Monday, December 31, 2007

Auld Lang Syne

Normally, at the end of each year I would post the many top events that happened to me during the year. But this year, not a lot happened. So I will post the few that did happen that are worth mentioning.

January - My Accident
February - There Is No Excuse Not To Dream...
March - I Am Going To Live In The Estrogen Ocean!
Travelin' North
May - Up, Up and Away... (Part 1)
Taste Just Like Chicken (Part 5)
June - To the Mormon Mobile!
July - I'm All A twitter
Double Trouble
August - iWon!
September - In One Year's Time
Baby Billboards
November - Congratulations!!!

Although this is not much as compared to the two previous years that I have created these list, this year has been the busiest of my life!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

I tried taking pictures with my camera of the girls in some nice holiday outfits, but my camera was too slow and the batteries that I have would not last long when trying to take many pictures. Luckily, Heidi (Rachel's sister) brought her new camera up with her for the holidays, and was taking pictures on the 22nd and the picture she took (I thought) turned out the best for the girls holiday picture.

So, Merry Christmas from all of us!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

One More "Blurb"

After posting my last blog, I thought of a couple more items that I forgot to originally mention. However, I forgot the second item... So here is one more item to mention.

On Friday, the 21st, I opened my front door to my house for some reason and I looked down to see that the new phone book had arrived. I placed an ad in this phone book and when I went to look at it, I noticed that the 's' in "tonics", was purple, not blue (the picture on the right is shown the way I wanted it to look). It was blue in the proof, but it must have changed color at the printers. Well, as I stated to Rachel, if this ad helps my business, I'll put out more ads in future phone books. But if business is about the same as now, then I am going to call it quits on using the tech-tonics.com name and all the advertising, and just repair computer and iPods when someone needs me too without the heavy advertising.

Well, I have a special picture for you on Christmas Day, so check back then.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

"Yeah, I read your blurb..." - Corner Gas

Wow! I just found out that a relative from Oregon reads my blog from time to time. That is good to know. : ) Well, I don't have anything extremely exciting to post. I just want to let know of what has been going on these past few days:

Let's see... I am writing this blog downstairs in the kitchen. That's right, I moved my desktop PC downstairs because I was always in need of working on business work while I am watching the girls and I got tired of constantly walking up and down the stairs to see what they were getting fussy about while playing with their toys or to go back down there for something else. Plus, they would always get fussy when they couldn't see anyone in the room. Now I can right around peek around the corner of the food rack to see what's going on and to show them I'm still nearby. Plus, now I do not have have to constantly travel up and down the stairs. Man, that is what I call lazy.

On Monday/Tuesday, I was hired to do my first real iPod repair job on a iPod nano. I was nervous because I had never opened and messed around with one. Luckily, I was able to open it and get the damaged display out of it. I had to order a new one and it arrived today (Saturday), popped it in and it took a while before it was finally working. I was so giddy once I saw a full display on that iPod. So I know that I won't have any problems with repairing them in the future.

Last week into the first of this week, I had not been feeling well. Now that I am better, Rachel finally caught what I had. Luckily, today, her mom and aunt (who are twins) took our twins out to breakfast and took care of them until 3PM. It was so nice to sleep in until noon and to get a few things done around the house without having to try and take care of the girls.

Oh, those of you who are my friends on MySpace, I send you messages stating that I will no longer be checking up on my MySpace profile for messages or to approve comments. So if you need to contact me, you can do so here or by adding me as a friend on Facebook. You can still post comments on my MySpace page, but I'll be checking my FaceBook profile more since you can do more with your friends on FaceBook than you can on MySpace.

Christmas is coming up in a few days, but it doesn't seem like it should be here this soon. Well, Rachel and I, along with the girls, will be here in St. George this year. From what I have been told about past years, we are going to be heading over to Rachel's mother's house on Christmas Eve and then again on Christmas Day. So that is what our plans are for the holidays this year.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Back Up North, For the Holidays (Part II)

(12/9) Since I had been up working on my family's computer the night before, so I was tired the next morning. However, a few weeks before we drove up for our stay, my aunts had planned to hire a photographer and have pictures of everyone taken on my dad's side. Shortly after lunch time, we drove up to my grandparents house and we had the pictures taken. My family, knowing that we wouldn't be up there for the families annual Christmas Eve party, gave gifts to Chloe and Adelyn.

After having a small lunch at my grandparents house after the pictures were taken, we drove back to my parents house and opened up the gifts later that evening that my family got the girls. I would have A LOT more video of the girls opening... I mean, Rachel and I, opening the girls gifts, but -- Well, I was only able to use only 4 1/2 minutes of the 22 minutes (not 29) that was available.

Long story short, after opening presents, I headed over my relatives house to work on their computer. Since I worked on it until 10, I came back the following day to finish working on it. Was able to enjoy some time with the family until some of the programs on my parents computer started to not work. So I was back to work on their computer.

I was able to fix their computer and just in time for bed too. So I never really got to spend much time with my family on this trip. We got up the next day and finished packing the van. We left Salt Lake around 1PM and made it home about 5:30... And that is with a 1/2 hour stop in Beaver to feed the girls. Pretty good timing by my watch. And that was our trip up to Salt Lake (from my point of view).

Since this was the only time we would be able to make it up to Salt Lake for the holidays due to our work schedules, we will be staying here in St. George for the holidays this year.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Back Up North, For the Holidays (Part I)

(12/7) Well, we were able to leave St. George shortly after 1PM on Friday, and made it safely into Nephi shortly after dark. Since I had not ate very much that day, Rachel and I left the girls with my parents and we went to have dinner. After dinner, we came back to my grandmothers house and spent time with the family before we all went to bed.

(12/8) Since the girls would not sleep very well through the night, neither did Rachel. She took care of them and when I woke up, I took care of them so she could get some sleep before the party.

Well, we all went to the party and waited for family members to arrive. Because of the girls, I've never talked to more family (on my mom's side) members in one event in all my life. We ate the party meals while the girls slept. The girls were asleep while Santa talks to the kids, but Ady woke up and I quickly grabbed her to have her sit on Santa's lap. My sister woke up Chloe and brought her over to sit on Santa's lap as well. So during the video, you will see Chloe on the right starting to drift back asleep because she was not fully awake. After Santa, the kids opened up their gifts. Chloe is on the left and Ady is on the right in the video. Then it was the adults turn to play White Elephant. I received a $10 gift card to Wal-Mart.

After the party, we went back to my grandmothers place and packed up our stuff so that we could head up to Salt Lake. By the time we hit Santaquin, the snow was starting to come down hard. So traffic went from the usual 65/75 down to 40MPH. But luckily we feed the girls enough to reach my parents house without them being fussy.

I am currently working on the next video of the girls opening... I mean, Rachel and I, opening the girls presents. So far, the video is 29 minutes. I need to trim it down to 4 to 7 minutes so I can post it on YouTube so everyone can watch it. Check back in a few days to see the video... That is if I am successful in trimming it down to that size.

Monday, December 3, 2007

What Did She Say...?

Heidi just text messaged me and said she was having "baby withdrawal" and wanted more video of the girls.

Luckily for her, last night while Rachel was at work, I took the video camera and started recording the girls doing random things. About a few minutes into this video, Chloe started cooing and something she cooed sounded like basic and understandable English. In case you miss it, I have the video replay that section twice. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

She Who Laughs Last...

On November 21st, while I was at work, Adelyn laughed for the first time in front of Rachel. Sadly, there were no recording devices around, so this was not caught on tape.

Then while Heidi (Rachel's sister) and I were up watching the girls early this morning, I tickled Chloe just for the heck of it. Well, she laughed for the first time to my knowledge. So I grabbed the video camera and recorded some of her giggles.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Living and 'Cr'ying in 3/4 Time - Jimmy Buffett

The actual title to that Jimmy Buffett album title is Living and Dying in 3/4 Time.

We had been putting it off, but now that we had a few hours to waste on this Sunday morning, we took video of the girls and posted it here on my blog. I had to trim the video down from 7 1/2 minutes to 5 1/2 minutes so I could upload it onto YouTube. Don't worry, you are not missing anything in the parts that were deleted (The parts that were deleted were mostly parts where the girls were not doing anything worth watching).

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Congratulations!!!

I originally posted this on the first blog entry of this month, but then I had to remove it because she had not told some family members yet. So now that she has told them, I am re-posting it!

Last month, my sister Annie was proposed to by her boyfriend Ben. She of course said, "Yes", so it looks like I will have a new brother-in-law soon. I asked when the wedding will take place and she said some time next year (depending on her schooling). I'll let you know more as to what I find out.

Congratulations you two! Check out the size of that rock!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

I'm This Many!!!

Thanks to this cool little website I discovered a while back, I was able to see exactly how old I am in more ways than in just years... And today I am exactly 10,000 days old!

Well, here's to another 10,000! (March 24, 2035)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

"Hula Girl[s] At Heart" - Jimmy Buffett

Because we were busy dealing with car issues on Halloween day, we never got around to taking pictures of the girls in their Halloween costumes. So the next day, we had a few moments to put the costumes on them and then take pictures. Here they are... Shake it girls!

Monday, October 29, 2007

3 Months Old

Now that the girls have passed the 3 month mark as of last Friday (10/26), we are no longer counting their age in weeks, but by months. And since I have not posted anything in a while, I thought it would be nice to post the girls in their "3 month old" video.

So here it is, the video of the girls at 3 months old...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"He's Done!" - Mater

After.... I don't know how long, I am finally done with my iPod repair and service website. Now I just wait for the iPods to start coming in...

You can check it out by going to the new www domain: iStGeorge.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sunday, Blessing Sunday

On Sunday (10/14), we had the girls blessed at church. Afterwards, we had a small brunch-like-meal at our home with just the family. We took lots of pictures, and I have posted them on my Photos page. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Creating A Mosaic

(If at any time you have problems trying to follow my instructions, you can watch the video of how I was told about this program and how to use this program on episode #197 of DL.TV. Remember, I am just telling you the basics of creating a simple picture. If you want to do more, you will have to do a little adventuring on your own...)

Okay, first, you will need to download and install Andrea Mosaic on your PC or Mac. Second, you will need to find the picture that you want to convert, then copy and paste it on your desktop just incase (that is my rule of thumb, just in case something happens to that file you are working on, you will not alter the original). Third, find all the personal pictures that you want to use for the mini pictures to make up the mosaic. The more, the better.

Start the program. (Step 1 on the program) Click on "Find Tiles" and then click on "Create Collection". I've created a new folder on the desktop and copied and then pasted all the many scattered photos through out my computer's hard drives into this New Folder. In this collection, I have taken all of the pictures that we have taken of the girls (536 of them), and pasted them in this folder. You can just use the original folder you store your photos in if you want to. After pressing "Create Collection", find the folder that has all the pictures in it that you want to use. The program will create a single file for the program inside of that folder to use to create your customized picture. You can give this special file any title name you want... "My Pictures" or "Baby Pictures", etc. Once you press Save, you will notice at the bottom of the program, a status of the program doing it's job (This may take time depending on how fast your computer is). Once it reaches 100%, click the OK, and then the Close.

Next, you will need to set how many mini pictures (entitled Step 2) this program will use (width x length) in the second and third box. You can use any calculations you want to, but for this demo, I wrote in 60 and 80. This made a calculation above these numbers (4800). You can go higher, but this can cause the program to take longer to convert your picture or pictures. The number setting below, I will leave this for you to mess around with.

Step 3, find the picture on your computer that you want the program to make into a mosaic. "Add Image", find the picture and then "Open".

Step 4, once you have chosen your picture to convert, click "Create the Mosaic's" button. This can take anywhere from 10 minutes up to a few hours, depending on how fast your computer is... And this is my result. I took all the pictures of the twins to create a mosaic of Rachel and my first picture as a couple back in 2006.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I Know, I Know...

I know that I promised you that next time I posted a blog, I was going to show you how to make those Mosaic pictures. Since getting back home from Salt Lake, I have not had any personal time to begin explaining how to do that. But I will, don't worry.


Rachel wanted me to post a new video and a picture of the girls on my blog...

Sunday, September 30, 2007

2 Months Old

Since it has been a while, we thought it would be nice to record some more video of the girls since they are now 2 months old (66 days old), and post it on the web. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Slowly, But Surely

Well, these past two weeks have been interesting.

(September 9th) As you probably know, Rachel and I exchanged vows on September 2nd of last year. One thing we did not look into before we got married, was that we were getting married during the Labor Day holiday weekend. So now that we made the one year mark (and the years to come), we decided to wait one week after our first anniversary to celebrate. We decided to go back to Vegas to see a show for our anniversary.

However, with twins, this would not be an easy task. Luckily, Rachel's sister still lives in Vegas and was more than glad to watch the girls while we went out for a few hours. Without having to worry about bringing 1 1/2 month old children (at the time) to a show, we were able to go see Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur. If you have never seen this show, I recommend it because you really get involved with the show.

Well, after the show, we walked over to New York New York, then over to MGM Grand. After just looking around, we tried to walk to Margaritaville, but it was too far (plus, it was getting late). So we picked up the girls and then headed home.

(September 18th) Right before I was to head to work, Rachel put a blanket on the floor and put both girls on their tummies. Both are growing strong enough to lift their heads up for short amounts of time before they put them back down as if they were asleep. I was coming down from the computer room when we noticed Adelyn roll from tummy onto her back. She has not done this trick again since then.

(September 19-23) Before, during and after Rachel's pregnancy, her gallbladder had been bothering her. So last week, she had surgery (outpatient) to have it removed. We were expecting her to be down the first day, and be hopefully back to normal (at least 80%) the next day. With twins, it took until this Sunday (9/23), 4 days later. As of me writing this, she is still taking her meds as prescribed by the doctor, but she is doing and looking much better than she did a day or two after surgery.

(September 24) Two fortnights ago (that would be 2 X two weeks= one month), I bid and won a used iMac off of eBay (this is my Christmas gift). Well, yesterday it finally arrived while I was sleeping (around 10AM). Since the seller forgot to ship the keyboard and mouse with the computer, I had to run and buy one from Best Buy. I've had little time to sit down and explore what this computer has to offer. One thing that I have heard about, but didn't think came with Mac OS X is the ability to load/view pictures in iPhoto, and to then have those pictures published in an actual hard/soft cover book. I plan to have one done up of the weekend Rachel and I were married (all the photos) and of the 7 days of/after the girls were born.

(September 26) I had the day off, so I thought I would try something with my Macintosh by taking it apart. Well, while I was screwing it back together, something in my back went out and that left me laying on my office floor in pain while Adelyn laid content in her bouncer chair. Talk about one heavy screw. Lift with your legs, not your back. Well, since I pulled something in my back, that meant I could not go to the girls doctor appointment. Both girls now weigh over ten pounds. But luckily, Rachel and I both still have enough pain meds from both our surgeries. So I have been loopy most of today, but we did get some stuff done. It might be a day or two before my back is back to normal.

Well, there you go. Some of the things I have been up to. I never realized that after the girls were born, my blog would be so bare. Well, thank goodness for those questions that I have been posting. You can also follow me on Twitter, for things happening at the moment.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Baby Billboards

Last week, for those of you following me on Twitter, I said that I was having some custom t-shirts made up for me (two of them for me in my size), one for Rachel and one for each one of the girls, with my business info on them.

I was able to pick the shirts up yesterday (9/11) and once I got home from work, and when Rachel got home with the girls from their grandma's, I took pictures of the girls in their new shirts. It's a good thing I took them off after I took the pictures. Chloe made a mess all over her and the couch.

That is Adelyn on the top, Chloe in the middle, and the image on the bottom is of the shirts.



Tuesday, September 4, 2007

40 Days Old

Today, the girls are 40 days old. So, we thought it would be nice to record some more video of the girls while they were awake, and post it on the web. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

In One Year's Time

Today, Rachel and I are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary. In that one year time, we have found out were expecting, then we found out we were expecting twins. Shortly after, we had to deal with Workers Comp for 6 months. For some reason, during those 6 months after my accident, time flew by so fast that right now I still have to say, "Wow, it's been a year?!"

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Like Father, Like Daughters...

Rachel took this picture the other day when the three of us were still sleeping.

Oh, interesting fact here. Had the girls gone the full 40-week term, they would have been scheduled to have been born yesterday (8/21).

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Three Weeks Old

With the girls now being three weeks old and each weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz., I thought that we would shoot some video and post it on the web of what they look like now and how they are acting. Enjoy!


Updated on August 23, 2007 @ 22:18 MST

Monday, August 6, 2007

We're Jammin'!

I was reading in one of the free baby magazines that Rachel received about music and how it helps your child in many areas. One of the albums they just happened to list was Bob Marley's Legend (because the rhythmic beat in music helps the child, and you know Bob Marley). Well guess who has that album...? Guess who's listening to it right now...?

It seems to be helping since I just placed those speakers in there. Don't worry, the volume is at a reasonable level. Plus, the speakers appear to be working better then the ear bud/head phones that we had in there (away from the girls reach). The second I started to play the music, they both stopped fussing and as I write this and watch them with the baby monitor, they are in the same position when I started the music. Finally, some peace and music!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Where Did We Come Up With Their Names?

Although this has not been asked to me personally (possibly to Rachel, but not me), I thought it would be interesting to have you know, "Where and how did we come up with their names?"

Well, as many of you may know, we have had the name Chloe picked out for the longest time. The only thing was, when people asked, "So, have you come up with another name yet?", we would jokingly reply, "Chloe, and Chloe's sister". Until the Saturday or Sunday after their births, we really had nothing official for another name.

Rachel and I have been talking about different names, and whether or not we wanted to name them after my grandmothers, Maxine and Ada (as per Rachel's request). But However, a few weeks before they were born, I was thinking, let's take out the letters in both Rachel and my name (Ryan) that are in our last name (Sharich). For example:

R A C H E L
R Y A N

So all we have left are the letters, E L Y N. The first name I could think of at the time (and can only think of) was Lyne (pronounced, Lynn). But it was pointed out that the way that it is spelt, makes it pronounceable like the word "line.

Well, since Rachel wanted to use my grandmother Ada's name somehow as our daughters names, I was thinking, what about Adalyne (Add-A-Line), but I wanted it to sound more like is was spelt how it is now, Adelyn (Add-A-Lynn).

So the night before they wanted us to fill out the official paper work for their names, Rachel and I wrote down the names we wanted to possibly use. We came up with were: Adalynn, Adelyn, Adalyne, Jessica (my half-sisters name), Pearl (the month of June birth stone), Bonnie (Rachel's grandmother's name), Marie (my mom and sister's middle name), Elizabeth. After talking about it, we decided to use Adelyn Marie and Chloe Maxine, but we call Adelyn "Ady" for short.

And there you have it...

Thursday, August 2, 2007

"Boom! 3.5 On A Belly-Button Wrap-Up! That Is A New State Record" - Brian Regan

After many much "moosen" time that I have been allowed to be on the computer while family is here to help with the babies during the day time, all the photos are up on my Photos page. I have added captions to help you know what is going on in some of the pictures. Just hover your mouse pointer over the thumbnails.

Then while Rachel was talking to her dad, she had the idea of taking some video and posting it on the web so everyone (who does not live nearby and who has not yet seen the babies) can view the girls move around, instead of seeing what they are like by looking at all the many photos. So here you go...

UPDATE: (8/4) Both Rachel and I goofed in that video of our girls below... We called each kid by the other child's name. So Chloe (awake) is on the left, and Adelyn (asleep) is on the right. The original video has now been deleted and was replaced with this video.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Happy Birthday!!!

I just wanted to wish Rachel, my beautiful wife and mother of my two gorgeous twin girls, a Happy Birthday. I know I am posting this a little late in the afternoon, but this is the first time that the girls are asleep in their rockers and I am able to get some more Photo pages worked upon. As of me typing this, I have only updated the page where the twins were born. There are 6 more pages that I am creating. So please be patient as I work on them. I'll post an update here (and on Twitter) when those photo pages are finished.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A is for Adelyn, B is for Babies, and C is for Chloe

I just wanted to update everyone who reads this. First, we did name the babies. Baby A is Adelyn Marie, and Baby B is Chloe Maxine.

Second, everyone is home now. We made it home a little after 1PM on Sunday (7/29) afternoon.

Third, Rachel and I are still trying to get the girls on a schedule here, but it's kind of hard with twins. So, trying to do anything normal (i.e., Sleep, shower, eat) is even harder to do right now. Right now (as I type this), luckily, Rachel's mother and two sisters are over helping hold the babies. So that is why I am updating this.

Forth, I just want to let everyone also know that there are more pictures to post, but it will be a while before I get a chance to do that. Plus, for a few weeks, this blog may look bare. I will do my best to update you on how things are going. But because of lack of sleep, I am going to take up any offer to sleep when I can instead of post blog updates. I will still Twitter when I can... So join Twitter today! If you need instructions on how to set up your Twitter account, e-mail me and ask for the little instruction manual I wrote up (before the girls were born).

Last, I want to THANK EVERYONE for their support during this time. I know we couldn't do it without anyone.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Double Trouble

First, if it appears my spelling or form of sentence is off, forgive me. I have been up since 5:30 this morning and I am very tired.

Second, the why I wanted to have people sign up with Twitter is because right after the babies were born, I didn't want to have to find every number in my phone book in my phone. I wanted to send one text and go back to tending the girls...

Who were born today, July 26th, 2007. Baby A was born at 8:41AM and Baby B was born at 8:42AM. They both have dark brown hair, the cutest faces, long finger nails and big feet (just like their dad, lol).

I wanted to write more about what happened today, but I am trying to do this, post the pictures of what I have taken so far, eat, and get a few things together so I can spend the night at the hospital so I can help Rachel. Just know the girls are doing okay and that they are in the room with us. They did not have to go into the NICU area, because they are both fine.

I'll try to update in a few days, but for right now, you are welcome to view the pictures.