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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Family Salad

I know, I know... It's been a while since my last post. Plus, if you look at how many blog entries I have posted this month, the number is low as compared to other months. I meant to write this earlier week, but ... well, I don't know where those days went.

First, last Friday (March 20) my mom and dad, plus my grandmother made the trip from up north down into St. George for the weekend. I was busy fixing iPods for customers on Friday, so I was busy traveling around. Luckily for me, my parents were happy to watch the girls while I meet up with customers. Because I am always on duty for my job, I missed another chance to hang out with everyone on Saturday morning while they went to the park [pictures on Flickr], but I finished up everything to be able to take the girls over to where my family was staying to visit and have dinner. I was finally able to take family to Mongolian BBQ here in town. We got it to go and took it back to their place they were staying at since we had the twins with us and trying to eat with twins is not an easy task.

On Sunday, I asked Kristi (Rachel's mom) if she would like to watch the girls since my family was in town, and Rachel's dad and sister would be in town later, so she wouldn't get to see them that much. My grandmother wanted to go down to Mesquite, Nevada to play on the slots machines. My New Years resolution was to stop gambling, excepted card playing... which I have never done in a casino, so no worries. But since I had credits on my casino players card, I went down with them to play those off points... which was only a credit of $7.00. That didn't last long. So I grabbed something to eat. While I was outside eating, my friend Tristyn (from Salt Lake) called and said she and her fiancé were in Nephi at the moment, on their way to take a delivery to California. She said that her old iPod (photo) that she gave to him was acting weird. I told her I could meet up with them in St. George if I was there when they got down that far.

Came back inside and sat around the table while my parents ate lunch in the restaurant. After they finished, my mom and grandmother went to play on the slots some more. My dad came with me to watch me bowl a couple of games. I bowled my first game, which was a 216. I thought that my all-time high score was higher than this, so I didn't celebrate until later after I got home and dug up my all-time high score card later that night from Pop 'N Pins (that I have kept from 2006, and it said 204).

After bowling two games, my dad and I went back into the casino and he continued to gamble. I stood around and watched him play while I waited for Tristyn to call.

Since a few hours had passed, Tristyn then tried calling me again. They were getting close to St. George, but I was still in Mesquite. So I told them to continue on down to me. So after 30 minutes, I walked over to the freeway exit/entrance and waited a few minutes before they finally arrived. I hopped up in the cab of the semi and we chatted for a bit, before I took the iPod and let them get back on their way. My family and I stayed around about another hour before we headed back to St. George. They dropped me off at Kristi's house to pick up the girls (the van was parked on the street the whole time). I brought the girls back home and waited for my family to come over for a little while. We watched a little TV and then they headed back to their place for the night.

Then on Monday, they came over to visit one last time for a little while before they headed out of town to head back home. Can't live on hopes and dreams.... Unless you are completely dependent on Welfare and WIC. (Don't "Oh" me. You know it is true.)

Later that Monday, we knew Rachel's dad was flying into Las Vegas Monday night and we were expecting her sister to drive him up here when she came up, but we were expecting them to arrive on Tuesday. Well, they decided to drive up that Monday night.

On Tuesday, Rex and Heidi played with the girls our in the front of our home with water [pictures on Flickr]. Later that evening, everyone came over for cranberry chicken at our place for dinner. Wednesday, Rachel had a meeting at her work, so I had to watch the girls all day. I was not a happy camper by the end of the day. Then on Thursday night, Rachel and her sister Heidi made dinner for everyone. Instead of trying to explain exactly what it was they made, just know that it was fancy-schmancy stuff and it was GOOOD!

On Friday, they had to pack up and head back to Vegas so my father-in-law could catch a flight back home. Heidi would be back later (which she is now here) to celebrate Aubrey's (Rachel and Heidi's sister and my sister-in-laws) birthday.

Monday, March 23, 2009

At Last!

From... Zuka Juice to Jamba Juice to Publicis to Ream's to Quizno's to Food 4 Less (Fleming) to Food 4 Less (Albertsons) to Super Saver to Lin's to tech-tonics.com and finally to iStGeorge... and all my loose and spare change over the years... I finally collected my final state quarter this weekend. (Man, that is a lot of jobs!)

I started collecting the state quarters when they first started to be released back in 1999. If I saw one in the cash register where I worked at the time, I would trade it with a quarter that was in my pocket to obtain that one.

Well, after 10 years, my mom (thanks to my tweet), handed me the Oklahoma quarter she had been saving for me since I posted that tweet back in September. I have yet to put it with my collection of state quarters that I have in two plastic 35mm film canisters.

Also in those canisters are the four nickels that they release back in 2006, I believe, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

While on the U.S. Mint website, not only did they finish the state quarters last year, they now plan to release in 2010 the "America's Beautiful National Parks" onto quarters. Sorry, I don't have time to collect anymore quarters.... I have to go cash the state quarters in to get $10 in cash. Just kidding. I am going to keep them for a long time.

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's Been A While

I guess it has been a while since I have posted anything. Let me see how many days since my last real blog..................... 20 DAYS?! Holy cow, that is like a record for me. Well, I better post something instead of the continuous nothing...

Because my schedule lately has been hectic with both business and home, I never had time to write anything for my business blog (and here too). So, I saved what I had written and deleted the blog. I will continue to write for this blog, but just when I get the chance to. Speaking of, I just tweaked the design of how my business blog looks. Check it out and tell me what you think. I think is has never looked so good for simple HTML coding.

Business has been busy this week. Running back and forth, and all over the place... Even up to Enterprise, Utah for a job setting up a new computer for a previous customer.

Rachel's cousin is now in town from Colorado. What was amazing (to me) is that he (I guess you can call him the cousin-in-law to Rachel) was interested in what I do. He was asking me all sorts of questions about what I do. About iPods... How to fix them... How many iPods as to computers I have fixed... So it was kind of cool to have someone from Intel asking me these questions, and not the other way around. I mean, I was interested in what he does... But because of timing, I never got to ask him what he does there. I'll have to ask the next time I see him.

But the girls are still growing... and are still not speaking. But they are still my little ladies. I took a picture of them the other night while they were eating dinner for everyone to see. This is the first chance I have had to post it. Hope you like it. Don't forget, I am done posting past pictures on my Flickr account, but I am always posting new one that were just taken. Feel free to check those out.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Toddler Tricks

The girls were acting funny the other night (as you can see in the video), so I grabbed the video camera and started filming. They have started using sign language or gestures with their hands to tell us what they want since they still do not talk. They babble, but no words.

As I pointed out in the video, when Chloe rubs her chest, that is suppose to mean, "Please", not "You're Welcome". I was trying to think of things fast to have them do while I was filming.