Thursday, September 20, 2018

Summer 2018 - Week Exi (6)

July 8
Another Sunday at Home Depot and Fresh Market for me.

Amanda watched the girls and later that night, made a stew for them.

July 9

After getting off work, we noticed that the sprinkler in one location that hits our door was still running. Thinking nothing serious of it, we went to bed.

Well, we woke up to find that it was still running and that the water that hit our door, built up a puddle on out front porch/step and seeped in the house. It didn’t go all over, but did soak a lot of carpet.

Before this even happened, a woman called a few days prior and asked if I could help with her computer. So I went out and helped her. On the way home, I stopped on the way home to rent a rug doctor to suck up the water. Amanda had the girls help move furniture around so I could clean up the mess.

Being the 9th, today was the 1 year anniversary of my dads passing. Already writing this blog post, even though it’s now September, time still flies fast.

With it being 1 year, everyone (except TJ) met up at my grandmas house. We then drove over to the cemetery where we met up with TJ and his friend to show the girls the headstone and remember him.

With everyone together, we couldn’t get together without going to dinner. They decided on going to Cafe Silvestre, a Mexican restaurant right up the street on 33rd South near my old store. Amanda and I had just been there in February/March when some of the crew got together for dinner after the store permanently closed.

After dinner, we needed to do some shopping, so we headed up to the Centerville Walmart, then headed home to relax, watch a little TV, and so I could blog a little. But on the way home, we saw a rainbow near our place from the freeway...

I new it was my dad reminding us that sometimes you have too go through the storm to see a rainbow.

When we got back home, I took a picture of the plant I was given by my old coworkers from Dan's on the day of my dads Celebration of Life.

The succulents in the four corners were added when we put it in this planter, but everything else has just grown from this little plant... and it's still growing to this day. I treasure this plant. ​​
July 10
​I worked.

July 11

Remember in the last blog post how I said Amanda was going to have a procedure on her wrist, well it was this day. The plan was to check her in, have the procedure and grab our Free Slurpee before I had to go to work. Well, we checked in, but we waited and waited. In the end, the doctor doing the surgery was running way behind, so surgery was moved from 11am to 4pm. So I had to call my work to explain the situation and call out. If the surgery was at 4, we probably wouldn’t be leaving until 6 or 7.

Amanda had not eaten anything since midnight, and was starving... I don’t blame her for being upset and hungry. Me, I hadn’t showered (I was going to do it later) or taken my meds (I brought them with to take later) or had breakfast, and the girls eventually needed lunch. So I took the girls back to the apartment so we could fix themselves some lunch. Me, I took my meds while I ate “breakfast”, then showered and got dressed in clean clothes. The girls ate, read their new books, played the Wii, and played in the house while I ran back to the hospital.

I arrived just in time to see them moving Amanda from the room she was in, to another room... where we stayed until the doctor finally arrived to take her back. The procedure only took 20 minutes, but I still had to wait in the waiting room for another ? until they called me back to yet a different room. Amanda was out of it, like those videos you see on YouTube coming out of it. It was hilarious... I had to record it. (I haven't, nor will I post those videos yet or without her permission.)

After a while, they let her go home, where her Destiny was waiting for her and laid by her side.

We made it home to make everyone dinner. Then after, even though the time frame was up to get free Slurpees (like we have every year), I still took Amanda and the girls over to a 7-11 to buy them Slurpees (the drugs had worn off and she felt fine later on).

July 12

Another day, another shift.

July 13

I've been wanting to teach the girls about photography, and using techniques to get the best shots. So with today off, we planned to go over to City Creek Mall and take photos of random things. It was fun.

We were there taking pictures until it was time to eat lunch, so we walked over to the eating area and had lunch there.

If you want to view my pictures I took while there, here is the link.

After our little photo project, we all drove over to my moms so that the girls could spend the night there. While there, I helped TJ change his oil. After, Amanda and I headed home so we could relax.

Since I had the day off, I finally had time to blog for a while. If I'm correct, it could be the Part One of this Summers' post.

While blogging, we made and ate dinner. We planned to go make s'mores in the canyon, but the girls misbehaved and they decided to stay the night at grandmas instead of coming with to only watch us make s'mores. If you are saying, "How rude!" -- Relax, we took them another time this summer (next post) before the summer ended.

So Amanda and I went up to Mueller Park (which is in Bountiful near the Bountiful Temple), and made s'mores up there with Destiny. It was very fun, but Destiny did not like being near the fire... so she would hide in the grass nearby. To be fair, we did give her a graham cracker and roasted marshmallow just because she is spoiled.

With us full of s'mores, we packed up and headed home... But when we drove out, the sun was going down (right before it goes behind the mountains to the west), and I saw that the Bountiful Temple was right near by. So I booked it over there and took a few pictures of the temple with the sunset lighting it, and a few picture nearby, before the sun disappeared.

We had to stop and get gas before heading home, so we did that, then headed home to relax and watch "Rick & Morty". After, I continued working on my blog some more until it was time to go to bed.

July 14
Today was Saturday, and I had to close the store tonight.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Summer 2018 - Week Cinque (5)

July 1 Called out of Home Depot because of a migraine. I really hate migraines! So later, after taking meds and laying on an ice pack, my migraine went away. After getting ready, we drove over to my moms to have our annual luau.

After the luau, I had to go to work. So after dropping Amanda off at home, she hung out with her friends while the girls stayed with grandma one more night.

July 2
Amanda and I quickly did some grocery shopping and stopped at the craft store to grab craft paint, then headed over to pick up the twins. On the way home, we stopped at a field near our house find fist size or smaller rocks for a craft project, the headed back to the house. When they checked out everyones library books last month, today was the due date to return them. So when we stopped at the house to drop off the rocks, we grabbed all the books and headed over to the library to return them. Instead of heading back home, we had one more thing to do while out and about... pick up Zoey. So we drove over to her Amanda’s moms house and picked Zoey up so we could spend the day with her.

Since it was lunchtime, we stopped off at Amanda’s work so she could show off Zoey to her co-workers, and to have lunch, then finally headed back to our house.

We washed the rocks and then let them dry, then had all the girls get in clothes that they didn’t care if they accidentally got paint on them.

Zoey decided to mix the color plate, and paint with a gray color. 

Amanda, Ady, Chloe and I painted ours.

Zoey got bored after a while, and so while the other 3 finished, I watched Zoey outside while she played with the chalk, then came inside to play and sit on Destiny. 

We kept Zoey occupied and entertained for most of the afternoon, but after we made dinner, we all sat and ate together. We had about an hour before we had to take Zoey back home, and I was craving dessert, I suggested taking everyone to Pace’s Dairy in Bountiful to get ice cream or something cold. We arrived, ordered and started eating our desserts while chit chatting.

Zoey, being the adventurous one she is, wandered over to the edge of the patio where we were sitting, all of a sudden started crying out “Oww!” I think she accidentally kicked the rain gutter drain spout, but she said a bee got her. I didn’t see any dead bee near by, so I don’t know. Amanda calmed her down, and we then drove her back to Amanda’s mom to drop her off. We put medicine on it but, talked a bit with her mom, then said our goodbyes before heading out.

July 3
Amanda had an appointment to have her cast taken off this morning, so we headed out to that. However, I forgot to mention on Week 3’s blog post, that the arm cast protector that Amanda was wearing at Cherry Hill’s got damaged ever so slightly that water leaked in, soaking her cast with water. So after getting home from Cherry Hill’s, Amanda had me slowly cut with a steak knife to get the cast off since she works with food and didn’t want it stinking. It took a while, but it did cut it just enough to not go through and cut the skin... which would have caused another issue.

Well, the doctor looked over her wrist and with Amanda saying it still hurt or was numb, he said that her doctor who put the cast on (different office building than the one we were in right now) would need to do a procedure to take bone off the area where nerves travel through to release that pressure. We called and scheduled it to be done at the original doctors office. Come to find out my insurance won’t cover to be done there, but would cover it if performed at a local hospital.

Well, after taking care of that, we came back home and I rested before going to work.

July 4
I had asked to have this night off, but was scheduled in anyways... probably with me asking for the week of Pioneer Day off, it was a fair trade. Before I had to head to work, I drove Amanda and the girls over to Amanda’s moms house because they were having a BBQ. There were plans to have a get together at my moms house, but with me working and no way for the other 3 to get over there, I had to take off after 30 minutes, and worked a crazy night at work.

Of course, any holiday that involves eating, it’s packed with last minute shoppers. It’s expected, I hate people who do this, but it’s part of the job. Well, at my store, it’s a great place to sit in the parking lot and watch the fireworks that take place at the ski resort right up the street. Well, it was busy up until right before it started, and then died. Thinking it would be like Dan’s Millcreek, I sent one cashier home a tad early. Well, she was off in 30 anyways.

As soon as the firework show ended, guess where everyone went... back into my store to grab treats. So with it being Diana and I, we did our best to get the lines down— but it felt like it never ended. By the time 11PM rolled around, it finally started to die off. All I was thinking “Thank goodness I have tomorrow off!”

Ady, Chloe and Zoey all had fun playing together that day. Amanda’s mom drove them home way past everyone’s bedtime.

July 5
After the nightmare from the night of work before, I had this day off.... Thank goodness! Amanda said I could sleep in, but I knew we had work to do at my moms since she asked us to help wash her windows. This took the most time, but after eating lunch, I went out to look at the sprinkler pipe issue.

Apparently, water has been getting into the basement, and we thought it might be this one sprinkler head. So I capped two of them off, to test my theory. Just in case of future sprinkler issues, we ran over to Home Depot off 90th to get some sprinkler heads of certain angles.

After, my mom treated the girls to ice cream cones at McDonalds. Came back and headed back home so we could pick up Amanda from work. We made dinner and played a little Wii.

Since I missed fireworks and all of the fun at the party the day before, Amanda brought home a few fireworks to light off tonight.

July 6
I worked... joy.

July 7
The girls arrived after the June Kids Workshop at Home Depot, so it was today or not at all this summer. We arranged it so we could meet Zoey at the Centerville store, and let the girls put together the fishing game.

I needed sleep before work, so when we came home, I napped until I had to get ready.