Thursday, December 18, 2008

DONE!

Holy FREAKING cow!

I am an MBA.
I want to cry.
Or scream at the top of my lungs.
Or both.



I think I might go take a nap now.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Announcing Bookscanned.com

I am very proud to announce Bookscanned, a new website I have been working on for the past little while. Bookscanned is a place where you can upload your scanned genealogy books, and in so doing make them available to the world.

Why would you want to upload your dusty old genealogy books? When you upload a book, the website digitizes the text and makes it findable by Google and other search engines. By uploading your books you are making your ancestors findable. Maybe you can find a long-lost cousin, maybe you'll help a distant relative get started on their genealogy. It could even happen that someone with more information on your family will contact you and help you get more information!

Your families' genealogy book is likely one of a kind or from a very limited run of copies. What you have is a treasure chest of stories, genealogy information. By scanning and uploading your book, you are making a digital backup in case anything happens to it. You also make it possible for siblings to all have access to the book at the same time, and, if you're going to a library to do research, you can read the book online instead of having to lug the book around with you.

The name Bookscanned is a the combination of two word pairs: Book + Scanned and Books + Canned. Scanning books is what the site is about, but in a sense it's a place to can your books like you would fruits. Preserving your books for the future and making them easier to share.

Right now there are only two books on Bookscanned, both of them from our family library. I encourage any of you who have a genealogy or family history book to scan it and upload it for all to see. If you try it out, please let me know what you think and how I can improve the site.

Thanks!
Michael Moore

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thanksgiving and some funny boys!

So, on the day before Thanksgiving, my Grandpa Balcom and Vicki came to visit. It was really great to see them and we had a lovely pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a couple pictures of their visit:

Grandpa and Mom:



Vicki and the boys:



Grandpa and the boys:



On real Thanksgiving, Liz and Erik had us over for the most delicious Turkey I have EVER had. So good. I didn't get any pictures, but it was awesome.

I have been going totally crazy the last few weeks. The end of a semester is always busy, but with my field study project it has been BAD. If it hadn't been for the candidates for sainthood in my ward who have been taking turns watching my boys for me, I seriously do not know what I would have done. Not to mention Michael, who has watched them during work hours at least 3 or 4 times a week for the last month, too. Oh man, I feel like a big mommy loser. But, I FINISHED MY LAST CLASS YESTERDAY!!!!!! Oh my. There are no words. I will miss my MBA friends like crazy, miss being in on the jokes, miss feeling professional, miss learning, but I will NOT miss all of the late nights, the deadlines, the stress, yada yada yada. So, if I can make it through my final presentation in Michigan this weekend, and my 3 other finals next week, I will officially have my masters degree and you can all start calling me Master Caroline.

So, until that exciting moment, here are some fun pictures to keep you occupied:

Ryan playing the trumpet. Believe it or not, he is actually pretty good!



The fate of the second child. He is eating cheerios out of a pie pan on the living room floor.



But he really likes it!



Our boys in their jammies:



Yes, this is Ryan licking Calvin's head.



And here's Ryan putting some tiny decorative stockings on his feet. And yes, that is our pathetically small excuse for a Christmas tree in the background.

Ryan the Ladies' Man and Other Happenings...

So, you all have to know how funny Ryan was at the ward Christmas party. There was an area blocked off as a dance floor and when the music started, Ryan busted a move. The poor kid takes after his parents and is a terrible dancer. He just jumped up and down like a little jackhammer.



The best of it had already passed by the time I got the camera out, but you get the gist, right?


Well, as awful as his dancing was, it was still good enough to impress the ladies. Take a look at this. Go Ryan!




When I saw them heading for the door I had a little glimpse of the trouble we will probably be in for when he gets to be a teenager. I could just imagine him saying, "C'mon, lovely ladies, let's go for a spin in my parents' Malibu..."

So, besides the dancing, some highlights of the evening were (in order of appearance) Ryan throwing up in the middle of the dance floor with everyone watching during the bishop's touching Christmas speech (last year he threw up at the chili cookoff, so i am kind of used to this), having Liz teach Ryan the robot dance, and Ryan running up to Santa and squealing, "SANTA!!!!! WILL YOU DANCE WITH ME???"

Here is a picture of said robot dance lesson:



Oh, and this one is absolutely PRICELESS:



I can just imagine him surveying the damage and saying, "Oh geez, this does NOT look good...". Clearly, with that kind of crazy dancing, there had to be casualties...

Oh, and I feel so bad for poor little Eli here, just trying to squeeze in. I mean, Ryan's got Audrey Hall and Ava lined up, and Audrey Tibbits admiring him from the floor, and poor little Eli just wants a chance. Come on, Ryan! Share!



And the classic Ryan and Santa pose:



And here is Calvin getting in on the action:



So, the party was definitely a lot of fun, thanks in no small part to our absolutely crazy kid. When we got home, we tucked Ryan into bed and had some happy time with Calvin. Calvin has to be in just the right mood to get him to laugh, and tonight he was definitely there. What a funny boy!



Here's a picture of Mr. Happy Calvin:

Monday, December 8, 2008

Girls as Big as Mountains

"Audrey Tibbits is NOT big. Mountains are big."

I'm sure Audrey will be happy to know he doesn't think she's big.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A little bit of Irish

I like a song "Galway Girl". You can listen to it here:



Somewhere today I saw a link to Cailín na Gaillimhe, the same song, in Irish. You can listen to it here too, but I recomend visiting this site where you can sing along in Irish...or just read the lyrics.



Lastly, I wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to hear Jump Around in Irish.




In defense of all these Irish songs, I've been trying to do a bit of genealogy, and am stuck on one line when I get back to Patrick McGinnis and his wife Maria Moran. Maria Moran was from Galway.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stream of Conciousness

It's really easy to tap into Ryan's stream of consciousness. Given virtually any prompt and he'll start talking. We hadn't posted in a few days so I said "Hey Ryan, say something funny". This will make slightly more sense if you know that he was getting his pants on at the time. He said:


"No. Nooo. Nope. You know what? I don't have any funny words. I have to get filled up with funny words. Yeah. I said 'Calvin, do these go in the back'.

Oh. Oh. Oh can you help me? How do you snap my snappies? My snap guy. Pull Pull Pull. I'm pulling this one up. Oh. There we go. Could you please help? And button them? [Heavy Breathing] I'm too bad at that. I have to zip myself. [pointing at diaper through zipper opening] SEE! I'm unzipped!

Could you please give me some chocolate milk? Please? Please can you give me some? Please can you give me some chocolate milk.

I'm getting filled up with funny words.

OK I'VE GOT FUNNY WORDS!

GETSO! BOO-AH! That's a funny word. Ok Where's our car on the computer? Oh right there. It needs to be right there.

Can you please give me some chocolate milk?"



It's not that funny, but it's pure classic all-day-can't-stop-it-no-matter-what Ryan.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Calvin's Claim to Fame

From the first few days of his life, Calvin has been getting a lot of lip about how he looks like a certain World War II era leader. I tried to ignore it at first when my mom said, "Ya know, Calvin really looks like ______." And I let it slide when I would post pictures of my sweet little boy and my sister would call me and say, "You know who Calvin reminds me of? ______!" And I even laughed along when my friend Liz said, "Hey, we should make or acquire a teeny tiny bowler cap and cane so Calvin can be ______ for Halloween!" All the while though, I was in denial. Last week, however, in one of my classes, a professor put up a picture of said World War II era leader, and I thought, "Hey, that DOES look like Calvin!"

So, I am making a public confession. My son looks like Winston Churchill. See for yourself.



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Primary Program

So, today was our primary program (for those of you who don't know what this is, a couple of times a year, the kids at our church do a singing and speaking program for the congregation). Usually it's just kids ages 4 and up, but since none of the kids in our ward are even 3 yet, it was all toddlers, and Ryan was pretty much the star of the show. I reminded him before it started that he needed to sing loudly, and he didn't disappoint! He belted out all of the songs at the top of his little lungs, sounding pretty tone deaf, by the way. It was so funny that I laughed so hard I cried. Pretty much the whole audience was laughing, too. Ryan and his friend Ava were the only kids singing (the others were standing around looking confused), and Ava was singing at a normal volume, but Ryan was practically yelling the songs. It was really hillarious. And while all of the other kids were pretty shy about saying their lines, Ryan ran up to the microphone and fired his off with no reservations-- "I am a child of God and he has a plan for me!" He even went back up at the end and did it again. At one point during a song, they had all of the kids hold a picture of a sun, and Ryan stopped singing to yell directly into the microphone in a very excited voice "THIS IS MY STAR!" Another time he caught sight of my parents and yelled, "GRANDPA, YOU'RE NOT SINGING!!!!" He was so funny. I love my crazy boy.

Oh and this is what I heard coming from his room tonight after I tucked him into bed:

To the tune of "Mary had a little lamb"

"Did you know that this is a cow? This is a cow? This is a cow? Did you know that this is a cow? This is a cow cow cow!"

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What a kid.

This evening Ryan was playing in the living room while I was in there getting Calvin's pajamas on him. Ryan had a couple of those big lego blocks and was building something. He turned to me and said, "Mom, this is a great big ecosystem. This ecosystem is going to be so big and tall."

Chairs

Ryan of course...

"Come here daddy bear. Come sit by me in this chair!"
"Ok, what are going to do?"
"We're going to go 'sit' 'sit' 'sit' 'sit' 'sit' 'sit' 'sit'"

And we did.

Monday, November 17, 2008

IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!

I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT!!!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Miraculous!

So, as many of you know, Ryan's best friend and favorite toy is Cowie, a hideously ugly flaming neon cow that happens to be the Beijing 2008 Paralympic mascot, that my dad bought for Ryan in China back in 2006. Ryan took Cowie everywhere. Hence, this winter after one trip all over Provo and Orem running errands, Cowie dissappeared and was no where to be found. Luckily, my dad also bought an identical cow for my niece Evelyn, who didn't share the same fanatical love for the freaky looking stuffed animal. So, Kelly sent us the replacement cow and life was good again. Then during our trip to Moab in June with Michael's family, Replacement Cowie dissappeared, and we assumed that Ryan had left it somewhere. So, when we got back to Provo, we got ahold of some friends of ours that live in China. Just our luck, they were coming out to Utah at the end of July and so they found what the clerk said was the last Cowie in stock in some store in Beijing and brought him to Utah for poor, Cowie-less Ryan. Hooray! Life was good again. So, we had Cowie #3, and life continued as normal. One day when we were getting ready to go camping, we emptied out a hiking backpack and found Replacement Cowie crammed in a hidden pocket. So, then we had two Cowies. So, one went away for safe keeping for the next time Cowie dissappeared, and we loosened the restrictions on Cowie #3, who up until that point had been on house arrest.

And this week, the story got even better. I went to Kenny's One Hour Photo in Orem to pick up some prints I had made (they do great work, by the way), and Ryan came along, too. There is a bin of toys there for kids to play with while their parents are picking up orders, etc., so Ryan went over to check out the toys. A few seconds later, I hear Ryan exclaim, "Hey!!!!!!! IT'S MY COWIE!!!!!!!" And sure enough, he was clutching a very dirty, grmiy and nasty looking Cowie to his chest. Cowie was incognito in a little doll shirt with some kid's picture on it saying "I love Daddy", but his tail gave him away. It fell off once and I sewed it on with mismatching thread, and sure enough, it was the very same tail! So, after explaining our story to the store clerk and adding "Besides, I am pretty sure no one else in the entire country would have spent money on this ridiculous looking stuffed animal," the clerk acquiesced and let us take Cowie home. But I wouldn't let Ryan touch him again until after I washed him. So, it's a modern day miracle! All 3 Cowies under the same roof. Who would have thought? We are now the proud owners of 3 hideously ugly flaming neon cows, although 2 of them are currently in hiding. Ryan is so exited to have Cowie back and runs around saying, "Hey, it's my very first Cowie!"

While Ryan was sleeping, I couldn't resist getting out all 3 Cowies for a little celebratory photo:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Home Sweet Home

So, we all made it back home, and let me tell you, it is SO nice to be back. I realized (too late) that skipping school for almost 2 weeks was a mistake, though, since I now find it even harder to motivate myself to go to class. Senior-itis was bad in high school, worse in college and EVEN WORSE in grad school. I love being with my family, especially since I did see them for a week and a half, and it is so tempting to just stay home. I am so glad that I only have 4 more weeks of class. So close!

Anyways, it has been too long since I posted a funny Ryan story, so here one is:

So Ryan and I were having a discussion about life. I said "when babies are born they start their lives" and Ryan gave his new favorite response, "Oh why?" So, I said "Because Heavenly Father and Jesus made us". Then he asked "How did they make us? Did they make us with a stove?" I said that I didn't think so. He said "Oh yeah, they did. Because I went to Jesus and said 'Jesus can you please cook me?'"

Ahhhh. It's good to be back.

Here are some pictures!

Home with my Calvin:


And my Ryan...


I have a thing with clouds from the airplane windows, although it has been almost 3 years since I have flown without "distractions", so I haven't had time to notice for quite some time. But I like these pics:



And a couple of Barcelona pictures:


The Sacred Family church, they started building this baby in the 1880's and it still isn't done. It's scheduled for completion in like 2060. Crazy.


Oh, and definitely the most important Europe picture. Me and a döner kebab. Oh yum.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tired Caroline!

Tonight during family scripture study Caroline was very tired. I could tell because she first suggested that we were in Enos Chapter 2, and then when I said I didn't think so she thought that we might be in Omner.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Business Tripping It!

Hola! Estoy in España! That's about all I've got in the Spanish department. And, I'll be honest, I had to look that up, too! Anyways, I have been on a businessy research trip for school this week, and it has been pretty cool! We started off in Frankfurt and had a few meetings with people for our research. Some really nice guys from church headquarters in Germany helped us out and drove us around one day, so it was nice to get some help. We haven't had time to do much except have meetings, eat and do a tiny bit of shopping. When I informed Ryan over video chat that I had a special surprise for him he was pretty bummed that I couldn't give it to him right then. I told him that I would love to, but that I would have to wait until Tuesday when I saw him for real. Then he busted up laughing and said, "Yeah! And not for pretend! Because now I am just seeing you for pretend!" Apparrently, that was pretty funny.

I really miss my boys! I come home on Saturday, but they will be in Ironwood until Tuesday, so I won't see them until then. Ryan was pretty funny the other night (again) on video chat. Michael was just tucking the boys into bed, so we read family scriptures together and I was "helping" tuck Ryan into bed (i.e. Michael stuck the laptop next to him on the floor) while Michael was changing Calvin's diaper elsewhere. So anyways, Ryan was giggly and really excited to be talking to me. I sang him a goodnight song and then he said, "Mommy, do you want to snuggle with me?" And I said, "I would LOVE to!" So he scooted up to the screen and pushed his pillow over to the laptop. He said, "Here, you can share my pillow!" So I pretended to put my head down at about the right height for the pillow and we snuggled for a while. He just laughed and laughed. I really miss him! He can be such a sweetheart.

Anyways, we have been in Madrid now since Wednesday evening and we've been getting a lot done. One of my friends in the MBA program (Marta) is from Spain, and her father has helped us out a lot while we've been here, so that has been awesome. This morning we are flying to Barcelona and then tomorrow we leave to come home. It has been fun, but I am VERY excited to be home again, and especially excited to see Michael and the boys again on Tuesday. Thanks for watching the boys, honey! You are a gem!

Here are some pictures of my adventures this week (although these pictures don't look very adventurous...)

The park across from my hotel in Frankfurt:


Me by the Main river (pronounced "mine") in Frankfurt:


Frankfurt opera house:


Another view of the park by the hotel in Frankfurt:


Me in the park by the hotel in Frankfurt:


Random weird statue in Frankfurt:


A street in Madrid:


The Madrid temple:


Me at the Madrid temple (we didn't actually go in, we just met with some people to interview them nearby):


So, on to Barcelona!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Oops, forgot this little gem...

Thanks to AnnaMarie for getting this picture of me. Guess what I am? WARNING--corny-ness to follow...


A Caro-lion! HA!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

A big old GUTEN TAG from Frankfurt. That's right, I am blogging in Germany! The flight was long but otherwise fine, we went to church here this morning and I am now relaxing in my hotel room. It's nice, but I really miss Michael and the boys. Which brings me to my next subject--




I have cute boys!

Calvin was Lucifer himself and Ryan was a pumpkin (in this picture he is a pumpkin that spilled a whole cup of water down his front). Thanks to Grandma Moore for making these costumes like 2 decades ago--they are still going strong! We had a great Halloween making yummy snacks, dressing up, decorating, throwing a party, visiting with Great Grandma and Pap Moore and doing some trunk-or-treating at Janny's church. Woo! Here are some pictures!

Ryan, Katie and Calvin


Cute little devil...he looks so excited!


Papa Moore with our boys:


Katie and AnnaMarie with Great Grandma Moore:


And this is what Ryan would look like with long, luxurious brown hair. Mystery solved.


Hope you all had a fun Halloween, too!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

IRONWOOD!

So, yesterday we flew in to Milwaukee where AnnaMarie picked us up and then we all climbed in their '93 Cadillac and headed up to Ironwood! The boys were both champs on the plane and on the drive. We had Katie, Calvin and Ryan in the back seat and since the front seat was a bench, me, AnnaMarie and Michael all piled in the front. We had fun on the drive and, of course, even more fun once we got to Ironwood! Today we relaxed, I took a nap (SOOOOO NICE), we played games, opened a package from Abbey in Japan (thanks, Abbey! Yum!), and we went to visit Janny and Grandma and Papa. Calvin absolutely loves Katie now, and is not scared of her screeching in the least. Katie is such a fun little girl--what a great age! She is so nice to Calvin and doesn't care when Ryan steals her toys. I am pretty much convinced to move here someday. I forgot how beautiful Michigan is in the fall. So, anyways, here are some pictures so far!


Calvin and Benjamin playing outside. It was SO nice out today!


Ryan getting some loves from Papa:


Hanging out with AnnaMarie:


Eating AnnaMarie:


Trying to eat Great Grandma Moore:


Happy boy with his Great Grandma:


Kissies from Janny:


Calvin loves his Auntie Janny:


All the Great Grandkids with Great Grandma Moore


A little fuzzy, but I thought this one looked so sweet.



More updates to come soon!