Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
It's frustrating that neither candidate will really say anything new - I swear there were at least 15 points that were direct quotes from past speeches. Since my last political post, I have changed my mind a bit. I found out a bit more about McCains healthcare plan (ie: taxing employer healthcare) and I'm not convinced. Since the economy is so fragile right now, it seems that government regulation is an absolute must, and that's kind of directly against Republican ideals. I know McCain says that "something must be done", but he and his advisors are only talking about restructuring the system and not regulating it - Obama is at least talking about how we got into this problem in the first place (although he still isn't really giving specifics). But then Obama won't talk about cutting spending. That will most likely be problematic since we are already some 13 trillion in debt....Bush would like to say 5 trillion, but that's basically a flat out lie. I guess he thinks that bail out money doesn't count?
I have a question for you folks: Why do Republicans believe so strongly in the trickle down effect? Has it ever really worked? It seems like it just makes so much theoretical sense, but doesn't really bring results.
With the "D" word being thrown around, it reminds me of the last Depression. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the same change in party power for a long time...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
L: Mommy, that lady is SOOOOO old! You b'leive that?
His new thing is to say "You b'lieve that?" after saying anything that he thinks is really cool or outrageous. He prefers when I respond with "No! That's wild!". We had this conversation this weekend:
L: When I go a James house, I get happy birthday cake! You b'lieve that Mommy!?
M: Yeah, I believe that! That's so cool! Do you believe that?
L: Yep, I b'lieve that.
This one just melted my heart:
L: Mommy, we going to the temple?
M: No, we're just going to the park. We'll get to go look at the temple another day.
L: I want to go INSIDE the temple 'nother day.
M: Well, someday you'll be able to go inside the temple.
L: When I get bigger, I go in the temple too! I see Mommy and Daddy get married!
Then on the way back from our lunch extravaganza (thanks Cindy!) Landon and Parker were playing and laughing in the back seat. Parker got really excited with Landon playing peek-a-boo and started waving his arms and legs really fast:
L: Mommy, Pahker wants to fly away!
Pahker! Fly away! Fly away in the sky!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
L: Mommy look! I eat babies like taco's!
Perhaps that's why he was trying to bite Avery this morning :).
M: (changing Parker's pants) Parker, your little legs are just too cute!
L: (looking at naked Parker) Awwww, look at his cute little bum! It wants to go poo poo!
L: Hey Mommy! I going all my diarrhea in the potty!
I think my favorite new word of Landon's is "acause", meaning "because". I'll ask him "Why did you dump your water out?" and he'll say "acause _____" (insert anything totally random and not at all related to the question I just asked). Pretty funny.
Parker is reaching new heights in his sound effect skills. He can mimic cars, propeller planes vs. jet planes (I know, pretty cool), and various animals. Lately he's been pointing at objects and waiting for me to make their sounds. Does anyone know what a giraffe says? I'm stumped.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Tonight I put the boys to bed early (more for my sake than theirs) and Parker wasn't quite ready to get with the program. He started playing, kicking his crib, then fussing and crying. I was sure that Landon was going to start crying and make things worse, but then I heard him start singing! He sang Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star two times through - that's all it took to put Parker to sleep. When Parker whimpered a bit later I heard Landon start humming the tune again. Now that's a tender mercy!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
I thought that I had my election choice all figured out. I really did. And then I actually started to research. I've learned about American Politics all my life, but since it didn't really matter to me in my teen years, I didn't really grasp much of the infrastructure (and, since I lived in another country I kind of assumed that it was more similar to our way of doing things than it really was). Since I am a citizen and I live here now, I've decided to learn more about it. I voted in the last election, but I've always found it hard to figure out which party I belong to (I don't think I'll ever fully agree with either of them!). It always comes down to the candidate for me - with the hopes that they aren't puppets of a party either. These are the things I've always wanted a candidate to say in their speech:
1. "We've messed up", not "They've messed up"
2. "These are specific things I've actually done in the past to show you I will do good in the future"
3. "I don't just follow my party - I do what's right for the country" and they've got a record to prove it.
Wasn't I just shocked when that's exactly what McCain said last night!? And there's truth to it? I did more research today and these are the conclusions I've come to:
McCain and Obama are both very good and honorable men. They've both chosen running mates that have strengths where they have weaknesses - both smart, honorable people as well. They actually agree on a few issues (they've worked together in the past on immigration, for example), but they obviously disagree on a few; the largest and most devisive being the War in Iraq and Healthcare. McCain calls for more like a 4-5 year plan for Iraq - yes, he does call for an end - and has a very different strategy in stabilizing the country, whereas Obama would put an end to America's participation in the war much sooner. Obama plans to set up a national healthcare program, whereas McCain would use competition and tax refunds to give better options and opportunities to everyone.
So, what this means to me:
I am a fan of social programs because I feel like everyone should have a minimum standard of healthcare and education; that said, I don't know that social programs are the answer in this country. They work well in some other countries (yes, they CAN work well), but this country is set up so differently (power in the states instead of just federally...if that's a word) that I don't know if they would be as great as I imagine. In fact, I see how the public school system is run and that's, well, a disaster. In any case, as great as socialized healthcare sounds, I think McCain's plan might actually be more realistic here (maybe there are other state options that haven't been explored as well).
As far as the war goes, I really don't think that pulling the troops out now is the answer (as much as I'd like it to be). As my Mom says "the only thing worse than going to Iraq in the first place would be to pull out prematurely". With the world the way it is, it seems like leaving Iraq would only leave it in prime position to be controlled by the very people we're trying to defeat. We've seen that happen in Afghanistan and Pakistan so many times already. Scott compares it to not using antibiotics for the full time period prescribed - we will get "resistant" terrorists so to speak.
Of course, I'm also socially conservative because of my religious beliefs, so all of this wrapped up means that I agree with McCain. Really? I'm as shocked as you are.
At the house, Landon sent his remote control car into the storm drain. My Dad eventually got this plate up, went down into the drain and got it for him. Apparently hedge clippers make a good lever :)
Our last day at the beach we decided to make a huge sand...something. It eventually turned into a turtle. Landon was slightly tired out by the end of it!
Check out the avacado's in Maui! Those are big banana's for size - isn't that out of control!? One of those made enough guac for all of us to eat for two days!
This picture's a bit blurry, but I had to try and capture Landon's first dump in the drink. My Dad was pulling him around on the boogie board for awhile and then a wave threw him right into the ocean. Landon was not too impressed :)
The day after we got back, we decided to take a Labor Day weekend trip to Monterey with some friends. Landon had been betting to go on a boat, so we rented a little paddle boat on the lake.
We stayed the night and then went to the Aquarium the next day. We didn't get many pictures, but here are the jellyfish. Parker thought they were pretty cool! Landon really liked the sharks.
After lunch we literally had to drag the kids away from eachother to go home. They were having SO much fun playing with eachother in the parking lot of all places. The whole way home (well, until he fell asleep) Landon was begging to go back to "Monrey" and see these guys. I assured him that they would be back in Berkeley soon too :).
One more thing checked off our list of things to see here before we leave!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
M: Landon, if you don't get into your bed I'm going to have to shut your door.
L: Mommy, no. This is Grandma and Grandpa's door. You open it right now!
L: Mommy, it's seven. I want breakfast!
M: Landon, just go play for one minute and then I'll get up and get you breakfast k?
L: (pouty) No, please, I just want breakfast right now. I hungry!
M: Ok, ok....here, let's get you some oatmeal.
L: Oh! Thank you so much! Mommy, thanks for getting my oatmeal.
*apparently we're starving him.
M: Landon, please put that down. (no response) I said please put that down. (no response) Landon, I don't think you're listening.
L: No Mommy, I AM listening!