Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Life's Lessons

Alan is now 5 and really starting to "figure" things out. It was only a couple weeks ago that I pulled him aside one night when he was being a big pain. I explained to him that when I said it was bedtime and had a couple things to do it would be a really good idea for him to just "disappear" and be soooo quiet I would maybe forget he was still awake and he would end up staying up way past his bedtime!!!

I really wasn't sure how he would process this info until last night. We are staying with Uncle Tim, Aunt April, and Cousin Ian. The adults were playing Apples to Apples (This is an A-W-E-S-O-M-E board game!!!). Daniel told Alan and Eddie to use the bathroom and he would tuck them in. He was then promptly distracted by laughter from the game. It was well over an hour later when I realized Alan and Eddie were sitting at the kids table playing very quietly. I guess this lesson really stuck. I quietly shared the story at the grown up table and continued to ignore the extremely well behaved boys. When I could hear Eddie fussing about whatever it was I called Alan over to point out how late it was and that Daddy had said bedtime was a super long time ago. I can only hope he will get the message through to his younger brothers. After our discussion I am quite certain the evenings will be a bit calmer at home from now on. I also need to pay closer attention to time and not forget to eventually put them to bed or I will have extra cranky boys in the morning!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Metropolis, IL

Ever wonder if Superman's hometown of Metropolis really exists?? Well, it does and it happened to be just 6 miles from our hotel the first night of holiday travels. My mom stopped at a visitor center near there on her way home this summer and sent the boys a picture of her face in a Superman cut out.

We decided since we were so close the boys would enjoy the stop. They were sooo excited to see Superman and even more excited at the memory from the picture telling us that Grandma had been there before.

Here are the pictures from our pitstop.



SUPER Joey!!




SUPER Eddie!!




SUPER Alan!!





SUPER Saucers!!








SUPER Mommy!!




SUPER Daddy!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dreaming of a White Christmas

While a "White" Christmas is something many dream of, I'm pretty confident in saying I dream and pray that this will be my LAST white Christmas!!

It's funny how the only things about snow that "stick" in your memory are the snowball fights, snowman building, sledding and FUN!!! Daniel and I decided the boys would really enjoy seeing snow for the first time this year. So we packed up our mini van turned into a sleigh and then hit the highway our destination was 2 days away.

Over the highways and byways we glide to grandmother's house we drive. With turn right or turn left we trust GPS to get us there alive.

It turns out we have very bad trip coordination with mother nature. She seemed to think this weekend was the perfect time for a blizzard/white out to visit the mid-west. This didn't quite sync with our driving plans. The further north we drove the talk of snow increased until it was finally falling and hitting our windshield. I warned them of the snow making roads and sidewalks slippery before we got out of the van at McDonald's for a pit stop. Their feet didn't even hit the ground before they noticed Mommy's foot prints in the snow. They were so excited they didn't notice I only took them to use the potty and we didn't get a happy meal!!

The drive seemed to be going well with several family members calling us with weather updates. We decided to change our route due to the below freezing temperatures and increase in snow fall. Not much after Daniel merged right to avoid a passing vehicle that was driving way too fast. (Trying to get past that damn Florida driver who couldn't possibly know how to drive in the Iowa snow no doubt.)
The tire hit the shoulder and the van went spinning into the median. Thankfully we missed several other vehicles and the state trooper had a tow truck on the way before the van came to a stop. All injuries were healed immediately with kisses and sesame street band aids. Alan did get a rubbermaid full of Christmas presents in the face, but handled it quite well. We were getting pulled back on the road within 15 minutes.

I tapped the screen of my new Tom Tom GPS navigation system (Christmas gift from Daniel and the boys) and located POI (Point of Interest) along route; hotels. There was a Super 8 6.3 miles down the road and what's that at the bottom of the screen?? A phone number?? I called and had the room booked in less than 2 miles. Daniel got us checked in and took Alan to get pizzas. The boys weren't upset at all. They thought it was a party!! Mommy on the other hand decided right then and there she must have been dilusional when deciding to make this 1,200 mile drive!! We were only 80 miles from Grandma's house. We took our time in the morning as the plows would need time to clear the very curvy road we had ahead. We did finally make it and the boys are having a BLAST!! Maybe tomorrow the outside temp will be freezing or above so they can play outside in the snow.

Grandma had promised Eddie they would build a snowman when they got here and he just wouldn't let it rest. He stood his ground claiming it wasn't too cold to play outside. Well, Grandma stood her ground claiming it was below freezing and there was no way he was building a snowman outside. She kept her promise though as her heart melted with his frustration and her creativity has never failed her. She took the child sized shovel she bought him and brought it to the bathroom sink full of snow.





Only a grandmother would allow a 3yr old and 5yr old to play with snow in the house AND help them build a snowman in the bathroom!!!





Here is Alan transporting the snowman to the living room to show Daddy and Papa Joe. Then he took the snowman outside so he wouldn't melt.






They used a baby carrot for the nose, cloves for the eyes, cinnamon sticks for the arms and a strip from a Christmas napkin for the scarf.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Eddie's Preschool Christmas Program

Here are some video clips from Eddie's Preschool Christmas Program. I was a bit surprised he decided not to sing. I also never should have commented to my friend about her daughter being up there next year twirling and lifting her dress. You'll see why if you watch the clips!!




Sunday, December 21, 2008

Preparing for Christmas

Here is Joey all decked out and ready for the SNOW!!




Here is a picture of the foam ornaments I helped make for Alan's classmates. Each one has a picture of the student in the center.


Here is a short clip of Joey trying to walk in his new snowsuit!!


Friday, December 19, 2008

Twins!!

This is a long story that has been going on for 9 months. My friend, Dina Rich, is having exploratory heart surgery today. Her husband is a reservist who works with contractors in Iraq. He was home this spring on leave and they discovered upon his return to Iraq that they were unexpectedly expecting. Then they discovered they were expecting twins!!! The pregnancy was extremely difficult and Dina had to manage care of their incredibly difficult 3 yr. old all with her husband fighting in Iraq. Thankfully he was able to come home in early December. Only 5 days after his feet touched American soil they had a routine OB appointment at 36 weeks and Dina had severe preclampsia so they did a C-section to get the babies out. Dillion and Katia were 5 lbs 11 oz and 5 lbs 7 oz. They are doing great and off all feeding tubes already at 1 week old today. After the C-section Dina complained of difficulty breathing. They discharged her anyway. She went to the ER yesterday and went into congestive heart failure. Then they found a heart murmur and now they are planning on doing exploratory heart surgery today. They have no family support what so ever!! I will be traveling out of town for the holidays so they will have even less support available. Please pray for Dina that they find answers and help her heal quickly. Pray for the family unit to be strong to lift her up. Prayer is sooo powerful. Thank you for all your prayers and please continue to pray for Dina, Ed, the babies, Katia and Dillon and big sister, Dania. They decided they were rushing things and post poned surgery for Dina yesterday. They gave her some different medications and she seems to be responding. They have determined it's a heart murmur and leaky valve that she has probably had for a very long time, but is only a problem now because the stress and strain from the pregnancy and preclampsia. There is talk of more tests on her heart. One they will put a camera down her esophagus to take a closer look and one involves putting a cath in her heart. They have not completely ruled surgery out, but the posibilities are decreasing as she continues to respond to the medication. They moved her from ICU to a regular room so I have taken Dania to see her and they are allowing her to go downstair and spend time with the babies as well. Today was full of GREAT news. They did the test with the camera down her esophagus, but didn't need to put the cath in her heart. Dina will NOT need surgery. The stress and strain from all the extra fluid and preclampsia was very hard on her heart, but it is looking strong and should recover with meds, rest, and time. The babies will be home tomorrow and Dina should be released tomorrow or the next day. Everyone will be home for Christmas!!!

Here are a couple pics.



Here is a clip of big sister Dania playing at our house.




Everyone is home safely from the hospital!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thanksgiving

Yes, I know Thanksgiving was a super long time ago!!! I thought you might enjoy some pictures and videos that we took on Thanksgiving anyway. Better late than never :)



The first clip is Alan leading the Our Father he's learning in "Religious Education" or what most of us refer to as CCD.






Wednesday, December 03, 2008

New Picasa Pictures Posted

I just finished sorting pictures and have updated the 2008_November folder as well as started the 2008_December folder with our very small tree decorating process. The tree has already had ALL the ornaments confiscated as Joey has had each and every one in his mouth so I decided to leave the tree naked!!!

To see the pictures simply click on the link to the NEW Saucer Family website on the left.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas at the Fair

Wow!! I'm still recovering from the weekend. Saturday was Christmas at the Fair in Panama City at the Fair grounds. I shared a booth of Stampin' Up hand stamped items with another demonstrator, Tammy. Here is a picture of our wonderful booth.




We sent in our application way back in July, but neither of us got to any serious stampin' until very recently. I was up past midnight every night last week and boy did it take a toll on me.

We didn't sell as much as we would have liked, but we had some GREAT neighbors. The booth to our right was Les & Lou All Things Beaded. They had some amazing cheese and wine serving products like hand beaded wine charms and cool cheese trays that were wine bottles melted flat in a kiln. The process is called slumping and sounds extremley interesting. Aunt Diana if you are reading this would be an AMAZING research project for you!! They have an online etsy store if you have time to check them out www.leandlou.etsy.com They have tested and washed all their stuff through the dishwasher!!!
Here is a picture of me with Leslie.





The neighbors across the way were Nature's Notables. Gene was a cut up with his marshmellow gun and he and I had a GREAT time with them in a marshmellow war through out the day!! Their website is www.naturesnotables.com. Bonnie had some really beautiful pressed botanical compositions!!
Here is a picture of Gene, Marshmellow Warrior with me!!




It was a very fun day!! Daniel even squeezed all 3 carseats in the back of his tiny car to bring the boys by for lunch!! Joey was amazed by the carosel horse and all 3 boys were supper excited to see all the Christmas decorations!! Kudos to Super Daddy!!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Grits

Joey enjoyed his morning grits more than usual this morning!!! Mommy wasn't feeling very good this morning so Daddy was in charge of breakfast :)There are pictures in the 008_November web album on the New Saucer Family Website link and here comes the video.





The boys also received some great Halloween cards from Great Aunt Kathy. Mail is very exciting at our house. Here is Joey opening his card.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend we did our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch in Clanton, AL. It was so fun when we lived close and it's worth the 200+ mile drive to keep the family tradition. We had perfect weather, sunny and 72. The boys had a blast climbing on the huge pumpkins, riding in the hay wagon (Joey couldn't take his eyes off those huge tractor tires), picking out a pumpking with Daddy, and the best part is always jumping in the hay mound!!! Here are a couple video clips from the trip and I have a whole album called 2008_Pumpkin Patch and Carving on our Picasa page. Just click the link to the New Saucer Family Website on the left to see all the pictures.



We stopped at the new Bass Pro Shop in Prattville to take a look around. Joey is taking a few steps on his own, but boy can he shoot right up the stairs. He was in heaven climbing!!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Hair Cuts

Yesterday after school I decided to get Alan and Eddie's haircut since we had a couple other errands on the base and they were WAY past due for one. They climbed right in the chairs next to each other like pros and the ladies flirted with Joey between guard changes. Joey was getting fussy in the stroller so I unbuckled him and put him in an empty barber chair next to Eddie. The lady cutting Eddie's hair was really connecting with him and he sat and watched her every move. When Eddie was done she asked if she was sure I didn't want her to cut Joey's hair. I thought for a second and decided his hair was WAY shaggy and sometimes all the fuss with the camera can make things worse. I took the plunge and he sat so incredibly nice for the first half. Then Alan just walked over and got him a sucker. This was an AMAZING treat as he's never had one and he was happy as a lark while she finished his hair cut. Here are the final results taken when we got home. Alan also go new shoes and asked me to take a picture and show Grandma so they are will be on here too.









Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stampin' Up Holiday Place Settings

The CEO of Stampin' Up, Shelly Gardner, appeared on the local news in Utah to share some great holiday place settings. Here is the video from her appearence.



You can find instructions and more specifics on the news website http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=61&sid=4573672

Contact me today to find out how to get the supplies you'll need for these great projects!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eddie and Elmo

Eddie won 2 FREE tickets to see Elmo and Sesame Street Live at one of the kids nights they have at Chik Fil A. We decided that this would be a special Eddie and Mommy date. The show was last weekend and we went with my friend Missy and her little girl, Emily. They had a great time. I posted the still pictures to the New Saucer Family website link in the 2008_October folder. Here are some video clips from the show.






Joey's First Steps

Joey is taking more and more steps each day. Here are some short video clips of his progress. The first one is from Grandma's visit in August and the other two are from 2 days ago.







Here are a few more random video clips of Joey this summer you might enjoy. Joey thinks the refridgerator is super fun to play in!!



Joey LOVES the water. Here he's swimming at Missy's grandmother's house in Alabama.

Joey isn't scared of anything. Here he thinks he's a rock and roll star standing in he rocking chair with his brother's wiggles guitar!!



Cruisin'



Sharing lunch with Big Brother Eddie??


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Gramps at the Beach video clips

Well Gramps and Mary are staying at the beach this week so here are a couple beach videos for you to enjoy. I'll start with my favorite of Joey on his new sand diet.



Playing Frisbee at Schooners where they serve kids meals on frisbees instead of plates.





Playing in the water after school today.




Friday, October 03, 2008

I'm Floored!!!

 


Here is our new living room floor. Daniel has been hard at work all week and we just have a small hallway and corner rounds to finish the project. Hopefully it will all be finished by bedtime tomorrow!!!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Septemer Pictures Updated

I just updated the September Pictures on Picasa. Simply click on the New Saucer Family Website link to your left.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Baby Jack's Album

I have created an album just for Baby Jack and his family on my Picasa page. There is a direct link to his album on the left side of my blog. I will add pictures whenever I get them as he grows so check back often to watch him grow!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baby Jack Neil is HERE!!!


Congratulations New Mom Laura and New Dad Barry!!! We are so glad the baby is here. Also congrats to the New Grandparents!!

Baby Jack arrived via C-Section at 7:02pm. He weighed in at 9lbs 2oz, was 21 inches long and his head was 37cm!!!

I have a new Picasa album of pictures just for Baby Jack I will add to it as I receive them in email. Here is the link http://picasaweb.google.com/saucersrus/BabyJackNeil#

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Scrapblog

I just discovered www.scrapblog.com where you can do digital scrapbooking online for FREE!!! Here is my first page.

Friday, September 05, 2008

First Picasa Collage

 


Here is a collage I made with Picasa 3 of pictures from our last visit to the beach.
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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Just messing around with some pictures

I was talking online with Dad today and he convinced me to upload the new Picasa 3 to my computer. Here is a practice "movie" I made and uploaded to YouTube. Just getting a feel for how this works. Please let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Alan Update

Alan has been a very busy bee. He started Kindergarten on the 20th!!!
Here is a picture with his teacher, Ms. Vann, on the first day of school.



Here he is with Mommy on the first day of school.


Here he is working on the first day of school!!


Alan has been working very hard in Kindergarten. He even got his paper on the cupboard in the classroom. Ms. Vann was so proud of his attention to detail she hopes this will inspire Alan's classmates to work hard to get their papers on the cupboard as well. Here is a picture of Alan with Ms. Vann in front of his work.



Here is a close up of the paper itself.


Here is his first progress report on learning the classroom rules. If only he would apply them at home too!!!


Alan also turned the big 5 last week. He opted to have his best buddy Aidan over for a sleep over instead of a bunch of friends for just a BBQ. Daddy surprised him with a Burger King happy meal at school for lunch and he took Alan and Aidan to the Star Wars Clone Wars after school!! There are birthday pictures in the new webalbum called 2008_End of August if you go to the New Saucer Family Website link.

Monday, August 25, 2008

No More SPAM!!!!

Pass this info on to anyone you know that complains of spam!!!


Advice from Snopes.com

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that saysforward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of "active" E-Mails to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.


2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, a way to get names and "cookie" tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so muchSPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listingsregardless how inviting they might sound!

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's don't make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Citizenship

Citizenship is something many of us take for granted. Today I was witness to 40 people from all over the world become American Citizens. My friend, Dina, took the oath among them. Dina is from Iraq and has been married to an American and living here for 4 years. She has been waiting and waiting for this day!!! Her husband, former USA army and now contractor, is working in Iraq now. They have a 3yr old daughter, Dania and are expecting twins in Dec/Jan. My friend, Missy watched all 6 of our collected children today so I could go be with Dina on this very special day. Here is a picture of me with Dina and her friend Erica.




There are more pictures on the NEW Saucer Family website link.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

NEW Pictures!!!

We have been super busy lately, but I did get the pictures sorted and updated on Picasa. There are 3 new albums to look at: 2008_July, 2008_August, and 2008_August_Sears. If you would like prints from the Sears folder please let me know the best email to send you the copyright release letter.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wiggles


What a Wiggly weekend!!! My friend, Missy and I threw 5 car seats in the back of her van and loaded up the kids on Friday morning. We headed north to Birmingham and spent the night with her mom. The next day we lounged around visiting. We had to do so threatening to be left out of the big surprise we had planned on Sat. night, but made it through the day. I couldn't believe that Alan remembered seeing the Wiggles 2 years ago when we pulled in the the Civic Center!!! I got a bunch of short video clips from the concert. They allowed pictures, but no video so I had to be discreet about it. The people in the row behind us were actually told to stop video or they would have to leave. This was one time my camera was so little they wouldn't know whether I was taking video or just waiting for a good picture opportunity!!!


Here is a video of the Wiggles coming out on stage singing Eddie's all time favorite song, Big Red Car.




Here is the Wiggly Polka Hoop De Doo!!

Here is the Wiggly Polka Part 2.





Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Cockadoole Doo




Missy and I took turns to watch the kids and scope out the souvenirs. She came back with two little red stuffed guitars, so that is what Alan and Eddie wanted. I waited in line and when I got to the booth the lady informed me they were sold out, but would possibly have more available after the concert. I just looked her in the eye and said oh well I won't be getting anything then and turned and walked away. She had quite shocked expression as I'm sure the majority wouldn't leave empty handed. They probably run it that way thinking you will buy now and come back for that specific item and spend more later!!! Well Aidan had to use the restroom in the middle of the concert and Missy saw they had more out so she grabbed 2 for Alan and Eddie. Not 30 seconds after she returned with the guitars they sang Play Your Guitar With Murray and the boys were on cloud 9!!!




Joanie works with 5 Hammers. (We Sing it "Joey" Works with 5 Hammers at our house)




Can You Do The Twist??



where was Joey during the concert?? He was snuggled close to Mommy in the sling and slept through all but the last 2 songs.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Pretzel Bread (Beer Bread)

There is an AWESOME recipe for Pretzel Bread in the Breads category of Mary's new website www.recipestoeat.com. The recipe calls for one 12 oz beer so it's known as Beer Bread at our house. Mary gives the directions to use the recipe in the bread machine on her website and the boys LOVE LOVE LOVE making it. Their favorite part is pouring in one of "Daddy's Beers" and watching the foam. They also enjoy breaking the pretzel sticks in half. The first time we pulled the loaf of bread out it may have lasted all of 5 min before it was completely devoured!!! After a couple loaves disappeared I really got to thinking about the danger of this recipe with trying to loose some weight (maybe more true to say trying NOT to gain any more) I tried replacing the white flour with wheat flour. It still tasted great, but was heavier and a bit dry. I also think adding honey would enhance the taste so I tried one cup wheat flour and two cups white flour as well as adding 2 tablespoons honey. This turned out really great, but couldn't really taste the honey so probably not worth it. Overall the very best was to just leave the recipe alone. If it's not broken don't fix it!!! Here is a picture and video clip of Eddie helping make the first loaf.



Wednesday, July 09, 2008

4th of July

Sorry this post is late. We have been sick and traveling and sick of traveling!!! I spent the 4th in bed with a sinus infection and head cold. Daniel took the boys to a BBQ at a co-workers. They had some king of 9ft tall inflatable waterslide and the boys had a BLAST!!! I was rested enough to go downtown to the Marina to watch the fireworks with our good friends, Aidan and his family. Here is a family picture Missy took for us.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Yellow "M"

“Yellow M”

On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again!! We started our journey yesterday afternoon. Daniel had a couple meetings get cancelled at work so we left home around 2pm.

The boys are so pumped to go to Texas!!! They can’t wait to see Grandpa Bear, Big D, Kristine, Aunt Nikky and Uncle James. Alan has taken on the family job of scout. He like to point out all the “Yellow M”’s and Burger Kings he sees. He can spot them from miles away and thinks he is sooo cool saying “Yellow M” instead of McDonalds!!

On the way into Pensacola he heard Daniel and I talking about stopping for dinner and was very upset when we decided to eat at Dairy Queen instead of a “Yellow M” or Burger King. He was very quick to point out to Daddy that we had just passed two!! He calmed down with his Green Mr. Misty aka Incredible Hulk Juice and ice cream cone for dessert 

We had hotel reservations on the other side of Baton Rouge (almost half way) and rolled in to the Holiday Inn Express around 12:30 this morning. The boys were sooooo excited about staying in a hotel that management showed up at our door around 1:30am to tell them to be quiet!! We rolled out of bed around 8:30am and caught the FREE breakfast. Daniel took the big boys to the heated outdoor pool to burn some energy while I got to take a shower and feed Joey.

We are now on the road again and hope to make it to our destination in the next 11 or 12 hours.


Been without internet so this was a few days ago.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Playtime

Here are some more video clips of Joey playing.



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Monday, June 02, 2008

One Too Many Margaritas

Here is Joey with the 5 de mayo sombrero this year. I was amazed he could move at all with the weight of this authentic sombrero. He is a fast little bugger!!



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Tub Time

The boys are soooo excited to have Joey join them for part of their bath time to play!!




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Joey Getting Around

Here are a couple old video clips of Joey eating his first hard pretzel, and learning how to crawl.



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Saturday, May 31, 2008

M-I-C-K-E-Y MOUSE

We had an AMAZING Memorial Day weekend. Daniel's unit got Friday AND Monday off so we loaded up the van on Friday morning and drove 6 hours south to Orlando. Daniel signed us up for some timeshare lecture that got us 3 nights at the Holiday in for $100 (normal rates for this location on Universal Ave are $129+ per night). We got checked in and walked over to Mommy's favorite restaurant, Carrabas for a late dinner.

On Saturday morning we did our required tour of the timeshare and listened to all their rules and regulations. It wasn't difficult to say NO as the lowest price they could come down to was $28K AND $650 in yearly maintence fees. I couldn't even believe it, after we told them no, they actually offered to set us up with a mortgage. After catching my breath I told them with bugged eyes "If we can't pay for vacation up front then we don't go on vacation!! There is absolutely no way we will go in debt or MORTGAGE a vacation!!!" I think I also commented on how I would be driving a top of the line minivan for that kind of money before I'd pay that to vacation.

We ended up getting discounted tickets to a really great pirate dinner show for that evening. The boys had a blast watching the show. We were assigned to cheer for the blue pirate in all the pirate fights. He was the pirate that won the princess's heart and ended up marrying her before the night was done:)The boys got these really cool swords that light up and make all kinds of great sound effects. (My friend asked me if grandma sent those when they came over to play this week. I had to admit to letting the boys get them on our trip)

We didn't set an alarm for Sunday morning deciding to go with the boys' flow. They were up and ready to roll to their "surprise". We grabbed a quick breakfast in the lobby and got to the Magic Kingdom at 10am (just one hour after they opened).


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The weather was sunny with a breeze and everything seemed to go our way. We decided to start with Fantasyland. Joey and I found a shady spot to wait while Daniel and the big boys rode on the teacups. After we got the first ride out of the way we slathered everyone down with sunscreen and headed to It's a Small World. On the way we stopped to get a fast pass ticket to Peter Pan's Flight. (for those of you who haven't been to Disney in awhile a Fast Pass is where you put your park tickets through an ATM like machine and it will print you a pass with an assigned time slot to come back to rides that tend to have a long wait time. When you come in your time slot you get to cut to the front of the line and only wait about 5-10min)

The boys really enjoyed the boat ride and figures in It's a Small World and we only had a short time until our turn for Peter Pan so we got some water and Goofy snacks. Then we headed to Peter Pan's Flight. That was probably in our top 3 rides of the day. It takes you through the story of Peter Pan and you feel like you are flying right through Never Never land!!

After Peter Pan's Flight we took a spin on the carosel. Joey absolutely LOVED this ride!! Then we picked up the stroller from stroller parking and headed to find lunch. Note on stroller parking: This is where my really expensive Maya Baby Wrap really paid for itself. We used the stroller to get to each "land" then threw Joey in the sling and I carried him to all the rides and lines and it was much easier to get around. There were a couple times I just kept him in the sling and we stacked Alan and Eddie in the stroller as well.

We did a quick lunch in Frontier land and scoped out all the pirate stuff. Daddy ran to the Jungle Cruise to pick up a fast pass and we got in the line for the Pirates of the Carribean ride (no fast pass here, but really cool stuff to look at while you wait in line so it didn't seem like we waited very long) This ride is a LOT like It's a Small World boat ride only instead of cute dolls from all over the world there are scenes from the movie. The boys thought it was awesome!!! Just as we got off the ride there was a short show on the street with Captain Jack Sparrow going on and it ended just in time to find a spot for the parade.

We headed to the parade route and Daniel found us a great spot to sit on a half wall in the shade with 15 minutes to spare. We were as close to the street as the Disney Police would allow so the boys were able to see EVERYTHING!!!

When the parade ended there was only a 5 min wait for the Country Bear Jamboree so we cooled off in the air-conditoning and enjoyed the show. As the Country Bears Jamboree let out we caught Woody and Jesse from Toy Story doing a street show and waited in line to meet them.


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It was getting close to our Fast Pass time for the Jungle Cruise so we headed to back to Adventure land to catch our boat. The captain of our ship had a great sense of humor and worked all kinds of jokes into his tour.

After the Jungle Cruise we went to fly on Aladdin's Carpets. As Joey and I went to find a place to wait one of the people that works the ride said he would be fine and we could all ride the ride together. He loved the ride while we were on it, but the picture we got has him looking not too happy. Don't let it fool you he was just getting hungry.

We got the stroller out of parking and headed to Tomorrowland so the boys could drive racecars with Daddy and Mommy could feed Joey while they were waiting in line.

When Joey was full and the boys were done racing we headed to Mickey's Toontown Fair to meet some of the classic Disney Characters. The Red an White tent had a gift shop (of course) and two lines one to meet Mickey's Pals and one to meet the Disney Princesses. The wait time was 45-60min we decided to try later. In the process we found out the Mickey and Minnie were actually available to meet and get pictures with in their home and not part of the Character Tent. We toured through Mickey's house and waited probably the longest of the day to meet Mickey and Minnie, but it was totally worth it!!

The Disney photographer left as we got in the short line behind the scenes. We found out his camera broke so we waited a little longer than we should have had to. Disney now offers something called a photo pass you get a card with a barcode on it and anytime there is a Disney Photographer with character or in front of the castle or whatever, they scan your card when they take your picture then you can go online to order pictures and stuff with your pictures on it. The assistant to the photographer grabbed my camera since we waited so patiently for the actual photographer and actually got better shots on my camera :)Here are the shots from my camera.


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By this time we were ready for dinner so we headed over to Tomorrowland to get a fast pass ticket for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and then get dinner. I noticed there was only a 2 min wait for the Laugh Floor from Monster's Inc movie so we decided to that before dinner. After that the boys wanted junk food so we got some soft pretzels, smoked turkey leg and slushies for dinner. Then you guessed it our fast past time was ready so we did the Buzz Lightyear ride. When you ask either Alan or Eddie what their favorite ride was this is it. You ride in this car that spins all the way around by your control with a joystick. There are two fighter guns that you operate and you ride through this video game to battle the evil Zurg. It's dark and all the stuff is neon and glows. I have to say it was really AWESOME and if we had gone on that ride earlier in the day we would have spent the whole day waiting to ride that ride over and over.


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It was getting late so we went back to Mickey's Toontown Fair to ride Goofy's Rollercoaster. I took Joey to Minnie's house across the street to feed him while Daniel took the big boys on the ride. They wouldn't let both boys ride with Daniel. Only two people were allowed in each seat. Well you guessed it Alan was tall enough to ride by himself. He not only rode by himself, he got the very front seat. I would have to say this was another favorite for him!!! When they finished the ride we caught the very last train ride of the night and headed to Cinderella's Castle for the closing fireworks show.

I can't believe we ran those boys for 12 hours straight without naps/rest and managed to get home with just a few minor fussy moments and no meltdowns. I was even impressed with myself for not getting fussy or melting down. We ran the boys through the shower and crashed for the night. Monday morning we visited Downtown Disney, a fancy outdoor shopping mall (the boys thought we were back at Disney World), to see the Disney scrapbooking store and get T shirts for everyone. I wasn't very impressed with the scrapbooking store, but we found an AWESOME toy store with a build your own light saber station that I would LOVE to revisit when the boys are older!!! That would have been fun to watch Daniel and his brothers do too :)

It was a great weekend!!! Took most of this week to get back to normal. Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner. Enjoy the slideshow of pictures from the weekend and give us a "Shout"!!