Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My Digital Studio/Pumpkin Patch Project

Stampin'Up just release the most AMAZING new computer program. It's called My Digital Studio and it is NOT just digital scrapbooking!! You can create personalized photo books in several sizes, handmade cards, and personalized calendars that can all be printed with lots of options. Then you can take these projects and make fun slide shows, interactive books, and movies as well as incorporate your home videos and personal audio recordings into the project. Here is a book I created with our Pumpkin Patch pictures then found a fun song and had the boys help me record some audio tracks.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pumpkin Patch 2009

I'm finally recovered from our big trip last weekend. Missy and I took 2 mini vans and 8 kids 300 miles north to do our fmaily pumpkin patch tradition since Daniel was gone. Since we were staying farther north than usual at Grandma Joan's (Joan is Missy's mom) we decided to try a Pumpkin Patch in Hayden, AL that was closer to her house. They had all the same great fun as our usual on a little smaller scale. We had a blast despite the damp weather. We went to Missy's Aunt Patty's house for a birthday party on Saturday night. They live in the middle of beautiful nowhere and we even got to roast hotdogs and marshmellows on a bon fire outside!!! On Sunday we headed into Birmingham to watch the Toy Story double feature in 3-D. I got the tickets for my crew then took Aidan and my boys in to the bathroom while Missy got tickets for her crew. Then we got in line for popcorn. I had explained to Alan, Eddie, and Joey we would get one big popcorn to share and if there was any complaining or whining they wouldn't get any. Well, when I got to the counter to order the man told me the lady in front of us pre paid for 4 kids popcorn trays!!! She was already gone to which ever movie she was there to see. It about made me cry to experience something like that first hand. We took up almost a whole row with our group being 4 adults and 10 kids at least 5 of them under the age of 6!! I can't believe how well the little ones did sitting through not just one movie, but TWO!! After the movie my crew headed south to Alabaster, AL to have dinner and spend the night with Alan's best buddy from Alabama, Madison and her family. It was great to catch up with them. We had Monday off from school. Thank you Christopher Columbus!! So even though it was raining we decided to stop in Clanton, AL at The Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch on the way home. The boys missed jumping in the hay. The hay mound was covered so they spent almost an hour jumping and chasing in the hay while it rained!! We stopped in Prattville, AL to visit Deanna. They will be moving soon for a job promotion and for those of you who haven't heard we are headed WEST to Albuquerque, NM once school is out. We had lunch with her at Chic Fil A and let the boys run around in the play land. I got pictures sorted and posted here The Pumpkin Patch has been a Saucer Family tradition since Alan was only a year old and this was our last year for The Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch in Clanton. We will definitely be looking for a Pumpkin Patch in New Mexico and probably adding the Hot Air Balloon festival to our Fall traditions. I must say I really love Fall best and this is the time of year I think of the good ole midwest most!! Happy Belated Birthday Grandma!! Here are some video clips from our trip:

Jumping in the Jack O Latern Inflatables in Hayden, AL

The Inflatable Slide. Joey climbed and slid down this at least 50 times by himself!!

Joey thinks he's hot stuff pulling the wagon with Eddie and the big pumpkin!!

Playing inside the Indian TeePees at Clanton, AL

The last 4 clips of jumping in the hay in Clanton, AL

Thursday, October 08, 2009

New Pics Posted

I posted new pictures at the end of the 2009_September folder. Click here to view. I also started the 2009_October folder with pictures of Alan earning his Bobcat badge. Click here to view those.