Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What's wrong with Floridians, a little too much sun perhaps?

So Chan and I have recently reached a heightened level of political junkieness. When our TV isn't turned to the Disney Channel it is almost always on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, take your pick. We relish every bit of info we can get, and are quite the Mitt Romney cheerleaders. Since the beginning of the campaign my dislike for John McCain has steadily increased and now has reached epic proportions. I'm sorry if I offend any McCain supporters, but not really because seriously what are you thinking?

These are a few of the reasons I can't stand John McCain:

1. He uses the F-bomb, the worst word ever and is just a nasty little man with a horrible temper!

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSlAJ5hkAC4

2. When it comes to the economy, he's an idiot.

Here's a video of McCain admitting that he doesn't know anything about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqsH7dkFGTo

For those of you who didn't catch the MSNBC debate the other night in Florida, I wish I could have gotten a picture of what McCain's face looked like when asked a complex economy question. Just picture my face if you asked me to describe in detail each step of brain surgery. Then he gave his winning answer, which I will paraphrase: "I don't really know that much about the economy, but I know a lot of people that do and I can hire them." Aahhh, just what Americans want to hear from a potential president at this time of near recession.

3. He's a big, fat, adulterer and I don't have much sympathy for those.

Here's an excerpt from the Washington Monthly and a photo of Mr. McCain with the newer model wife:

McCain was still married and living with his wife in 1979 while, according to The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, "aggressively courting a 25-year-old woman who was as beautiful as she was rich." McCain divorced his wife, who had raised their three children while he was imprisoned in Vietnam, then launched his political career with his new wife's family money. In 2000, McCain managed to deflect media questioning about his first marriage with a deft admission of responsibility for its failure.

4. He and Hillary are best friends, although at this point I'm not sure which one I like better.

Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu_DFwEfv_g

5. He's a part of a Washington Good 'Ol Boys club, and I can't really think of much changing with him as President.

With those reasons alone, I have to wonder what the people of Florida were thinking, hopefully the rest of the country will be a little smarter.

Monday, January 14, 2008

New Year's Eve Snowman

So this is a little late, but after dark on New Year's Eve McKinley decided she really wanted to make a snowman. I started in on the reasons she couldn't build a snowman right now. It was late, it was dark outside, we didn't bring all her snow clothes, everyone was tired, etc. Luckily, my kids have a wonderful Aunt Hailey who told McKinley they should make a snow man who was laying down. This is the result....Yes, that is a mound of snow with cherry tomatoes for eyes, a miniature carrot for a nose, raisins for a mouth, and pretzels for arms and legs. I thought for sure that McKin would catch on and say "Hey, wait just a minute here....." but she loved her laying down snowman. Thanks Hailey!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

See ya in 2 years Tanner......sniff, sniff

So Wednesday we took Tanner to the MTC. It was our family's first MTC experience since Tanner is the oldest boy and it was very hard. Of course my sisters, my mom and I cried through the movie, the talks and singing "Called to Serve." When it was time to say goodbye, Tanner gave everyone a hug (poor guy had to deal with lots of bawling women) with just a few tears in his eyes and then he was off and didn't even look back. This was a day I was very grateful that so far I only have girls. I kept telling McKinley that she will be 5 and in Kindergarten when she see's Tanner again and I think it's sinking in. Yesterday I asked her who her best buddy was (hoping she'd say me) and she said Tanner. I will miss him immensely but I'm so proud of my little brother and know that he will be a wonderful missionary.

Happy Birthday Marc!

Today is my other brother-in-law's birthday, Happy Birthday Marcus Gene Bradshaw! We hope Hailey shows you a great day and makes you a great dinner with lots of mashed potatoes and gravy and rolls! You are such a great guy and I'm especially glad you had a birthday just so I can post this picture on the internet one more time!

Happy Birthday Shannon

So this is a little late since Shannon's birthday was on Friday, but I wanted to tell Shannon Happy Birthday! You are a great dad to Easton and a great guy and we hope you had a wonderful day!

Monday, January 7, 2008

New York, New York

We had a wonderful trip to New York, here are some of the highlights.....
Our hotel was one block from the World Trade Center site and right on the Hudson Bay, it was in the "financial district" for those who know what in the heck that means. On Thursday we got a "hop on, hop off" tour around town and got off at Rockefeller center. It was really cool to see it all in person. We then checked out the NBC experience store and were this close to buying Justin and Amber an authentic Dundie award and/or Dwight bobblehead (to commemorate Halloween), but then decided Amber is way too classy of a designer and it might not end up in a true place of honor. Chandler did however make it out with a "Michael Scott fun run for the cure rabies awareness.....yada, yada, yada" shirt so he was excited. We then took an NBC studios tour and got to go on the set of the Today Show, Nightly News, and see the MSNBC room while they were filming. We toured the rest of town and saw the Manhattan Temple and the buildings where Yoko Ono, Ricky Martin, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton live to name a few. All in all a good afternoon. Then we went to get ready for Phantom of the Opera. We took a taxi to "restaurant row." (apparently not one person in New York can recommend a good place to eat) and then went to Phantom which was amazing!
Here's Chan next to the World Trade Center site, which really looks like nothing but we wanted to document it.Me in Times Square, it was freezing

Friday we woke up very early to try to get tickets for Conan O'Brien and thought we were golden but at the last minute they only took tickets 1-25, we were 29 & 30. We then went to the Today Show and Chan was on TV! It was pretty cool to see it live. We also went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and saw some cool things, you could be there for a week and not see it all..

Saturday we went to Wicked! This is my new favorite musical of all time, I would take the trip to New York again just to see that. We also saw the Empire State Building, Central Park, and ate at Tavern on the Green. The "highlight" of the day besides Wicked was buying some fake Gucci and Prada bags out of the back of a hair salon in China town, it was quite the crazy experience and I felt like I was doing a drug deal.
Sunday we got to come home and we were so excited to see our girls who we missed so much, thanks to everyone who helped out so we could take this little fun trip. We had a great time!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Missionary Marathon

Sunday was the Wahlen missionary marathon with my cousin Ladd's farewell (He is going to Brazil) at 8:30, my cousin Cory's homecoming at 10:00 (He returned from El Salvador) and my brother Tanner's farewell (He is leaving to Detroit, Michigan) at 12:30. It was an emotional marathon as well but such a great day. Below is Tanner, Cory, and Ladd, 3 awesome missionaries!I had to show this pic of my cousin Lynn and his beautiful "friend" Saris (sorry, is that how you spell it?) because Celeste, doesn't she look exactly like Jennifer our aerobics instructor? And guess what else, she also has taught aerobics! Weird, huh.....

Cousin Marcus, Tanner, and Uncle Eric

As you can see, Mckinley had a great time at the Missionary Bash. Last night after Tanner got some food and walked out of the kitchen she said "have fun on your mission." We will sure miss Uncle Tanner and I'd like to personally thank him for teaching McKinley how to use a whoopee cushion all by herself this weekend and then giving it to her, our house was a crazy place to be today. At least I'll have something to remember you by...haha!