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.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Heading Up, To Salt Lake City... For the Family Party and Snow

I just wanted to remind everyone that Rachel, the girls and I are heading up to Salt Lake City this weekend (12/7-12/11) for my mom's side of the family Christmas party in Nephi. This will be the only time we are heading up for the holidays since we can not get both this weekend and the time around Christmas off of work. Let me know if you want to see the girls. I will be busy as usual, fixing computers. Now I know how my father-in-law feels. Every time he comes to visit here, he is always doing something to fix something damaged to this house.

If you do not get the title of this blog, I tried to match the rhythm/lyrics to Jimmy Buffett's "Come Monday"... "Heading up, to San Francisco / For the Labor Day weekend show".

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!

Whoops! My Bad

Sorry everyone. I just seen that there were a few errors on my site. I had not posted my blog on my server, although I had written the code for the webpage a few days back. I also noticed that back on November's blog, I did not update it so the arrows that direct you to the previous and following month would be a hyperlink. And to top it off, the latest title in my RSS feed was linking to the wrong web address. Hopefully, everything is now fixed and should be back to normal.

If you ever notice it acting weird or a link not working properly, contact me and let me know. I'll always do my best to quickly get on it.

Oh, and one more thing... To make it easier for me, anyone who wants immediate updates as to when I post something about the girls (like videos), you will have to join twitter and receive the updates on your phone. Twitter makes it so much easier for me to send an update instead of sending text messages to 20 different people. So please join Twitter today!