Monday, July 2, 2018

My Dad's Birthday

This April 27, it would be the first time for us to celebrate my dad's birthday without him. I requested the night off and we met everyone at the Spaghetti Factory in Taylorsville.

After eating, we all met up at his grave site to see his new headstone and to have cupcakes.

July 9th is coming up in a few day... it's another day we will all get together to remember him.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Spring Break 2018

So before the twins getting out of school for their Spring Break, their mom asked if I wanted to spend time with them. I of course said "Yes", but was confused since we had them for Spring Break last year. I’ll take them any time I can.

So Amanda, Destiny and I drove down and stayed the night (March 8) in Mesquite on Thursday night. We did our usual fun in the hot tub, dinner, gaming, and taking Destiny for a walk down to the store. We would have liked to go bowling, but league was going on, and then they were closing early to replace the carpet... Goodbye carpet. Also, the main pool was still very frigid. When we were leaving the hot tub, we walked past and saw kids in the pool. So she walked into the pool area and asked if it was warm. I could see the smirk on the young boys face slowly start to grow. Amanda put one foot in just to see what it really felt like, because she knew that they were pulling her leg too, and pulled it right out. Those kids were just laughing at her reaction to how cold it was.

The next day (March 9), before we picked up the girls from their grandmas after school, I arranged to fix a computer for an old co-worker and one of my favorite customers. Right after that, as we were near their grandmas house, we saw Ady walking. So it was perfect timing. Chloe was a ways behind, but eventually came around. We packed up their luggage in the car, then headed over to get lunch from Chick Fil A, then continued on our way north.

We were in contact with the girls Aubrey, and ended up meeting at the Arctic Circle in Orem for dinner. After leaving Orem, we made it into Salt Lake and had the girls get ready for bed.

The next day (March 10), we all took Destiny to Hatch Park, before I had to go work my evening shift at the store.

Sunday (March 11), I work both jobs, so I didn’t get to have fun that day with the twins. I did receive a picture from Amanda of Chloe playing games with Destiny.

(Picture by Amanda)

However, I did ask for Monday (March 12) off to celebrate TJ’s birthday. Since I wanted to do something fun with the twins, I asked if they wanted to go bowling? They said yes, so I invited TJ since it was his birthday. We met up at Fat Catz, bowled and enjoyed pizza for lunch.

After bowling was up, we drove over to my moms house to wait for my mom to get off work. My grandma and sister then showed up at the house, and then we went over to Dask for my brothers birthday dinner.

We had fun, but when we left the parking lot, I heard a rhythmic noise. I pulled over and saw that a big screw had somehow made its way into my driver rear tire. Luckily, we we were not even that far from the restaurant, and pulled back in the parking lot to change the tire. Chloe was riding with us, and asked to help, so I let her.

(Picture by Amanda)

Made it back to my moms house, so we could watch TJ open presents and enjoy his cake (aka brownies). Then headed home to let the girls give Destiny a bath.

Because things come up in our lives, I haven’t worked on this blog post for quite a while. So some details are now gone from my memory, and so I had to rely on photos I took to help finish this post. What is also sad is that I noticed a lot of photos missing that I took during this month... So back up your pictures kiddo's.

Tuesday March 13, I don’t recall anything that we did, but I did have to work that evening.

Wednesday, I did have that day off and so we took the girls to go swimming at the South Davis Rec Center.

After leaving, we came home to make dinner and dessert.

Later, we had to go up to my moms house (forgot why), but then came home and went to bed.

Thursday, I had to work that night, so ...

Friday, we woke up early because we would be traveling on the Front Runner for the first time. We drove over to Woods Cross Station to hop on the train heading south. We enjoyed the ride down to Provo, and stayed on the same train so we could head back north. Passed the station we hopped on and got off at the Farmington Station (the next one after). There, we walked over to have lunch at Panda Express, grabbed some sugary treats at IT’SUGAR, and goof off in Harmon’s until the next train heading south would be coming.

We waited until the train arrived, climbed aboard and traveled to the Woods Cross Station to get in my car to take us home.

We asked everyone who wanted to come over to a ham dinner... this included my best friend Tristyn and her two boys. Annie came over too, and I think this was the first time both had been to our place. We cooked the dinner before they all arrived, but when they arrived, we sat around to eat and chitchat. Getting late, everyone who came over headed back home. We cleaned up, had the girls get in pajamas, and we got comfortable in the TV room to watch the classic video game movie, The Wizard. The reason I had us watch that is because I haven’t seen it in years, and I wanted to see if the girls recognized the location in the ending scene. They did recognize it, because it involves the dinosaurs in Cabazon, California that we stopped to see on our way out of California. The film was released in 1989, and of course it has changed over the years. We also realized that we didn’t go inside the one dinosaur they ran into. Maybe in the future. Well, the girls liked the movie and then we went to bed.

Saturday, the 17th

It’s not that I didn’t want to spend time with my girls on Saturday, which was the last full day they were going to be in town, it’s just that I had to work that night and both jobs the following day... my body needs all the sleep it can get.
So I slept in until I had to get ready for work, and headed to work.

Amanda and the girls had more fun than I did. They were all picked up by my mom and traveled out to Sandy for TJ’s drum recital. I think this is the first drum recital that TJ has performed at, that the girls were probably old enough to remember it. Everyone was there except yours truly, but after everyone went to dinner at Arctic Circle. Not Amanda’s location, a different one.

(Picture by Amanda)

Then after, they were dropped off and did their nightly routine of getting ready for bed, and to pack up their luggage to head home the next morning.

The next morning, the girls step dad picked up the twins by himself since their mom stayed behind (sore back), and stopped by to say Goodbye while I was at Home Depot.

Until Summer break...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wendover Bus Trip

One thing I love about being with Amanda is that we are always trying new things. One thing I have seen when traveling to and from Wendover every time I have traveled out that way, is the Wendover Fun Bus. To give you a quick explanation without visiting their site is that you pay a decent price to have a local bus company drive you and many others out to West Wendover, Nevada on a double deck Greyhound-like bus with bingo entertainment (with prizes for winners), vouchers for a free buffet, and free play to the 3 sister casinos.

So Amanda asked that I ask for Valentine's Day off so we could ride the bus out to Wendover. I was lucky to get it scheduled off at my new location, and so we went. At the time, we didn't have a lot of money to gamble away out there, but had enough to pay for the bus ride and play the slots just a little.

We hopped on board a single level bus at the IHOP (now to be soon IHOB, tells you how long it's been between us going) in Woods Cross, then bordered the double deck bus in Salt Lake. After taking off, we sat there for a bit before they handed out disposable travel bingo cards and played a few rounds of BINGO before we arrived in Wendover.

The Tree of Life near mile marker 26.

We hopped off the bus at Rainbow and went in to play a for a little bit, before then taking the courtesy shuttle bus over to Montego Bay to use our voucher for our free buffet. After eating, we still had plenty of time to kill... but we didn't have much funds left. We knew this would happen, and so Amanda and I planned to walk from Montego Bay over to the Wendover Airport to venture around and waste time. We climbed up the old radar tower (Amanda tried last time, but she finally made it to the top this time) and walked over to the restored hanger where they once stored the infamous Enola Gay aircraft.

Chuckling nervously because of she made it to the top of the radar tower this time.

If you walk east from the airport, you will see Army buildings starting to decompose and fall apart.

The restored hanger that once stored the Enola Gay

Looking inside that hanger through the main door window.

After killing enough time, we walked back to Montego Bay to then take a shuttle back over to Rainbow. We went inside to play the remaining funds we had (until payday) and browsed the gift shop to see if we could use any funds on our players card to get any merchandise for free.

With about 45 minutes left before it was time before load up on the bus to head home, we just sat in the red lit lobby before loading up on the bus.

We made it back home after dark, then swapped back of the first bus we first hopped on to get back to the IHOP restaurant. We had a lot of fun, but since we have only gone once more by car. Haven't gone as much because we are saving up for our summer California trip.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

New Beginnings at a New Location

I believe everything happens in our lives for a reason, whether good or bad. This time in this story, it was good (for me).

I have been through this situation before, but it was a shock this time. Back in 2003, the Food 4 Less I was working at closed its doors and I was transferred to another store, where I stayed at until I got married the first time.

Well, after moving back up here, I was lucky to get a job at the Dan’s right near my parents house for a year. Things happened and I chose to transfer to the Dan’s on 33rd and 23rd. From 2014 until this year, it was a great place for me to work.

Well, come January 3rd (which is always a crappy day in my opinion), we found out that they were closing our location because of the way the economy was changing since Amazon bought Whole Foods.

Well, just in case I wasn’t offered a position at another store, I started to apply anywhere I could. Luckily, I said I’d be willing to work at the Fresh Market in Park City and they offered me a position there, so I took it. So with this new location, I didn’t have to work Home Depot as much, except 1 day a week on Sunday’s. It is a long drive, but I’ve been listening to podcast to and from, and I get to meet new people.

It was sad to say goodbye to everyone, customers and now former employees, but “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end”.

3 pictures taken on July 4, 2014

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Why I Deleted, Then Came Back to Facebook

I tried, I really did try to stay away from Facebook.

Some of you read that I was deleting my Facebook account. Well, while I was away, I actually completed a lot during the time when I started the process of deleting my one Facebook account (and still aim to keep it that way) until a few days ago when I created a new profile. Why did I create a new profile instead of reactivating my old one? While I in the process of waiting for it to delete my account, I got to thinking, “Why not log back in, just delete all photos and info (so I don't get bombarded with ads— which was one reason why I wanted to delete it), keep all my friends and just check it when needed. Just have a blank account so people can contact me”.

Well, with FB’s new settings (because of a new European law), they will now permanently delete your account after 14 days when you tell them to start that process.... but guess when I tried to reactivate my account? The afternoon it was deleted. Well, c'est la vie.

So a couple more weeks passed and I finally gave into making a new account. This time, only one profile picture, no pictures are uploaded, no info in the About Me, no random post (political, comedy, random thoughts) to my wall (those are in my Twitter) and only post links to my blog post or other websites I run/created, and to quickly check any important friend news. Also, if someone wanted to contact me, they could through Facebook messenger if they don’t have any other contact information of mine elsewhere that they know of.

So I now check Facebook once a day just in case I need to see if something important is need to be known, and continue on with life. Before, I’d check it almost every hour, very distracting and I was less productive.

I'll never escape the world of Facebook.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2017 Holidays Part II

December 25
I woke up feeling okay. So after waking the girls up, we let them open their gifts at our place.

We ate a little breakfast (so I could take my medicines), then got ready for the day to head over to my moms house so we meet up with everyone else and open presents there.

Only thing was, on the drive over, I felt it hit me: The tiredness that comes with getting sick. By the time we made it to the house, I had to lie down on the couch in the living room where we would be opening gifts. I tried to take pictures, but my body just wanted to lay down and sleep. So I asked Amanda to open the gifts to us, and everyone opened theirs, while I went and slept for 2 or 3 hours. Amanda woke me up so that I could get some food in me to help fight whatever my body was fighting. Also, to get up and lay on the couch to spend some time with the family.

The girls went sledding in the front yard while I took it easy.

Family members and neighbors came by to wish us a Merry Christmas. Before it got dark, we headed back home so that we could get dinner for everyone. We first stopped to wish Amanda’s grandma a Merry Christmas (I stayed in the car since I was sick). We wanted to take the girls to get Chinese food, but the two restaurants open were quite expensive. So we went home and made Hamburger Helper instead.

After dinner, we sat on the couch together to watch one more Christmas movie. We watched A Christmas Story. After that, the girls went to bed and we called it a night as well.

December 26
Luckily, I didn’t have to work a morning shift at Home Depot, I slept into be able to survive my shift at Dan’s while still under the weather. While I slept, Amanda too the girls to Walmart to use their gift cards they received for Christmas on clothes. I left for work, and survived. Amanda made dinner for the girls, but she wrote me saying they were laughing uncontrollably during dinner at Amanda for silly stuff. Oh, girls... Then they played card/board games.

December 27
My mom asked if she could spend some time with the girls, so I said yes. She picked them up while I was at work, then later in the evening while I was at work, they went shopping at Old Navy, then stopped by at my work to say Hi since they went to dinner with my grandma across the street.

December 28
With me working both jobs on this day, my mom keep the girls another day. I don’t know everything that happened, but I do know my mom had bunco that night, and so the girls Aunt Annie came over and baby sat them. I bet they had fun with her— they always do.

December 29
Finally, a whole day off without being completely down while sick. So we did what I wanted to do on Christmas and take the family to see Episode VIII of Star Wars. Took them to the theater and had fun. After the movie, we went home and made lunch and dinner, while so drove out to pick up the hockey tickets for the game later that night.

Prior to the holidays, I asked a coworker if she could hook me up with Grizzlies tickets (can’t tell how or why) so I could take the family with. In the end, only only the four of us and TJ wanted to go. Sadly, TJ had to work (which involved driving a delivery truck out of state and back again in one day) and didn’t make it back until after the game started.

After eating, we drove over to the arena and enjoyed a great game of hockey. I need my girls to go to more of the Grizzlies games, because every time I go without them, they lose. When I take them, they win. As always, we had a lot of fun for a free game... especially when I caught Chloe doing the Chicken Dance. Nope, sorry, not going to embarrass her.

December 30
Sadly (for me), the girls said that they wanted to go home to celebrate New Years. It had been since I think 2013 into 2014 when they last celebrated it down then. So their mom and step dad drove up the day before and stayed in town overnight, then picked up the girls after they had woken up in the morning.