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journaling: (it's lengthy and will actually run on to the opposing page because it didn't all fit here)
2009 was such an interesting year in our culture. We saw history in the making when President Barack Obama took the oath of office as President of the United States. He is the first African American man to hold this office. Disney also featured an African American princess in the movie “Princess and the Frog”, another first. Michael Jackson died suddenly at the age of 50 and the world remembered his amazing contributions to music. He had a strange life, but he opened so many doors. He was the first African American artist ever featured on MTV. He had so much talent, but so many struggles. Technology continued to improve and when the 3G iphone was released by Apple, Jeff and I both bought one. It is amazing to be able to watch movies, send email, read the internet, and play games on one little pocket sized device. Apps (iphone applications) were the big rage, and we bought plenty of them as well. Nintendo released the DSi, an upgraded version of the popular DS that has a camera in it and internet connection capabilities. Both Alex and Riley saved up t purchase a new DSi. Netflix movies came to us in the familiar red envelopes in the mail, but also over the internet in live streaming. Jeff got a new Sony Playstation 3 that also plays Netflix movies as well as blue-ray DVDs. Yes, we even bought our first blue-ray DVD for our collection. We watched most television shows off of our TiVo (dvr) so we can fast forward through the commercials and watch them on our own timetable. We watched the Utah Jazz play basketball, The Iron Chef on Food Network, LOST on ABC, Mythbusters on Discovery Channel, The Dog Whisperer on National Geographic, Burn Notice and Royal Pains on USA, and a lot of fun shows on The Disney Channel. Wizards of Waverly Place, Sonny with a Chance, Suite Life on Deck, and Hannah Montana were some of our favorites. The Wii continued to be a major source of entertainment in our lives, especially when we purchased Beatles Rock Band. We all loved playing and singing along with the “fab four” and Alex even wore out a few microphones. The Beatles seemed to be invading America all over again thanks to the new Rock Band technology.
Social media was the big news in 2009. We joined facebook and connected with friends near and far. Katie joined twitter and started integrating her blog information to share on both facebook and twitter. Never has so much information been shared communally before, which is both a blessing and a curse in our opinions. The H1N1 virus, also known as the swine flu, gave the world a scare as breakouts occurred round the globe and people died from it. There are flu deaths each year already, but this was a particularly worrisome strain and people panicked enough to wear face masks in some areas. There were a few families in our own neighborhood who were sick from this as well. The US still had troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the American economy went through a major recession. We had neighbors who lost their houses, and many friends who were out of work. Multiple banks went under and almost every business saw cuts and reduced profits in 2009. It was a tough year for many people so we feel very lucky to have so much. I sure hope 2010 brings good things for the world around us!