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 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 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
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

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.


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.