Friday, December 4, 2009

Sarah Palin is Even More Wonderful Than I Imagined!

After breakfast this morning, Alegria sat attentively as she watched her new Baby Signing Time DVD, which came in the mail yesterday. This gave me a chance to get the dining room and kitchen cleanded up and her diaper bag ready for us to leave. :)

Cameron needed his new rank sewn on one of his garrison covers, so our first stop was the alterations place where we dropped off his suit to be dry-cleaned. Luckily, the suit was ready to be picked up, even though the lady had told me it would be ready this afternoon. That meant I wouldn't have to come back! Also, she was able to quickly remove the old rank and sew on the new rank onto Cameron's cap. Yay!

Next stop, Fort Hood Fox Troop Motor Pool.

When we got to our destination, Daddy was still busy, so Alegria and I waited in the warm car. I let Alegria out of her car seat and she looked around...

...gazed around...

...and played around.

She ALMOST took her headband off, but I saw her reach for it before she actually took it off and I asked her to please leave it in her hair. That worked. :)

And I got a picture of her and me together:

Then she proceeded to inspect the cup holder on her car seat:

Still waiting for Daddy to come get his cap:

Some of the vehicles at the motor pool:

Alegria tried climbing into the driver's seat:

Luckily, Daddy showed up and it distracted her from jumping to the front:

Daddy hung out with us for a few minutes and we even got to go with him back to Troop to pick something up from Daddy's office. But it was short-lived and he had to go back to work:

So Alegria and I went home...and on our way home it was snowing! Well...there were flurries and nothing was sticking, but it was a new experience for Alegria, who I let run around in the "snow" for a little while. She thoroughly enjoyed herself! And I'm glad I thought to let her have fun in the snow flurries before her nap because after her nap, there was nothing. :(

As soon as Alegria woke up from her nap, I got her ready and we took off to Little Josh's house. Andrea graciously offered to watch Alegria while I went back on Post for a special event...

Sarah Palin's book signing!!!

Cameron had told me about the book signing a week or two ago, but because he was still going to be at work, he asked me to go get a book of hers and get it signed. I was more than happy to!

After seeing Daddy at work this morning, Alegria and I actually had gone back to the Post Exchange (PX) to buy Sarah Palin's book so I'd have it for tonight. While we were there, we went to the toy section to look at their selection of toys. Alegria LOVED the baby dolls and kept carrying around a cute little doll that came with a carrier. we were browsing around the toy section, we noticed that there were people lined up along one of the walls. I only really noticed them because they kept commenting on how cute Alegria was, her wanting all of the dolls and such, and they kept asking her age, etc.

So I did a little deductive reasoning (they each happened to have Sarah Palin's book...AND there was a sign at the beginning of the line that read "Sarah Palin Line Starts Here") and I deduced that it was a line of people waiting to see Sarah Palin! ALREADY?! At 10:30 A.M.? Wow!

I then went and read the guidelines that were posted for the book signing and I found out that the first 200 people would receive two free signed copies of her book. I was very tempted to go stand in line to get a bracelet that would mark me as one of the first 200, but then I decided that that wouldn't be completely honest.

Anyway. Back to the evening time!

Alegria was at Andrea's, playing happily with Little Josh, and I was at the PX. Luckily, I asked around and found out that even those after the first 200 were still also getting bracelets. The first 500 would be GUARANTEED to see her and get their book signed (only 2 per customer!) So I stood in that line and then went to the actual line to go see her.

And then I waited. And because I'd been given the gift of time, I began reading Sarah Palin's book.

You know, I know she's just a person, just like anybody else...with feelings, with a family, with trials, with joys, with a job. And I already liked her. She's smart. She's got spunk. She's dedicated and hard-working. Not to mention she's beautiful and well-put together...all things that I strive for. But the more I read about her, the more real she becomes and the more I feel connected to her.

Fast-forward to three hours later...

When I finally arrived inside the food court area, it was a whole new feeling! Music was blaring, the line kept moving, and it looked and felt like we were playing musical chairs!

Here's a shot of the strollers that had to be left at the entrance:

The line was moving faster that I thought it would...which was a good thing. As I got to the last row before going behind the partition to see her, each of us had to put everything we had into a bin...coats, bags, cameras, phones, knives. Yes. You read it right. They even asked us to put any KNIVES we were carrying into the bins. I didn't have one on me, so I just handed them my bag and coat.

Finally I could see her! She was there with her husband, looking so sweet with that big smile of hers and wearing a comfy sweatshirt with pins on it. As I looked at her and how warmly she spoke to those in front of me, I just couldn't help it. I got emotional and was so thankful for the wonderful example she is, for the loving mother she is, for the hard worker she is, for the values and principles she believes in and the way in which she keeps to those things she believes in.

Then it was my turn to meet and greet her. She looked at me and asked me my name...

...and I was trying not to cry, but I got choked up and said my name as clearly as I could. But then when I tried to tell her that "My husband wishes he could be here to meet you," I couldn't even say the word "husband" sounded more like "huh-buhd!" I felt like such an idiot! We chatted a tiny bit about him and she told me to thank him and I thanked her and I just couldn't hold back...I told her "I wish I could give you a hug!" And she said that I could, and so we hugged for a good 2 minutes as tears streamed down my face and she told me how beautiful I was and thanked me and Cameron again. She was so sweet to do give me a hug although I know she had so many people to meet and so many hands to shake. Sarah Palin has a good heart. It was definitely worth waiting 3.5 hours to meet her. :) And I can't wait to finish reading her book!

By the way, there was a photographer there who was taking pictures of everyone individually shaking hands with Sarah Palin and they'll be putting them up on a website for those who want to purchase them. I'm planning on purchasing mine. I hope I don't look too horrible what with me being all teary and everything...but the card they gave us giving the web address said to give it at least 15 days for the pictures to those won't be posted for another couple of weeks. :)

Well, after meeting Sarah Palin, I also got to meet her dad, mom, and aunt. They're all very nice folks and I thanked them all for raising such a wonderful daughter. The aunt told me to please not cry...that I was going to make her cry! I can't help it...I cry so easily sometimes!

When I got outside, I took a couple of pictures of Sarah Palin's tour bus:

Not far from the tour bus, there was a truck and two gentlemen who drive around with the only traveling replica of the Liberty Bell. It stands between two slabs that contain the Ten Commandments...and they were letting people ring it!

I had one more thing to do before leaving. I went back inside to look for the book "Christmas Jars," but couldn't find it. So on my way out, I took a couple of pictures of the poster for Sarah Palin's book signing:

Then I went to pick up Alegria from Andrea's, where she was already in her pajamas and ready to go home and go to bed. Thanks again, Andrea, for watching Alegria on such short notice! You ROCK! :)

By the way, here's Sarah Palin's signature in our book:

I'd never been to a book signing before, but in the movies the person signing autographs a lot of times asks the person's name to personalize the signature. I guess because of the large amount of people, they told us at about mid-line that there would be no personalizing, only a signature. I guess it's faster that way. But it's ok. The experience itself was even better than having a personalized autograph...though if I'd had it personalized, I would have had her address it to Cameron, since he was the one who originally found out about her coming and wanted her autograph.

Well, that's it for our fun-filled day!!!

We all hope you all sleep well tonight!!!

1 comment:

  1. You can see my stroller peeking out next to the pink one!


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