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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

Well, the holidays have come and gone.

On Saturday (12/24), we drove over to Kristi's house a little early to help get the food ready to eat. At 5 PM we started to eat snack foods (crackers, cheeses, chips, dips, etc) and that was good eatin'. After eating, we were going to have dessert, but since we just ate and all of us were full, we decided to open presents from one another instead. That took a good hour and a half. I have video footage, but I couldn't edit the entire 1 1/2 hours of footage down to 15 minutes for YouTube... So don't expect a video of Christmas Eve. After opening presents, we cleaned up the wrapping paper and then started singing Christmas carols. That kept us entertained for another hour. After presents and singing, we now had dessert... Fruit dipped in a chocolate fountain. After everything, we cleaned up and packed up the van. We drove back home and got ready for Santa. Heidi and Brian drove over to spend the night. They helped the girls get ready for bed and ready for Santa too. I slept in the girls room to make sure they didn't sneak out while Santa was there ; )

Santa came and left the girls lots of good stuff.

On Christmas morning, I woke up around 7:30am and started working on a customers iPod. I walked out to do something in the kitchen and the girls were up looking at their presents. So I put the job on hold and started recording. We let the girls play with their toys, and then we started up the oven and put in a breakfast casserole. After it cooked, we all ate breakfast and then let the girls play with their new dolls. By this time, Grandma K and Great Aunt Jann came over to see the girls open their big gifts.


The girls got new bikes for Christmas. So we took their new dresses off and put on warm clothes so that they could go out side and ride their bikes. Kristi gave the girls new helmets, but they were too small so they didn't fit. So we had to take them back and get new bigger ones later.

We let the girls go outside with their new bikes and let them ride them around.


After letting them ride their bikes, we let the girls play inside and we took it easy.

Earlier, when I first woke up for the day, I started to feel like crap (stuffy nose, throat, etc.) and so I was feeling tired. By noon, I crashed until 4PM. That means I missed church. But I needed the rest and got it. I woke up at 4, and woke Rachel up from her nap that she was taking and we got ready to head to Rachel's mom's house to have Christmas dinner. We arrived a little late (as we normally do) and sat down and started eating. After eating, we sat around the TV so we could listen to The Anniversary Story read to us by Rachel's grandpa years ago via the Apple TV. After listening to that, we sat around and started singing our favorite Christmas carols. Mine was "Winter Wonderland".

Then we started to play a trivia Christmas game of questions like, "Of Santa's reindeer, who is Rudolph's father?" The answer was Donner. We played that until we were out of questions. Even the girls guess some right. Not to brag, but I won with 21 questions right. Sweet! By this time, we were getting tired and since I was sick, we packed up and headed back home for the night. And that was our Christmas.

I hope all of you had a good Christmas and hope you all have a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holidays In Salt Lake

Last Thursday (12/8), we packed up and headed up to Salt Lake to visit the family again. Just to let you know, we were up there two weeks ago visiting for Thanksgiving. But we came back up to have a Christmas party on Saturday and then watch the girls open their gifts from Grandma and Grandpa Sharich, Aunt Annie and Uncle Ben, and a couple from my aunts (Gae and Lu) on Sunday.

We made it up there Thursday night and took it easy the rest of the night since I spent the day driving. On Friday, my mom drove down to Nephi, Utah to help my grandma get ready for the party on Saturday. So we went and visited my grandparents in Holladay, Utah, then took it easy the rest of the evening with my dad and brother. We also took the girls to see Christmas lights on Christmas Street in the Sugarhouse area.



Saturday morning came and we drove down to Nephi to have the Christmas party with my mom's side of the family. We ate lunch and then Santa stopped by for the kids... (The best part is at the 6:25 minute mark)




We let the girls open their presents from Santa and then played White Elephant. After cleaning up and saying goodbye to everyone, we packed up in the van and drove back to my parents house. Later that evening, my mom let us open out ornaments. I got a hamburger since I'm always cooking or grilling something.


On Sunday, we had it so the girls would open gifts from my parents.

If you would like to watch the video of them opening presents, your can right-click here to download the video. It's about 30+ minutes long, so that is why I didn't upload it to YouTube.

Then later that afternoon, we went to go see The Muppets with my parents. When we arrived, they had statues in the lobby to promote the upcoming Chipmunks film. I had to take a picture...


We came back to the house and by that time, Annie and Ben had arrived. So we let the girls open presents from them. Later that evening, we took the girls to see the Salt Lake LDS Temple lights.



Monday came and we had to help clean up and clean up our stuff so we could get going. We left around 3-4 in the afternoon and made it down to my Grandma's house in Nephi to say Hi and to visit for a little while. We continued on our way and ran into the storm around Cedar City. Thank goodness my parents bought us new tires for Christmas when we were up for Thanksgiving.

But we had fun. Rachel got to go visit and talk with an old co-worker that now works in Weber County. I got to watch the girls have fun with family... and that is what I asked for for Christmas.

Don't forget, if you want to watch the girls open presents on Sunday morning, right-click here to download the video.

If you want to look at all the pictures of our trip on Flickr, click here...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mini Golf


On Wednesday evening, just before the sun set, I took the girls a motel near by our home that has a miniature golf course.

We arrived to the front desk and got our golf clubs and golf ball. That's right, one golf ball. Ha! The lady at the front desk could only find one ball. So she told me where to find them outside near the 18th hole. So we walked outside to the golf course and checked where she told me to look... not one ball.

Sooooo... instead of going back inside and getting our money back and heading back home, I decided that all of us could take a turn with this one ball since there was no one else behind us. So on each hole, I would show the girls how to do it and then let them hit the ball on their turn. It took us a while to play the full 17 holes, but we had fun. We didn't keep score on cards, seeing how there were none. But the girls would say "Ready. Set. Go!" to me when it was my turn. They would also say my score was 30-2 or 30-5. Lol. They still have to learn how to hold and control the putter since they are Sharich's... but we had fun.

On one of the holes, Ady sat down to hit the ball. She hit it, it bounced off the wall
and slowly made it into the hole. Her first hole-in-one ever. So I took her picture with her ball.
Ady's Hole-in-One

We got to the 17th hole just as the sun was setting. We didn't play the 18th hole because the hole leads to a pit and I didn't want to fish the ball out each time... so we walked back in and returned the clubs and ball. She asked if we found the other balls, I told her the situation and she gave us our money back. Wow! But we had a blast and made a memory.


If you want to see more pictures, click here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Halloween 2011

Halloween came again and went this year. The girls still talk (after how many weeks in) about having a Halloween party or "this and that Halloween"...

Well the girls got to dress up and go to school the Thursday before Halloween. Adelyn was a monkey (from the costumes they wore last year) and Chloe was Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid. They said they had a blast and got to take a bag of candy to share with the other classmates.


On Saturday night, we all went over to Kristi's house to have dinner and to play Halloween games, learn how to do the Thriller dance, and to hang out for a bit. Heidi (who had been there earlier in the day) had to take off to be home to cover a shift at her work. Well, someone covered it at the last second and she drove all the way back from Las Vegas to hang out again for the next few days.

Then Halloween (Monday) finally arrived. The girls had worn their costumes almost everyday since school. We all got dressed up that evening and waited for family to come over to help us go Trunk or Treating. I couldn't think what to dress up as, so I put on my < HEAD > beanie and < BODY > shirt and went as a website. Rachel went as a mom, and the girls went in the same costumes.



Then on the following day (November 1st), it was time to bring down the Halloween decorations. The girls helped by putting the cut up plastic jack-o-lanterns on their head... This picture below still makes me laugh.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yard Sale

On Saturday, October 22, we had a yard sale. We did good, although we had little customers seeing how it was deer hunting weekend. Rachel really got involved and made fliers and posted them on neighbors doors earlier in the week. So, we had about 5 other homes on our street selling stuff as well. Since it was deer hunting season, we are going to have another yard sale on November 5th. I can't wait to get rid of my iMac, as well as some other things.


Sorry it's a little blurry, but I'm not the one who took the picture... I am the one sitting on the couch to the right.

Also, to let you know, I haven't posted any videos lately because I haven't taken any video. The last video I took and posted on YouTube (but not here) was around the time the girls had their tonsils removed. We will be heading up to SLC for Thanksgiving and I know I will be taking video of family and the girls then. Stay tuned...

OH! And one more thing. We do not have the rooster anymore. He met his fate just like the other rooster, but not so badly. So, no more waking up at 6 in the morning to shut the rooster up.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pets

Since I never wrote something in September, I thought I would write about our pet situation and living arrangements.

You should know by now that we have chickens. We originally had 4, but we are now down to 3. Why? If you have not done so, go read Rachel's blog post about what we did with the 2nd rooster. It is a long read, so brace yourself.

Now that you are back, like I said, we now have 3 chickens. The remaining rooster has found his morning voice and it is getting on my nerves since it wakes me up early in the morning. Either we will be getting rid of him by selling him, or he may end up just like the other one... But we'll do it right this time.


Then if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you should know that I found a turtle. Story goes, I was on my way home from dropping the girls off at school and I pulled into our driveway. While I was doing that, I looked over into the neighbors driveway and saw a turtle. I got out and went over and checked it out. It was real. I called Rachel and told her to come out to look at "what I found". She was shocked and so happy. Since she studied up on turtle years ago (when she had turtles), she knew it wasn't a desert tortoise (which you can not touch down here since they are protected by law). She quickly identified it as an eastern box turtle. We decided to keep it since no one around here claimed it. Plus, well, one of the dogs got to it and started to chew on the shell. Poor guy. But he survived... twice, and so we call him "Lucky" Mike.

You can see some of the shell missing near his head area...

Last, as I mentioned back in March, we took in a dog named Daisy. She was the one responsible for tearing a hole in the chicken coop back in June. Then when we got the turtle, we put the turtle in a empty flower box (4' x 4') and Daisy got in and played with the turtle and chewed on its shell. Luckily, the shell didn't crack and the turtle survived. Rachel said we had to get rid of her. So I put an ad on KSL and Craigslist saying she was free, but no one called. So a few days after that incident, we tried putting the turtle in the box again but with wire fencing on top. We took the girls to school, came back and discovered Daisy jumped on it to get inside to play with the turtle again. The turtle shell was chewed on again and was bleeding. That was the final straw. So last week (9/27), I took Daisy to the pound. Hopefully she was adopted by someone who wants just a pet, but doesn't have any other pets.

But we still have Ginger after all this time and trouble of how many other dogs we have tried to take in. Ginger is so good, we can let her outside when the chickens are out walking around and she will get a few feet from them and then walk away. So I know we can trust her. She even is interested in the turtle, but not like Daisy was. She sees a moving object and wants to check him out. We have the turtle in the kitchen most of the time (not outside right now because it is raining outside). So we let Ginger in to sniff the turtle and then she walks out after she has observed him.


And so at the moment, we have 3 chickens, 1 turtle and 1 dog. Rachel and I made an agreement... No more dogs until Ginger dies. When that happens, that will be a very sad day because Ginger has been a very good dog.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tonsils, Grandparents and Pre-School

I think that it has been two weeks since the girls had their tonsils taken out. But now that two weeks has gone by, they seem to be much better. The only problems we had was about a week in, Chloe started to complain about ear aches. The doctor said that there was a nerve nearby the ear that may start acting up as a result of the surgery, but we took her into the InstaCare near our house to make sure she really didn't have an ear infection. She turned up okay. But that is what you get when the twins do not want to take their pain and antibiotic liquid medicines and you have to resort to using acetaminophen suppositories. Never bought so many suppositories in all my life. I think I wiped out Walgreens and Rite-Aid. But the girls are doing much better now and seem to have their life back to normal.

Then last week, on Monday (8/22), my parents drove from SLC down here to visit us and to stay at the Virgin River. They arrived on Monday and since Rachel was tired from working a late shift, the five of us (the twins, my parents and I) drove down to Mesquite and played in the arcade, had naps, went to dinner and played on the stairs of the swimming pool (since the doctor told us to not let them play too rough). Then on Tuesday, we all piled in our new van and went to go see the Smurfs movie. It was pretty cute and fun for the girls. Came home and had pizza that night and then called it a night. Then Wednesday, my parents stopped by again on their way home and said goodbye. The twins had so much fun visiting with Grandma and Grandpa Sharich.

On Sunday(8/28), after Kristi took the girls to church, we met up at her house and loaded up in our van to head down to Mesquite to meet up with Heidi and Brian for the buffet. After the buffet, we went bowling. Never thought I would say this, but Heidi beat both Brian and I on the first game. Then after bowling, we took the girls to the arcade and won 800 tickets even. So the girls got to choose their prizes, a small netted backpack and an inflatable frog. Walking from the arcade to the car, they had the biggest smiles on their face.

Then on Monday(8/29), we had to go to the doctor to get s-h-o-t-s so the girls could go to pre-school. 4 shots each. Man, they were not happy afterwards. So we stopped at McDonald's to get them each a Happy Meal.

Then the big day came. Tuesday (8/30). The day the girls had been waiting for for a long time. We woke up and got breakfast in them. Then around noon, we loaded up the girls and took them to their new pre-school. They were so happy and glad to meet/introduce themselves to new kids. After dropping them off, we came home and cleaned after having lunch. Hooray for free time. 3PM rolled around pretty quickly and they lined up against the wall and then we took them home while they told us all about their day at school. Then later that night, since the teacher told us that we should get them backpacks, we went and bought backpacks.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eyes and Throat Doctor

Last Monday (8/8), we took the girls in for their 4 year old check up at their doctor.


While there, she told us two things that were a small concern to her. First, both girls have a little issue with their eyes. When you hold your finger out in front of your eyes and bring it in, your eyes should start to cross. Both girls' eyes wouldn't do that. Well, one eye would, but the other would look straight ahead. This is normal for kids at this age since they are not looking at the fine details in life, like reading or sewing... So they took a eye chart exam with shapes and did pretty well. But we felt like it was something that we should have an optometrist (eye doctor) look at.

The second thing their doctor felt was a concern was their tonsils. She, the doctor, said they were almost touching. So we scheduled an appointment with an nose, mouth, ear and throat doctor a few days later.

On Thursday (8/11), we took them into the throat doctor and he told us that on a scale of 4, Ady's tonsils were a 2 / 3, and Chloe's were at a 3. Plus, with them inflamed and _almost_ touching, he suggested that they could come out if we agreed on it... and so we did. We scheduled an appointment for Tuesday morning to have another doctor take their tonsils out.

But on Monday (8/15), we called an optometrist to schedule an appointment for later that day to have the girls eyes examined. We went in and tried on glasses while we waited for the appointment to begin.


We went into the room where the eye exam takes place and the doctor did his thing. He told us that the girls do not need glasses at this time, but before Kindergarten starts, bring them back in and they will be prescribed each a pair of glasses. But he also said that if we work with the twins on having them follow and practice drawing/tracing lines and curvy lines, the problem of the lazy eye might go away.


Tuesday morning came bright and early. We woke the girls and took them to the hospital. We dressed them up in their surgery gowns and waited for the doctor to come around.

He came and greeted us and told us what he was going to do and how long it should take. Ady went in first and about 45 minutes later, Chloe went in. Ady came back while I was out getting an energy drink. She was slowly waking up while Chloe was in. Another 45 minutes went by and Chloe was brought back into the recovery room. So we waited for them to try and get some liquids in them. After about another hour, they were up and conscious. We drove to the pharmacy, then back home and took it easy. It was a Barbie movie marathon that day.

We had issues with the pain medicines. The pharmacy never flavored the meds. So the girls did not want to take their meds. I don't blame them, it did smell terrible. So I had to drive back into town and they flavored them for us. Grandma Kristi and Aunt Aubrey came over to visit and brought us dinner. The girls were still not taking their meds, so to control the pain a little, we had to use Tylenol suppositories... and we ran out around 11PM. Soooo... Back into town I went to get more suppositories for them. So I had been at the same Walgreens 3 times that day.

We woke up 3 times in the middle of the night to give the girls suppositories to control the pain before it got out of control and not have them wake up in pain. But when we woke up, they started to eat more, but still did not want to take their liquid medicines. Grandma Kristi came over to help for the day and brought toys for the girls so that every time they took their meds, they could have a toy. It was about late afternoon by the time the girls started to take their meds.

Right now, they are still watching movies and taking it easy. We are getting ready for bed so I better go.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cell Phone Videos 20

First, the dogs wear party hats at the birthday party, then we sing Happy Birthday to Rachel. Second, the staff at Red Lobster sing Happy Birthday to Rachel while eating. Third, Chloe tries to touch her nose with her tongue. Finally, the girls have fun riding rides at the Washington County Fair.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Twins! (aka Cell Phone Video 19)

The twins open their birthday present on their birthday and then go celebrate their birthday by opening more presents and eating cake at Grandma K's house.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cell Phone Videos 18

First, the girls chase and play with our new chickens.
Second, they play at the water park.
Last, they play in the pool with another boy.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Las Vegas, Pt. II

Now to tell you about the day Rachel's birthday actually happened (July 31, 2011) and our adventures with it.

Chloe woke up at 7AM their time and did not go back to sleep. So I made her a bowl of cereal and made one for Ady when she woke up about an hour later. Since we didn't know what channels were what on the TV, we ended up watching some programs about sharks since it was apparently Shark Week. We let the Birthday Girl try to sleep in, but the twins kept going in and bothering her. Finally, Rachel and Heidi woke up and we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast (too). Brian had to work, so he wasn't home to enjoy the cinnamon rolls. After we all got ready, and it being 11AM, we loaded up in the van again and headed to Silverton again to see the mermaid show one more time. But instead of walking through the casino to get to the fish tank, we walked through Bass Pro Shop and looked around until noon.


Noon rolled around and we headed to the fish tank to wait for the show to begin again. Once it started, I started filming with the video camera so the girls can watch it again and again so we don't have to go there anytime soon.


After watching the girls watch the mermaid and buying a few mermaid pictures from an artist near the tank, we headed back out because we were all starving for lunch. So we drove over to where Heidi works and ate at Red Lobster so we could show the girls off to everyone. I took video of the waiters singing to Rachel and will be posting that in a few days... I hope.

After eating, it was still raining outside (raining since early morning) and so we carefully drove over to the MGM parking lot to park and then walk over to M&M World to let the girls check that out. But walking through MGM, they have the lion exhibit and we let the girls quickly take a look at the lions before we continued on.


After walking through MGM, and making outside, we finally made it to M&M World. We let the girls pick out one item and they chose sippy cups with straws. We made it up to the 3rd or 4th level and watched a 10 minute M&M movie in 3-D.


After browsing the thousand of items they have for sale we made it back downstairs to the Strip and walked back to the van.



By this time, after playing all day, it was about 5PM. With the girls being sick a little (buggery noses) and everyone except me getting tired, we headed back to Heidi and Brian's place. Loaded up our luggage and the dogs, and anything else we brought, we headed home. We safely made it home around 10:30 and went straight to bed after unpacking.

Click here to see a few more pictures of our adventure during this fun filled birthday-day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Las Vegas, Pt. I

Before I write about our trip to Las Vegas for Rachel's birthday, I forgot to mention in the last blog entry that there were more pictures of the girls birthday party that I posted on Flickr. So click here to check them out... Go on, check them out... Hey, are you still reading this...?

Now that you are back, I am going to tell you and show you pictures of our trip to Las Vegas for Rachel's birthday.

We got packed and ready to go by noon. Like last time, we brought both dogs down with us. We made it down to Las Vegas around 1PM (Pacific) and hung around until Kristi and Aubrey arrived so that when it was 2:30, we could all pack in our new van and drive to the Silverton Lodge and Casino so we could check out the mermaid show.


We stayed there for a good 2 or 3 hours (watching the mermaids and feeding show and checking out Bass Pro Shop) before we headed back home to get dinner ready. While we were waiting for the ribs to cook (yum), Rachel opened up her birthday gifts. 31 gifts for 31 years of age.


After opening presents, we ate the ribs and other food dishes. Man, Rachel was excited for the ribs.


Click here to see more pictures of the mermaids, our adventure through Bass Pro Shop and the birthday party. Up next, the adventures to go see the mermaids again and to go see M&M World.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Twins Birthday

On Tuesday the 26th, it was the girls birthday, and we had a fun filled day celebrating.

For the girls breakfast, they requested waffles. Then after hanging around for a bit, we all got ready and went to go see Cars 2 with the girls at the theater around 1. After the movie, we came home and had lunch.

Around 5:30/6, we got back up and headed over to Kristi's house to celebrate the girls birthday with the family. This is what you saw as you walked in the door...

We first had sloppy Joe's for dinner and let them toot the birthday horns.

Then we let them slowly start opening gifts. By that, I mean we would let the girls open a gift and let the girls play with them for a bit before we had them open another gift. One of the first gifts was a BINGO game. We played that for a few rounds and the prizes were Taffy.

One of the next gifts was little rings with detachable Disney characters on them, where you could switch the characters with another character from that movie. Here Chloe shows off one of the rings.

While the girls were opening gifts, Aunt Aubrey was busy working on their Little Mermaid cake. She did a really good job. Ariel was actually made from candy taffy.

After games and opening presents, we finally sang Happy Birthday and let everyone enjoy the cake. The girls sure did enjoy it...

Then after that, we let the girls go outside and hold sparklers that we had left over from 4th of July.

Since it was dark, and we had such a busy day, it was time to clean up and call it a day.

To see more pictures of the girls birthday, click here...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July!

I thought I would catch everyone up on what has been going on for the month of July... Well, just the little things.

Before the 4th of July, Rachel's cousin, wife and little girl came down from Salt Lake to celebrate the 4th of July and to also celebrate the little girls birthday at the park. Rachel and the twins had a fun time.

Rachel's aunt from Las Vegas also came up to visit as well during the 4th of July. She had crafts for all the girls to do since it was raining on the 4th of July morning...

Life went back to normal after the 4th of July. So to help the girls keep cool during the heat, we stopped and picked up a swimming pool. They live in their swimsuits just in case they felt like going swimming...

But sometimes that isn't good enough. Well, it was good when we are at home, but when grandma Kristi comes to pick up the girls, she takes them to the girls great-grandma's (HOA) pool (and we'll come along sometimes)...

Then the other day, to help finish the building the chicken coop, Rachel made a door so we could easily let the chickens out and let them walk right in. This makes it so much nicer so we can let them out and let them play, and when it is nighttime, they just walk right on in without having to have us chase them down and catch them.

Then on Friday, the 22nd, Kristi and I took the girls too the park. They had fun playing in a hole that had been already dug.

Earlier, we picked all the apricots and either canned them as whole or made jam with them. Later this month, it was the peaches turn to be jarred. But the peaches were not that much easier to peel. Here are some of the peaches that we picked to jar. At the moment, there are a lot more still on the tree...

Up next, the girls birthday party. To see more pics from this month, click here...

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Minivan

For those of you who don't know, the 2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager minivan that we have, currently does not have A/C. Why? There is a part that helps send the cool air into the vents that is broken, and will cost us $1,300 to replace/fix. Sure, we could fix it, but this van is now 11 years old and who knows what else could go wrong with it a week later if we were to go ahead and get that part fixed today. Plus, we've have already put $2,000+ into this mini van to have the transmission replaced two years ago and we still owe money on it. So Rachel and I agreed that it was time to start looking for a new mini van or replacement vehicle.

On Friday, Rachel applied for a loan through CarMax and was approved. So, she started searching their inventory and found a minivan that caught our attention. It was fully loaded and had A/C, CD/Cassette, and stow-away seats for the back seats so we could fold them down and put luggage on it and then pop the seats back up so we don't have to detatch the seats (like in the old mini van) and leave them home when we travel north up to Salt Lake. This has been difficult when we want to take one vehicle and take my parents with, but can't because the seat is at home.

Anyways, Rachel started talking to a sales lady that Friday and asked her to put that vehicle on hold so we could come down to Las Vegas on Saturday to take a look at it. Saturday came and grandma Kristi picked up the girls around noon so Rachel and I could get dressed and get paperwork ready, and then travel down to Las Vegas. Plus, there was no way that we were going to travel down there with the twins in 100+ degree weather and no A/C in the minivan. We finally got ready and headed down there with all windows down so air would circulate through and cool us down. We said that this would be another memory in our books.

We made it down there around 3 (Las Vegas time) and didn't have to be there until 6PM (appointment). So we hung around and cooled off at Brian and Heidi's place until the sales lady called around 4:45 and said that her 4PM never showed up. We drove from North Las Vegas to Henderson and met up with her. We took the van for a test drive and looked it over, then went back inside to figure out what our monthly payment would be with a warranty. After agreeing on a set price (what we could afford), we signed papers and waited in the waiting room while they filled up the van with gas and gave it a car wash (which was pointless since we would be driving it home and have bugs hit it).

If you look close enough, you can see the sales lady in the drivers seat and Rachel behind her.

While we were waiting, my phone was dying and in the red. So I went out to sit in the old van and charge my phone. 10-20 minutes passed and Rachel finally pulled up and parked in front of me. We had the new van, so it was now time to go eat. But by this time it was 9/9:30PM, and the buffet that we were going to go to was now closed. So we drove back to Heidi and Brian's (9:30/10) and made plans to go to TGI Fridays. After eating and playing a little on the slots, it was midnight Las Vegas time... One AM back home, and the girls were still with Grandma. So, we said our goodbyes and headed home. Had to make a quick stop in Moapa to fill up with gas in the old van and to get energy drinks because it was late. Rachel then took the old van because she was going to stop and pick up the girls, and I took over driving the new van. But I had to pull off at the Beaver Dam exit because I wasn't feeling well. After that, I continued on my way home and we both made it home around 3AM our time. Ouch! But we had a new van.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Birthday Week

Well, a few things have happened since I lasted posted an update. Let's see...

On Father's Day, we took it easy and then got a call from Kristi asking us if we wanted to go down to Mesquite to meet up with Heidi and to eat at the buffet. I was itching to go because I won $10 in free play (on Facebook) and it expired a few days after that Sunday. So we drove over to Kristi's, loaded up in her car and drove down to Mesquite. Heidi arrived shortly after and they went and ate dinner. I played my free $10 and then met up with them in the buffet. After, we decided to go play a game or two of bowling. Well, it was just the twins and I who bowled. By the time we finished, it was 9PM (MST) and that was the time Kristi wanted to be home... So we said our goodbye's to Heidi, since she had to head back to Las Vegas and we made it home safe.

What next...? Oh, my birthday. I had to go to the DMV to renew my license since my 5 years were up, and then off to the dentist. Nothing major. But while I was in town, I helped a customer with her computer and then came home. Rachel had been busy herself. She made a (surprise) cake with the twins and then later we fired up the grill outside to cook some chicken for dinner. After dinner, Kristi came over to help celebrate my birthday. Rachel brought out the cake and stuck 31 candles in it, and lit them all. One big breath, they were all blown out. (I have video, but it will be posted later)


Then a few days ago, Rachel found someone locally who sells chickens. She had to find him on KSL's Classifieds because our local IFA stopped getting shipments of chickens a few weeks ago... That is why we were looking for chickens up in Salt Lake when we were up there. Well, we found his house and picked up 4 more chickens who are a little bigger then the ones we had before. Since it was my birthday a few days before, Rachel said I could name them. Since it looks as if we have 2 boys and 2 girls, I named them Anni, Bjorn, Benny and Agnitha. Some of you get it as to why I named them that. If you don't, look at the letters in bold. Well, the dogs still have a thing for chickens and so when we bring the chickens outside to play, the dogs are locked in the bedroom (until the chickens are put away). We are waiting for this Friday to go buy wire to finish fixing the chicken coop.


Then this Sunday, I had to get up in front of the entire congregation for 30-seconds to have them sustain me to be ordained to the office of a Priest. Nerve racking for me. Although this office is meant to be for boys who are in their teens, I was not going to church around that time in my life. So I am slowly making up for it and now I get to help serve the sacrament during church. Sorry, I don't have a picture for this event. Why am I doing this? We have been talking to our bishop about going to be sealed in the temple. But before that can happen, I needed to first be ordained to the office of Priest, and then to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. Once that happens (sometime later this year, early next year), we can then go through the temple.

Picture by: Ricardo630 (Wikipedia -- Creative Commons license)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cell Phone Videos 17

Here are some more videos (put onto one video) of the girls acting silly...

First, (I don't know who) is dancing to music on the TV.
Second, the girls eat a smore that I made them.
Third, the girls play with the hand carts as if they are lawn mowers.
Fourth, Ady looks in my parents mirror and pretends she is getting married.
Fifth, Chloe is playing with the building blocks.
Sixth, the girls learn how to play and slide on their new slip n' slide.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Salt Lake City

We left for Salt Lake City around 7:30PM on Saturday (6/4) and made it up to SLC around 1... But because of construction, we had to make a detour through Provo before we arrived. Talk about stress and anxiety while driving.

Sunday, we helped get ready for the early birthday party for the twins and graduation party for my brother. Everyone started to arrive around 3, and I started to help with the grill. Apparently the grill was up too high and started cooking everything at a faster pace. So I had to have my dad help flip burgers while I watched the chicken. Everyone sat around and ate, and talked about how they were doing. It was nice to catch up. After, we brought out presents for both the girls and TJ to open. Then everyone went home and we cleaned up.

Here are the pictures of the girls and TJ opening their presents.





On Monday, I had a computer job in the morning and then came back to my parents house. We then decided it would be fun for the four of us, plus my mom, to go visit the The Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy. That was an fun couple of hours. I remember going to it back in '05 with Tristyn, but that was when they were located in the Gateway Mall. Since then, they have moved into a larger building and have added a whole bunch of new stuff. It was fun to try and let the girls touch the sting rays and let them see the staff feed the penguins. I know they had a blast. Of course, the only thing the girls remember is the last thing... Glow in the dark scorpions. You'll have to see the exhibit to see what I am talking about.






Here are more pictures of the girls looking and petting the many different sea creatures.

On Tuesday, we all got ready, took some pictures of TJ and family before we had to head out to the Maverik Center (aka The E Center). It was his big day to graduate from high school. The school said they had to be out there at 12:45PM, but the graduation did not start until 2:00. But that hour flew by. I wish they had a bagpipe marching band when I graduated... Well, there were a few speakers and we lost count of how many beach balls were taken away. Well, after an hour, they TJ finally went up. When they read his name, as Rachel put it, "[I] yelled the loudest [she's] ever heard me yell". After a couple of hours, he the graduation was over. The girls were pretty good and sat through the entire thing... But they wouldn't have without the snack bag my mom put together for them.


We then met up at a pub and grille called Porcupine. We had lunch and then went home and watched game 4 of the NBA Finals. Go Mavs!

Here are more pictures of TJ's graduation.

On Wednesday, Rachel and I went to IFA to look at and buy some baby chicks. We get there and they said you have to buy 6 or more of them. Plus, they were expensive too. So we decided not to get any at that moment. We headed back to my parents house and helped clean up the girls toys and any of our messes. We headed out about 5PM and stoped at my grandma's house for an hour or two and talked. After talking, we decided it was best to head back on the road. We made it home around 11PM. It was a fun trip, and Annie and Ben... We missed ya'.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sad News

I have some sad news to post (in case you don't read my Twitter or Facebook). The day I posted the last video, was the day we left the chickens out in their chicken coop and the dogs literally were able to tear some of the wire off of the chicken coop and attacked all the chickens. : (

Here is a picture of what damage was done to the chicken coop. Click here...

The dogs got their punishment and it looks like we are going to be nailing boards to the side of the coop so that this NEVER happens again.

RIP Chickies...
The good news is, yes, we will be getting more chickens again. We are up in Salt Lake right now for my brothers graduation. We will be stopping at the IFA (Intermountain Farmers Association) before we head home to grab 4 more chickens. Before we put them outside again, the coop will "Fort Knox"ed up.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Chickens 2

I've been taking lots of video clips of the girls and the chickens. So, I made this second video called "Chickens 2". Enjoy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

CHICKENS!!!

In my last entry, I mentioned that we had a chicken coop delivered to our house for us to finish putting together (the wire). Well, at the moment, we have it pretty much all covered (except for the hing door we are making and putting on). But that should be finished by today or tomorrow.

Well, the day after I posted the blog entry about us getting the chicken coop, our neighbor called us up and said that they had 4 baby chicks for us. Rachel was at work, so I walked over with box and picked them up. I was thinking they were yellow chicks. Nope. Little black ones. Took me a while to get use to because all I have ever seen in life is yellow chicks. Well, the girls were taking a nap and got a big surprise when they woke up. We have been playing with them, petting them, watching them play and making sure they have a clean box to roam around in (until they move outside). We have them close to the kitchen gate at the moment so that they dogs can see them and get use to us having chickens.

Well, I have been taking pictures and videos with my phone. You can see the pictures of the chickens here...