Friday, June 27, 2008


I was tagged by my friend Nancy...

Okay here are the rules: You link back to the person who tagged you, Post the rules on your blog, Share six unimportant things about yourself & tag six random people at the end of your entry. Enjoy the result!

1. I was very good in School. I was pretty much a strait A student through high school except for Math... I didn't study that hard either.

2. I Love politics and such... My Dad gave me that...

3. I hate having a messy house but I can never seem to keep it clean for more than a few hours! Thanks to my boys!

4. Ice cream IS my downfall... Lost 7 points for that last night! (2 for that bad food, 5 for eating after 8pm)

5. I tried this new workout @ the aquatic center called "Zumba". I really liked it! You do some moves over some latin music. Really fun even if I was stepping all wrong at times...

6. I am an avid reader. I read the whole twilight series in 6 days last week and LOVED it! Can't wait for the next one to come out!

Here you GO! I tag Emilie, Tori, Jennifer, Chris/Rosanne, Lauralee and Mistee! Have fun!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bonne St-Jean! Happy St John the Baptist day!

If you find this funny, you do not need to! Today is Quebec Birthday! So I am celebrating my roots with some French music and a thought of Poutine....

To all my friends exiled or not: Bonne St-Jean!

Je n'oublie pas mes racines!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Yummo Gazpacho!

Gaspacho is one of my favorite summer dishes! Since it has been SO HOT the last few days and since it doesn't look like the heat will go away anytime soon, I made some today.

Can I just say YUMMY!

If I remember right this dish comes from Spain. It is a super healthy low calorie dish that is great with some grilled chicken, a turkey sandwich or whatever else you like!

Here is the recipe:

1 Can of tomato or vegetable juice (1.36L)

1 tbs of Extra-virgin Olive oil

1 tsp of Balsamic vinegar

2 tbs of lemon juice

Hot sauce to taste

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red onion, finely chopped

1-2 English cucumber, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, finely chopped

1 large tomato, finely chopped

This is extremely easy! You mix all this together and chill for a few hours: Et Voila!

It is also extremely flexible. For example my mom always adds other veggies. She will throw in some frozen green beans or whatever else she thinks sounds good. Also, I was thinking you could put some jalapenos in there to give it more of a bite. I do not make it spicy so that my kids will eat it, but I do add hot sauce in my own bowl.

Try it, it is DELICIOUS!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Another indulgence for father's day: the following post is in french.

Mon cher Papa,

Pour cette fete des peres je voulais que tu saches a quel point je t'aime. Tu es un exemple de perseverance a travers l'adversite. Tu es une preuve vivante que toute personne peut changer, devenir meilleure, malgre les difficultes. Je suis fiere de toi, de ton esprit perspicace. Plus encore, je suis eternellement heureuse...

Merci de ton exemple et de tout ce que tu as instille en moi. Merci de m'avoir transmis ton amour du savoir, ton interet pour la politique et les causes sociales, et tellement plus! Nos opinions sont different sur certain points, mais je suis reconnaissante pour ton ouverture d'esprit.

Bonne fete des peres! Je t'aime!

Ta fille, Maude xxx

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Powerful read

This book is what I have been reading lately... If you know me you're probably saying :" lately? I thought you went through books like nothing else!" Well, that is usually the case except with this book. This is a great and very POWERFUL book! Joseph and the kids gave it to me for mother's day! Now I can really hear the "you're still not done with it?". Here is the truth: This book is so great so amazing and such thought provoking that I can only read a few pages and I have to stop to think, incorporate and meditate...

I could try to put a few quotes on this post, but I can't! The truth is that I would have to quote the WHOLE book!

I love Sheri Dew! She is an amazing women! I mean that! I had the privilege to meet her once; she came to Montreal for stake conference I think with Elder Holland. That was a good 12-14 years ago... She was in the Genereal Relief Society Presidency that. I remember how much I had been touched and edified by her talk. SHe spoke on perseverence, on God's love...

So if you are wondering how to become a better disciple of christ, how to take advantage of the power GOD is offering us or simply how to be more aware of our eternal potential; read this book! It WILL change you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Drill here, drill now, pay less....

I came across this new slogan today as I was listening to the Sean Hannity show and doing dishes... Most of you probably do not know that I am a mild "political junkie"... I love it and I hate it... Hard to describe, it is just a love/hate relationship. You can all thank my father for that one! Our political views might clash but he did instill in me the love of politics and the desire to be involved. Most of you know that I am not a citizen as of yet, only a permanent resident(applying for citizenship is up to about $700!); but I do live here, and I married an American and AM raising 3 American sons. I have a right to be concerned for the well being of my family, a GOD given right and in that sense, I have a voice too! I might not be able to vote, but I sure can be heard! So in an attempt to make my voice heard, I am urging you to read on. The price of GAS is becoming more than just a little concern. It is becoming a BIG one! We all pay way more than we used to.

Newt Gingrich, the former republican speaker of the house, has a foundation named American Solutions. You can all go sign a petition on this web site for congress to finally DO SOMETHING that will help!

Here is a you tube video of Newt explaining it all.

Let's make it clear that WE the people will no longer stand for inaction.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Congrats little sis!

My little sister graduated with her bachelor's degree last saturday. Felicitations ma soeur! This is a picture of my paternal grandma Lyane (Lee-ann), my dad Laurent (sorry no sound check on that one, if you don't speak french you'll get it wrong...), my sister Eliane (ellie-ann) and Samuel in Feb. 07

The official start of the "terrible twos"

Who am I kidding here, the TTs started a while ago... But Samuel turned 2 last saturday so we can now really call it that! Since he wasn't all that sure what having a birthday meant, we had a low key Birthday dinner: Hot-dog, chips and Jello cake. What more could he want? He loves hot-dogs, loves chips, loves Jello and LOVES whipped cream! (watch the little videos he is digging his fingers in it...) It was fun!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

When a little kid becomes more of a big kid...

I was woken up a few times last night. The boys have a not so fun summer cold. Lots of coughing and low fevers... Except for Samuel who seems to have escaped it so far! (can you see my fingers crossed behind my back?)He still woke up. Mostly because of his brothers coughing I think... Matthew complained of a headache too. Then it was the weirdest thing. Between 3 and 4 am. They were all awake. All 3 of them... Between cough syrup, potty trips, drinks of water and random thoughts; I felt it was never going to end. Then amidst all that, Matthew came to me.

Here is the dialogue:

Matthew: Mommy, (pause for a sec), MOMMY!

Me: Yes? (really sleepy)

Matthew: I have a wiggly tooth! (all excited!)

Me: Really! (awake all of a sudden) Let me feel it!

So he came and showed me the tooth. ANd IT IS WIGGLY!

I told him to go back to bed and we would check it again in the morning.

So Joseph had a feel of the wiggly tooth this morning too. It wiggles. Not enough to pull it out quite yet, but it does wiggle a fair amount.

As I have been contemplating this new milestone in the life of my 6 year old, I just can't believe how fast time goes by!

In the past 9 Months, Matthew has grown 5 inches (I have pictures to prove it!) When he started Kindergarten in september he was 3'6". When he was measured again a couple of weeks ago, he was 3'11". He has learned to read and is very proficient at it. I mean I am amazed at how well he reads. We make him read verses of the book of mormon in family scripture study and he stumbles on long hard words but mostly sails through without too much trouble. And now he has a wiggly tooth. The Baby teeth are making way for the big ones...

I know it is part of life, a passage of sorts... My little boy is growing up! He is turning into a big kid... And a fine one at that!

Stay tuned for upcoming news of the tooth fairy sightings in the Beckman House!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Depressed Oregon...

There is something funny Joseph and I have been joking about these last couple trips to oregon. Oregon is Depressing! As you are driving, the scenery is beautiful yet the places have all these depressing names. I understand they probably have to do with lewis and clarks's times but still! Hear these names out: Poverty flat, deadman's pass, Malheur county (Malheur is the french equivalent of bad luck...) Then you get to Idaho and you have Paradise Valley, Bliss... Quite the contrast!

Here are some pitures from our drive:

Return with Honor!

Last Friday, Elder Patrick Beckman came home from serving a 2 year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Omaha, Nebraska Mission. It was a GREAT homecoming!

Okay we did get to the airport too early, we got confused about the time his plane got delayed to.... So while we waited the kids had fun.

Then when he finally was there it was a great reunion... OK I'm missing some pictures here I think they must be on Joseph's Laptop...

We had a nice reunion this whole weekend enjoying the blessings of being all together once more, hearing and mostly witnessing the change and the maturity that has come with the missionary experience.

I have to admit I really love my brother-in-law. He is just a good guy! I was touched, we were touched by his spirit, his humility, and his testimony. Thanks Patty, Welcome home! You have returned with HONOR!

We're glad you're home!