Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Holidays - Part 6

On Sunday, December 28th, Rachel and I packed up some clean clothes for our little trip out to Wendover for the night. We packed up my parents truck to use it for the drive out there (better gas mileage). Well, while we were sitting on the couch waiting to leave, the girls went to look out the back window at my dad in the backyard, so we booked it out of there so they wouldn't be upset when they saw us leave the house.

We took off from my parents house and decided to get something to eat for lunch (even though it was 5 PM) at Super Salad. I don't care what anyone says, Super Salad is much better than Sweet Tomatoes by far! After that, we headed on our way out to Wendover for the night.

On the way out there, the sun was just setting. So at the next rest stop, I pulled in quickly and took a couple of pictures. Well, we made it out to Wendover shortly after night fall. Checked in, got ready to go out on the game floor and have a little fun with Rachel (she's my good luck charm).

After playing some of the slots, I finally found a Money Storm machine that was available. Sat down, started playing it. Rachel, not much of a gamer, started playing the machine next to me. She tried putting her players card in, but it wouldn't take it. She then noticed that the person sitting there before, left $27 in the machine. I told Rachel to cash out and to play it after putting in her card. She played it, and lost it all since she had no idea what the game was about (I didn't either) and then sat there while I was still gaming. Well, an employee of the casino came up to Rachel and asked if she was Rachel. She said yes, the lady then asked if she played that $27? She said yes, and the lady said that is illegal since "the money wasn't hers (it belonged to the person before her)". As long as Rachel could pay it back (which we could and did), there wouldn't be any charges pressed against her... I'm sorry, I see this "finders keepers, losers weepers". So if you ever sit down to play a slot machine and there is money left in it, cash it out before placing your players card and money in that machine.

Well, that ruined Rachel's night. Looks like we won't be staying at the Peppermill again... "Ruining your fun, at your expense." After losing my money ($50) later on, I decided to call it quits on the slot machines... For good! (This is my New Years resolution... Except for card tables, which I have never played on before... so I am good.)

Went back to the room to decide what we wanted to do. We were getting hungry, so we went down to their restraunt and took a seat. Since we were not given or asked what we would like to drink, plus the prices on each item was incredibly expensive; we got up after after waiting 5 minutes, left and drove over to Pizza Hut. Ordered our own Personal Pan pizzas, and came back to the room to eat. After dinner... Well, lets just say I'm trying to keep this blog "family-friendly"---- so, uh, we went skiing! There, I said it. You happy? ; )

Monday, December 29, 2008
In the morning, we had to be out of there by 11AM. Got ready for the day, packed up our stuff, and checked out. Another longer story short-- don't stay at or visit the Peppermill, ever!

Went to McDonalds for breakfast, but they were then serving lunch. So we had to get something to eat at Smith's grocery store. After getting breakfast, we then headed back to Salt Lake. Got back home, and the girls were happy to see us.

All I remember about the rest of that Monday is that Rachel and I had a spaghetti dinner with my mom, dad, the twins... and Snickers (the family dog). Then I helped Rachel's sister, who stayed a couple nights at our place and was watching our dog Ginger, fix her computer while she was in St. George and I was still in Salt Lake

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Holidays - Part 5

You will have forgive me on a couple of things before I start writing. First, it's been a few days since I have been able to blog because it's been hectic around here. Second, because it has been hectic, my mind is trying to focus on the future, and so some of the small/fine details about the past are slipping. But I will do my best to tell you all that I can, so here it goes...

Saturday, December 27th, 2008
I think I slept in that day, but what I do remember is that this was date night number 2. We had plans to go The Gateway Mall the night before, but we ended up going this night instead. We had plans to go to dinner and then a movie.

We arrived and parked on the north-end parking lot (trying to park under ground was not an option with all the traffic). Went into the shoe store and then I went into the Apple Store to buy new earbuds with a microphone for the iPhone, so I could make phone calls using my iPod touch, Wi-Fi and an app called Truphone (for the touch). The app is like Skype, but Skype hasn't created one, so I downloaded this free one instead. This way, if I am out in BFE and I can't get a signal for my cell phone, or I forget my phone while in town, and if I can find a open Wi-Fi, I can make an outgoing call. Plus, I can use the iPhone app Shazam to find out what the title and artist of a song is (but I need wifi for that to work as well).

After making a couple of calls from my iPod, I headed up to the upper level to Lane Bryant, where Rachel was at, picking out new clothes because my parents gave her a gift card to that store for Christmas. Thank goodness I had my iPod to play games on because I had to sit and wait for Rachel to try on clothes. I feel bad for the other guy, he had nothing. Ouch!

After Rachel found what she wanted, we made a quick stop into a kids clothing store that was on the second level as well. Then while heading over to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner, we purchased our movie tickets to the movie Bedtime Stories. Since we wanted to get to the 8 o'clock show, and because there was a 30 minute wait for 2 people at CPK, we walked over to Jason's deli. After we ate there, we walked back over to the theater and watched the movie.

Once the movie was over, we walked all the way back across the mall in the 20-30 degree coldness. We used the parking vouchers my aunt gave me after working on the computer (sorry, Rachel and I are a couple of cheapo's an I am not paying $7 to park for the entire time we were there), and headed back to my parents by dragging State Street in the family mini-van. Oh yeah! But because it was cold out, we stopped at 7-11 for hot chocolate, made it back safe, and then went to bed.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Holidays - Part 4

I'm going to start writing this while I wait for any officer that works with Rachel to come unlock the van... I left the keys in the ignition, and Rachel's keys are hopefully in the van because we have not fully unpacked since getting home from Salt Lake last night.

Okay, where was I? December 26th.

I set my phone alarm to wake me up at 8AM so I could get back over to my aunt and uncle's to fix their Wi-Fi. Got over there and got through to Comcast. They told me everything was working on their end, and gave me a number to contact Cisco (the company who manufactured the Linksys router that my relitives have). Went through the automated process. Instructed the router to do something I have never heard of doing to a router, and the intetnet was fixed. (Oh! The officer is here... Got my keys out...) After I fixed their internet, I uninstalled the anti virus program on their PC because it was taking too long to install, fix, plus it was making me jump through hoops. That's why I use AVG (which I ended up installing on their computer)-- it's free, takes less than 5 minutes to install (not an hour like Norton or McAfee) and less than 1 minute to install any updates. After getting that mess with the AV programs taken care of, I headed back and then helped my dad take out the starter on our van since it would take quite a few trys to get the van finally started.

We took the original one to AutoZone to make it so that I would not have to pay a core charge. Got the new part, tooks us a while to get it installed. Started right up like nothing was the matter. We did the basic fluid check up on the van and then went inside.

I had apparently won a gift card from the bowling game that we played on Christmas Eve (must have had one of the high scores...?). So Rachel and I decided that we were going to go see a movie that night at The Gateway Mall in Downtown Salt Lake... But our plans we side tracked. On the way to take TJ to his friends house, we notice a Training Table near The E Center, so we had dinner there instead. We always see the commercials on TV here St. George, but Rachel had never been to one and it has been a few years since I had been there, so we decided to have dinner there instead of driving to The Gateway for dinner.

After dinner, we went over to Toys R Us to look for any bargins. Found a few things, but not a whole lot. We then drove over to the mall (Valley Fair) to look around. That place is starting to looks like a swap meet with a movie theater and food court. After, we drove over to the Circuit City and Target near my parents house. Nothing from either, so we made one more stop at the grocery store to buy things so Rachel could make breakfast the next morning. Headed back to my parents and went to bed.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Holidays - Part 3

Let's see... Christmas Day...

Well, we woke up around 8AM... Well, I did. I went into the living room and got the video camera set up to start recording once the girls started walking in the living room. Rachel, along with my mom, got the girls out of their cribs to have them come open their presents. Rachel and I helped the girls open a few of their gifts before everyone started opening their own gifts.

We opened the girls gifts, along with our gifts that we got from everyone and then headed into the kitchen to have a Christmas breakfast.

Shortly after breakfast, we let the girls continue to play with their new toys... Including the new wagon they got from Santa. We all took them on rides (even TJ, my bro) up and down the hallway of my parents house. Oh, they loved it. The only problem I have with them getting a new wagon was putting it in the back of the van to get it home, but we got it home.

Just so you know, Rachel post pictures (including Christmas Day 2008) on Walgreen's Photo website for people to view and order any pictures they want to. Type to view the pictures.

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Continuing on...

Rachel went to lay down. Not even an hour after she laid down, I was getting tired too. So I crashed for three hours. I don't remember much after waking up, except watching "A Christmas Story" and my brother bugging me to go to 7-11 for Christmas Slurpees. I had to ask or say something. ... The story behind this is that my old friend David told me of the time, years ago, when he and his family went over to 7-11 on Christmas Day and got Slurpees. I don't know why they did that, they just did (maybe they were bored on Christmas or were coming back from visiting family, and stopped there... We may never know). Well, a few years after hearing that, while out driving around with (I believe) Tristyn in 2004, we stopped at 7-11 on Christmas Day (night). That story popped in my head and I think I have purchased a Christmas Slurpee each year after that (except 2007).

We ate dinner and then we looked out the windows next to the front door; it was beginning to snow blizzard style. An hour after eating, I finally drove TJ to the 7-11 near my parents house in my parents truck (the mini van never would have made it back due to the amount of snow that had already fallen in such a short period of time). But when we arrived, the parking lot was full. Instead of waiting for a spot, we drove to the 7-11 near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. I was told years ago that this location was the busiest in the world-- Not true (according to Google, it's Claresholm, Alberta). We got our Slurpees and drove back carefully in the still-continuing-to-fall snow.

Got back to my parents house safe. Tried to let the girls have a sip of my drink, but they need to now learn how to sip frozen liquid instead of regular liquid. After playing around a bit, we finally put the girls down for bed, and then went to bed ourselves.

Merry Christmas 2008

I just wanted to wish everyone out there a Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Right now, I am writing this while we are in Salt Lake for the holidays. I'll blog about the trip later, but for now, a few photos for everyone to Oooh and Awww over...

At the Sharich Family Christmas Party...

Right before going to bed in their Christmas pajamas...

All the goodies that the girls got.

I will post more pictures and videos of this entire trip later. But for now, go have yourself a Swayze Chrismtas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Holidays - Part 2

Rachel and I just got back from Wendover, NV, which I will be telling you about in a few days... But first, I need to tell you about what happened on Christmas Eve day (December 24th).

I think I woke up later in the day since we had arrived late and because I had been up since 8AM the day before. So after waking up, I had breakfast around lunchtime, and then I moseyed around the house until it was time to get ready to head over to my aunt and uncle's house for the family Christmas Eve party. We left my parents house around 5PM and once we got there, I started to help my uncle try to get pictures off his camera. Well, after we couldn't get the pics off the camera (looked like a camera problem, not computer problem), I tried to reset their router so I could get WiFi while at their house... That's where the trouble began. I wanted to be out visiting with family, but I wanted to get their WiFi back up like before. I know how to do a simple router set up, but it was not working. So I was getting very stressed. Well, because of the holidays, I knew Comcast would be closed. We would have to call them on the 26th to get the proper setup settings for the router (modem to router, router to computer and WiFi). At least I was able to get the internet working on the desktop computer (modem to computer), but their laptop would be without a connection for 36 hours. (I'll let you know what the problem was when I tell you about what happened on December 26th)

I finally got that temporarily taken care of for the moment, just enough to get them by. So I came out to finally eat dinner and to visit. After dinner, we all gathered around in their TV room. The young kids were given their gifts to open. As for the adults, instead of exchanging presents this year, we did something different... We did "Pay It Forward" (PIF). A few of my relatives work for a company called called SnugzUSA. They donated 300,000 of the "Pay It Forward" bracelets to the Pay It Forward Organization. At the moment, they are all out of bracelets, but should hopefully be expecting more soon on the website. We sat around and told what we all did this holiday season to make a difference in someone else's life. I will tell you what I did, not to brag or to try and top anyone else for those who want to do this now or next holiday season...

(On Monday, the 22nd) I went over to Lin's Grocery store near my house (the one I use to work at) and purchased 5 gift cards with large amounts on each card (only Jackie - the manager who sold me the gift cards, the people I handed the cards to and Rachel, know the amounts on each card). I placed a PIF bracelet around the gift card and handed them to random people shopping in the store. As soon as I was finished handing out the cards, I wanted to keep handing out more cards. So next year, I plan on purchasing slightly smaller amounts than what I did for each card this year, so I can hand out more cards to more people and at different stores.

After we finished telling our stories, we picked numbers (for teams or places) for both Bowling and Guitar Hero on the Wii. I, and three others, were up first on Bowling. In order to let other family members get a chance to play since it was now after 8PM and didn't want to be their after midnight, we only played 5 frames each player. After I bowled my frames, I sat around and watched other family members bowl. After that, I put the girls down to sleep in another room since they had both fallen asleep on Rachel and I. I then went downstairs and played Guitar Hero. Yes, I always say that I am no a gamer. So for family videos and proof, I had my dad film me playing the Dinosaur Jr. song "Feel the Pain" (yeah, I have never heard the song, but it looked like it would be easy to play) against another family member. Of course I sucked playing the fake guitar, but I won. I will start getting videos ready to post once I get home from this trip.

About 30 minutes went by before the girls woke up from their little nap, except Chloe was waking up in pain from teething. So we decided to give them meds, pack it up and head back to my parents house. Since I couldn't continue my next game on Guitar Hero, I had to forfeit and let Paige (the relative whom I played against) play my spot. I bet she was more than happy to.

Made it back to my parents house where we got the girls in their Christmas PJ's and tried to take a few pictures of them in front of the tree. We also visited with my sister and brother-in-law who left the party early (after they told their PIF stories) for the most stupid reason I have ever heard. I don't want to start bitterness (again), so I will not tell you what it was over.

We then put the girls to bed and shortly after, went to bed ourselves since we would be up early the next morning to see what Santa brought us.

I'm With the Band

I thought that I would take a small break from writing about Windows 7 and post another short video of me playing Rock Band on Christmas Eve. I asked my dad if he would record me to show everyone that I can and do play video games, even though I suck at it and that I would prefer to do other things with my time.

I know that I suck, so I do not need to hear about it (hence the blocked comments). I know I was playing against a tween, but I have to give her more credit since she had to play more notes than I did. Even though the family was having a contest and I won that round, I ended up giving her my spot in the next round since my twin girls were getting fussy that night and we had to head home a little earlier than everyone else.

Christmas Eve

As your read in The Holidays - Part 2, we went over to my aunt and uncles house to celebrate the holidays with the family (on my dad's side). Well, I took video and here it is. The first part of the video is of my cousin Zach who was dared to put on an elf suit (in the flesh). Oh, everyone loved that as you can just hear my family laughing in the background.

The second part of the video is of most of my family telling what they did to Pay it Forward this holiday season. I tried to record everyone telling their stories, but because of multiple reasons, I had to trim some of the video out and to trim it down to 10 minutes.

The part that I was hoping to get in the video is of my cousin Charley (who it states on the PiF website is the one who donated the PiF wristbands) telling everyone about how many e-mails he has received so far from random people who have received a wristband and had something nice done for them. There was another part about how he paid for the items for person behind him at a convenient store. That person was a reporter who wanted to do a big cover story about this PiF program and the convenient store. The owner of the convenient store refused to let them partake in being involved because he said that "if word got out of this happening here [at that convenient store], people will come here and be expecting that kind of goodness"... Which is a good idea now that I think about it. For example, you are told great things about a business (say a restaurant) from someone else, you go there expecting that same type of service, are not treated the same way and you never go there again-- The business would lose business later on because of that.

To tell you the truth, at first, I did not want to partake in this Pay It Forward with my family. I thought it was just another task for me to do... But now that I have done it, I can't wait to get more wristbands next holiday season and to have the girls help me hand out more gift cards to strangers. I know-- I know. I don't have to wait for the wristbands or for the holidays seasons to do something nice... I plan on doing nice things all year long. It does make you feel good...

Well, here is the video. Sorry to blabber on like that.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Holidays (Part 1)

We are still in Salt Lake at the moment, so I thought I better start writing about our trip before I start to forget any details.

On Wednesday (23rd), Rachel's mom drove over to our place and picked up the girls so that Rachel and I could pack up our things for the holiday trip up to Salt Lake. Plus, Rachel's sister Heidi was in town and wanted to see and play with the girls as long as she could before we were to leave town that night.

We got packed. I tried to take care of any last minute business dealings. No, not drug dealings. We packed up the mini van and made sure that the dog had enough food/water and that the house was locked. We then headed over to Rachel's moms house to pick up the girls before heading over to her grandmas house for the holiday party we were having early since we wouldn't be there on Christmas Eve.

We had dinner (I had double since I was starving) and then desert. We then headed downstairs to exchange gifts. I gave Rachel her gift earlier since I knew she would like to use it before we left town. I got a tri-pod from Rachel since the one I bought used at yard sale 12+ years ago was on it's last leg. No pun intended. After opening gifts and it being 8PM (since I had been up early that day), I said it was time to go and we packed up to leave.

While driving, I noticed that the gas was dropping faster than normal and was already down to the 3/4 mark of a full tank around Cedar City. When I stopped to fill up the van with gas before we arrived at Rachel's moms, I also filled up the air in the tires up to 40 psi. I thought that this might be the problem. So at the next stop, I let air out to be 35 psi. It made some difference, but to be safe, I refilled in Beaver.

The girls woke up around this time and were up for the rest of the drive (the opposite of what we wanted to have them do while driving at night). We had to stop once before Fillmore to give them teething meds since Chloe was crying. We continued on our way up north, until about Springville, Utah to stop at the Wal-Mart so we could change the girls. That store was super busy for 12AM/12:30AM in the morning. Finished with that little detour and finally made it to my parents around 1AM-1:30AM. We called my mom's cell phone to let them know that we were now in the neighborhood and that we made it. They helped us carry in the girls, we unloaded our things and then we all went to bed.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Stockings! Stockings! Stockings!

Before you start reading, I need to explain some stuff first.

The video below was filmed on December 22nd, 2008, the day before the blog entry "The Holidays - Part 1" takes place.

Because we were heading up to Salt Lake for the holidays, we had to do everything earlier in St. George last year. So instead of seeing what was in our stockings the night before Christmas (like Rachel's family does and has done for years), we had to do it on December 22, because we were having the family Christmas Eve party on December 23rd. Confused? Don' be... Just sit back, relax and enjoy the video.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Seasons Greeting from the Satellite of Love

Every year, I get a holiday e-mail from the MST3K Satellite News (newsletter sent by e-mail) from fans to other fans of the classic TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. In it, it has the script of Tom Servo's Christmas essay entitled, "A Child’s Christmas in Space". Instead of posting this e-mail of Tom's essay and letting you get confused as to why they send it , I posted the entire video clip on YouTube of the four characters reading their essays as well.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Angel

For those of you who don't know, I had a half-sister Jessica who passed away 9 years ago today to cancer. Because of my memory, I remember the later half of December 18, 1999.

We knew Jessica (my half-sister) had cancer since June (1999). She thought she had beat it, but it came back and things were really bad in December.

I remember it was a Saturday and we were at my grandparents Christmas party down in Nephi, Utah. It was the later part of the party where everyone sat around talking downstairs, while a few of us were upstairs watching TV. 3rd Rock from the Sun was on, the episode was "Dick, Smoker" (I couldn't bare to watch this episodes on TV until I finally bought the first season on DVD a few years ago). The phone rang and my mom answered it. The phone had rang before and she had answered it, and I thought nothing of those calls. But for some reason, I knew on this phone call.

We were sad. I think I was crying. We said our goodbyes to the family with tears and hugs, and headed north for a 90-minute car drive that went by fast because we were crying and I remember just looking out the window at nothing most of the drive.

We made it to Jessica's grandparents house, where she had been staying until she passed away. It hit hard. I remember going into the room where she was laying down, where she passed away, and just cried. This is one of the only times I had seen my dad cry. He's always been the bravest and strongest man I know, and he still is. But to see him cry, I knew it was okay to let it out and to not hold it in.

I'm tearing up while writing this.

After that, it's pretty much bits and pieces. I remember walking outside and just crying. Jessica's uncle gave me a hug. I came back in the house...

I remember trying to call my friend David, to let him know that Jessica passed away. Tried calling my friend Heather, to let her know. She was at work, so she couldn't answer. Steve and Traci were down in Las Vegas getting married. I didn't want to ruin that moment for them, so I think I told them when they got back... Or someone told them when they got back.

But when it came time to take Jessica from the house, for some reason, I couldn't bare to watch her. It was Jessica, but it wasn't Jessica anymore. So I and a few other family members of hers, stood outside until they said it was okay to come back inside.

I don't remember much after that. I don't even remember us driving home.

... ... ...

The funeral took place on Dec. 22nd, my mom's birthday.

... ... ...

On that blog I posted on Sept. 12, how I knew how old I was in days... Well, I figured out Jessica's and it didn't hit me until the day after I had passed that number, I was now older than her. This happened in 2000. I'm sure if I connect my old Mac up, I bet I have something in there about that.

Even though I knew I had passed her in age, I still had a lot of growing up to do. I'm still growing up now....... I'm not bragging here, but I have my kids, my wife and this house to keep us warm while it is still snowing outside while I write this -- 2" to 3" of SNOW in ST. GEORGE!!!! But, I cherish every moment with them... Even if I am in a bad mood (like I have been lately), and I wouldn't trade them for the world.

(I'll find a picture of Jessica while we are up in SLC and post it here to show you what she looked like)

(Updated on July 24, 2009 @ 16:34 MST)
(Picture added on December 18, 2010 @ 11:55 MST)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snowing In St. George, Utah 2008

On December 17th/18th, 2008, it started snowing here in St. George, Utah. I bet no one has ever seen it snow so much where we live (You know what I mean...).

Monday, December 15, 2008

Visiting Family at the Condo

Last month, some of Rachel's family from California drove to St. George for about a week. This was filmed the first or second day at the condo they were staying at.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rockin' the Slide

A while back, I saw one of the girls move the slide while still standing on it (you'll see it at the end of the video), so I grabbed the video camera. Well, when it started recording, she stopped... But I kept on recording. So this is them playing around the TV room one night.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chloe's First Accident

Rachel said it a while ago, "...Chloe will most likely be the first one to visit the emergency room for stitches..." (or something related to those lines).

Well, last night (Fri, 11/21) while I was trying to start up WALL*E on my iPod to place it in the iPod dock behind the TV to watch it on our TV (yes, it's possible), Chloe saw me and started to walk over towards me. Well, she stepped on one of her toys and tripped forward, conking her head against the front edge of the TV stand.

I picked her up and was lifting her hair up to see what part of her scalp she cut. It wasn't until 10-seconds later that I saw a line of blood forming to the left the left eye (to her right of her right eye). Confused? Look at the picture.

Well, I carried her upstairs into their bathroom and sat her down on the toilet. I walked into my office and grabbed the box of Band-Aids that I have in there (never know when I may cut myself again with the iPod opening tools... again). Walked back into the bathroom, wiped the blood off (took the picture) put the Neosporin on the Band-Aid and put it on. Ady watched and waited patiently from the gate that we have up to prevent the girls from walking from their bedroom into the bathroom.

After an hour and a half, I had to replace the Band-Aid with a new one before she went to bed. She did not like that one bit. I had to yank it off fast instead of peeling it off slowly. She fussed and refused to let me put the new one on. After a minute, I succeeded and she was like, "That's it? That didn't hurt like when you took it off."

As of today, Saturday, it looks much better and looks like it will be healed by the end of this coming week.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Picture with Santa

On November 20th, I met up with Rachel, Kristi (Rachel's mom) and the girls at The Dixie Center to see all the Christmas Trees at the Jubilee of Trees this year. Rachel and I went together the first year we were married, and then then Rachel & Kristi took the girls last year (I must have been at work or something), but I was able to go again this year.

Kristi's work didn't sponsor another tree like they did that one year, so we just looked around this year. But it got me thinking, "What kind of tree can I put together to show off and possibly advertise my business?" (always with the advertising...). First, I thought, put blank CDs and used (and lightweight) computer & iPod parts as ornaments. Nah! Then, while walking around, I realized how much power ALL the tree in this center are using... Why not a tree powered by one of those solar panels? And now that I think about it, why not a tree that flashes lights to the sound of music. Not, "The Sound of Music"... But audio, or sound vibrations. lol. But these are just ideas and dreams that I keep alive until something better comes along.

Well, as we were ending our adventure there, I noticed they had someone dressed up in a Santa outfit and they were taking pictures. I talked it over with Rachel and we thought that would be fun to have the girls sit in his lap. So we walked over there and one of the kids before us, sitting in his lap, was just screaming/crying because he wanted out of there. We were like, "Great!". But when it came to be our turn, instead of just dropping the girls off in his lap and get the same response, we made it clear to the girls that Santa was nice and that we were friendly with Santa and he was friendly to us... Shaking his hand, waving Hi to him, etc. So when it came time to sit them down, they were fine. So we had them take a family picture of us (in street clothes, Ha!) and we bought if from them. Kristi did her best to get the girls attention from behind the camera, and it worked...

The reason why the picture is fuzzy is that the picture was printed from one of those paper printer/photo printer/fax/scanner machines. Plus, the photo paper is also matte, not the usual glossy. So when I scanned it into my computer, this was the best quality I could get. But yes, if you want, you can print a copy of this if you want to.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What's Going On...

I just wanted to give you a quick update as to what has been going on with me and my blog...

I do have two new videos to post. But since I have not yet received the rechargeable power cable to the video camera (I left it up in SLC and I asked my parents to mail it down whenever they can get to it-- no rush), I plan on posting the first one next week (it's of the girls playing around in the TV room) and the second video (read below) after the first of next month.

On Saturday (11/15), since a couple of Rachel's cousins (and one new baby that most of us haven't seen before, except in pictures) were in town, we ALL got together-- And I mean everyone that could make it. Shortly after I arrived at Rachel's mothers house (where everyone was) we went over to the park nearby her house. I had 30 minutes of battery life on the video camera and filmed what I could. Then I took my digital camera and filmed anything else after that. (Shortly after originally posting this, I received a package from UPS. The video camera charger is now back home.)

After the park, we went back over and had dinner. It was fun to see everyone at one time since we only get to see one person here and another person there, or like this here, you only get to see what they are up to on their blogs.

Oh, and don't forget to read and reply to the previous blog entry below this one.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

At The Park

For those of you folding on my f@h team, here is your reward (and many more rewards to come)...

On November 15th, two of Rachel's cousins (Jacob and Josh) who now live in Salt Lake, were in town visiting their mom (Rachel's aunt) because they would not be in town for Thanksgiving (if I heard right).

Well, after working on a computer (job), I finally met up with all of them over at Kristi's house. Many of them were taking a nap, but woke up shortly after. We then decided to go over to the park nearby and play around. That is what most of this film is of. I had 30 minutes of battery power left in the video camera and filmed what I could with that.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Halloween Adventures in Salt Lake

I guess I have some free time today to sit down and write about our trip up to Salt Lake this past Halloween since I have been slacking on actually writing about my trips like I use to in the past.

Let's see...

We tried to leave St. George on Thursday, Oct. 30. But quickly discovering that my iPod was not working, I turned around and drove back to the house, grabbed an iPod nano and quickly loaded music onto it. There was no way I was going to drive 300 miles to the sound of silence. I have to have something to keep me from going insane for that long of trip.

After finally leaving St. George, we made a quick stop in Beaver to let the girls walk around since they were a little restless.

We continued on our way and then made a quick stop in Nephi to visit my grandmother. We didn't stay long, but we did visit long enough to catch up. Oh, quick tip if you ever park your vehicle in the country town/area: Never leave your windows down, even down three inches. When we went to get in the van, I opened the sliding door and two of my grandmas' cats had snuck in through the opening where Rachel had rolled down her window. The cats split and hauled butt out of the window opening. I would have laughed, but it startled me, plus I am allergic to cats. Luckily, I was okay the remainder of the trip (even to now).

Got back on the road, but made a quick stop at a high school friend of mines' house to drop off some un-opened cans of formula that the girls never drank since they weened themselves off of the stuff at 11 months old (now 15 months of me writing this). Continued on our way and made it just in time to my parents house, because the girls start to get really fussy and cranky everytime we get near "The Point of the Mountain". We tried to feed the girls dinner, but they were now more interested in playing with my parents before they had to go to bed.

On Halloween day, I originally wanted to change the oil in the van and then the back brakes, but my grandparents were planning to stop by later. Since I had waited to do all that so late in the afternoon, I then instead went to go buy the oil and filter for the van. But before I left the house, I ordered a pizza from The Pie... Only the best pizza in the world. --"Thank you for calling The Pie, will this be for pickup or delivery? / Pickup. / Can I get your phone number please? / (my parents telephone number) / ... Ryan? / Uh, yeah... "-- LoL, after two years since I last ordered something from there, they still have my name under my parents number. That made me smile and laugh.

Purchased the supplies for the van and then picked up the pizza on the way home. Ate, and then visited with my grandparents when they did stop by at my parents house. When it was finally time to take the girls Trick-or-Treating for the first time. Rachel, my mom and I, took the girls to three neighbors houses and visited with each one of them for 5 to 10 minutes. Last house, my parents house, I rang the door bell like some obnoxious teenager to see if it would make my dad mad (lol). He was instead surprised (his face) to see it was us and the girls.

After Trick-or-Treating in my parents neighborhood, our plans were to visit both my grandparents and my aunt & uncle at their houses. But on our way to my grandparents, the girls fell asleep and so we kept driving to get some dinner at Sconecutter (since the only one in St. George closed in October). While heading to get dinner, another friend from high school called and said that he heard that we were in town and wanted to know if we could meet up. I said sure. So, instead of two relatives houses, it was down to one and come back to my parents since it was getting late and I knew that this would be the only time I would get to probably see him (Sorry Gae and Richard). Drove back to my grandparents to trick-or-treat and to visit, then went back to my parents house and waited for him and his wife to come over. Visited for a while and then it was really time for bed.

The next day, I changed the oil in the van and then with the help of my dad, we changed the back brakes on the van since, A) I had already changed the front ones earlier, B) I did not have the tools, nor the skills/brains to change the back brakes. So we got that taken care of and I was relieved because the oil needed to be changed a month prior. I just hadn't had time.

Since this was MY vacation, no computer/iPod work, I only brought my laptop up with us, but couldn't go wireless since I couldn't access my parents modem/router. So I called Comcast and found out the password (since pressing the reset button on the back of the router wouldn't reset the settings) and was able to get them to have a secure wireless connection in their house. The only problem I found was that when my brother (who has an Ethernet  cable running from the router-through the floor-into his room downstairs and connected to his Xbox/Xbox360) is playing videos games online, it MAJORLY hogs all the bandwidth. So, even though I could access the wireless internet now, I still had to connect by Ethernet cable to get some/any kind of access to the internet. So I was pretty much back to where I started, really.

Since everyone knew we were coming up, my family planned to get together to have a spaghetti dinner on Halloween at my aunt and uncles house. Since I wanted to take the girls trick-or-treating, we then changed plans to have it on Saturday (11/1) evening. We headed over there and had dinner. We gave the girls spaghetti too, but they didn't eat very much. I took video of them playing, but since we took off their shirts because they were covered with food, I have chosen not to post these videos. Sorry.

On the way home, the girls fell asleep again and so we kept driving since we knew they were tired. Since it had been more than a couple hours since I had eaten, I decided I wanted Jamba. So we headed over there and got drinks. Headed back to my parents house and I got to relax the remainder of the evening.

We woke up on Sunday (11/2) and tried to pack up to leave early, but we didn't leave until 3 or 4. We finally made it back into Salt Lake St. George around 9:30.

But don't worry. We plan on coming back up there in December for Christmastime. So if you missed us last time, you can meet up with me or us in December. Oh, and yes, I will be working on computers and iPods up there-- But you need to tell/ask me to work on your computer or iPod before we leave, or I will only bring what I need with me (not my entire work supplies).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Halloween in Salt Lake

This was taken on Halloween Day 2008 when my grandparents stopped by to visit and to see the girls while we were up in Salt Lake.

The last part is when we went Trick-Or-Treating at my grandparents house later that night.

Friday, November 7, 2008

The Night Before Halloween

I filmed this the night we arrived up in Salt Lake to visit my parents for Halloween. The girls got to play around in their new Halloween pajamas before going to bed.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Everybody! Everybody!

Since Grandma K had the girls Sunday afternoon and there was a pumpkin just sitting on the front porch, I had some carvin' to do.

If you ever want to carve like this, you need the real pumpkin carving tools... Not those cheesy safety knives that come in pumpkin carving kits, you need these:

- Newspaper and/or a small bucket...
- Tracing pattern sheet of what you want your pumpkin to look like...
- A long sharp knife to cut a lid on the pumpkin...
- A canning jar lid to scrap the inside of the pumpkin...
- A pin to poke holes along the outline of your pattern sheet onto the pumpkin...
- A couple of sharp non-ridged steak knife with a very sharp tip end to get in tight spots...
- Strong drinking straws...
- Patience and time.

Other tips:
- Do not scrape the inside of the pumpkin so fine that it is so smooth inside. Pumpkins are mostly water, and if you do this, they will shrivel up and die out faster.
- If you want to do fine detail, take your time and be patient. The most tricky spots are curves and tight/small areas; this is where I would use a straw. The more detail, the longer it is going to take (I spent 5+ hours working on the Napoleon pumpkin/ 2 hours on Homestar Runner pumpkin carving above)
- Work from the inside of the design outward. If you work outside in, the area inside the carving area can be wobbly while working on it and other areas can break off with any excess force.
- Pour two or three 1/2 cups of water inside the pumpkin each day, but at separate times. Like I said, pumpkins are mostly water and because they have been carved, they are going to evaporate a lot more water.
- Have fun...

(If I have some time while we are up in Salt Lake, I'll try to carve another one up there...)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The iPod Kids

Now this is the real 100th video... Enjoy the video.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Bike Rides and Playing With Rocks

After we had lunch at Rachel's mom's house yesterday (October 19th), Rachel and her sister Aubrey took the girls for a ride in the child seats that are attached to the back of each bike. Since I did not bring my video or digital camera, I used my camera to record video instead.

Sorry, but at first, the video was recorded in medium quality. Then I moved it to Best quality for the remainder of filming. I found out that if you receive a text message while you are recording, it stops recording.

Later that night, the girls had their shoes on and so we all went out onto the side area of the house that has a couple of giant pine trees and many rocks. I was filming with the normal settings, but it was becoming too hard for me to see the phones' screen. So I moved it to Nighttime and it appeared lighter... But it also looked like a the quality of a webcam. I guess it's better to see them at night with that webcam-like quality then to see it filmed normally and very dark quality.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Laughing At Nothing

While I was working on my computer the other day, the girls were playing at the top of the stairs (near the office) and in their room.

I guess I did something funny that kept them laughing and so I grabbed the camera and started filming.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Twin Building Block Demolition

I just started filming one morning of the girls watching and dancing to the opening theme song of "My Friends Tigger & Pooh".

Then shortly after, I used most of the girls building blocks to make a tower to have them tear it down.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mosaic Challange

I originally saw how to do this on a blog of a co-worker of Rachel's, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Each square represents something about me. If you want to see what yours would look like, the instructions are below.

Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search. 2. Using only the first page, pick an image. 3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your nickname.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Say It With Me Now...

1, 2, 3-- Awwwwwwww...

I was coming out of the kitchen the other night after they had dinner and saw them both trying to sit on the toy. I ran back into the kitchen to find the camera, turned it on and took a few pictures. This was the best one.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Does the PediPaws Work?

A while back, Rachel decided to order the PediPaws nail trimmer for our dog Ginger.

As many of you pet owners know, your pets hate it when you have to trim their nails (just like the commercial says). As for Ginger, Rachel would do the trimming of her nails with basic nail trimmers, while I had to literally lay on top of her and hold her paw up so that she wouldn't get up and run away. It was not fun because after fighting with her to trim her nails, the nails were not smooth and would scratch Rachel or I when she fought with us to get up. Not to mention all the dog hair all over our clothes after trying to accomplish this task.

After much waiting, the PediPaws nail trimmer finally arrived in the mail yesterday (10/3). After reading the papers that came with the trimmer (and running to the store to purchase 2 C batteries), it says to show your pet that the PediPaws is a harmless item, and then later to turn it on and to put it near the pet to show them once again it is harmless and it will not hurt them. It doesn't make much noise to scare them away. After having it turned on running the gray handle area across Ginger's back to show it was harmless, we decided to give it a try.

The only problems I had with Ginger was trying to hold her paw still. It must have tickled and she kept trying to pull her paw away once in a while. Now remember, in the commercial, they used small pets to show that this item worked. It works, it's just that Ginger is a larger sized animal than those in the commercials, so the trimmer just takes a little longer to trim her nails. It also takes a little while for you to get use on how to hold the device to trim the nails in a curve and to polish out the nail out so it is in the ball-form on the tip of the nail. Plus, with her nails being longer and larger, it takes a little more time to trim one before you can start on the other... Not quickly trim one and then move on to another one.

So yes, it works. It just takes time to trim the nails... So have a little patience and about half an hour to an hour to spend trimming the nails. To be honest, I'd rather spend that allotted amount of time trimming the nails than to have to do it the old way.

If you are wondering why the picture shows my web domain on top of the PediPaw... There are no pictures available on the web of the product. So if someone tries to use my picture without my permission, it will show where they got the picture from.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oh, Pick Me!!!

On Tuesday night (9/30), I loaded up the girls and headed over to Sun River (a senior community) because they were holding a "Smart Computing Magazine Presentation" about a new feature when you subscribe to their magazine or you subscribe to the online feature for half of the cost of a 1 year subscription. In my case, for my business, it would definitely come in handy. The only problem is, I am not going to pay for a magazine subscription that I probably would not be able to read since I am always to busy with other things. Plus, who knows if I would ever use it if I paid for just the online feature.

Since I woke the girls up from their naps a little too late, and because I also had to quickly drop a couple cans of soda to Rachel at her work on the way out, we were 15 minutes late... So we missed the free hand-outs of the October 2008 issue of Smart Computing and a free mouse pad. But I was still able to figure out what they were talking about and trying to promote. As long as they were not trying to get me to buy new land and/or a new house, or even a time-share, I stuck around because it still involved computers... And that is my passion. (Plus I wanted to blog about it. Ha!)

Then a gentleman took over for the woman who was giving the presentation. He was thanking everyone for coming, but before everyone could leave, they also had 5 prizes to give away. Cool! But to win them, you had to be the first one chosen to answer a question correctly. I only heard the first three questions, as you will read why.

Hover your mouse over the [ANSWER] to get the answers...
Question 1) What are two things (1 software and 1 hardware) to keep your computer safe...? [ANSWER]
Question 2) What does TCP/IP stand for? [ANSWER]
Question 3) What year was Microsoft Windows XP released? [ANSWER]

Now, when it came to the third question, I was the only one to raise my hand. However, the guy asking the questions did not see my hand, but the lady did. After they called on me, I said my answer, and I was correct. In my mind, I was like, "Yes! Yes! I won! I won! I wonder what I won?!" She walked back to where I was sitting (which was in the very back because we came in late) and handed me my prize. Since I arrived late, I quickly asked her if they had any more magazine/mouse pads available. She said that they had run out. I was sad, because I really wanted the mouse pad. But she handed me my prize. It was September's issue of Smart Computing in a protective plastic bag. I was like, this is some great prize lady! Then I noticed that there was a small piece of paper covering up the front cover of the magazine. It said, "Gift Certificate - One-Year Subscription". SWEET!!! This was better than a mouse pad any day!

Since I was there with the girls, I was trying to keep them happy so they wouldn't scream and fuss while the folks from Smart Computer were trying to do their thing. So I kept giving them cookies, water and was pushing them back and forth in their stroller. Then they said, "Thanks for coming out!" And that was it. The other people who came got up and made their way to the doors. By the way, all of them looked like they all lived in the community there-- Which I have nothing against. First, I thought that there would be younger people there, just like me, who had an interest in computer. Second, I just thought that it was funny that the girls and I, and the two people presenting this thing were the only people there younger than 40.

I gathered up our stuff and made our way to the front of the room to ask if they even had just the magazine alone (no mouse pad) available. Luckily, someone took an extra one and then gave it back. So I got lucky again and scored the October's issue along with the mouse pad. I was so happy.

On the way out, people were pointing and asking questions about the twins as people normally do while we are in public. After the Q&A's, we made our way outside to the van. I loaded them back up and then we headed home. Now that is what I call a fun evening.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What Happens When...?

What happens when you are cleaning out the fridge and find 3 expired tubes of biscuit dough? You let them set in the sun to explode, that is what you do!

Well, a few hours later, I went back outside to find that they were no longer where I had placed them. Two of them had exploded and dropped on the ground behind the wire.

While I was cleaning up the mess from those two tubes, I was wondering where the heck the other tube was? I searched around that area where the two had landed... nothing. Could it have flown somewhere else?

... Neighbors backyard?
... Somewhere else in our backyard?

The third tube had flown over our fence and landed in the flower bed in our front yard.

Now that is awesome!

Are You Sure You Have What It Takes?

While looking over my blog, I rediscovered the video that I posted back in April of what it takes to be a dispatcher.

Just out of curiosity, I clicked the link to see if Tyler (Rachel's friend and co-worker, and the one who posted that video) had posted any more videos. Turns out he did and it was posted the day after the original video.

This second video that he posted is what people go through while training to be a dispatcher. I have been in and seen the dispatch center many times before. But this was the first time that I have ever seen the room at the fire station (up the street from where we live) where Rachel, as well as other dispatchers, teach new recruits to become dispatchers.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Playing Out In The Rain

Just a few hours ago, a small rainstorm rolled by our home. Rachel let the girls go out and play in it for a little bit. Then the rain really started coming down and they got soaked. So I grabbed the camera and took a few pictures. This is the one I liked the best.

Crazy Lunches

I filmed the girls eating lunch the other day. At the end, when we ask if they are finish, they flick their wrist signaling that they are done with eating.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

We Had A Blast!

Last night, 9/26, I took the girls to Sunset on the Square. It was the last one of the year, until it starts again next year. I had been looking forward to just this one for a long time. Why? Because they were playing a classic... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Many of you probably don't know that that film was filmed down here in Southern Utah.

Well, we all woke up from our afternoon naps (including me) and ate dinner around 6PM. During the summer months, we could start eatting around 7 and be over there by 8 with plenty of time to play in the water before the sun set. Not anymore now that it is late September. I found this out last time when we arrived at 8/8:30 and the sun had set and it was now too cold to play in the water.

So while the girls were eating, I quickly rounded up all the stuff we would need to take with us over there (dry clothes, snacks, etc.). After I wiped the girls off of their Mac and Cheese dinner mess, I put swim diapers on both of them and then made sure we had everything. Loaded up the van, and then carried out them out to the van.

The twins and I drove over to the park and saw that we were early. How early? Every time that we had arrived to the park, they had the inflatable movie screen already inflated. This time, as we were pulling into the parking lot, I didn't see it and was wondering what was going on. Turns out we were just a little bit early and as I was getting out of the van, I could see the people who set up the screen, pushing it on a cart out onto the lawn. So we had the right day. (Sigh of relief)

Pushed the girls in their stroller over to the water fall/river part of the park. Let them play there for a while before we went over to the fountain area. While trying to let them walk back from the fountain, which was a bit**, they kept stopping and wanted to keep picking up a fist full of little rocks. Well, I made them drop the rocks and kept trying to get them to come back over to the water fountain/river area. In the end, they both wanted to climb up and sit on the benches. So I took this opportunity to try and take a couple of pictures of them sitting on the bench.

As you can see from the picture, they (and I) were drenched from the fountain. In case you were wondering, no, I did not run through the middle fountain like I have before... For some reason, only the other fountains around the middle one were working.

After struggling with getting them back to the first part of the water fountain (where the stroller is seen sitting in the first picture), I finally put towels on them to dry them off. Headed to the van and grabbed everyone's dry clothes. Then we headed into the individual bathroom stalls/rooms to try to dry them off and get them into clean/dry clothes. Luckily, they have a fold-down changing table in each bathroom so the girls do not have to touch the dirty floor.

With that task done, we strolled around to field where the movie is shown and we tried to set up shop. I even brought their blue folding chair for them to sit in, but since we had another 30 minutes before the movie started, they were walking around and getting in people/bikers ways. Well, Chloe was being good. It was Ady who I had to keep getting up and having to carry her back to our chairs. So I had to strap her in the stroller while Chloe kept being good and sitting in her chair and staying nearby her chair.

Just to let you know, this event it hosted by St. George's own TV station KCSG. They also let local business advertise their business by setting up sun shade tents around the field where they host the movie. You have to pay to advertise in this event, so I might do that for next years Sunset on the Square. But one of the sponsors this year was a business called Scorpion Tech... A scorpion and pest control company. But right before the movie started, the lady who works for KCSG and who makes the announcements over the speakers welcoming everyone for coming out, said that they had lost one of the scorpions from its cage and that they were now looking for it. Then she came on immediately after say that and said, "I'm just kidding. Yeah, I know. Too mean..." At first, I was like, thank goodness we are on the cement area.

This whole time, while we were waiting for the movie to start, I was waiting for Pizza Hut to stock their tent with food... Because I was hungry. They finally arrived with the pizza and I put the girls in the stroller, left their chairs and their bag where we had been sitting, and went over and got a couple slices of pizza. Came back and started to eat the pizza while the movie started to play. We only made it to the "bike scene", you know, where the song "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" plays, because Ady was getting tired and fussy. So we packed up, walked to the van and loaded up. Drove over to Rachel's work, but since it was a busy night for her and the other dispatchers, we ended up going home.

About an hour after getting home, I heard a *BOOM* outside. I was like, "Is it raining?" Opened the door and heard more *BOOM* *BOOM* *POP* *BOOM* going on. It was fireworks! The City of Santa Clara was celebrating it's Swiss Days, and to close Friday's events, they had a firework show. So I said, "Come on girls". I took them outside in my arms and walked over to Dixie Downs where we had a better view of the fireworks. After 5-7 minutes, they had seen enough and my arms were getting tired from holding them. Walked back home and shortly after, they were getting tired. So, I put them down to bed and off to dreamland they went. I know they were tired, but I'm sure they had a blast!

UPDATE (9/27, 14:33)-- I just found out that Paul Newman, who played Butch Cassidy, died yesterday.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Afternoons And Coffeespoons

This is just random video that I took of the girls. It's been a while since I have posted anything. Sorry for the wait.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Having Fun and Dancing

I thought it would be fun to film the girls simply dancing to a new song, Chairlift's "Bruise". This video may not be as funny as "Chloe Dancing", but there are a few funny moments that you can laugh at. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Look What We Can Do

In this video, I took video of the girls saying "Ginger" (their version of saying it), climbing up and crawling down the stairs, climbing up on their bed and showing how they say they are hungry or want a snack.

Friday, September 12, 2008

I Am Human. I Do Feel and Bleed Too...

With yesterday being the 7th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I remember I wrote something on my old Apple Mac about that day. So I hauled it out of the basement, plugged it in and retyped everything from it on here to show you how I saw that day.

But before you read, I should mention a few things...
-One, the #7754, was how old I was in days. As of this posting, I am now 10,310 days old.
-Two, the first plane hit the North WTC, the second hit the South WTC. I messed up below. The South tower fell first, then the North Tower.
-Third, I forgot to mention in that journal entry about how on the way to get the drug test that I had to take for that day (because I had been bad), they had people calling in to the radio station I use to listen to, to express how they felt and what was going on. One thing about that was hearing someone say the word "fuck" over the radio... And they didn't bleep it or care to say, "Whoa! Please watch your language!". That's how I knew things were going to be different forever.

Everything below this line, is how I wrote it and untouched, even notes I wrote then:
"September 12, 2001 #7754

I passed my drug test.

(This is what I wrote, right now... None of this is from newspapers or internet. All the info here is from what I have observed from watching television and listening to the radio all day long... and into the night.)

Mom woke me up around 8 am this morning (MST), and told me that I should watch what is going on in the world... Not thinking anything bad at first. I got up from bed and headed to the kitchen to get myself my morning cereal, but instead was transfixed by what images I saw on the family room television. That's where I realized that this day was going to be...

"THE DAY THE WORLD STOOD STILL..." On this date, the 11th of September, 2001-- The U.S. and the world changed for ever... Around 8am, EST, a 757 passenger jet collided into the North World Trade Center building, killing all aboard. Smoke, fire and debris poured from the building, leaving thousands of victims trapped inside the damaged building. Then moments after the first jet had collided into the North building, a second passenger jet collided with the South World Trade Center building. That too, believed to have killing all aboard instantly.

Many spectators looked up in horror as the second plane hit the second WTC building. Many still in shock from the first plane collision. But that was just the tip of the ice-berg... Many spectators now witnessed person after person were now falling to their death. People, jumping from where they were once trapped in the blazing wreckage, choose to jump to their deaths instead of being burnt alive, or face some other terrible form of death.

With both buildings ablaze on the top floors, many emergency, police and volunteer crews rushed towards the first building to try and help those stuck inside. But within less than an hour of the first place hitting the first building, too much damaged caused to the top floors caused the building to collapse. Starting with the top coming straight down into itself, then causing a chain reaction with the rest of the building and the floors below. With people now realizing what had happened, thousands of spectators started to run from the falling debris. A giant smoke cloud from the destruction chased people as they were trying to escape its destructive path. Many people falling over and some falling over those. Smoke, ash, fire, papers, debris now filled most of the air as natives of New York and New Jersey watched from further away distance. Some in homes. Some in apartment buildings. Some from land... Some from the sea.

With the first building hit, now a total state of nothing, left many wondering what and who was still trapped inside it. As well as the still standing second building. But that building was not to be there much longer.

Minutes after the first building had collapsed upon itself, the second WTC building now did the same thing the first building had done.

September 14, 2001 #7756
Sorry, I never finished that...

What else happened in this national disaster is that shortly after the two planes hit into the WTC in NYC, another hi-jacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. That was the third plane to crash... But not the last. Then, when the world was focused on these three disasters, another plane crashed in Pennsylvania. It landed just short of Camp David. Four planes total!

Yesterday, the 13th, so far only a few people that are still alive have been pulled from the WTC wreckage. Nearly 75, have been pulled from the damage, deceased.

Today, being the 14th, President Bush has addressed this day as a "National Day of Mourning"."

It's amazing how different I wrote then, and how I write now. But if you keep at it, things change when you change and keep at it.

Oh, to my Twitter post not too long ago... There is no way that I will ever share/post those other journal entries on here (except the one above) that I originally wrote on my old Mac. The more I read from the beginning of that journal onwards, the more I started to reveal stuff that should still be private to this day. Plus, my language and/or what I was talking about would really offend so many people on so many different levels. So some stuff should remain personal and private... Forever.

UPDATE 9/11/14:
I just wanted to throw this in before my memory fades years down the road... 9/11/01 I was 21 years old. It was also my second day at my [short lived] job at Quizno's [in Midvale, now closed]. I had to go in that day around lunchtime, but I just remember it was just absolutely dead. Starbucks next door closed down for the day and we [my co-workers and I] just sat around listening to any updated news we could over the radio. I just remember it was a gloomy day [weather] and anyone and everyone's life that day, changed forever...

One cool thing I also remember. Back when I had my own car and you could afford gas whenever you wanted, I would drive up and down State Street 1 or 2 times a week. I just remember one time while driving, an old friend and I saw a 4X4 lifted truck with the American flag set prime in the middle, in the back and at an angle near the back windows... Just flapping as the truck drove by. That, to me, was always an incredible site.

Today being September 11th, 2014-- I am now 34 years old with two beautiful daughters, who were born in 2007, but they know of 9/11. And girls, know that I may not be able to stop a 747... But I will be there in a heartbeat when you need me or my help to make sure you are safe in life. But know this sweeties, that you need to live each day to it's fullest... Don't fear what the future may bring. Because then you will miss what you were suppose to experience today. :)

PS- Today, I am 12,501 days old (for those wondering... because I was).

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fremont Street Experience

While we were down in Las Vegas visiting Rachel's sister at the end of August, we stopped by Fremont Street to watch the light show that they put on every hour (on the hour). I'm pretty sure they play different songs every time, but they happened to play Don McLean's "American Pie" while we were there.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

One Fish, Two Fish, Real Fish, TV Fish

Who ever said fish were relaxing, was right.

But the problem of being a dad of twins is that I don't have time to buy and then flush numerous expensive fish down the toilet or to spend hours cleaning the fish tank with twins around.

So as a computer user, I did the next best thing... Hooked the laptop up to the TV and let Marine Aquarium screen saver play. After I did that, the girls were just in awe as they continued to stare at the screen at the fish. You can download the software and use it for free, but to see more than a few fish, you have to purchase the product (like I did). Sorry, I have an older version (v2.0), so if you download the latest version (which is v2.6 as of this posting), the v2.0 key code will not work on it (I've tried, so please don't ask).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cookie in the Milk Bucket

While in Salt Lake, the girls were playing with a toy that belonged to my brother when he was little (from 1993/94). They couldn't get one piece (the cookie) into the main piece (the plastic milk jug), but grandma Sheila worked with them and they finally got it. In this video, we show you how fast they pick up things... Especially when it comes to being a Sharich and fighting.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Dancing Chloe

The other morning, I was browsing through other peoples blogs and I stumbled across one that had random music start playing once the page fully loaded. Well, the song that started playing was Coldplay's "Viva la Vida". While my sister-in-law was in town during the girls birthday, she would let the girls play with her cell phone and that was one of the songs on there that she downloaded for her phone. Chloe must have remembered it, because the next thing I know, out of the corner of my eye I see her dancing. I've never seen either one of them dance like this before. Since my video camera was upstairs and knowing that she would not continue dancing had I walked past her to run upstairs and grab it, I grabbed the next best thing... My cell phone.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Videos from the Cell Phones

Over the past year (August 2007 to now), I have taken a few videos with my cell phone (actually the two I have had) and I recently recorded something that everyone has wanted to see... But I thought I would post ALL of these videos in three separate video (since the total length was 23 minutes).

Part 1...

Part 2...

Part 3...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Our New Play Slide

In the video of my parents arriving in St. George, what you didn't see (because I edited it out) was my mom telling us that they were going to buy the girls a slide (the slide shown in this video below) when they arrived into town. But when they got here, both Walmart's in St. George didn't have it in stock, and so my mom was upset because she wanted to see them play with it while they were down here.

So shortly after they left town, my dad and I (over the phone) ordered the slide online and had it shipped to one of the stores in town for free. It arrived on the 6th (the day before we were suppose to drive up to Salt Lake) and the girls and I went to go pick it up while Rachel was at work. I was unable to put the slide together until after the girls went to bed that night, so they were only able to play with it for a little while in the morning before we left for Salt Lake. This is video of them playing with it...

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Up In Our Room

On July 17th, I let the girls head up the stairs to play in their room. In this video, you will notice something different from the other videos that I have posted on here. I found out (by accident) how to fade one video clip into another clip to make a smooth transaction.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Visiting Great-Grandma & Grandpa

On Monday, August 11th, Rachel, the twins and I, drove over to my grandparents house to visit with them for a few hours and to let my grandmother teach Rachel how to make the families favorite spaghetti sauce (delicious!).

We mostly took pictures (coming soon), but here is the video of them playing on the back patio and with the hose/sprinkler.