“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look there is work to be done. The state of our economy calls for action bold and swift, and we will act. Not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce, and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place and wheal technologies’ wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and soil to fuel our cars and run our factories and we will transform our schools and colleges and Universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.”
— President Barack Obama, January 20, 2009
Today is a very special day, no matter what your political beliefs are. When I woke up and turned on the television to see what was happening with the inauguration coverage, I was overwhelmed with the enormity of the crowds in Washington waiting to hear President Obama’s inauguration speech. My eyes automatically filled with tears and I haven’t really been able to get them to stop watering up since. I think it is because after a demoralizing 8 years with our last president, I can finally feel pride for my country again, and feel so much hope for the good President Obama and his people can do for us. When I look around me I see my friends and family losing their jobs, getting major salary pay reductions, losing their retirement nest egg with the declining stock market and losing their homes. I see businesses big and small going under. I see schools experiencing cutbacks. No matter what your political beliefs are, we all are seeking a little hope and change, if not for ourselves, then for those we love around us.
The reporters at the inauguration are saying that they have never in the history of inaugurations, seen the excitement that they are seeing about our new president. I don’t remember any other inaugurations in my lifetime; some I was too young to appreciate and others I was too disappointed to tune in. I noticed that this inauguration is playing in the workplaces, schools, and homes of most people I know. For me, President Obama’s speech did not disappoint; it was a enlightening, inspiring and did bring me hope.
Enough about the new President and now it’s all about me. Chris is in Chicago where it is freezing cold. He is giving a big presentation tomorrow morning that he has been working very hard on. I am here with the babies by myself today. It is nice to spend this time with them, watching them play and interact together. Meanwhile, Ava is testing out her skills as a skier with Grandpa Mike today. He has taken Ava up to Sierra to teach her how to ski and word just came in that the day was a big success. Grandpa Mike is such a kind and patient teacher and his main goal was to get Ava acclimated to the skiing environment. They did that and more – they went up the chair lifts and down the bunny slopes many times and I hear that a good time was definitely had by both. I haven’t seen Ava for the last two nights because she has had “sleepovers” at gigi and gramps house. She loves having sleepovers there because, besides loving gigi and gramps, Ava gets special individual attention at their house. At her own house she has to split the attention with three other little people and I am sure that can be hard for her.
I noticed a couple of days ago that it has been a year since I started blogging. On January 15th, 2008, I began my blog with three entries. Now I have 76 posts and I have yet to go back and read any of them for lack of time. In honor of my year anniversary as a blogger, I have put a new little gadget on the right hand side of the page that is called followers, where all my faithful followers can go and register in a quick and painless process.
The babies are 11 months old in two days and all I can say is that they are great babies. They are independent, fun, dynamic, happy, healthy babies. They are really starting to love each other and interact with each other. Lately I have noticed that Violet and Elsa hold hands in their booster seats while they are eating. I have seen Preston giving Elsa touches and loves in his booster seat as well. I know they love each other. I know they have a special relationship. And even though Ava did not share a womb with them, I know they all look up to Ava and love her so deeply. Next month we will be celebrating their 1 year birthday. Amazing. I am actually going to make it through the first year alive. I have certainly aged a few extra years with all these babies. I have rolled through the mud of motherhood on several occassions. I have “gone through the ringer” as a dad of quadruplets once described his first year with his babies to me. But as Obama so eloquently stated today, I always pick myself up, dust myself off and begin the work of remaking a new day. Plus, when I am old and wrinkled these kids can fund all the plastic surgery I will need.
Cheers to our new President.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.