The opportunity of a lifetime before our eyes,
Was afforded our children to our surprise.
The Inaugural Ceremonies? Are you kidding me?
Even now we look back and it’s hard to believe.
Rob invited to be a citizen co-chair,
With Tara beside him what an outstanding pair!
The Oval Office to see President Obama?
I want to hear more of this Inaugural Drama!
A handshake and kiss our Tara received,
From the President himself, “Pinch me, I breathed.”
Community service was Saturday’s task,
They were excellent painters, should you feel the need to ask.
Then Sunday was theirs to do as they wished.
What all could they see and what would be missed?
So sight-seeing they went, to Arlington to view
The changing of the guard as it happened on que.
So much to take in, they saw what they could
And as they day ended, they thought it was good.
3:30 am Monday, the alarm clock rang
to get ready to leave with the rest of the gang.
Buses to catch and security to clear
A small price to pay to actually be here.
There were seats to find as the ceremony approached
And crowds gathered round the President to toast.
Beyoncé, Kelley, and James Taylor sang.
Throughout all of DC the anthems rang.
The oath of the office was taken by two
Then Barak gave his speech on what he should do
With the next four years he received from the masses.
We all thought a BUDGET would be good, if it passes!
The ceremony ended but more was ahead.
A “parade this afternoon”, the agenda said.
Rob on a float of citizen co-chairs
Was the last but not least, with a chill in the air.
Tara was seated in view of the President
To watch the parade, as by her it went.
Her toes were like ice cubes but she stayed at her post
To see Rob’s float, was first and foremost!
Finally, FINALLY he came into view!
With a smile and a wave with the co-chair crew.
Now back to the hotel, to get ready for the ball
Tuxes and gowns were the dress code of all.
Though traffic delayed them for 2 hours that night
They were determined to be there no matter their plight.
Finally they made it.. persistence pays!
And an escort to enter would help anyone, that way.
They danced and enjoyed the festivities of the ball
To the very end, they took in it all.
So tired they were but enjoyed each occasion.
A tour of the White House on Tuesday, was amazing.
Then off to the airport to fly out that day
unfortunately one flight caused a delay.
So overnight in Denver they stayed
Arriving home a day later, to their dismay.
Now rested and reflecting they have memories galore.
But how can they top this, what will be their encore?
Keep your ear to the ground, be alert and aware
For you never can tell what’s next for that pair!
Whether you are an Obama supporter or not, you have to admit the Inauguration itself, is a pretty awesome event. One that none of our family has experienced, until recently.
My step daughter and son-in-law have now broken through on this arena. Rob and Tara Hach are the owners of Anemometry Specialist, a wind data collection company in Alta, Iowa. In 2010 they were Iowa’s Small Business Person of the Year!
As a dedicated Republican, Rob stepped beyond party lines to back President Obama for re-election because of his support of the wind energy tax credit, so vital to the survival of the wind energy business. Rob introduced President Obama on the campaign trail in Sioux City Iowa this summer. He also had breakfast with President Obama along with other invited Iowans during one of the President’s numerous trips to Iowa.
While we knew the possibilities were out there for them to be invited to the Inauguration, until it became a reality we didn’t clearly understand the honor they received and the privilege they enjoyed.
This is at the White House in the Oval Office. Too Cool!!! Rob is the gentleman about
in the middle of the pack with the red tie. Tara is on his left but very hard to see.
This was on Friday before the Inauguration.
Admission ticket to the Inauguration.
Up at 3:30am to get ready for the day. Wow!
They saw Katy Perry and other celebs!
The float on which the 8 Citizen Co-chairs would ride for the parade. They were the
last float in the parade but my husband and I were glued to the TV and were able to
finally see him!
Tara watched the parade from this area. Right across the street from the President’s
seating area. It was cold and a long wait to see her husband Rob on the float!
Ready for the ball!
A night to remember, up on stage at the Inaugural Ball!
Hey kids, we are so happy for the opportunity you were given. We lived vicariously
through you as we watched the entire process on Monday 1/21/13. You were able to
experience history in the making!
Moments to treasure
Of our family together
Sharing laughter and tears
Times of joy and of fear
Snapshots in time
Forever etched in our minds
How quickly it all flies
“Slow down!” my heart cries
But inevitably it rolls on
Lived and then gone
So I’ll capture the moments
and store them away
and pull them out on any given day
I’ll smile with great pleasure and laugh loudly again
I’ll weep with the memories of times gone and then
I’ll get up today with this knowledge in mind
And make more treasures to leave behind.
written by Lynn Radke
Away from the danger lurking down there!
My fathers approaching and he doesn’t look glad
He’s doling out discipline because I was bad
My brother lies watching from the upstairs bedroom
He’s received his punishment and knows I will, soon.
He’s laughing because my 4-year-old mind
Thought escape on the swings would save my behind.
But my father’s much bigger and quicker you see
Than any old swing that might rescue me.
In a moment, a flash, I was snatched from mid-air
And suddenly watching the ground from right there,
Bent over his knee I received my reward
For playing with matches and justice was scored.
I glanced at the lady bug within my sight
And wished upon wish I could escape my plight
Our sister had divulged our dangerous scheme
With those in authority. We thought she was mean!
Well lessons were learned on that fateful day
And swinging high in the air would not get me away.
Later my parents would recite these events
To all who would listen of my silly intent.
Well I’d like to think that I’ve learned over time
To consider the results of the thoughts in my mind
To make better choices and know in the end
What seems exciting is not always my friend
For what if the matches that we struck while at play
Leaped into flames and destroyed on that day
Our home and the lives of all who were there
This poem today, I could not share
So as bad as the punishment seemed at the time
I have come to accept, it did fit the crime.
Because of the unusual layout of our main bathroom, the light switch is located in an awkward place. My husband being the consummate thinker, decided to install a motion detector light, so as you enter the bathroom the light automatically turns on.
This weekend while watching four of our grandchildren, 4-year-old Braden came running in from outside reporting the need to go the bathroom and as kids do, had waited to the last minute to answer nature’s call. While not too distraught, he hurriedly ran into the bathroom and experienced the motion detector turning the light on. With the most grateful voice, Braden cheerfully chirped, “Thank You Mr. Light Helper!”
Aren’t kids awesome? They say some of the cutest things! Now every time the light comes on as I enter that bathroom, I smile when I think of Mr. Light Helper!