Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ballots and BUZZ

Did you vote? If so, and you're a blogger, feel free to snag this graphic.
(Yes, I know it's incredibly feminine. If any male bloggers are upset about that, I'd be happy to make you one with a picture of a backhoe, baseball cap, or big screen TV.)

We dressed in red, white, and blue as a family and drove to the polling place.

It's encouraging to me that I drove into the parking lot at 6:59, with polls opening at 7, and we still had to wait 15-20 minutes to vote. I'm excited about the turnout this election. I thought about voting early, but in our county paper ballots are available on election day and not during early voting, and I'm one of those anti-e-voting wackos.

Zoodle did great. Chickie did well (entertaining herself by squishing ants in the waiting area), until The Engineer got back to the voting booth with her and she saw a pen. "I want to DRAW, Daddy!" she cried. She threw a tantrum when she wasn't allowed to turn the ballot into a work of art. Thankfully I was ahead of them and was able to trade kids with The Engineer so that he could cast his vote.

I may head to Starbucks today. In honor of Election Day they are offering a free 12 ounce coffee to anyone who asks for it. My friend Amy also let me know that participating Ben & Jerry's shops are giving away free ice cream from 5-8 p.m. To find a participating location, go to this site. And thanks to Angie for posting about participating Krispy Kremes' giveaway of star-shaped donuts, if you have an "I Voted" sticker. We may not all agree on who should be President, but free stuff has a way of uniting us, doesn't it?


Shannon said...

Happy Election Day!

Brave Sir Robin said...

I voted two weeks ago!!


Anna said...

Rock the vote Beth!

Becky said...

I got that email from Starbucks, too, and just posted about it. I didn't mean to copy you. :-)

I'll be voting first thing when I'm done with work today!

The Johnson 5 said...

I just added your cute button. I voted last week!!

C. Beth said...

mama to a diva--You too! :)

Brave Sir Robin--Good for you! After reading your comment I edited my post to explain why I didn't vote early. Thankfully I didn't have to wait long even though I voted today!

Anna--Isn't it great that we live in a country where we can rock the vote?!

Becky--Whatever, copycat. ;) Hope you don't have lines that are too long this evening--have fun voting!

the johnson 5--The flower graphis looks great on your blog; it matches!

Kara said...

What a cute family! We just got back from voting - Abby threw a tantrum, too. Kids!

alexis. said...

Yes I did go vote. Funny about the feminine graphic!

Unknown said...

Voted this morning with SS#1. Then went to Parent-Teacher Conferences. Now am at work. Voting has been the highlight thus far! :)

Joanne said...

Love the patriotism in the photo! When my children were younger, I always brought them with me to the polls, made them part of the process. Like the Starbucks offer, too! Thanks for sharing, enjoyed browsing.

Anonymous said...

We voted this morning and it felt great!

Heard by God said...

What an awesome idea -- I love the family adventure & the unified patriotism -- your family is inspiring, Beth! :o)

~ Danna

Clare Therese said...

I love that you're all dressed in patriotic colors! I'm adding you to my blogroll.


Dan & Hillary said...

I love the RW& B family colors;-) If you're going to vote, definitely vote with guesto! Russell also likes to draw on anything that resembles paper so I totally understand how that would go...

Anonymous said...

More freebies on election day:
Ben and Jerry's is giving aaway free ice cream (too bad we don't have one near me), and Chick-Fil-A is giving away free chicken sandwiches if yiou have your sticker. Enjoy!

beckiwithani said...

I can't vote till after work today, so I'm sure I'll be in line for a LO-O-O-O-O-O-ONG time. Oh well!

CONGRATS on One Minute Writer being named the official Blogger "Blog of Note" today! Perfect day for it, too -- your writing prompt was just right, and it's great for so many people to see it!

Sue said...

I "borrowed" your graphic & your starbucks link!! Can't wait to get mine later.

C. Beth said...

Kara--You know, I think Ana threw a tantrum LAST time I voted too! What is it about voting?!

Alexis--Good for you!!

Ellebee--Ha ha!

Joanne--Thank you, that was the thought--want voting to be "normal" to them.


Danna--Well, from one inspiring mama to another, thank you! I'm always excited to see you comment. :)

Who Me?--Thank you so much for adding me to your blog roll!

Hillary--The drawback to having an artistic genius for a child, right? ;)

Anna L.--Sorta bummed I missed the chick-fil-a. Thanks for sharing the info!

Becki--Thanks! Hope the line wasn't too long.

Sue--Oh, good, I'm so glad the graphic was useful to you (and the Starbucks info; hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine.)