Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Mama's Holiday Wish List Giveaway!!

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme

TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
for safe travels for all the family members traveling to our house this year :)

2. What is your Christmas morning / Hanukkah Nightly tradition?
Trying to capture the moment the kids see the tree with all the presents on video then a late morning nap.

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be?
Family Christmas at Disney World

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
Advent Calendar and Advent candles.

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
Rummy and Sequence

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
having the children sing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer on video

7. Where would you go for a Christmas/Hanukkah-away-from-home trip?
Disney World

8. Check out GameStop (link to: and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year?

X Box 360 Kinect
Red Wii bundle
WoW: Cataclysm

To enter, link to your Mama’s Holiday Wish List post using the Mister Linky box below.

BUT WAIT. Did you think we were done? Oh, you must not know us at all.

We have another stockpile of gifts from GameStop that you can enter to win with our extra entry options.

Runner Up #1 will receive a XBox 360 250 GB with Kinect and a $250 GameStop gift card.
Runner Up #2 will receive a Nintendo Red DSi XL Bundle and a $250 GameStop gift card.
Runner Up #3 will receive a Nintendo Red Wii Bundle and a $250 GameStop gift card.
Extra Entry Options include:

“Like” Gamestop on Facebook
Follow @gamestop on Twitter
Head back to the tippy-top of this post and hit that “Retweet” button.

The deadline to post your meme and comment is Friday, December 10th (same deadline applies for extra entry methods).

* For an example of a Mama’s Holiday Wish List entry post CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Albuquerque Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!! There are soooo many things to be thankful for this year. We are thankful the most for our family and friends. We wish you all the best Thanksgiving. Alan, Eddie, and Joey are very excited about Thanksgiving this year. We are celebrating just the 5 of us while we get some projects done around the house in preparation for all the visitors we are expecting for Christmas. Hope you enjoy these 2 video clips of Eddie getting ready for the big day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Catching up on Video Clips

Here are a couple fun clips of the boys playing Dominoes with Gramps.

These are clips from Joey's 3rd Birthday Party at Aunt Kristine's.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Alan's Solo

Now that I have you up to speed with our Children's Choir. Alan was selected to sing the solo verse of the Alleluia part for this past weekend's mass!! He was sooo excited to get to sing into the microphone :)

Here are the video clips from this past weekend.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Children's Choir

The boys have been part of our church's Children's Choir since June. I meant to post these video clips from this summer a long time ago. They are really improving each week.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Halloween 2010

I just posted the pictures from Halloween in the October_2010 folder on Picasa. You can click here to see them.
Here are a couple video clips from Trick or Treating.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Balloon Season

We all know the 4 seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  Well Albuquerque has a 5th season, Balloon Season.  The Balloon Fiesta is the first week and a half of October and a very exciting time!!  There are hundreds of Hot Air Balloons in the sky every morning for 10 days.  The weeks leading into and following the Balloon Fiesta have LOTS of balloons in the sky as well.

This year Kristine and her friend, Talya, came to visit us and go to the Balloon Fiesta with us.  We got up at 4am to fight the traffic near the Balloon Fiesta Park and got to the Park around 6:30am in time for the 6:30am Morning Glo and the 7am Mass Ascension.

Here is one of the Morning Glo balloons.  The boys really enjoy the FIRE!!
Some of the first balloons off the ground the day we went were twin pink balloons to honor survivors and victims of breast cancer.  The balloons each had an American flag and the Star Spangled Banner was sung to start the ascension.

I was pretty trigger happy with the camera and posted a whole album on Picasa.  Click HERE to see the rest of the pictures.  Click HERE to see the pictures from my school's mini balloon fiesta where we launched 5 hot air balloons before school one morning.

Here are a couple video clips from that morning.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday Alan!!

1 Day old

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old

4 years old

5 years old

6 years old

7 years old

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Game Face

Alan pulled out his front tooth after school on Friday and insisted I take his picture with my phone so I could send it to Grandma.  I couldn't resist sharing it with you all.  It looks like he lost it in a hockey game :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Joey's First Day of "School"

It's finally here, Joey's first day of school!!  He has been trying to go to school since Alan's first day on Wednesday.  He even tried to get on the school bus with him!!  He kept telling me "I go school, I go school too. Hmm."    By the time I made a second trip to the classroom with his tricycle (they get to ride bikes every Monday) he was so into play he wouldn't even say good bye.

Joey and Lead Teacher Miss Isabella

After school today Joey was very excited to tell me he got to ride his bike, ate all his lunch, took a nap, sang songs, and had a snack!!  He was also very happy to see me :)

First Day of Kindergarten

Eddie started kindergarten on Friday!!  He was so excited and they got a teacher hired for his class.  She wasn't there first thing in the morning because she had new hire paperwork at the district office downtown.  They had a "Kiss and Cry" breakfast for parents in the library.  I wasn't so excited about this until I found out it was for parents only and the kids were to stay in class.  Thankfully we let Eddie eat breakfast at home.  The principal spoke briefly about the school, the nurse reminded us of the health center rules, and the PTA president filled us in on the fun we could have in PTA.  Joey was happy to get some mini muffins and juice and was then promptly ready to leave!!  I am very happy to report that both Alan and Eddie were on the bus when it pulled up to the stop on the afternoon.
Eddie on the playground before class started

Eddie's comment as he got off the bus was "Today was the BEST day ever.  It was AWESOME!!"  He is very happy to be back at school and Joey can't wait to start too!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First Day of School Panic Attack

Okay so most of you know I'm not the emotional mom on the first day of school. Alan started First Grade today and today was DIFFERENT!! I don't know why it was so hard to hold back the tears as the school bus pulled away. I suspect it had something to do with the fact he was riding the bus and I wasn't leaving him in a classroom with a smiling teacher and lots of new friends. Another part of it was knowing he was going to a bare walled classroom with a SUBSTITUTE teacher until they hire a full time teacher for his class.
It's a good thing we were early to get to the bus stop. The bus came a full 10 minutes early!!
Waiting for the school bus
Waiting on the correct side of the street

The bus is here!!

Joey ran right for the doors trying to get on the bus and was quite upset he didn't get to ride.  He kept saying "I go school, I go school"

This is a picture of the school taken from our driveway!
A picture of the school close up
Our school only goes half day on EVERY Wednesday so the morning went incredibly fast. I had to take Eddie to Kindergarten for academic assessments which he did very well on according to his newly hired teacher. They hired her yesterday afternoon. This will be her first year teaching, but she is amazing prepared and has an AMAZING teacher assistant in the class!! We LOVE her already.
Eddie and Mrs. Martinez
When we finished at the school Eddie, Joey and I ran 2 errands and it was time to go home and walk to the bus stop to pick up Alan.  When the bus stopped the driver opened the door and told me she didn't know where is was and he didn't get on the bus.  (Pause here for stopped breathing)  I grabbed Joey's hand and told Eddie to Come on  as we power walked toward the house.  I grabbed my cell phone and called the school to see if he was waiting in the office.  They couldn't find him.  I told them I was on my way to the school.  Got the boys loaded in the van and as we were leaving the neighborhood the bus driver was coming back (she had a couple kids she had to drop off) to see if she could find him in case he got off at the wrong stop.  Then my cell phone rings and it was a very friendly neighbor explaining to me that Alan got off the bus with her children down the street and she was walking him to our house.  Praise the Lord I was prepared and had a note card with Alan's name, classroom number, bus number and correct bus stop, our address and phone numbers!!  I turned around and they were a block away from our house.  Alan got in the van explaining he knew the name of the street he lives on and got off on that stop knowing he could get himself home from there.  He didn't remember there was a bus stop much closer to our house on a different street and didn't realize he shouldn't get off the bus if I wasn't at the stop.  It's crystal clear that Mommy or Daddy will ALWAYS be at the stop and if there isn't a grown up he knows at the bus stop he is to stay on the bus and ride back to school!!!  I called the school to let them know he got off at the wrong stop and was safe at home.  The principal now totally knows my name between BOTH kids being in classes without hired teachers on meet the teacher day last week, Alan's class going from a 1st/2nd grade combo back to a regular 1st grade without a hired teacher yet, and a lost child on the first day of school we have talked SEVERAL times in the last couple days!!

Daniel made it home from a TDY in Salt Lake City this afternoon and after the day I had we decided we should go out for dinner to celebrate the first day of school!!  We took the kids to their new favorite, Red Robin because Wednesday is KIDS night!!  They have the Red Robbin mascot there, face painting, balloon animals, and FREE ice cream with every kids meal.  They were even kind enough to substitute apple crisp for Eddie's ice cream because of his dairy allergy :)  It was very nice to be able to end the day on a very relaxing and HAPPY note!!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Happy Birthday Joey!!

Happy 3rd Birthday Joey!! You had the world's LONGEST children's birthday party ever!! Started at 10:30am and went on until the wee hours of the next morning :)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A Great Visit from Uncle James and the Kiddos!!

I am way behind in blogging about the summer, but wanted to get this video clip of my niece up so you'll have to read about our summer endeavors another time. James, Thomas, and Lilly Bug arrived late last night. We have been chillin' out around the house and the kids have been playing all day!! Here is a fun video of Lilly playing peek a boo with Alan and Joey. Sorry about the streak of light down the middle. I so need to find a good solution to the sliding glass patio doors!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Jungle Room

The boys' new bedroom furniture arrived!!  While it was a nightmare waiting for it as it was supposed to be a morning delivery and we got word at 9:30pm the night before we were moved to the 5-8pm delivery slot.  They called at 8:40pm to see if we would wait 'til this morning to get it.  The boys were waiting up and we had to change our church plans once so I said nope they need to come last night.  They got here around 9pm and didn't finish assembly until 11:15pm!!  There were broken and missing pieces to Alan's bed so they will have to get new parts and come back to finish that.

Eddie and Joey will be sharing a room so they got full size bunk beds that according to Eddie look like they are in the Jungle!!  He helped me paint the room sky blue for the jungle background last week.

He keeps asking when are we going to paint the jungle and trees and stuff.  Not sure how soon that will happen.  Putting the sheets and blankets on these beds is one tough job!!  I think Daddy will have to be involved in putting on clean sheets as the delivery guys were nice enough to help me lift the top mattress for the fitted sheets.  The boys have been playing in the "Jungle Room" all morning!!  Here is a clip of their first "Jungle Room Show"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Toy Story 3

We took the boys to see Toy Story 3 this weekend and we LOVED it!!! There is an article on Yahoo HERE that tells some really great tid bits about the movie as well as a sneak peek clip below.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New House Pictures

I posted pictures of the new house on Picasa today.  You can click HERE to see them.  We unloaded 12,000lbs and returned the truck today.  Daniel reports to work at 6:30am and the boys and I will be cleaning, unpacking and sorting.  They are scheduled to deliver the appliances and install the security system as well.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Last Day on the Road

I'm sooo glad today was the last driving day.  We hit the road around 6:45am and drove 610 miles from San Angelo, TX to Albuquerque, NM.  We stopped in Amarillo for lunch at Subway because that's what the boys wanted.  Alan was under the impression he would get to make his own sandwich so we had a mini melt down, but he snapped out of it thanks to Backugone (I know this is TOTALLY spelled wrong.  We just learned about these toys from our Houston friends and I haven't done my research on them yet)  I promised the boys if they were good for the WHOLE trip they could get one when we arrived.

We got here around 4:30pm so it took us a bit longer than we expected.  When we got here we promptly hit TRAFFIC!!!  The boys were really frustrated telling me to just go as traffic was stopped at a stand still due to a crash on I 40.  This was a perfect opportunity to explain car crashes and how important it is to be very QUIET when Mommy is driving in the city.  They are in awe and amazement at the big city!!  They especially like it when we drive on the high roads :)  Alan can't get over all the fast food places and how close together they are.  When traffic started moving we got a call from Dan saying he was done closing on the house.  We ended up getting to the new house 10-15 minutes before him.  The boys went CRAZY exploring, fighting over the bedrooms, and Eddie even got his head slammed in the door that goes out to the garage because it has some safety feature that makes it close automatically.  Safety feature my ASS!!  I get the concept, but not so safe with little kids.  I do think they all learned the lesson though.

We met the next door neighbors and they have 2 little boys, Aidan is 3.5 years and Austin is an infant.  The cluster of mail boxes just happens to be right outside our front door and we met another neighbor with 3 kids all close to the same ages as our with a couple girls in the mix.  I hope to get pictures of our house and the neighborhood tomorrow and will post them soon.

Eddie and Joey have passed out and Alan has half open eyes watching the movie Over the Hedge on the fold out bed in the hotel and I'm gonna hit the hay now too!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

When a Saucer becomes a Bible

My youngest Sister in Law got married yesterday!! We welcome Doug Bible to the family and our Aunt Nikky Saucer has now become a Bible :) Click here to see pictures from her big day.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

On the Road AGAIN!!

Last night we went to Jenn and Ryan's house. I could do a whole blog entry on how we met and how they introduced Daniel and I. Stay tuned for that entry soon. The boys had a great time playing with Jeffrey, Alyssa and Jacob. That is except maybe Joey. He came down stairs and we all thought he had to use the potty and then it happened. . . He threw up all over the living room carpet!! I was so embarrassed, but we got it cleaned up and he curled up on my lap. No fever so it was probably from eating Waffle House for dinner combined with all the time in the van. We left around 10pm (I sure hope Jeffrey and Alyssa did all right in school today being up so late)

We had the continental breakfast this morning and headed back to their house around 8:30 this morning. Jenn and Jacob took us to play at the park and run around before a big day of 440miles in the van to make it to San Angelo. When I checked my Facebook I had a comment from my friend and Stampin' Up downline, Brenda Bromen. She lives in San Antonio and is in the process of moving to Florida. She noticed we would be driving through San Antonio and asked if we wanted to meet up on our way through!! I left her a note and called her after our play date. She was nice enough to locate a McDonald's with a play zone not too far off I 10 to meet at. The boys played for an hour and a half while we caught up!! It was perfect timing as San Antonio was exactly half way through our travel day :)

Once we got through the traffic of San Antonio it was a very relaxing drive the rest of the way. We arrived in San Angelo around 7:30pm. I set my odometer to zero when we left Panama City and it had 1,200 miles on it when we arrived. The boys were amazing travelers the whole trip!! It was when we were visiting with Granny D all hell broke loose. They went crazy climbing on each other, fighting and hitting. It took a little bit and a phone call to Daddy, but they finally got to sleep and allowed me to catch up with Mae Dell. Then Nikky and my brother in law to be, Doug arrived at midnight. We chatted until Joey came to tell me he needed to go potty at 3:45am!! We said good byes and see ya tomorrows and after Joey was done we went to bed.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

On the Road

We got on the road around 6:45am this morning to start our 540 mile journey to Houston, TX. Joey REFUSED to wear the pull I wanted him to wear, but I decided not to fight it out with him since I need to stop for a bathroom as often or more so than he would need to go. Alan got excited when we crossed the Alabama state line wanting to go see our old house and his friend, Madison. He was a bit disappointed to find out she lived on the other side of the state so we wouldn't be visiting today. The boys LOVED the very, very, very, LONG bridge in Mobile!!

Before we knew it we were crossing the Mississippi state line. I would spell it M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I and Joey would echo I-P-I? and we would all laugh! We set the pit stop schedule to stop every 100 miles or so and it stuck most of the trip. The first stop Alan was gonna test my patience and I informed him it wasn't a good idea to start our trip that way. Then Joey piped up saying "me good, me good mom? Eddie good too." He continued to inform me he was being good each time we stopped. We made great time and were checking into the hotel in Houston around 4:30 this afternoon and had time to hit the pool, shower, and walk across the parking lot to Waffle House with a 15% discount for a breakfast for dinner night before American Idol started. We hope to go over to my friend, Jenn's (She introduced Daniel and I) for a bedtime visit to meet her 3 kiddos. We haven't seen each other since Daniel and I got married 10 years ago. She's had 3 kids and I've had 3 kids so we will have a LOT of catching up to do!! We also plan to have a play date with her and her youngest in the morning. I hope tomorrow's travel goes as smoothly as todays!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

New Pictures Posted

I just updated the 2010_May folder on my Picasa pictures. Click on the picture to see the whole album or click on the Saucer Family Picture link to the left of the blog.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Starfish Photography Family Portraits

I'm sooo excited we got the disc with our family pictures from Starfish Photography today!! Our neighbor in Panama City is staring her own photography business, Starfish Photography. She was patient enough to make 2 trips to the beach because the first one was a cold day and the kids were not very cooperative. These are the pictures from the 2nd trip when they were a little more cooperative. The wind was a bit strong for my hair, but they still turned out GREAT!! Click on the picture to see the whole album on Picasa.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mr. Independent

We woke up this morning to a running shower.  Daniel rolled over and said, "When are you gonna get in the shower?"  I replied, "I thought you were getting in the shower.  Who turned the shower on??"  I hollered turn to turn off the shower and come here and we discovered it was Joey.  He demanded that he needed a shower this morning.  I informed him he was WRONG and told him to go get dressed hoping for just 5 more minutes.  He actually went to his room and got himself completely dressed then came back.  So I pressed my luck and told him to wake up Alan and Eddie for school.  Oh how I wish I had a hidden camera in their room.  He went in and woke them up and told them to get up and get dressed right now!!  Oh the doors that open with potty training!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bye Bye Beach Baby

Last weekend was our last free weekend before the big move.  It was time to say good bye to the sugar white sandy beaches of Panama City.  Our good friends, The Tuckers, came down from Alabama for one last visit.  The most difficult part of moving is knowing you won't get to see your friends on a regular basis.  When we moved from Alabama to Florida we still manages to see the Tuckers on an almost monthly basis for the first 2 years!!  This will be harder as we are moving from Florida to New Mexico on the other side of the country.

The kids had a BLAST at the beach!!  The afternoon was spent with kids napping and the Daddy's got to go to the shooting range.  It was about time as they have been talking about it for nearly 7 years!!!  Then everyone met up at our house for smoked ribs and chicken.

Eddie thought he was hot stuff "surfing" the waves.  I think he drank half the ocean.

It wasn't until bedtime we realized how sunburned everyone got at the beach.

We will really miss living close enough to the Tuckers to drive for a weekend visit without a lot of planning ahead.  Thank God for the internet and cell phones.  We can at least watch the kids grow through pictures like these.

Madison and Alan May 2010

Madison and Alan October 2004

Alex and Eddie
May 2010

Alex and Eddie 
January 2007

It's not good bye, but until we see you again.
For more pictures click here.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Potty Training Update

I am so happy to report potty training is going well.  Joey has had only 3 accidents in the last 2 weeks and all were understandable due to playing with friends and not wanting to take the time.  We have had some funny stories along the way.  Joey has always preferred to wear his underwear backwards so he can see the big picture of whatever character is on them in the front, but on this particular day he decided his head would be a better place to wear them!!

One afternoon he was playing outside and actually came inside to ask if he could go pee in the grass!!  My first reaction was no, but then I got to thinking about teaching him how to stand up and pee for our upcoming road trip so I told him he could.  About 15 min later Alan comes running in to tell me Joey pooped on the patio!!!  That led to quite a discussion.  We are working on a new way to teach him how to pee standing up as a result :P

Our best friend, Emily, is also potty training so we took our potty to her house for a Potty Party!! This really seemed to seal the deal for Joey as we haven't had many accidents since then.

The final story for today is the fact that Joey thinks he is ready to wear underwear to bed at night.  Mommy and Daddy, however know better and will not let him.  One night was a particular struggle with Daddy.  Daniel put his diaper on and tucked him in after what seemed like 15 times of coming out of his room to go potty to prolong bedtime.  Then at 2am he comes into our room soaking wet!!  I went to change the sheets while Daniel gave him a quick shower.  When I picked up the diaper on the floor by his bed it was completely DRY?!?  He must have removed it after Daddy left and then went to bed.  He has been much better about wearing the diaper at bedtime, but has continued to come out of his room several times at bedtime to use the potty.  Mommy is pretty smart though and has bumped bedtime up 30min.

Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm a BAD Aunt

Sorry I haven't posted this sooner. Tim and April welcomed our newest nephew, Simon Christopher into their wonderful family on Monday!! Simon weighed 7lbs 11oz and was 20.5 inches long.
Proud Daddy

Family of Four

Big Brother Ian holding Simon

We can't wait to see Uncle Tim and Cousin Ian in just a few weeks!!!  This is a very busy time of year for Ian as he has a big birthday coming soon too.  Happy 3rd Birthday Ian!!