Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas Pictures

I know my regular readers are anxious to see pictures from Christmas so I have the majority of them up on picasa. You can click the NEW Saucer Family Website on the left of the blog to see them. The new album is Christmas 2007. We are headed to Alabama today for Joey's baptism tomorrow.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Picture Addict

Hi, my name is Amy Saucer and I am a picture addict. There are a handful of people who enjoy giving me a hard time about my addiction. Ironically, they are the same people that benefit most from the pictures we have!! Daniel backed up the computer a while back and we finally have the numbers to prove my addiction. It took 25 hours to back it up (I started having computer time withdrawl 2 hrs into my day) There was 41 gig of pictures or 158, 719 files on our hard drive!!! We are currently discussing our options which include purchasing an additional hard drive, or using our tax refund toward parts for Daniel to build us a whole new computer (Daniel wants to hook this one up to the 65"TV for the boys to play games!!!) I just want a fast internet connection and for all my picture files to be SAFE!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Daniel's Surgery

It's 1:30am and been a very long day. Daniel's surgery was pushed back quite a bit today and we are just getting home from the hospital. The doctor gave us some neat pictures and I hope to get them along with all the details added to this post in the very near future. Thanks for all your prayers and please continue to pray for a speedy recovery.


WARNING WARNING WARNING the following pictures are not for those of you with weak stomachs!!!


Here is his Gall Bladder (everything here is normal)


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This next picture was explained with some big words. My teaching background kicked in so I rephrased what the doctor was telling me in words I could understand and he said I was understanding correctly. This is Daniel's colon an it should be able to move freely, but there is a spider web kind of forming around it trapping it. The doctor was able to cut it free.


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Here is Daniel's small intestine. It was getting caught up in the web as well, but the doctor was successful in freeing it up too.


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Here is his appendix before it was removed.


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Here is the end where they tied his appendix off after removing it.


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Here is the appendix after it was removed.


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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Slumber Party

Alan and Aidan had their first slumber party on Friday night. Aidan and Emily came over so Missy and Ketan could have a night out. Aidan slept over and we all had a blast. Here is a short video of Emily and Joey playing in the Jumperoo. You would never guess she is 5 months older!!



Here is a picture of Emily and Alan playing when the kids first arrived.


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Here is a picture and video clip of the boys out in the hot tub.


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Eddie passed out early and you could still hear Alan and Aidan talking at 11:30pm. They slept in til 7:30am. Here is a fun picture while they were still in their pajamas.


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Here they are brushing their teeth.


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Here are a couple more shots of the slumber party. They will be having another one at Aidan's either Thurs. or Fri. night depending on Daniel's surgery schedule.


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Monday, December 10, 2007

Dear Santa

I received the email below and thought some of you might enjoy it. I can't figure out how to get it to type in red like the original.

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning , or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, MOM...

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Crafts

Here is a picture of the Christmas Calendar we made to countdown the days until Christmas. Each number is a little pary favor tin with 2 hersey kisses inside. Next year I'm sure there will have to be 3 kisses!!


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Here are the cute little "Snowman Soup" packets I made for each kid in Alan's class at school.



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Alan came home from school with red nose and antlers yesterday. We couldn't get him to perform at home, but here is what Eddie could get out of him.


Thursday, December 06, 2007

Help Alan's School

There will be a Box Top drive contest in February to earn money for Alan's school. If you would be willing to save them and send them to us you can email me at saucersrus@yahoo.com to get the mailing address. There will be prizes for the class and the student that brings in the most.

There is also a way to earn points for Alan's school every time you do a search on the internet. Here are the directions:


1. visit www.searchandgive.com
2. sign up for a Window Live ID and select Tommy Smith Elementary School on the My Charity Settings page (you type in Tommy Smith for the school and the zip code is 32404)
3. search the internet using www.searchandgive.com

As soon as you start searching, you will earn tickets that can be converted into cash for Alan's school. There are lots of cool things the school will be able to get with this fundraiser and the kids don't have to go door to door selling crap! Let me know if you have any questions or problems.

Thanks,
Amy

Monday, December 03, 2007

This Week's Video Clips

We got Eddie's favorite baby toy, the Jumperoo, out for Joey. Looks like he's gonna have to fight for a turn.





Here is a clip of Joey and Mommy playing when we got home from the parade.


Christmas Parade

We had Christmas Parade here on Saturday night. Alan and Eddie had a great time. Alan's favorite was chasing down the candy (at first he was really upset and crying when he wasn't able to get a piece). There were several older and bigger kids shoving and being kinda mean where we were standing. I just looked at their parents and it didn't take long for them to not only improve behavior, but share candy with Alan and Eddie. The music and marching bands were Eddie's favorite. Here is a short clip of them standing in the street.



Saturday, November 24, 2007

Video of Joey

Here are a couple of video clip of Joey from this weekend. i also added 50+ pictures to the picasa page. Just click on the link to the left called the NEW Saucer Family Web Page and select November 2007.



Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I got the following poem on email and thought you all might enjoy it. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving


T'was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn't sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.



The leftovers beckoned -
The dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.



Tossing and turning
With anticipation,
The thought of a snack
Became infatuation.


So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.


I gobbled up turkey
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.



I felt myself swelling
So plump and so round,
'Til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.



I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding
And a handful of pie.



But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees...
Happy eating to all -
Pass the cranberries, please.



May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes 'n gravy
Have nary a lump.



May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs.



May your Thanksgiving be blessed !!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

High Speed Car Chase Ends on My Friend's Roof

Check out the news story on the web address below. I know the people that live in the 3rd house (the one the car landed on the roof of ending the high speed chase)

You will have to copy and paste the address to get the news story as I can't seem to make it work as a link. If you go to the video clip available the man they interview is my friend's husband and I'm not sure, but I think the gal is her daughter in law. They live next door to each other and about 10-15 miles from our house.


http://www.wmbb.com/gulfcoastwest/mbb/news.apx.-content-articles-MBB-2007-11-16-0001.html

CEDAR GROVE, Fla. -- One man is dead after losing control of his car and crashing it into three houses.
Officials with the Panama City Police Department say it happened just after midnight Friday morning. A Cedar Grove police officer spotted a speeding Chevy Trailblazer at 15th Street and East Avenue.
The officer estimated the SUV was going over 100 mph and radioed that he was turning around to follow the driver south on East Avenue.
Panama City Police say the driver lost control of his vehicle after going over the railroad tracks, hitting several cars and damaging three houses in the 600 block before landing upside down on the roof of the third home.
According to police, Darryl Rogers, 24, of Panama City, was ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy was performed Friday. Police say they expect toxicology results in about two months

Thanksgiving Dinner

They served Thanksgiving Dinner at Alan's school on Friday. There are 900+ kids from PreK-5th grade AND their parents. It even tasted good!! I think they had lots of volunteers from the church that uses the Meritt Brown Middle School building next door to meet on Sundays. Here is a video clip of his class practicing their Indian song before we ate.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Milk Bank

The boys and I made another trip to Fed Ex to send a cooler of milk off to the Milk Bank in Raliegh, NC. Here is a picture of how we get everyone safely inside. Please note Joey's seat is usually hooked on my arm and not riding on the wagon. We had 595 ounces this time!!


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Here are a couple extra shots of Joey from this week.


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Sunday, November 11, 2007

All Smiles

Here is my current favorite picture of Joey. I took it 2 days ago while running errands. He LOVES this soft giraffee blanket from Great Aunt Kathy.


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Saturday With The Saucers

Here are some pictures from our Saturday. We started with getting the 3 biggest boys (Daniel, Alan and Eddie) hair cut. Here is a picture of Alan and Eddie getting them done at the same time.


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Another pic of Alan getting buzzed.


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Since the Barber shop is in the same location as the Commissary we decided to takle a grocery run too.


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Packer Pictures

The Packers won today 34-0 against the Minnesota Vikings. Go Pack!!!! Maybe wearing our Packer gear today helped, maybe not. At any rate we got some cute pictures of the boys.


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Friday, November 09, 2007

Horsin' Around



This is a short video clip of the boys after receiving some great horse costumes from Grandma. She got them on sale after Halloween. The boys really LOVE to dress up!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

3 month and other pics

Here is Joey's 3 month watch me grow picture. He weighed 15lbs with clothes 2 days ago.


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Joey is ALL Smiles these days


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All those smiles can really tucker a person out!!


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Eddie lookin' cool in his rugby shirt that Grandma brought from Ireland.

FIRE!! FIRE!! cried the Wolf

It never fails that something exciting HAS to happen while Daniel is out of town. I awoke this morning to the screaming alarm of our smoke dector and actually smelled smoke. I don't think I've ever sprung from bed so fast. I started yelling for Alan and Eddie to wake up as I burst into their room to grab them from bed. I put them on their feet and ran for Joey with them by my side. Then I stopped and realized we didn't see any fire. With Joey in my arms and the boys clung to my side we went through the house room by room and closet by closet. We found nothing, but I could still smell this faint burning smell. I called Daniel's cell, no answer. Called his work cell, no answer. My cell rings and I can't get to it in time. Call him again, no answer. He finally gets ahold of us and I explain the situation. Check the computer to see if it's an electrical fire he says. I already checked all the rooms and stuff, but who knows. Then I realize yesterday was the first cold day and I turned the furnace on at bedtime. Then walking through the house you could smell the smell right under all the vents. "Sorry I woke you Daniel. Good luck on your presentation in a few hours." I put Joey back in his crib and Alan went right back to bed. Now I had to deal with Eddie who thought it should be time to get up for the day. We rocked in the chair and I offered his bed or daddy's. NO! he said. Okay then help mommy turn the computer off. He did and walking past his room decided he would go back to sleep in his Spider Man bed. This is really NOT a fun way to start your day!!! To top things off Alan's fever returned so he is home from school today and feeling lousy.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Nuturing Brother

Alan and Eddie are still totally CRAZY about Joey!! Here is a video clip from this evening. Eddie took all his clothes off and was throwing a fit next to Joey on the floor. I picked Joey up and started to feed him. This made Eddie go nuts and scream louded. "I feed Joey" he exclaimed and kept grabbing at his nipple. It was extremely hard not to laugh. I did manage to grab the camera and get a short video clip for you.




The drama continued. . .


Halloween

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This was the view from our front yard on Halloween morning. We headed out bright and early to attend the Halloween party at Alan's school. The kids, including Eddie, got into their costumes and we paraded around from classroom to classroom and office to office trick or treating. Eddie could hardly stand on his own two feet by the time we were done. Here is a picture of Ms. Young helping him down the stairs.


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Joey got tuckered out as well. He is wearing a little pumpkin sleeper that Aunt Kathy gave me while I was in Greenbay. Her daughters, Laura and Sara wore it over 20 year ago!!!


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Here are the 3 Saucer boys with Alan's teachers, Ms. Young and Ms. Powell.


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Here is a picture of the whole class.


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I took the boys trick or treating by myself (Daniel was TDY) and we got way too much candy. I think Mommy will have to help them eat it all!! They had a blast and slept like rocks :P

Monday, November 05, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

We kept with our family tradition of going to the Pumpkin Patch in Clanton, AL with the Tucker family. I LOVE this tradition and hope to continue it for as long as possible. We met up with Chalane and her crew around 10am at the Grand 'Ole Pumpkin Patch and took some great family photos. Then we headed off to the pony rides and petting zoo. They also have an amazing sunflower field and real TeePee set up to play in. The kids had a great time running from TeePee to TeePee and playing. Then we had lunch and relaxed for a bit before the big event. We boarded the hay wagon and had a great ride to the actual Pumpkin Patch where they also have a HUGE pile of hay to jump and play in. The hay was so much fun we actually had to talk the kids into going out to find a pumpkin. The weather this year was BEAUTIFUL. It started out a bit chilly which really made it feel like fall, but by the time we were heading home is was "Sunny and 80"

Here are a couple pictures from this year. To see more just click on the link to the left called the NEW Saucer Family Website and you can see our Fall 2007 album.


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Our Family Shot


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The Cutest 'Lil Pumpkin!!

Here is a video of the kids jumping in the hay!!


Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Return Trip

On Thursday, Oct. 25th Eddie, Joey and I got up at 1:30am to begin our travels home. We had just over an hours drive to the airport and had to check in at 3:30am for the 5am flight. Again we made it to our first stop and made the connection no problems. When the plan was getting ready to leave Minneapolis we had to sit at the gate to burn fuel as the plane was too heavy!! This delay was going to make for a very tight connection in Memphis. I was prepared. I called the 800 number to get the gate number loaded the boys and all our gear into the baby limo and we RAN (I mean I really RAN) through the airport. The plane was still there, but they had closed the doors 2 min ago and they wouldn't let us get on. The man (single and probably age 25 with NO kids) got a direct flight to Panama City. Cool this should be no problem. I get to the counter with 2 screaming kids and they want to re-route me through Atlanta!?! I looked at the lady and very calmly said there was no way I was gonna take my chances getting stuck in Atlanta with two screaming kids. There had to be 2 more seats available on the direct flight. She rolled her eyes and mustered up enough trouble to say, "I guess I can check" Like I was asking her a huge favor!!! Lo and behold there were seats and she could get me on the flight. She gave me 3 booklets and said they were meal vouchers. I opened them only to find a discount if I booked a future flight with Northwest. I shoved them in my folder and sat down to feed Joey and get at least one kid to stop screaming. I was successful as we found a toy motorcycle and lollipop as well so they were both quiet and we had 6 hrs to kill in the Memphis airport so I was in no hurry. We walked down every corridor possible and multiple times. One guy was trying to give away his meal vouchers. I just looked at him and said, "I have 3 of those and no idea how to get food with them." He showed me how to tear about the packet and the food vouchers were totally hidden inside. Cool now we had $30 in food vouchers to spend while we were killing time. First we went to a fast food place and I just ordered whatever we wanted thinking it wasn't my money. It came to $9.98 and the lady working the register was totally amazed as she said no one ever came that close to the $10 voucher amount. We ate and walked some more. A few hours later we went to Starbucks. I got the largest drink and 2 huge muffins as again, it wasn't my money. The total was $8.97. We had only an hour left to kill so I decided to take the boys to the gate to hang out. I visited with another passenger that missed the same connection as we did and he complained that they didn't even give him meal vouchers. I said no problem and gave him Joey's. He was very thanful and ran down to Starbucks himself. It was time to board and Eddie was getting very cranky since he had been awake sine 1:30am. He finally gave in a fell asleep on the flight. Good we were almost home. I had called and given Daniel the flight number so he and Alan should be there to meet us and then I should get a nap myself. Eddie was not happy to wake up when we landed and in fact he was yelling and screaming you would have thought I was totally abusing him. I was completely embarassed and searching for Daniel to rescue me. No luck. The computer showed that our flight never left so Daniel was taking Alan's buddy Aidain home and would come to the airport when he could. I lost it!!! Well all our bags and carseats made it so I loaded them on a cart and loaded the kids in the stroller with our carry ons. I pushed the stroller and pulled the cart and even managed to find the van in the parking lot as well as the spare key in the diaper bag. I got the car seats installed, kids buckled in (Eddie is still screaming at this point) threw the bags in the back and had to deal with no parking ticket in the visor. I paid the $16 bucks and couldn't wait to get home. Daniel calls to check in and I told him to head home and we would meet him there as I really am Super Mom and we were already on the road. When we pulled in the driveway it was all worth it for the hug and smile I got from Alan as he ran to me when I opened my door. Daniel brought stuff inside and had stopped to pick dinner up for us. I started unpacking and doing laundry immediately as we were leaving the next day on a road trip to Alabama in separate vehicles as Daniel had to continue on to Georgia for a TDY. I don't think I've ever slept so good!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Traveling With Tikes

Well I guess I need to get you all caught up on my recent travels. On Thursday, Oct. 18th I got up at 3am to be ready in time for a 6am flight from home with Eddie (2.5yrs) and Joey 2.5 months) by myself. We were to have to connecting flights on our journey for the day. We made it to Memphis and got to the gate with double stroller, 2 carseats, diaper bag, back pack and both kids!! The flight was delayed 30 min, no problem. We get on the plane and it's hotter than hades!!! They apologize and get ready for our flight. We end up sitting at the gate for a full 2 hrs while they fix the air conditioning. I might need to remind you northerners that it's 85+ degrees outside in Memphis on this October morning. Well your connection in Minneapolis is NOT going to happen so what can you do. I get off the plane and go to the counter to see what adventure is ahead. Well they ended up canceling my flight completely so we missed NOTHING. They put us on a much later flight that would get us into LaCrosse at 8:45pm with my rental car and a 4.5hr drive to Greenbay ahead of me. That's NUTS!!! Minneapolis is only a 5hr drive to Greenbay so I get on the phone and attempt to change my rental car pick up location. What a pain in the ass they know nothing and that includes the English language!!! So I load everything up and head back to the ticket counter. I explain my situation and ask if I can please get my bags. There is no way this lady is going to get my bags. Well mom has to go through LaCrosse in the morning on her way to Greenbay anyway so I have her put it in the computer that my mom will pick my bags up at the LaCrosse airport in the morning. I then ask for my boarding passes for the late flight in case I need to get back through security. She was at least nice enough to inform me that if I do drive and skip the last leg of my flight it is highly likely that my return flight will be automatically cancelled. She gives me the phone number to call and prevent this from happening. I get the to car rental counter and have to wait for what seems like forever, but in reality is about 30min. They can't help me as we booked online!!! They do have a car available for $230. So I get on the cell phone and it takes forever to get ahold of Daniel to ask about spending 5times the amount we had reserved the car for orignally. He gets on the computer and sends me to a different car rental counter which happens to be on a completely different floor of the air port. We get there and wait in line and whine on the phone to the Rechsteiners that have already arrived and started celebrating in Greenbay. Well as the lady is getting ready to swipe my credit card my brother calls to save the day. He informs me that Uncle Hans and Wendy are an hour away from the airport and can pick me up. So I tell the lady "Wait, I just got a ride." She gives me my credit card back and I load up and prepare to hike to the other side of the airport with my crew. Thanks to cell phone Uncle Hans and Wendy coordinate with me and we get the kids and gear loaded in the car and arrive in Greenbay much later than expected and without luggage. I am so incredibly grateful to them for the ride!! We stayed up chatting and catching up until 3am so I was up for 24 hrs. The boys decided to stay on their regular wake up time of 6am so Friday was a long, but enjoyable day being with family. Mom got to Greenbay with my bags around 2pm and we all spent the afternoon hanging out. You can visit my GREENBAY TRIP album on the New Saucer Family Website Link for all the pictures. Also visit the IOWA TRIP album for the pictures of the second part of my trip in Iowa. I haven't taken the time to add captions, but hope to do so in the very near future so you can identify everyone in all the pictures.

Here is a picture of our crew in flight.


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Here is a picture of Eddie and Joey upon arriving in Greenbay.



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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Dentist

Yesterday was a big day for Alan and Eddie. I must admit I was very nervous about taking them to the dentist for the first time all by myself. I got them excited on the way there and the hygenist was AWESOME!! She had Alan go first and explained to Eddie that he needed to watch so he would know what to do when it was his turn. She showed Alan each tool and how it worked then let him give it a try before she got started. She had him wearing the bib AND his own set of rubber gloves along with some fun sunglasses and he got to run the vaccuum (suction) tool himself. Eddie could hardly contain his excitement at the thought of vaccuuming his own mouth. He squirrmed in his chair waiting more patiently than any 2 yr old possibly could for his turn to wear the green sunglasses, rubber gloves, bib and most of all to run the vaccuum. He climbed into the chair and immediatley grabbed the tools the hygenist had shown Alan. He ended up shooting water across the room and Laura was so amused she shot water at the window and we all laughed. I never imagined a trip to the dentist would be so much fun. The boys are so excited about brushing their teeth to get the sugar bugs out and keep them from chewing holes in their teeth!!! I am very upset at myself for not having the good camera with me. You will have to settle for pictures from my phone.




Here is Alan in the big chair.






Here is Edde in the big chair.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Human Cow

Yesterday was quite an emotional day for me. I packed and shipped my first cooler of breast milk to the Milk Bank in Raliegh, NC. They FedEx a regular Rubbermaidor Igloo cooler to our house with a pre-paid shipping bill. I fill the cooler with all the frozen milk and drive it to FedEx as late in the day as possible. It then gets shipped Priority Overnight. Getting the cooler in the FedEx building was quite a challenge as I had all 3 boys. I put the Radio Flyer wagon in the van then put the cooler in the wagon and buckled up the troops. When we got there I took the cooler out then the wagon. Then I put the cooler in the wagon with the paperwork and unbuckled everyone. Alan and Eddie were getting ready to pull the wagon and the lady was running to help me before I got Joey unbuckled. The cooler weighed 59lbs! She asked me the value of what it contained and I said, "I don't know. About a million dollars. How do you put a price on 700 ounces of breast milk??" Her jaw hit the table and she said, "ok it's irreplacable" I called to be sure it arrived safely and the lady at the milk bank said, "Did you know you had 759 ounces of milk in that cooler!?!" So I mean it when I say I am a human cow!!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Trick or TREAT!!

We were so excited to find out Madison was spending the weekend in town with her Nana!!! Nana brought Madison and Alex over to our house to play and have dinner last night. Here is a picture of the group.


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MOPS Family Fall Fun Night

My friend, Brandy Carlson, hosted a great Family Fun Night potluck out on her family's farm. It's right in the middle of the city and you would NEVER know it as you feel like you are out camping in the woods. Here are some pictures.


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Joey's 2 Month Stats

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Here is Joey's 2 month "Watch Me Grow" picture. He weighed 13lbs 6oz and was 23.75 inches long at his check up!!

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