Buster had a "Pokemon" sleepover party last night...we picked him up this morning and he was the big winner...he won another Pokemon plush for his collection. (Buster took this picture)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I couldn't post yesterday because I was too busy making these memory books for Shelby and her four closest girlfriends. Being the procrastinator I am, I started these books yesterday around 11:00 am for the graduation party today...all four girls are having a combined graduation party at 2:00...nothing like killing myself to get something done. I finished around 1:00, I had an hour to spare...maybe I should have made a few more?
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 11:07 AM
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tonight KSTP had a special screening of the Disney-Pixar animated movie "UP" (which opens in theaters Friday)...Tom, Sebastian, Shelby, her friend Carolyn and I all went (Matt had a ballgame). It was really cute and surprisingly very funny...we all gave it two thumbs up!
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 7:27 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Our dog room/laundry room tiling project is almost complete...doesn't it look pretty? My hands hurt so much from grouting this floor (not to mention my poor aching knees). All that's left is sealing the grout and touching up the paint and we're finished. I think I'll tile the bathrooms next...???
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 7:21 PM
Monday, May 25, 2009
This was our Memorial Day weekend project, tiling the dogs room/laundry room. There was ugly linoleum on the floor when we bought the house. The dogs chewed it up pretty good about a year ago (guess they thought it was ugly too) so Shelby's upcoming graduation party "forced" us to finally bite the bullet and get it tiled. It was a lot easier (but more time-consuming) than I though it would be. I measured, Tom cut and Spencer laid the tiles. Took about 7 hours total to lay it. I grouted it this morning so on Tuesday I can seal it and then the washer and dryer can be re-installed.
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 5:07 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Part IV - A Stroll Down Memory Lane: 4660 Bald Eagle Avenue, The Carpentier House. I remember it being green and again, it looks so much smaller as an adult. Unfortunatley, this ends the Stroll series. I couldn't get the 7th Street house because the owners were in their front yard and I didn't get St. Mary's Church due to the heavy traffic. I'll get those when the Stegers are in town.
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 4:19 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I have to interrupt my regularly scheduled "Stroll Down Memory Lane" series for an important announcement: After 18 grueling months of classes, papers, research, tests, presentations and stress, Thomas FINALLY received his masters degree in Business Administration! Hamline's commencement program was held outside this afternoon and we had an absolutely perfect sunny day (I won't gripe about the 3 1/2 hours we sat there). It was a very touching commencement...surprisingly I didn't cry but I did get a little teary-eyed (not sure I have any tears left with the usual streams that fall everytime I think about Shelby heading to college). Tom (and I) made a lot of sacrifices and worked really hard to get to this day and I couldn't be prouder of him! Way to go "Master" Tom!
Photo courtesy of Sebastian Rydel - age 8
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Part II - A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Lincoln Elementary, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Still looks the same! My sister Lisa and I "acted" in the Wizard of Oz while going to school here, my dad made the Tin Man's costume and I'm told they still have it on display in one of the glass cases. I'd love to "sneak" in sometime and see how everything looks on the inside (and try to get a glimpse of the Tin Man costume!)
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 3:43 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Today's picture is courtesy of Tom...since it's my birthday! Can you tell I'm in a cupcake phase? These books are so fabulous I can't wait to get baking...actually frosting them is the best part. And in June when my nieces come to visit Jordan and I are going to make some "day of the dead" cupcakes (even though that "holiday" isn't until October!)
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 6:46 PM
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Friday, May 8, 2009
Today was the annual Woodbury Lions Club Garage Sale...it's indescribible, literally hundreds of Woodbury residents set up fabulous garage sales and this is a look at most of my haul for the day. The prices are to die for! (I got something for my sister but didn't include it in the pic since she reads my blog!)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
My cute metal birdbath saw it's last summer...it rusted so badly that the bowl broke off of the stand so I had to find a new one for my front garden. I scored this one at Walmart for $26. Now my morning doves and cardinals will have a place to spash around.
Posted by Rachel Carpentier Rydel at 4:59 PM