After spending most of the day cleaning up from Christmas, my daughter enticed me to install the Wii Fit she received from Santa. I love Santa. I love Wii Fit. I could not be any more in love with this fine piece of machinery. Who else will tell me my Wii Fit age is 35? I mean, are you kidding me? No wonder these things are sold out everywhere. Back to the board!

Ask and Ye Shall Receive…

Feeling very guilty right now about bashing eBay yesterday. No sooner did I publicly complain about not receiving my purchase than what should arrive at my front door? Yep, you guessed it, my infamous button. I am considering posting a photo of it because I am fairly confident my Senator will not be reading this unless I show him – and that is not going to happen. I’ll give you a hint though. This button is older than I am.

OK, that felt good… saying that something is older than I am.

I’ll give you another hint. This button is from one of my Senator’s favorite presidential campaigns.

Now, that should narrow the field down quite a bit.

Just kidding! If you know my Senator, then I have just opened up the field -not narrowed it down. My Senator loves campaigns, and that is a good thing…considering.

Oh, I simply love Christmas and surprises.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

The Senator’s Wife

Back to the Buttons!

I stumbled upon this photo while working on my computer. I liked it so much I am going to use it as a screen saver someday. Just kidding. But, it did remind me that I recently bought my Senator a very rare and special button for Christmas on eBay. And….that button has not yet arrived.

Bummer. I knew I was going to be skeptical of eBay. I don’t like buying things from people I can’t see or places I can’t touch. Don’t get me wrong, I have been a major Internet shopper this year. Just from places I know. Not some seller I couldn’t pick out of a line-up from some place I have never heard of before. I am just weird like that.

But, this button was cool. I mean way cool. So much so that I ventured out of my comfort zone.

However, I am still holding out hope. Isn’t that the theme for our country these days. Hope and change. Yeah, well that seller has my change and I want my button!

I also want more pictures like this!

Love, the Senator’s Wife

Hurry, Quick!

If you have any legislation you would like filed for next year’s legislative session- today is your last chance! Sound the alarm, quick, call your Senator or Representative. This is your last day to be heard….OK, not really. But, the Bill filing deadline is today, roughly at noon. At least I think that was what my Senator told me, however, there is most assuredly a little flexibility with the time frame.

Anyway, your average Joe has no idea that this is the deadline for legislation, but most everyone involved in politics, members, lobbyists, people who work at the Capitol and those that are married to members, we all know. Hurry, let your voice be heard!

The Turkey Bowl

While I am trying to figure out how November turned into December so quickly, I am posting a few more photos from Thanksgiving. Does it count that I still have left overs in my fridge?

These are from the Turkey Bowl, one of the most fun traditions…ever. Every Thanksgiving morning around 9:00 ish, many families and friends, who have all known each other for multiple generations, gather at a local park to play kick ball. This tradition started out with soccer, but in keeping with the times and the varying age span of participants, kick ball is a much safer format to blow off some of that competitive family energy. My family is very competitive. And so are their friends. It is also a great way to burn off some of those unavoidable extra Thanksgiving calories.

Here are some of the highlights from the Turkey Bowl.

Prior to kick-off, it is an unwritten rule that massive amounts of sugar be consumed.

Here is my boot camp instructor cousin, ordering everyone to divide themselves into two teams. She is good like that.

I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of that ball.

There are no rules regarding team colors or uniforms. All super hero costumes are welcome.

Obviously, adults can pitch hit for their children. We have no rules.

These two got a hall pass. They are newlyweds. They watched from the sidelines and drank their Starbucks. Oh, by the way, they got married three weeks ago and didn’t tell anybody. Yeah, for real.

I don’t know how my little cousin managed to fall asleep standing up, but he did. Probably coming down off the sugar high from Cousins and Chaos the night before and those donuts with the orange icing ( see photo #1). Life is hard when you are two.

I think I will go clean out my fridge now.

Love, the Senator’s wife

Cousins and Chaos, Part II

Just a few photos from cousins and chaos. I did not take them, but discovered them on my camera the following morning. Thank goodness for that because I was too busy trying to control the chaos and have zero pictures to show for it…zero…zilch…de nada.

This first photo was taken at a nice angle and from down low. Just about my daughter’s eye level. Thank you sweet girl for grabbing my camera. You are an Annie Leibovitz in training.

Assume that all cousins and friends were having this much fun…

This one was on a mission for chocolate.

This one was the defender of all things containing chocolate…

This cousin had already consumed a lot of chocolate…

When you look like this…who needs chocolate!

Next up – photos from the Turkey Bowl… another family Thanksgiving tradition.

Cousins and Chaos

Cleaning makes me cranky.

I spent the better part of the weekend dusting, polishing, mopping, picking up, putting away and doing laundry. I even managed to vacuum and clean out a few closets. ( I should really do that more often.) I don’t normally clean like this, truly, I don’t. Just ask anyone who lives here. It’s just, that, well this week we are having lots of cousins over, and extended cousins, and their children and their parents and some friends and it is absolutely the most out of control wonderful chaos that was ever known to man. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything. In fact, that is what we call this family gathering – Cousins and Chaos.

I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without my cousins and the chaos.

The Senator can’t imagine life without ‘Cousins and Chaos’. He likes a clean house and he likes to watch me clean it, the stinker! Did I mention that cleaning makes me cranky?