Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday Twins

I know I am not in Saint George today with the family, but I just wanted to wish my big 6 year old girls a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! I hope you enjoy your birthday Sketcher shoes I bought for you to wear to school next month.

It does not seem like 6 years has gone by. Soon you will be 18 and off to college... :(

You'll always be daddy's little girls, no matter how old you get.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Post-Summertime Fun (Part 1)

After the girls went home, they did their thing and I did my thing. I kept in contact with them every chance I could.

I'm trying to find pictures to see what I did. Mainly, I just worked a lot and hung out. I went back to church for the first time in a long time on the 21st of July.

On the 23rd, I first got ready for work and shaved my mustache and goatee off. More than one person complained to me that I shouldn't have done that... Well, they didn't want the goatee to be gone. So, as I type this, it is growing back.

Then, I went to the post office and mailed a birthday package to the twins to have it arrive before their 6th birthday on the 26th.

On the 24th, it was Pioneer Day, and I had to close the store. I did get to see some of the fireworks that were going off while I was out grabbing carts.

Then on their birthday, I called bright and early. I used FaceTime to see the girls open their package.

I had to work that day, so I was not off in time to watch them sing happy birthday to the girls. I did get a video of it sent to my phone. They had the party early because everyone was going to take a nap, and then go see Mary Poppins at Tuacahn. But I did receive pictures of them opening gifts and having fun.

I kept working and working, and doing whatever. The girls went to church on the 28th of July, and I received photos of the girls in church.

Next up, another week with the girls up in Salt Lake...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Summertime Fun (Part Nine-- Final)

**This entry takes place from July 12th to July 13th, 2013**

Earlier in the week, I took the girls to Sketchers Outlet to pick out new shoes for their birthday gift since I would not be able to come down to Saint George to celebrate with them. So we got ready for the day, dropped my mom off and then went to pick up their shoes since I had them hold them since I did not get paid until this day.

It was about lunchtime, so I stopped at Chick fil-A to grab lunch. We ate lunch and then drove over to Megaplex at the Jordan Commons to go see Despicable Me 2.

During the movie, Chloe was chewing on her fingernail and then made it so it was a really bad hangnail on her thumb. We had to leave the movie, travel all the way to the other side of the building to find someone who had scissors, snip off the hangnail, travel all the way back to the theater and sit in seats down lower seats. We missed the major part of the movie... But we were able to figure out what was going on. But we had fun and went home to relax after.

Later in the evening, I had to go to work to close the store. While I was reconciling a till, we are supposed to put how much the till was short, zeroed or was over. Just so happened this one till was this much short...

Instantly, this came to my mind...

Not even if I tried in a million years could I get those numbers again! I watch too many kid movies.

I got home and instead of going to my bed to sleep, I got ready for be and snuggled with the girls since it was their last night in Salt Lake.

In the morning (Saturday, July 13th), the Kindred's (across the street) planned it so the girls could have breakfast with their grandkids, who were also twins (boy and a girl).

After 30 minutes, I got a text message from Rachel saying she (and Kristi) were passing Scipio. So I went over and took a few pictures of the kids having fun and talked with Pat and Curt.

About 10 minutes after I took the group photo, Rachel arrived. She backed the truck up into the driveway and I loaded up the girls suitcases, bikes, scooters and other stuff they brought up here. When we loaded everything up in the truck, and buckled them in, Chloe (who is always the strong one) started crying because she was going to miss me. We said a little prayer and said our goodbyes.

I went inside and teared up and then cried for a minute. Not as bad as in early May, but I was going to miss them!

The girls and I got to spend 47 days together this summer, and this is their accomplishments and all the fun they had while up here with my family and I...

Thanks to my parents and family for helping with them, because this has been the best summer of my life!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summertime Fun (Part Eight)

Before you read this next entry, I just have to say THANK YOU!!! to everyone for coming back and reading my blog. I put off writing on it for a long time, but that was because I was depressed and had nothing to write about when I was in Southern Utah. Now that I am back up in SL,UT (Ha!), I am happy and I am not "Ryan" anymore, I am Ryan again...

**This entry takes place from July 7th to July 11th, 2013**

On Sunday, the 7th, I had to manage the store from 8AM until 4PM. So while I was at work, the girls were shown how to make crowns and birds from cupcake liners by Grandma Sheila.

I don't have any record on Twitter and Flickr as to what we did on the 8th or 9th. That is what I am using to help me tell my adventure while the girls were up here.

On the 10th, the girls found the Utah Jazz blanket my parents have. So I made them pose with it.

Shortly after, while we were goofing around in my room, my grandma called looking for my brother. She needed him to come mow their lawn. I don't know where he was, but I had the day off and my plans to hang out with Tristyn and her boys were not until later, so I said I would come mow it. While there, my grandma entertained the girls by teaching them how to play Bridge. I'm kidding. They played Slap Jack and Go Fish!.

After helping mow the lawn, I took them to get lunch at Wendy's and then headed over to Mountview Park... The one we have taken the girls many times before. We met up with Tristyn and her boys. I made the girls eat before they played. Word of advice (since they saw the ice cream man and asked for some) tell your kids that they only play music when they are out of ice cream... Works wonders since they believe it!

They played in the hot sun, making sure they had plenty of water in them. Finally, it got too hot and tiring to stay there. So we said goodbye to the gang and went home.

I let the girls play around until we had to go pick up my mom from work around 5. We brought her home, let her get ready and then the four of us loaded up and headed to Chuck E. Cheese's in Sandy. I think this was the last thing on their Summer Activity Board.

After Chuck E. Cheese's, my mom had to get a Baby Shower gift for my cousin. So we went across the street near South Town Mall.

Came back home and soon after, my sister stopped by to pick up her dogs (since we baby-- I mean, doggy sit them from time to time). Since the girls were leaving in a few days, I had them sit together and take a group photo. Snickers hopped up in the picture.

Since I had the next day (July 11th) off, I decided to have one last big fun day with the girls since I would have to work until the day they left. So after dropping off my mom, getting breakfast in the twins, headed back to Dan's to get water for the day and a flower arrangement, I took the girls to visit my sister Jessica's grave site. It has been 10 years since I last visited her grave site.

Ady was not happy I asked her to be in the picture.

I was pulling out of Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park (where she is buried) and turned east onto 33rd South. It instantly hit me-- My old house where I lived from age 2 to 5, before moving into the house we are at today, was in that direction. So we drove past it and pulled around the corner to see Don Lowry (old neighbor) outside washing his car. So I parked and walked up and asked him if he remembered me. Probably the last time he saw me was probably when I was a teenager. I asked if Sherry was around and he went and got her while I got the girls out of the truck. We talked for about 5 minutes and then went on our way. Good times!

Went home and I fed the girls lunch and then let them talk to Rachel. While they were talking to her, I read on Facebook that it was July 11th... 7-11... Which meant, it was free Slurpee day! So we booked it out of the house and drove down to the 7-11 near my house.

Got our free Slurpee and then headed out to a different fishing pond.

We had terrible luck at that pond. It was as if there were no fish in there at all! Bah! So we left and on the way back, I asked the girls if they wanted another free Slurpee. I convinced them into getting another one. So we stopped at the one next to Fashion Place Mall and got another free Slurpee.

After having dinner and playing in the evening, the girls were up late because of the sugar rush. So finally around 10:30PM, they crashed.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Summertime Fun (Part Seven)

**This entry takes place from July 4th to July 6th, 2013**

On the 4th of July, we had to get up early (7AM) to go to the church breakfast and activity. We made it and unloaded the girls bikes on the west side of the church. The first activity was on the east side of the church. So the girls had to ride their bikes over there, they barely made it.

While everyone was singing, the girls apparently did not like the man sitting behind them, singing.

After saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing a few songs, all the kids were told to ride their bikes around the church twice as that being the bike parade. If they could barely make it to the other side of the church, I didn't think they would make it twice around the church... But they did it and proved me wrong.

After the parade, everyone went inside to eat breakfast. I got the 3 of us our breakfast and I ate what I could before I had to take off to get dressed for my shift at work.

My dad dropped me off and he and my mom watched the girls until I got off work at 3PM. I had to train a new cashier that day. First thing I do is tell her to count the till to verify what is in there matches what it says on the 10-key slip/printout... But this little fella greeted us before we could use the 10-key.

Anyways, I trained her and she did great. The shift was over and I went home. I think I made the girls and I take a nap before we left to go watch the fireworks since they did not start until after 10PM. Around 9, my parents, twins and I loaded up in the Murano and headed to Murray High School to watch the fireworks. My parents stayed near near the Murano while the twins and I went to lay on the grassy hill.

The fireworks lasted a good while and then we went home and lit off half of the package of fireworks that my mom bought, then went to bed.

On the 5th, I didn't have to go into work until later, so I got to sleep in late. When I got up, the girls and my mom just arrived home from the park. Apparently, Chloe hopped on one of the spinning rides and was spun around too much it made her sick to her stomach. She was in pain when she got home.

I had to go to work, but I called a little while later. Apparently she went potty and felt much better.

The next day, my mom and I scheduled (online) for the girls to go to Home Depot to participate in the Kids Workshop activity for the month of July. This month, they gave you the blue car kit from Despicable Me 2.

We got home and guess who changes immediately into another pink outfit? ...Ady!

I had to go supervise the store shortly in the afternoon. While there, I needed to eat, so I turned in the Free Meal voucher I received in May before coming down to visit the girls. And to make sure nobody touched it...

Before the next manager arrived to take over for the evening shift, it started getting cloudy... and then it poured-- HARD!

I arrived home and let the girls play in the sprinkling rain. But they had something to show me that they caught.

I was resting on the rocking chair and had the girls take a picture with me.

Then while Ady was jumping around out in the rain, she went to the west side of the house and said "Look at all the water down there [basement]!". I went over to look and saw that it was flooded at the bottom of the stairs, exactly where the basement door leads... and if my memories were right, that equals flooding [REMEMBER?]. So I booked it downstairs and saw the water puddle reaching my boxes that I just brought up from Saint George.

So my mom, dad, the twins and I hurried to clean it up for it did any more damage. It took a while to use towels to soak up the water and ring them into buckets. We moved my stuff over more so we could clean up that area. Luckily the bottom of the boxes got wet, but nothing inside was ruined.

The rain clouds went away and it cleared up. Later that night, the next door neighbors invited the twins over to watch their family light off fireworks. Then after aerials, the kids got to do sparklers.