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Saturday, May 30, 2009

1000 Days

As of May 29th, 2009, Rachel and I have been married for 1000 days...

Just so you know, I had not planned this or knew the number of days we had been married in advance. I was laying in bed early-early Friday morning just thinking of different things. Then a random thought came into my head about how I wonder how many days Rachel and I have been married since our 3 year anniversary will be coming up in September. So I used this one app on my iPod touch and put the day we were married and then yesterdays date and just so happened, "1000 days..."

Talk about sheer luck!

So I went out later that day and bought Rachel some flowers a wrote on a little card, "Happy 1000!".

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blast From the Past

Remember how I have my older blog entries on the ryan.istgeorge.com domain (for those of you who read them from the beginning, back on ryan.tech-tonics.com) from the beginning up until 2007?

Well, I've decided that it is time to move them ALL over to Blogger/Blogspot. As I write this entry, I just finished posting the month of July to October 2005 here on Blogger... And it has taken me a couple of days to do so. I still have up until December 2007 worth of blog entries to move over before I am all done. This looks like a week to month long project.

Just a reminder, some of the links on these old blog entries are no longer valid... Meaning, you click them to visit a different website, and that website no longer excist. So no more comments that the links don't work... I have no control over that. I want these blog entries to look the way they did when I originally posted them... Links and all. The only thing I am changing is the links that post back to previous blog entries that I have written and have control over.

Really quickly. I've noticed that the very short and brief blog entries from back then, they kind of remind me of how I would use Twitter today. But they were a blog entry then, they will remain a blog entry today...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Around and Around We Go!

I took this video of the girls while we were in Sonora, California this past April.

When I started recording, the girls were watching Napoleon Dynamite. It was the scene at the bowling alley where Kip says, "Yesssss...". They girls love this movie and are starting to quote it. I just happened to get Ady mimicking Kip.

Then the rest of the video is of Aunt Heidi spinning the girls around and around, and the dizzying effect on them... Hilarious!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Modesto Morning

This video was taken on Tuesday (April 26), the day after we arrived in California, at the home we were staying at. Just the girls being silly and having fun with mom.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

California (Pt. 5)

Sunday, April 27, 2009
Just so you know, I did not take any picture on this day... So you will have to use your imaginations... Plus, it's almost been a month since this happened, so I am trying to remember what happened.

Since we drove down to Modesto the night before, Rachel and I were able to sleep in the same bed for the first time in how many days. But with the girls up (on Sunday morning), that meant we were now up. We made breakfast with what we had left from that first night we were there.

Now we had to get ready for church since 1PM was fast approaching. Loaded up the car and drove over to Rachel's old Ward. The church we were driving to wasn't far away and is not like Utah, where they are like StarBucks... One or two on every corner. We didn't have to drive far, but we made it just in time to see Rex getting out of the van. We made our way in and walked into the where Sacrament was being held. Found a seat right up front and sat down. Service started and the girls were good for the first half... Then they wanted to get up and walk around.

So Heidi and I took the girls outside so they could run around and get their wiggles out. With me starting to get really sore from the day before (I went gold panning), chasing after them was not an option. Even carrying them was hard after a short while. Plus, my shoulder was acting up. But after letting them play around for a while, we waited for a speaker to finish and walked back in to sit down again to say the closing prayer. After the prayer, everyone who know the McBride's started swarming over to talk and to see the girls. Rex was getting too swarmed so he had to get up and go elsewhere from where we were sitting.

I was still watching one kid and Heidi the other, so Rachel was standing around talking with old friends. I know she was trying to catch up, but with me being in pain, I couldn't keep chasing the girls. Plus, I was getting cranky because I was hungry since I didn't eat much breakfast... So I said that she needs to watch one of the girls while I go grab a Big Mac (Burger King 3, McD's 1). I went to grab me lunch and came back. I was happy again. While I was away, they let the girls play in the nursery. They loved it! Since it was time to go, we headed to another church member's home since they invited us (in advance) to have Sunday lunch with them. But since I just ate, I knew I wasn't going to be that hungry... Turns out I was wrong. I ate quite a bit of food. Since my shoulder was acting up, I took some meds and took the girls into their grandkids playroom and let the girls play while I laid on my back. After everyone else was done visiting, we loaded up and went back to the house. I had to lay down since I was in pain. I don't remember much after that, I might have taken a nap... Yep! That is what I did. I woke up from my nap and everyone was hungry. So I drove to the store and purchased some frozen pizzas and a few other things. Came back, cooked up the pizzas, had dinner. Since it was really late by the time we finished eating, it was time to get the girls to bed (and then me). With Heidi and Rex in town, they were going to stay the night in Modesto too. That way, they could drive us to the airport the next day.

Monday, April 28, 2009
I think I slept in that Monday morning. All I remember doing is scanning family pictures for Rachel so she can edit them later, after we arrived home.

Since our flight wasn't until later, we left a little early so we could make it to the airport in Fresno on time and have enough time sit around and visit one last time before we had to pass through the security gate. Trying to entertain the girls on the trip to the airport... (groan).

We unloaded the van and headed to sit near the security gate. After a while, I knew it was time to say goodbye. Checked in our luggage and we walked through the security gate. Walked to our gate and waited less than 10 minutes before they allowed us to board. Took off and landed in Las Vegas around 10PM (Pacific). Found our luggage and walked to the White Zone. Rachel waited there with the girl and luggage, while I hurried and hopped on a Shuttle to take me to where the van was parked. Payed, quickly drove over to pick up Rachel and the girls, loaded up the van with our stuff and headed out... Well, we had to stop and get the girls something to eat so they would not be cranky on the drive home. Filled the van up with gas and we headed home. It was 1AM (MST) when we made it home. Unloaded the girls, unpacked luggage from the van and went to bed.

... And that was our trip. I have some video footage of us and the girls while we were in California. I'm working as fast as I can to get caught up on posting blogs, creating and posting new videos and other stuff. But I can only go so fast when I am busy with life's big task... aka: The Twins!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cell Phone Videos 5

Here is a few more videos from my cell phone (but not the last of it)...

In the first clip, I took a break while I was up in their room placing safety lock on their dresser drawers so they wouldn't pull all their folded laundry out. I noticed Chloe did not like the drill or dust buster when I had to use it.

Second, The girls were playing in the TV room while I was watching an episode of MADtv. The musical guest, Harry Connick, Jr. who the girls seemed interested in watching.

Third, I took girls to the Iceberg Drive-In for dinner here in St. George because they were having the car show that night (and every 3rd Saturday of each month). As I was heading out after finishing dinner, someone asked me, "You're not leaving yet, are ya?" Puzzled, I said, "Yeah...". "Well, Santa will be here at 6[PM]" ... Oh. Okay. So I had to figure out how to entertain the girls for 30 minutes while we waited for Santa to arrive. This footage is of when Santa arrives... Plus the two pictures I took with my cell phone.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

California (Pt. 4)

Before I tell you about part of the trip below, I just want to remind everyone that before we went out to California, Rachel and I registered 3 web domains: www.rachelsharich.com, www.rexmcbride.com and www.isaintgeorge.com

Saturday, April 26, 2009
On Saturday,the plan for me was to have Rex's brother Sam take me over to a little stream near his place so he could teach me how to pan for gold, and if we had time, to drive over to Yosemite with the rest of the family. Since I don't know where Sam lived, Heidi drove me over to his place in or near Jamestown. He had his stuff that you use for gold panning already in the back of his truck. So we hopped in and he drove over to a spot he has panned at many times before.

I have always wanted to go gold panning. It makes it worse when I am watching the Travel Channel and they show people panning and making it look so very easy. It is fun, but where we were panning, you needed to have patience. You also have to realize that they have to edit those shows to make them fit in a selected time slot. I did pick up some tips from one of those shows, or else I don't think we would have found anything that day. They say that because gold is heavier than the dirt and other rocks around it, if gold is rolling down the stream, some of it will get stuck at the bottom of rocks when other things that are lighter usually get caught in the current and keep on moving down the river or stream.

Well, he told me to try this one spot. After an hour or two of digging, sifting and sorting out any thing that is not gold, I came out with nothing. So I saw a different spot about 20 feet down the stream that had rocks and had the possibility to have something stuck underneath it. I had to use a turkey baster since that is a good tool to suck up fine dirt and anything that a hand shovel can not get to.






It had been maybe three, four-plus hours since we started, and we still had found nothing. But since I had been digging and sucking up dirt in that one area, we finally found a couple of small pieces to call it a good dig. Even though it was now starting getting late in the day, the "Gold Fever" was setting in and we both didn't want to quit. So we kept digging and suctioning in and near that area. A few more hours had passed and by this time, the sun was slowly starting to fade. So we knew we better finish up by collecting all the stuff that never made it's way back into the river after going down the sluice (if that is correct name for that item) and placed it in a pan to rock and swish it back and forth to let the gold sink to the bottom. So after how many hours, all the gold pieces that you see in the picture is what we found.

While we were panning, he told me two things: He has been out here before and found nothing all day to show for his work, and this is the most he has ever found in one time. Rock on!

Well, we finished up and headed back to his house. I called Rachel to let them know to come pick me up. After I walked around taking a few pictures, I waited inside for everyone to arrive in the van. I was expecting to hop in the van and go, but Rex came in and chatted with Sam for a bit, while Rachel, Heidi and the twins walked around his place and looked at his dogs. So I took some more pictures outside while the sun was now setting behind the mountain and then we all went inside for a bit. Then we took off because we knew Grandma was waiting for us. But we stopped at Burger King (that is three) to pick up dinner because I never had lunch and I was STARVING. But before we made it to BK, my shoulder was acting up and then it just hit me with a very sharp pain that I asked them to drop me off at the Shell Station next to the BK so I could run in and buy some Ibuprofen and a Coke cause it felt like pins and needles being pushed into my shoulder. [For those of you who don't know, since the trip to Salt Lake, my shoulder has been in pain and it still is as I write this-- Well, it was, but not as bad since I went to the doctor on 5/12]. But when we called to see what grandma wanted, we found out that Rachel's uncle Morris drove up to visit and brought the girls a surprise. So we grabbed dinner and drove back to the house. Morris had made rocking chairs for the girls that can be put together and taken apart really easily (made it easier to ship them out to us). After putting them together so we could take a few pictures, we then took them back apart so he could ship them to us later. Since it was getting late for him, we said goodnight and he headed out.

Since it was Saturday, and Rex wanted to go to church in Modesto as a family, Rachel and I had to make a decision...

A) Stay at Grandma's one more night, get up early in the morning so we could pack our stuff and drive down to Modesto to get ourselves ready and to then quickly make it over to the church by 1PM... OR!

B) Drive down to Modesto that night, spend the night at the house we stayed at the first night, wake up and get ready (all of us), meet up with Rex and Heidi at the church without feeling rushed...

We chose Plan B. Plus, my asthma was also getting worse (.... terrible???). So I knew that once we were in Modesto, it might get better. So we packed up all our things, loaded up the car. Moved the car seats from the van back into the car, loaded up the girls who were falling asleep and drove down to Modesto (I think) a little past midnight. The girls slept most of the ride back, but started getting fussy once we were in town. We unloaded the girls and I unpacked the car. Got them ready for bed and called it a night. I was tired... and becoming very sore...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Barking at the Moon

I know I just posted a blog today, but I had to post this...

I was hauling out the recycle bins to the van so I could take them to the recycling dumpsters near my house. I was hauling out the second bin when I looked over and the girls, who were watching Bolt for the "billionth" time, dancing with each other to the song 'Barking at the Moon'. So I quickly put down the bin and grabbed my cell phone and started filming. This is that video...

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Version with Audio (iPhone and iPod version too)...

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California (Pt. 3)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
On Thursday morning, I woke up when the girls woke up, but then tried to go back to sleep but I couldn’t because the girls were downstairs making noises (probably screaming just to hear their voices echoing...). So I knew I was up.

Later on in the day, I got ready and drove in to town with Rex so that we could go to the local Burger King (2nd time) and use our laptops so we could check our e-mails and do what ever we wanted to do on their free and open Wi-Fi. While there, I actually ordered a Whopper because I was hungry. Just so you know, this was the first time in 19 years. The last time I had one, I was in 4th grade (1990) and the day before Spring Break (a Thursday), my sister and I got food poisoning from the Whoppers we had that night. Even though I was hungry, I was still skeptical while eating it.

After a we sat around long enough, we drove back up to Bonita's. Less than 30 minutes later, other family members that lived in town drove up with dinner from KFC. I was not hungry since I had lunch not too long before that, but I eventually had some later on. We sat around and talked while everyone ate their dinner. Shortly after, I noticed a deer walking by the house on the road that passes by the house. So I grabbed the video camera and took footage. Turns out, it wasn't just one or two deer, I counted 10 deer walk by. By this time, pretty much everyone got up and walked outside to look at the deer. After the deer disappeared, we went back inside and chatted some more. When we were leaving BK, I grabbed a little magazine that advertises things to do and visit in Sonora area. I never knew just how close we were to Yosemite. I was wanting to go over there to take pictures, but the only day we could probably do that was Saturday. But I was going gold panning on Saturday. So, what we figured was that I could go pan a little in the morning and then we could drive to Yosemite with the family. But that wasn't official, it was just an idea. But now it was getting really late and before it got too late, those that drove up to visit decided to call it a night and drove home before it got really late. We then watched a little TV and then called it a night.

Friday, April 24th, 2009
Since it was my turn, I got up with the girls when they woke up. Luckily, I did not have to make breakfast this time. Bonita made fresh biscuits with gravy before she had to leave to head to work. Very good. Since Rachel and Heidi were now up, we packed up the girls to take them into town to visit Bonita at the hospital that she works at so she could show everyone who worked there the twins. After stopping to pay a visit and making a quick stop at Starbucks (not for me, I don't drink coffee), we drove back to the house and made the girls lunch.

While we were sitting around doing nothing... except chase the girls around and saying, "No! Don't touch that.-- Put that down. -- Get over here...", I happened to look out the living room window to see that it was snowing outside. It had been raining earlier when we drove into and back from town, but time had passed that it was now cold enough for it to snow up in the mountains.

Since we had nothing planned until later, we let the girls watching "Napoleon Dynamite" for the time being.

Well, around 3 or 4PM, we drove into town again (the weather had cleared up and was now nice). Rex had a doctor appointment, so I followed Heidi since she was driving the van with Rex, Rachel and the twins inside, over to one of the family members' (that came over the night before) house. Heidi took Rex to his appointment while we hung around. The plan was to give the girls a bath since they had not had one in 4/5 days and to let me walk around and take pictures. They had cats, so I hung outside on the back porch most of the time trying to get some use of the free Wi-Fi internet that Downtown Sonora let's people use. But I was starting to have breathing problems the night before and so I was using my inhaler a lot more now. But like an idiot, I put my inhaler in my camera bag and left it in the van when I was helping them unload the girls. So I couldn't use my inhaler or go take pictures. Luckily, Marian (Rachel's aunt) had one just like the one I am using now, so I had to use that one until Rex and Heidi came back from the doctor appointment.

We gave the girls a bath while we were waiting. Once Heidi and Rex arrived, I grabbed my camera bag and decided to walk around the neighborhood taking pictures. Downtown Sonora kind of reminds me of Park City, Utah. Small little town when it was founded, plus the shops you can walk past on Washington Street reminds me of Main Street in Park City. Well, after walking around for a short little while, I headed back to their place. Not long after, Justin (Rachel's uncle) arrived home from work and we loaded up in the cars/vans and headed over to Mandarin Palace (a Chinese Buffet) in another part of Sonora. It was really good food, but when you bring the twins with you to a restaurant, you have to hurry and eat your food while the girls eat/play with theirs, then have to entertain them or they get cranky... So there is never a chance to sit, eat and relax when we go out with them. But after we were all done, I think we just ended up driving back to Bonita's for the rest of the night. Sorry, I can't think of what we did. Most likely sat around the TV and watched whatever was on. But since I was planning on going gold panning tomorrow with Rex's brother Sam, I think I tried to go to bed early, but couldn't. *Snap!* I do remember that Rachel brought the girls upstairs, where were sleeping, and ended up turning on the TV and watched the history of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. After that was over, we all went to bed since it was now 2AM in California... 3AM in Utah (ouch!)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cell Phone Videos 4

If you are wondering, I did this last year after I realized I had enough footage from the videos I had taken on my cell phone to create a video to post here. Well, since I have not recorded anything on the video camera in a while, I thought I would start posting these videos from my cell phone.

In the first clip, Rachel and I took the girls with us to get some ice cream at Baskin Robins.
Second, The girls were big girls and wanted to sit in Grandma Kristi's swing that is in her back yard.
Third, I took Ginger for a walk at the park that dad, and sometimes after doing her "business", she will do this. I still find it hilarious today.
Fourth, I took the gate off the wall blocking the stairs heading downstairs, shut the basement doors and let the girls climb up and down it.
Fifth, then the girls were playing on the stairs heading to their room upstairs.
Sixth, we were at Kristi's when she looked outside and saw the sunset. So we all went out to look at it.
Seventh, we went to the park near Kristi's house when a couple of Rachel's cousins' were in town.
Eighth, the girls were watching My Friends Tigger & Pooh on morning.
Ninth, Chloe had Heidi's cell phone and was dancing to the music.
Tenth, Heidi tries to lure Rachel off the couch with a Dr. Pepper from In-N-Out.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

California (Pt. 2)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
On Tuesday morning, I woke up with the girls and let them watch cartoons for a little while in the TV room. But since we did not have anything to make them for breakfast, I woke Rachel up so she could watch the girls while I ran to one of the grocery stores that we passed on the way in town the night before. I bought a few things and returned back to the place we were staying, and I ate some breakfast myself. After breakfast, I looked out the front window where the TV room was and saw that the morning light was just right for taking pictures. So I went outside and took pictures for a little while and then came back in. Because I felt dirty (because it was very humid) from the night before, I hoped in the shower and got ready for the day.

I used their computer to upload a few pictures onto Flickr since I could not figure out why my laptop would not connect to their internet via Ethernet cable.

Now that lunch was approaching, I totally spaced it to get a few things for lunch at the grocery store. On the way to get more groceries, I found a Chevron to fill up the car that the Fairbank's let us borrow with gasoline, and then headed to another grocery store closer by. After shopping, I was heading back and Rachel called me to see where I was at. Luckily I was at a red light when she called, because as soon as it turned green, I said, "Oh crap! That's right, you can't talk on your cell phone (to your ear) while driving. I'll see you soon." and hung up. I didn't want to get pulled over and have to really prove that I was from Utah, even though I was driving a vehicle with California plates. Well, I made it back and made the girls lunch.

Shortly after lunch, Heidi and Rex arrived from Sonora to come have lunch with us and to do a few extra things while they and we were in Modesto. We ended up going to a little Mexican restaurant right next to the grocery store I just came from. We sat around and talked while we ate our lunch and then after lunch, we drove over to the home that Rex, Heidi and Rachel once lived at when they lived in Modesto years ago. We drove around and Rachel showed me the middle school and elementary school that she went to when they lived there. She also pointed out a few homes that her childhood friends lived at when they were younger. Then we headed over to Wal-Mart because Rachel could not find the cell phone charger (that I knew I packed right in front of her). After buying the charger, we headed back to the place we were stayed at for the night and very quickly packed up so that we could head up to Sonora for the next few days and nights.

Before we left town, we stopped and let Rex visit with his dentist (good friends and who he traded with) and the other people in the dentist office. He has shown them pictures of the twins, but this was the first time they had ever seen the girls in person. After a little visit with them, we left and headed on our way to Sonora. But instead of Rachel driving with me, Heidi drove shot-gun with me and the twins, while Rachel drove the car with Rex (that Heidi and Rex drove in). We just happened to be heading up there while sun was setting, and since Rex was telling Rachel where to drive, we followed her. There were SO many times that I just wanted to pull over, get out and take pictures of the scenery. Had I done that, I would have gotten lost on which way we were suppose to go, and it would have taken us hours to drive an one hour drive.

But luckily, one of the girls started to wake up while we were driving. I tried calling Rachel (dead battery) and Rex (text messaging), but no luck. Since Rex knew I called, they finally pulled over on a section of road (a driveway of a home in the middle of nowhere) and gave both the girls some Tylenol (since they are still teething). While Rachel was holding Ady (since she wanted Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma...), I took some pictures. After the girls calmed down (Chloe was crying because I woke her up to give her medicine), we started driving on the road to Sonora and made it to Rachel's grandma's home just as there was little light left outside. But we brought the girls in and that is when it because a chore for Rachel, Heidi and I had to constantly watch the girls since the house was not child proof and they wanted to explore everything. We had dinner shortly after arriving. We watched something on Bio about Urban Legends. Hey Tristyn, I knew it wasn't true... the story about the envelopes and roaches. FALSE!!!

After watching TV and talking, it was time for bed. So we set up the playpens for the girls to sleep in upstairs, and went to bed ourselves.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Since Heidi had lost a bet to Rachel the night before (who the gentlemen was in one of the pictures... it was their grandpa), she had to make everyone breakfast. I was able to sleep in for a little while and then ate my omelet that Heidi custom made for me (she didn't add green peppers). Because I knew I needed a shower from dealing with the humidity in Modesto the day before, I took a shower. Ugh... I won't say here, but if you ever see me, ask me why I knew my mom would have flipped out had she been there...

After I bravely took a shower, I finished getting ready so that we could move the car seats from the car we were borrowing and move them into one of Rex's vans. We loaded everyone up and headed into town so that we could take Rex to a quick doctor appointment and check-up. Rachel went in with him, so I don't know exactly what they had to do. But since it didn't take long, we all sat out in the van waiting for them to finish up. Also, because I could not get cell phone service while up in the mountains (where Rachel's grandma lives), I was getting caught up on all the text messages and Twitters that were pouring in. I also had to change my voice mail greeting letting customers know that iStGeorge was closed and to leave a message, since I would not be able to answer the phone.

After the doctor appointment, we headed over to Wal-Mart so that we could get lunch for everyone and a few supplies. After lunch and shopping, we drove over to the cemetery where Rachel's grandpa is laid to rest. We were there for a little while, just chatting and talking about family history... and chasing the girls all over and telling them to stop throwing the white rocks (as seen in the picture).

After the cemetery, we drove over to a couple hardware stores to find a part for Rex. Bonita (Rachel's grandma) mentioned that there was a Chinese buffet and we could go there for dinner... as soon as Rex found his part. But we had just finished lunch and I wasn't hungry. Plus, we just bought some food supplies to make dinner. After he purchased the needed part (don't ask me, I don't know what he needed), I needed to check my e-mails...

So, we drove over to the local Burger King so we could let the girls play in the kid area while I used their free Wi-Fi long enough to check and reply to e-mails, Twitters, Facebook messages and anything else while I was there. It sucks going from having it to not having it, and depending on internet to keep connected to everyone else... Almost like a drug. Well, while we were there, we ended up getting dinner for everyone since it had been long enough. After Burger King, we headed back to Bonita's place for the night. We were trying to entertain the girls by connecting my iPod dock to the TV, but since they were not staying put in the room while Bolt was on, we all ended up watching Napoleon Dynamite. Shortly after the movie ended, I started to feel weak and sick. I knew I had been eating nothing but fast food (and gummy bears) since we arrived, so I knew my body was saying I needed something in my stomach that was better,healthier. Rachel quickly made me a PB&J sandwich and a glass of milk. I ate that and felt better soon after. Because it was now getting late, I called it a night and went to bed. But since the bed Bonita let Rachel and I sleep on, wasn't big enough, I unrolled a sleeping bag and slept on the floor for the remainder of the trip.