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 CailĂ­n 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.