Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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
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.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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
Sunday, December 21, 2008
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
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
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
To see the pictures simply click on the link to the NEW Saucer Family website on the left.
Monday, November 24, 2008
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
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
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
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Contact me today to find out how to get the supplies you'll need for these great projects!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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.
Sharing lunch with Big Brother Eddie??
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
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
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Here is a picture with his teacher, Ms. Vann, 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
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
There are more pictures on the NEW Saucer Family website link.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
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
Monday, June 02, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
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).
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.
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.
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.
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"!!