But by the second flight, it was late afternoon and the no-nap caught up with him and he crashed...before we even left the ground!


=D

He woke up 1.5 hours into the flight, 
well rested and was pretty good for the last 2 hours.

Yeay for a well behaved baby and a good flight to California!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Finished Tote! =D

Just wanted to share this pretty summer tote I finished today
(thanks to Stef for giving me the fabric!)

Here is the outside (it's the same on both sides):




And me holding it
(good thing I'm smart and crafty, because I wouldn't cut it in modeling! LOL!):




I used a dark contrasting fabric for the lining and quilted some scraps for the pocket:




Friday, May 23, 2008

Red High Heels


I saw this on Ellen a few weeks ago, it was the first time I ever heard this song...

and I'd say its pretty good...

...considering its country!

=D


I think of it every time I wear my red high heels

=D

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Hippest Hipster!

Ok, so I fell head first in love with this amazing tutorial a few weeks ago and just had to make one for myself.

I altered a few things, and messed up a few parts, but I still love how it came out! I use it ALL the time!! I love to have my phone, ATM card, keys and a pacifier right there on my hip :-D its very handy!

Instead of a curved bottom, which looked very hard to me, I just made it a square. And I used snaps for the belt closure instead of velcro, and also put some on the flap to help prevent my cell phone from falling out.

Alrighty, so enough talk, here are the pictures!!


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Portrait of a Toddler Tantrum

After smearing mashed potatoes all over himself and pouring juice (from a spill proof sippy cup) on his head...Oliver's melt down began, and I was there to capture it.



He wanted to get out of his chair, but didn't want to take a bath...which was not going to happen...and since I am in charge (or at least I like to think that I am)...into the bath he went, crabby and filthy!


Despite the resistance, Oliver thoroughly enjoyed the bath and came out a different baby...

...Happy and clean!






Good thing Momma loves Oliver no matter what...even when he's a butthead!!




Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bloomin' Buttons!


I made these super cute blank note cards last night. I was inspired by a Creative Juice episode (LOVE THAT SHOW!) and the fact that I had a *ton* of buttons from a recent thrift store trip score!

=D

Since these are my firsts, I have been giving them away, they are not quite perfect enough to sell in my Etsy shop, but I hope to make more tonight that will be!