Steve and I attended the Laws of Life Banquet last night, in Columbus. I've been attending every year for the past five years, but this was Steve's first time going. I was really happy to join in the excitement of the evening and having Steve there put the icing on the cake.

The Laws of Life Awards & Essay Contest are presented each year by the Better Business Bureau of Ohio/Columbus. Click HERE for more information on the program, it is a great one.

We enjoyed sitting with some of those who judged the middle school and high school student essays, as well as with Dr. Mike Thomson who founded the program: It's All About Character. He and I have had the honor in the past to speak at OPCE functions and the LOL awards ceremony. But last night, we were both off the hook.

I look forward to being a part of the Ohio Schools of Character Summit next month. Here are just a couple photos from our evening:(Steve & I with Lucy Frontera, OPCE Director and Kip Morse, President of BBB Columbus. Thanks to Jessica for snapping these shots!)
My dear "personal" photographer, "boss", & friend, Crystal Jo, is holding a day of fun holiday photo sessions on October 10. Here are more details:
Visit her site at www.crystaljofoto.com or email her at crystal@crystaljofoto.com for more info!
Just for fun...

I like fashion. I love to watch Project Runway. I have a folder of sketches I made from when I was younger. I made a sketch of an evening gown for former Miss Ohio 2009, Erica Gelhaus. I was bored and checked out some of the styles from the VMA's the other night:

Don't even get me started on Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber.

I like Katy Perry's style. That's it. I'm not a fan of her or her music. I like her dress here, from the VMA's (Photo from Yahoo.com). What do you think? She's emulating an ice skater! And Ashley Greene, I love her. She plays Alice in the Twilight movies. I think these two had the same idea in mind.Another one from the VMA's is Brenda Song, from Nickelodeon's "Suite Life on Deck", reminds me of Jeannie. Jeannie was one of our judges during Miss America Reality Check!
And now if you never hear from me again it's because my husband has killed me for adding this next photo:How stinking cute is he? My husband that is. On our recent trip to D.C., a girl looked at him & said "Did anyone ever tell you, you look like JT?" Ha! He actually used to get that a lot when he was "younger." Aww. My hubby's much better looking!
I guess Steve & I were pretty enthusiastic "tourists" in D.C. this past weekend. We had two full days of site seeing in the Capitol City. We went 10am to 10 or 11pm each day and by the end of the day we were exhausted. I took close to 100 pictures. I won't bore you with them all, but here are a few:

Me & Kasey just outside Arlington House.
Me & Steve at the Smithsonian.
In front of the Capitol Building.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are all ready looking forward to going back. Our hostess, Mrs. Kasey Wilson-Johansen, was the best hostess in the entire universe! She was so welcoming and even fixed us fajitas! Ha! It's making my tummy growl just thinking about them.

We made the drive on Thursday and were sure to catch the OSU Buckeyes take on Marshall that night at the "Buckeye Bar" in Georgetown. It was wild in there! A regular of the Buckeye Bar said, "It's worse on college football Saturday's." I couldn't imagine! Yikes.

We were able to keep our eyes open to watch the Buckeyes win then navigated our way back the Johansen residence in Arlington. We got an early start the next day and visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History first, where I got this picture:

What do you think? New Facebook profile picture?! Ha! Hilarious!

Natural History was followed by lunch at one of the national art gallery's. Then we trucked in 90 degree humidity to make our Capitol Building tour given by one of Ohio congress woman's, Mary Jo Kilroy, pages. Tatiana was a wonderful tour guide, admitting to us at the end that we were her first tour!

That night we took in the Jefferson Memorial, which was beautiful. Who ever told us to see some of the sites at night, thank you. Everything really was so neat.

The next day Kasey dropped us off downtown and we were on our own. We went to the Holocaust Museum, which was awesome. Can I say that? I mean it was really an extraordinary place with so much history and information. I'm still amazed that those horrible events of the holocaust happened just over 60 years ago.

We tried to stop in the Air & Space Museum but that place was way too crowded for our liking so we opted for lunch at the Native American Museum. We ventured thru the sculpture garden on our way to the National Archives. We didn't go into the Archives because there was a line outside the building wrapped around the corner of the street. We really wanted to see that Declaration though. Next time.

We saw Julia Child's kitchen AND the American Flag in the Museum of American History on our way to the Washington Monument. Then Kasey to the rescue! She picked us up and we were on our way to Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was my favorite part of our trip. I was reminded of a lost soldier and friend, Eric Bernholtz, who served our country in Lima Company as a Marine.

We made our way back home to pick up MR. Wilson-Johansen ;) on our way to dinner at Guapo's! Of course I asked Kasey to find a good Mexican food restaurant for us while we were out there!

Our last night in D.C. we journeyed to the WWII memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. We were able to get a great O.H.I.O. shot with the Washington monument!
There is still so much to see in that city. We tried to get a tour of the White House but had no luck. That is on our to-do-list for our next trip as well as the Ford Theater and of course the Declaration of Independence. The list goes on.

This is a quiet week for me & Steve & it's long overdue. I should have a completed 100% fully functioning kitchen this weekend just in time for the Buckeyes to take on Miami of Florida!

'Til next time...blessings.