Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Political Junkies

We are a family of nerds.
Bryce and I are political junkies. We eat, breath, and sleep this stuff. Sorta sleep this stuff. I haven't been sleeping well thinking about what may happen in this upcoming election.
Anyways, this is us standing in life for the McCain-Palin Rally in CO Springs. It happened the Sat following the RNC convention. Neither of us had ever been to a rally before so thought we'd try it out.
Here's the love of my life with my baby girl. She's all decked out...and happy. So is he. So far so good.
Kinda cute isn't it?
Look at this sweetie.
I bought blue and red pom poms or if you're Treyton "pon pons" to show our American spirit.
They were a bomb. The kids fought over them and pulled out the plastic thingies. Galina kept trying to eat them. So eventually they went back in the backpack. I felt like Dora pulling out various things to make the day "work".
Here's my boy meeting and befriending an immigrant from the Netherlands (I think?) who came over many years ago in search of a better life.
Such a great country we live in. Hope personified.
The even was held in a airplane hanger in Colorado Springs. They had medal detectors upon entering. Of course they searched our bags. It was just like the airport.
It was a cool view to see the McCain and Palin planes on the runway.
These were the best seats in the house which were right behind where the politicians spoke. They were seats. We sure coulda used seats as the day wore on!
We would've gotten closer standing positions if it weren't for the fact that we had to go use the potty and had to stand in line for 45 min. A man must have planned for the number of portapotties available. Either that or an Obama supporter.
Anyways, after the potty we took our positions and listened to the music and speakers. Treyton and Galina got a bird's-eye view. A fine gentleman next to us said that he remembers going to a rally, and his dad lifted him up just like that when he was three. He still remembers it! Wonder if our kids will.
Treyton was getting sick of it by now. Poor kid. He was reduced to playing with fuzzies on the ground.
It was getting super hot and we were very ready for the guests of honor.
Here's what it looked like when they came on stage.

An interesting bit of trivia....the Democratic National Convention was just a couple weeks prior to this event. A janitor for the Pepsi center found a few thousand American flags left behind on floors, seats, and even in garbage cans after the Democratic Convention. So, he gathered them up and brought them to this event hoping to find new homes for the flags. We were allowed to take them if we wanted or return them after this display of patriotism. None left on the floor or in garbages.

Why didn't I bring the stroller?

Here's a shot of Sarah Palin on the left, John McCain in the middle, and Cindy McCain on the right. You can always spot Cindy McCain because of her orange and green dress. She's such a lady! The epitome of a first lady, if you ask me. A couple more shots of the speakers. I never did see Todd Palin even though he was somewhere up there.

All in all, it was a great experience. Glad we went, would do a few things differently next time. Hopefully we were looking at the future president and vice president of this greatest nation....the last best hope as Lincoln dubbed America.

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