Thursday, September 23, 2010

Values Voter Summit 2010

Last week Wed.-Sun. I was off to Washington DC with 10 other staffers from our Holland office. Our headquarters are in Washington DC and we held a summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel hosting over 2,000 attendees. To see what it was all about you can visit The ladies from our office were in charge of checking people in among other tasks. This was our mascot for the weekend. :) The name tag covers up the word Congress.
It's an exciting event where we had speakers such as Newt Gingrich, Bill Bennett, Mike Pence, Mitt Romney, Sean Hannity (below), etc. I personally am not a big political guru but it's fun to see how excited people get about this stuff. A few of us also got to get a tour of the White House. I had never been there so I thought it was pretty cool.
I think one of my highlights was getting to see and meet the Duggar family! I assume most of you are familiar with them or their show 19 Kids and Counting. They were so fun to watch and listen to their story. They truly are a genuine family. We presented them with a Pro-Life Entertainment award and they also sang and played their violins for us. They were so cute!
Tony presenting the award to Jim Bob and Michelle. I got to introduce myself to Jim Bob at the Gala dinner we had on Saturday night b/c I helped his crew find their table. It was kind of awkward actually saying "Jim Bob." :)
Here's the 8 ladies from our office that worked at the event.A picture of the wonderful dessert...served on a very cool rectangle plate!
Here's most of the FRC crew that worked at the event. We got together for some ice cream after the Gala dinner to enjoy each other's company and relax for a bit! It was a late night with an early flight. I actually slept with my head on the lap tray I was so tired!
Most of all I missed these little dudes! It was probably about one day too long to be away from home but we all survived. Carter took it a little harder than I expected. Of course Trey was good as gold and full of his normal smiles! Brian said I can't go away for long time! (Trey's shirt courtesy of my BFF Jen...she's always making something for my boys!) :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Recent fun

A few weeks ago we went to the $1 ride night at the Hudsonville Fair so Brian could enjoy it with us since he always so busy when it is the auction night. Carter had a blast. Some rides were even to slow for him. Here he is grinning from ear to ear on the race car ride that whipped him around the corners. I was shocked it didn't scare him!
Trey having fun just riding around in the stroller.
Brian and Carter riding the ferris wheel looking at the off road race.
We ran into DeWitts and Huysers so Carter got to ride the elephants with Jacob.
On Labor Day we headed downtown Holland to watch the truck parade. Carter LOVED it (of course) despite the sprinkles of rain.
Our always happy little guy just chilling out.
Waiting for the trucks with Grandma Karen and Grandpa Cliff.
The nice shiny ZFS truck!
On Friday we had Alyssa and Kaylee Lucas over for the day. I have to admit it was almost easier to have 4 kids than 2! They played SO well together and we had a lot of fun. I even got them all to nap at the same time! We had to get them used to playing with boys since they have a little brother on the way. :) Can't wait to play with them again. Here they are enjoying a snack.
My mom came to help out for a bit b/c I had to take Trey in to the Dr. They are testing him for whooping cough b/c we just can't figure him out. We didn't get a call today so I assume it came back negative and we are just praying this new antibiotic gets rid of his cough! So hard to see him cough when he's so little!