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!!





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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!!

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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!!


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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.
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.
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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!!


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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.


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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.


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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!!


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


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Cruisin'


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Sharing lunch with Big Brother Eddie??


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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.


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


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Playing in the water after school today.


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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.



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Here is the Wiggly Polka Hoop De Doo!!
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Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack, Cockadoole Doo


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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!!!



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



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