Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Brian Head [Day 3]

We all woke up on Monday morning and had breakfast and then got in the hot tub (for the last time). I took some special paper and gave it to the girls to write Happy Birthday Grandma on it (my moms birthday was on December 22nd). After the letter making, we got ready and bundled up to go tubing. We called and asked where we could go tubing. We got directions on where to go. While waiting for everyone to get ready, Chloe gnawed on her gingerbread house...

So we all loaded up in two cars and first drove to Apple Annie's to mail those letters...

...and to buy T-shirts for memory keep sakes.

After Apple Annie's, we drove to the Brian Head Navajo Lodge. When we called, they forgot to mention one thing... The tubing slopes were closed until Wednesday!!!

So we walked up a small hill near the lodge to go sledding on. Brian took the first ride down. Half way down, the saucer hit a rock, shattering it in half. (He was a little bruised up, but okay.) I guess it was Chloe's saucer, cause when she saw it broken and she started crying.

So tubing at the lodge was a bust, so we went back to the cabin for lunch and a small nap.

After lunch, Brian and I went into the garage to find more sleds. We then drove around until we found a park with a very small hill. We tried to sled down it, but there was too much snow to pack down and sled down. So we started to walk back to the cars and had a snowball fight and made snow angels.

We tried driving around more to see if we could find another place to sled... But no luck. So we drove back to Apple Annie's to get supplies to make S'mores.

$30+ of S'more supplies later, we went back to the cabin to start making dinner early. We had a busy day.

While out and about, Rachel got wind that it was suppose to snow that night. So we debated on staying another night or head home early... More on this later.

But like I said, we were back at the cabin to make dinner. Brian made his family sauce and meatballs to go with spaghetti.

So while we were waiting for dinner to boil, Rachel and Aubrey helped the girls make "snowmen" outside...

While eating, I noticed how beautiful it looked with the sun setting. So I quickly stepped outside and took a picture of the sun set.

It was okay... until I used I a filter on Instagram. It made it much more stunning and brought out the colors!

(Sorry, but these pictures are copyrighted...
If you would like to buy this picture above, let me know by contacting me...)

But after dinner, Brian took off to go night boarding and we sat around listening to Aubrey and Heidi play Christmas songs on the guitar. While they were playing, I started making S'mores for everyone.

Well, it was getting late. Something told me to drive home that night to make sure we got home safe. So we packed up and loaded up the van to head home. With NO chains on, we made it home safe after I stopped and grabbed me a 5 Hour Energy drink.

Everyone else stayed the night and made it home safe the day after.

It was a crazy trip... Maybe somewhere less snowy next year. I'm thinking Mesquite! : D

Pictures on Flickr can be seen here... 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Brian Head [Day 2]

... I was woken up at 7 AM to the sound of crying. Turns out Ady woke up with a croup cough. She slept in Kristi's room during the night and woke her up with the cough. Poor thing!

So Kristi, Rachel and I got medicine in her and [I think] got Ady back to bed with Rachel... But this woke Chloe up, and since Kristi and I were up, we stayed up. So Kristi tried to get Chloe to help her make cinnamon rolls, but she didn't want to.

So after eating breakfast, I got on my swimming suit and hopped in the hot tub. After the hot tub, and later, everyone slowly started waking up and getting some warm clothes on to go outside to play in the newly fallen snow. We went out and found it was powdery snow [not packing/wet snow], so we couldn't make a snow fort or snowman so easily.

So we decided to use the road (which was on incline) as a sledding hill. We took turns. Brian went first, then Heidi. Chloe went third and while going down the hill, her boots came off, so we had to help her.

Brian brought out his snowboard and went down a couple of times, then taught Heidi how to board.

I had to take Chloe inside, and brought Ady (bundled up) out for a couple minutes to see what we were doing.

I brought Ady in, and got both Ady and Chloe warming up near the fire. I started up Mystery Science Theater 3000, but ended up putting on Napoleon Dynamite (TV series)... They didn't watch either for very long.

But the Kristi brought up some kid board games so we could play games together.

They got tired of playing games after a while, and I plain got tired... So I went and took a nap for a few hours. I found out after waking up from my nap, that they did arts and crafts with the pine cones we picked out earlier at Kristi's HOA.

But after waking up, we adults ended up playing Trivial Pursuit. We played for a good hour.

Aubrey ended up cooking the fish out on the grill for everyone to eat for dinner. It was good!

While I went back down to go hot tubbing, the twins made a gingerbread house and gingerbread train. The girls brought down their creations downstairs to show me.

They took the gingerbread creations back upstairs and got dressed to got hot tubbing too.

After hot tubbing, it was dark out and we were taking it easy. Kristi, the gang and I watched some TV. An hour had passed and Kristi had called it a night, then Rachel too. The twins later crashed after a while. Aubrey, Heidi, Brian and I stayed up watched A Christmas Story. I called it a night when it was at mall Santa scene.

Because Ady was in the bed with Rachel, I had to sleep on one of the trundle beds. After a couple hours again, I couldn't sleep. So I went back out and crashed on the couch again...

Pictures on Flickr can be seen here... 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Brian Head [Day 1]

(Just so everyone knows, I'm not complaining about the trip... I'm simply posting all the things we had to go through to get to the cabin on the first day...)

I had just gotten off of work at 8am and came home and slept for a couple hours before I was woken up by Rachel around 11am so I could pack and get ready for Brian Head.

I got packed and then Heidi and Brian arrived at our place. We loaded up the van and waited a few moments before Kristi and Aubrey arrived. We then took off to Maverik (my work) to check our tire pressure. After everything was okay, Rachel kept driving our van on up north.

We hit rain on the way up. But we made it to Cedar, and then Parowan.

We made it through some snow and slush up the canyon to the chain up area. We decided we better go back down and get chains. So off we go, back down the canyon to Parowan to get chains for all 3 vehicles. Took us a while at the shop to find all three sizes needed for the 2 cars and van. Drove to Maverik in town to get us something to eat. Drove back to the chain up area where the 2 cars and everyone were waiting. We started to put ours on... Too short in length. Kristi's car... Too short in length. Only Heidi's car chains fit... But we could only get them on one tire. Plus, while trying to put them on, the snow plow drove by... SOB!

So, since the two chains were too short, we took in a cooler and some things from Kristi's car so she could take the twins up and. Rachel and I drove back down the canyon to go get our correct sizes for the vehicles since we paid for them but now could not return them. After the two guys at the auto shop tried ours on our van tires, and an exact same model of Kristi's tire to make sure they fit, Rachel and I stopped at Maverik... again!

While we were in town, everyone else tried to head up the rest of the way of was left of the canyon to get to the cabin... They made it to a convenient store that was half a mile past the road where you turn to get to the cabin. So they sat and waited.

Rachel and I headed back up the canyon to try and meet them. The roads looked better then before. So I figured that instead of trying to stop at the chain up area (where there is a sign with yellow flashing lights warning people to put on chains) and put on the chain, we should just keep going on up since everyone else made it. Nope! We get exactly to the chain up area and I see officer flashing lights behind me. I thought I was speeding. Nope. The Marshall pulled along side of me, rolled down our windows and he said to me, "That means you..."


"That means you...!"


Whatever. So I pulled into the chain up area, and after 10 minutes, I finally got the new chains on. Back on the road, traveling at top speeds of 15-20MPH, we were rumbling along the road. About 20 minutes and traveling only a few miles up the road, the front tires began to start spinning. I thought it was slush and black ice. We couldn't go any further. So with the help of another Marshall, we BACKED our way back down the road (about a mile) to a flat area to turn around and to wait at the chain up area.

We were going to wait for the family to either come back down and get us, or send help... They sent help while the hired someone to plow the roads to the cabins front door. So Rachel and I waited at the chain up for almost an hour.

This whole time, we had no reception to communicate by phone or text. So after waiting, I took off the chains and traveled back down to Parowan. We finally got a text (after a couple miles) saying they were sending help. So we turned back around and there was a lady in a Chevy Blazer waiting. She told us the road were clear and it should be fine without chains. So we tried it back up the mountain roads without chains and made it to the cabin.

Thank you very much you dumb ass Marshall!!!

We unloaded the van and then started to make dinner. I'd had a hell of a day, so I decided to go check out the hot tub downstairs. Since we just got there, it was not fully warmed up. But while downstairs, I saw all 6 Star Wars posters near the poker room. So I decided from now on, this cabin (in case there are others in the future) will be known as the "Star Wars Cabin".

Since I had a busy day, I tried to take a nap. But after 30-60 minutes of not being able to sleep, I got up and finished watching Elf on TV. But after that and a few hours, I fell asleep for a couple hours and then woke up at 12:30AM. I was up for a couple hours on the couch and then fell asleep again until 7AM...

Pictures on Flickr can be seen here...

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some Sad News

I know it's been a while since I've wrote anything, but some sad news...

As some of you know the news, the home owners who we rent our home from here in Hurricane also own a house in Vegas (in which they have been trying to sell since we moved into this house). Well, we finally got the call Thursday night saying they sold the house in Vegas and gave us our 30 days. :(

Luckily, we had a 1-year agreement when we moved in 3 years ago, and they have been gracious with us.

So we are trying to find a house right now (via Craigslist and realtor sites) so we can try and stay in the same church ward... No luck. So it looks like we are, at the moment, looking into moving back into St. George or farther into Hurricane... It just depends on pricing and the type of house.

Rachel is currently working in St. George, and if we move to St. George, I'll either need to transfer to a different Maverik or find another job... Which I'm looking for.

As for my business, it will be put on hold when we agree and sign on a rental home. I'll continue to take calls until that day, but will have to be put on hold when we start packing and then resume when I am ready to perform business again. So if you need services before then (or while I am up in SLC, Dec 26th-30th), give me a call now!

So that is the news for now... How are you?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Meeting Their Kindergarten Teacher

On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, we drove the girls to their new school: Coral Canyon Elementary School to meet their new Kindergarten teacher and to get to know some of the rules.

We walked in the classroom and were greeted by the teacher and was shown where the girls were to put their backpacks.

We then saw that the teacher had 6 activities for the students (and parents) to do so they could get to know the classroom and outside, as well as some of the rules to the drinking fountain, bathroom and outside playground.

On one of the activities, the girls got to go down the playground slide once.

Then another activity, the twins got to personally cut out a shape and staple the bands together to make pirate hats.

The girls do not start school until next week, but they can not wait.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Twins 5th Birthday

On Thursday, July 26th, the twins turned 5, but we got together with family on Sunday (the 29th) to celebrate both the twins birthday and Rachel's birthday... Who's birthday is today! Happy Birthday Rachel!!!

We drove over to Kristi's to celebrate with the family. We got there around noon and started grilling pork chops, as per request of Rachel. The girls got to pick out balloons and other stuff to help celebrate and decorate the party. Aubrey had started working on the birthday cake for the girls the day before, but had a few more things to do on the cake...

But first, we had lunch and then opened presents.

Then after presents, we went outside to whack at (and punch) the pinata.

After the pinata, we came back inside and took pictures of the cake...

...before we sang Happy Birthday to both the girls and to Rachel.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pioneer Day in Las Vegas

I had last Monday night through Wednesday off of work, so I said before Monday, I need another vacation since I had worked 7 days straight from getting back from the Ute Stampede.

So we packed up our clothes and brought along Ginger in the back of the van and made it down there around 7 their time.

We ordered pizza from Papa John's and then Brian and I went gambling. The next day, I suggested we go to Margaritaville and have lunch or dinner. Everyone didn't want to and wanted to go swimming instead. So we came to the conclusion to make margaritas and to go to the pool instead. Rachel and I went to the store (and liquor store) and purchased the ingredients and brought it back so Heidi could make enough for all (minus the kids of course).

We walked to the pool around 2 and swam. We later brought the George Forman grill over to the pool and we cooked up hamburgers and hot dogs. Heidi, before we arrived the day before, made lots of cupcakes so we could celebrate the girls birthday. Since there was plenty, we invited the other kids swimming in the pool if they wanted to come have one. We sang and had cupcakes.

While at the pool, Rachel and Heidi's Aunt Jann came and talked to us for a bit, then she had to leave. An hour later, Heidi's friend and co-worker Luis came over to visit with us. 7 or 8 PM rolled around and we called it a night at the pool. Except for getting out of the pool to eat and for cupcakes, the girls swam and swam the entire time.
We called it a night and I went and played a few bucks at the casino near their place. Came back and called it a night.

The next day, the girls woke up early as usual and got me up with them. I tried to stay awake, but fell back to sleep until 1 or 2. That is when Rachel woke me and said they were going to lunch at Red Lobster in Henderson. I wanted to go too, so I got ready and we went and had lunch. The Red Lobster crew sang Happy Birthday to the girls since the next day was their birthday...

... then the twins got to see Larry the Lobster.

We drove back to Heidi's and packed up our stuff since we had to be back soon so I know I would be to work on time. We made it home around 8/9 our time. We had such a fun time, we are most likely going to do it again in September.

To see more pictures, click here...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ute Stampede 2012

"The summer is half way over..."

I use to tell myself this when I was younger (when I was out of school for the summer) because of the Ute Stampede that took place right in the middle of summer. Well, with the girls just graduating preschool and on their way into kindergarten, it is time for me to experience summer vacations all over again.

After working my usual graveyard shift on Thursday, I came home and went to sleep for a few hours and then got up and packed. We left around 4PM and headed towards my grandmothers house in Nephi, Utah. We made it to her house around 7:30 and watched the parachute guy jump out of the plane shortly after with the American flag and into the rodeo arena.

We went and purchased groceries since we would be spending two nights in my grandma's trailer. Dropped off the groceries and then went over to let the girls play and ride rides since Thursday night was 1 ticket night (each ride was 1 ticket, no matter what the ride or what it usually took in tickets).

Came back to the camper around 11:30PM and didn't fall asleep until 12:30/1AM. Woke up early since Chloe woke me up and took her with me to go get a tooth brush (forgot mine) and get gas for the van. Came back and spent the day moseying around the trailer until 1PM. We drove over to the city park to let the girls play at the playground until the Mammoth parade started at 4PM. Ady went to play on the monkey bars and fell off, but she didn't injure herself or break anything... Thank goodness!

While we were at the park, it started to sprinkle and then downpour. So we waited in the van and drove over to 7-11 to all get Slurpee's, then drove over to a local dollar store to kill more time. By this time it was 3:30. Instead of trying to find where my other relatives were (further south of where we were), we kept the van parked in the dollar store parking lot and walked across the street and waited.

The parade finally started and about half-way through, it started to rain again. We went hardcore and stayed to get as much candy as we possible could and to let the girls have fun. Finally, it was downpour again and I said "Let's go" because I was drenched, as was the family. We made it back to my grandma's house and sat around talking to family that was already there and to let the girls dry off.

With everyone dry now, and it stopped raining for the night, we asked the remaining family members if they wanted to go to dinner with us. They said "sure" and we met them at One Man Band Diner... It's like Training Table restaurants. After eating, we went back over to the carnival and let the girls ride rides and we ate junk food like the night before. We left before the rodeo let out and made our way back to my grandma's house and went to bed.

Saturday, we woke up to find my parents had arrived in Nephi and let the girls play with them before we got ready and either headed to the car show or to the craft booths. I went with my dad to the car show, and the girls went with Rachel and my mom and grandma to the craft booths. After they were done, they drove over to the car show and we then had lunch, then let the girls play a little bit at the playground before we packed back up and went and visited my grandpa's grave site.

Came back to my grandma's house and chatted for a couple hours with family before we cleaned up our "mess" in the camper and then said our goodbyes to everyone. We were now on our way to Salt Lake.

After making it up to Salt Lake, I was so tired that I crashed on the bed and then woke up to have dinner an hour later. Annie and Ben came over and so we all (the entire family, minus TJ) sat outside and chatted for a few hours before it finally got really dark.

When the girls went to bed, Rachel and I drove over to an waffle house like place and had a quick snack around midnight. Came back and went to bed.

Woke up and then got ready for the day. Around 1PM, Annie and Ben, plus my grandparents came over for lunch and to help celebrate the girls birthday early. We had lunch and then watched the girls open presents.

... Then ate cake.

Since I was so tired from who knows what, I took another nap and woke up again to then head over to my sisters place to let Ady play and see their chickens. Rachel and Chloe were asleep when we headed over there. Came back to my parents house to have left over breakfast from that waffle house place.

I headed to bed late and then the next day, since I would have to be the one to drive home and then turn around and work my graveyard shift, I slept the morning away until 1PM. We packed up and then headed home. On the way home, it started blowing and pouring rain near the Mona/Nephi area. Made it through and stopped in Scipio to stretch our legs and to look at the animals in the petting zoo.

We stopped again in Beaver for dinner at McDonald's and then continued home. Made it home around 9 and got unpacked and started doing laundry since my work clothes were dirty... Speaking of...

But that was our BIG vacation for the summer. We might have little ones down to Mesquite or Vegas, but this was a fun one that lasted more then 2 days (... my days off time period).

You can see more pictures of the trip here...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hash Slinging Slasher

As most of you know, I took a part time job (3 days a week) at the Maverik near my house.

That was at the end of March, and since then I have been given the opportunity to be full time 5 days a week. Then this past week, I was scheduled to work 10-hour days, but 4 days a week. As of now, it is still tough to sleep only 5/6 hours a day, but I get 3 days off to catch up.

But it is a fun job. I don't have to deal with too many customers like the day shift employees do, and so it is not so stressful for me.

When I started, I was given a list of things to do while I am on the clock:

- Clean one of the yogurt machines one night, then the other the next night... And repeat;
- Sweep the parking lot of cigarette butts and other oddities;
- Change/empty all the garbage bag liners inside and near the pumps, and wipe them down since they get dirty;
- Face the sodas and drink products in the coolers to face forward;
- Power wash the parking lot and around the pumps once a week;
- Wipe down the pumps so that they do not look dirty (trust me, they do get dusty dirty and HAVE to be cleaned daily);
- Scrub with a greed pad the 2 public sinks and 2 drinking fountains up front, and 2 bathroom sinks;
- Help deli/bakery put out the condiment bar toppings;
- Refill the F'Real fridge;
- Sweep and mop the store using a push machine called a MopIt2 >>>;
- Constantly check and refill the coffee when it gets low;
... And most important, help the customers when they come in!

The list of things I need to do daily is not that long (but the other things on the list make it a page long), and would take me 5-6 hours to do. But because we are still open when I work, I have to stop and help the customers. Or if they walk in the store, and head to the restrooms and don't buy anything, I still have to wait behind the counter in case they do want to buy something. So that is what slows me down the most.

On most days, I just barely get the list done. But on Saturday night to Sunday morning, it is so slow that I am able to get the list done and still have plenty of time to spare.

So from 12:01AM to 8AM, I do the what I mentioned above. Then I count out my register and pray I am dead on with what I counted in my register with what it says I should have.

Then from 8AM to 10AM, I quickly fill the drinks/sodas from the back, and then fill ice in bags until have filled the freezers with enough bags. Then these past few days, I've been taking the bundles of wood by bringing it from the back (where it is locked up) up to the front.

By this time, it's the end of my shift, I'm tired and I'm ready to go home.

...And that is my new job. It may seem like a lot, but it's not. I enjoy doing it, getting out and talking with people because you can't have a full conversation with two 4-year-olds. And yes, there are some wackos out there that like to talk or complain about the government or the price of gas... But I nod in agreement (even if I don't agree, cause they are nuts), cause it's a job.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Going to the Country

On Wednesday, the 23rd, we (the four of us) met up with Rachel's friend (and co-worker) Amber and her two kids, and headed up to Cedar City to visit Amber's grandpa's farm.

We arrived and took a tour through their house since he just bought it 6 months ago. Then we all went outside and let all the kids look at the dogs, lambs, geese, horses and (single) cow.

After petting the horses and lambs, they brought a horse around to pet and to clean up so that the kids could sit and ride it.

We set the kids up on the horse to quickly take pictures.

When Ady sat on the horse, it did it's business...

We don't know if it was because of allergies or because she was petting the animals, but Ady started to get itchy, swollen eyes and so we left around 4 to run to Lin's to grab some medicine. But the girls had fun and hopefully got to make a memory of being on a farm since there are not too many left where you know someone who lives on one that you can stop by and can visit.