Wednesday, May 28, 2008

1000 visitors!

I see that today sometime, I surpassed 1000 visitors to my blog! YAY!! What fun is that. What motivation to keep posting, and try to post more frequently :D

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Exciting News coming your way!

We have some exciting news, we hope!! Can't say. Yes, I like to torment you. Please pray for us in the next couple of weeks, and hopefully we'll have something marvelous to share with you all!!

We really do have grass!!!

Ok, we have about 2/3 of the yard with grass, the rest with dirt. This weekend Michael spent sodding the yard. We rented a rotitiller on Friday after work, and I kept the kids at the park with some friends, and Michael tilled the yard. I forgot to take 'before' pictures, but I'm sure I can find something in the thousands of photos we take every year!! Basically, the yard was weeds and hard packed dirt/clay. It's been that way since we moved in 10+ years ago. I used to not care. If it was green I was good to go!! However, now we have children. Children LOVE to play in yards. We have a little blow up pool. It necessitates bare feet on the weeds grassy area, and truth be told, it was NOT comfortable. So we took the bull by the horns, and have embarked on a front yard remodeling. :D

Saturday Michael got up bright and early to get the tiller back to Robertson's Rentals in order to save about 20$. I then zipped my mother to Toys R Us to meet up with her bus tour. On my way home, I stopped in at a yardsale and got two great purses, a pair of fun sandals for Sophia for next summer, a sweater for JA, a compilation of Disney stories book, and a travel tic tac toe game! All for $6. I did well. I might have shot us in the foot with the sod tho! LOL!

So I came home. I got the kids ready to do some errands. I called around about sod. I priced it out. MAN, delivery is ridiculously expensive. Ok, so maybe at 1.25 a litre it is 'justified' (ha hah... I don't really think so! I can do a LOT of driving for 35$ (and that was the CHEAPEST!!). So Michael hooked up my Dad's wee utility trailer and headed to Broadway Gardens. We needed 69 rolls of sod. He got the last 39 rolls. So now we need 30 more, but probably more like 20, as Michael forgot to take out the pool area that will NOT be sodded.

It looks great!! It's hard for the kids to stay off. It was hard for ME to stay off, and I make deep impressions in the sod/dirt! LOL! It's all good... and next Saturday it will need it's first haircut!

So it's exciting times here.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Steven Curtis Chapman

I know that this is all over the internet. It's just simply sad and tragic. That poor boy. The family. I can't imagine the grief that this entire family is feeling.

Here's a little blip about it, and a song from SCC himself.


NASHVILLE, TN...5/21/08... At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles."

I can't figure out how to embed YouTube stuff, so I'll post that song later!

Ok, I think I got it now :)

It's been a while!

First, I found a great blog and she's offering some blog candy!! Go check her out to see what's up for grabs! :D She's a fun scrapbooker!!

We spent Mother's Day weekend in Ottawa, and that was fun. I got my hair cut.

I love it!! It's fresh and fun. It also salvaged my last haircut which I didn't enjoy at all. While in Ottawa we took our last visit to the Hershey Factory. It is closing and leaving the country as of December. Sad really. So we're planning a Hershey PA trip in August! :D

Things are rolling along nicely at the Beaudry household... :D

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

All About Books

Borrowed from nancy…

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish, underline the ones you read for school, bracket the books you own but haven’t read yet, and strike out the books you didn’t care for.

This is a very bizarre mix of books. And I’m not quite sure why it’s 106, but whatever.

Hmm, after going thru this list, I don't read much in the way of books left on the shelves! LOL!

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Destination Create!

Well, I was away (JUST ME!!) for the weekend to DESTINATION CREATE! It was awesome!! It was wonderful getaway with other like minded scrapbookers!

I took one class from Jen Backler, and I have to finish that project (maybe tonite?). I got 8 pages done, which I have to just put the finishing touches on two layouts (again, maybe tonite?).

I had awesome roomates (hello Sherry and Cathy!!), got a little bit of sleep, ate too much good food, and had a great great time!! BONUS is that me, Sherry and Cathy all won one of the big prizes for the weekend!! We each won an OTT LITE! It's a travel one I think they call it. No handle, but who cares!! I have wanted one of these for such a LONG time, but cannot justify the price. Now I have one!! (show below). I'm very excited to use it!!

Thanks to Patti, Elia, Barb and the team for making this such a fun fun weekend!!