Friday, August 30, 2013

Dear Dad

For the past 23 years, you kept and worked hard at the job you chose to help support our family. You have been working hard all your life, starting at Grandpa John's Chevron station when you were young all the way to the Utah State Prison. I don't know all the jobs you've had (Chevron, Utah Power and Light, Questar, Utah State Prison), but it truly helped take care of and raise your family.

I know it's not what you want to be doing today, but you've earned it... It's your turn to relax and to let us help take care of you.

Please let me or any family member know if you need anything.

Love, Ryan and the twins (Chloe and Ady)... Who you will be getting to spend more time with :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Utah Open 2013

It's been 7 years since I last posted an article about my cousin Zach Johnson for playing golf, but this one is worth it...

Yesterday, I quickly hopped on Facebook to see my Aunt Gae's picture of Zach holding a trophy he won at the Utah Open.

Here is the article from Salt Lake Tribune that was in August 26, 2013 paper...

Golf: Farmington’s Zach Johnson wins Utah Open

Golf » Farmington’s Johnson prevails in hometown Utah Open.

By kurt kragthorpe | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Aug 25 2013 08:05 pm
Updated 3 hours ago

Farmington • Zach Johnson shook his head as he walked off Oakridge Country Club’s 18th green Sunday, believing the 30-foot birdie attempt that skirted the hole cost him any chance to win the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open.

About 20 minutes later, Johnson was holding the trophy. "Wow, crazy game," said the Farmington resident.

Arizona pro Jesse Mueller led by three strokes with three holes to play. Playing in the second-to-last group, Johnson eagled the par-5 No. 16, before Mueller bogeyed the last two holes.

"Definitely just choked," Mueller said.

Mueller could have a forced a playoff, but he missed a 6-foot putt as Johnson watched from the practice green above No. 18. Some of Johnson’s followers cheered loudly in response, which was fairly understandable.

"I wouldn’t wish bad things upon anyone," Johnson said, "but it was an unbelievable feeling."

Johnson shot 67-66-68 for a 15-under-par total, earning $21,000 for the victory — plus a $750 bonus as the top Utah Section PGA performer.

Occasionally confused with the PGA Tour star of the same name, the 30-year-old Johnson initially pursued a full-time playing career before going settling into a more stable existence as a Davis Park Golf Course assistant. Johnson credited Boyd Summerhays, who has worked with him at Davis this summer, for helping fix some swing issues late Saturday evening and again Sunday morning.

Johnson, a former Cottonwood High School and Southern Utah golfer, acknowledged hitting "some horrendous shots" in the final round. But he delivered immediately after a 37-minute weather delay in the middle of the round. He hooked a wedge shot out of the trees at No. 12, leading to a birdie.

Johnson separated himself from Mueller’s other pursuers with a remarkable, 250-yard hybrid shot from the right rough to 15 feet, resulting in the eagle at No. 16.

Mueller, a minitour veteran who played all four rounds of the 2012 U.S. Open, missed some chances to boost his lead in the middle of the back nine. Going into No. 17, he knew his lead was down to one stroke. After a long wait in the fairway, he hit a wedge shot horribly fat and bogeyed, then drove left of the No. 18 fairway. His approach shot clipped a tree and came up short, and he failed to save par.

"I hit a decent putt and it just lipped out," he said, handling himself well in defeat.

Johnson lost a two-stroke lead in the final round in 2009 and has come close in some other Utah Opens, including a tie for third place last August. So he was thrilled to win close to home as Oakridge concluded a seven-year run as tournament host.

kkragthorpe@sltrib.comTwitter: @tribkurt


Monday, August 19, 2013

Whale Voice Mail... Kids Version

If you have not seen the original video, watch it first, or this makes no sense why my girls were doing this...

I showed my girls that whale voice mail video when they were visiting me and LOVED it. So they went back home for the summer and then called me last night and left this goodnight voice message for me to hear. I love my girls!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

2013 NUMOA / IMAFS Car Show

I asked for August 17th off so that I could go up to the car show in Park City. It has been 7 years since I last went to it. I had plans to go with a friend, but ended up going to it with my dad. So we woke up and he drove up there. Good thing he was driving or else I would have drove to Main Street where I last saw it. I guess the stores do not make enough money during the car show, so they moved it to Red Stone Shopping Center right near the Kimball Junction exit. So we parked close by and started looking around.

Me pimping it...

After looking at the cars, we drove over to Del Taco and had lunch. We then drove into and through Park City to try and see if we could see where the fires had burnt. No luck. So we drove back home into Salt Lake City. Fun day with my dad... : )

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First Day of 1st Grade

On Wednesday, August 14th, the girls were up early to get ready for their first day of 1st Grade. I called to tell them to have a great first day. They said thanks. I went back to bed for a little while, but when I woke up, I had a few pictures of them before school started...



I love you girls. I am so proud of my two smart little princesses. You are growing up so fast!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Post-Summertime Fun (Part 3)

On August 9th, I had the day off (my last one with the girls), so I took the girls to Traci Aviary since I haven't been there since 5th or 6th grade.

After checking out TA and buying a few (EXPENSIVE) items in the gift shop, we drove over to get lunch at Wendy's in Sugar House. I went through the drive thru and then drove over to Sugar House Park to eat lunch and then play a little bit. After eating, we were walking over to the lake to walk around it, but we noticed a group of people ice blocking down the hill. We were watching them from the side, and then they came over and asked if the girls wanted to try it. I let them...

And then I did it while recording...

We then thanked them and then started to walk towards the lake, but it was swarming with geese, so we walked against the flow of the river that drains into the lake. They saw a playground, and started playing. Ady went down a slide-down pole twice, and then started complaining that her hand was burning. We ran to the restroom and ran it under water. We had to get home to treat it since two blisters were forming, but she didn't want to leave without water. I had to grab a bunch of toilet paper and run it under cold water. I placed it on her palm and we booked it out of there. She was in pain the entire ride home. 20 minutes later, we arrived home and I had her run in the bathroom to quickly place her hand under cold water while I grabbed medicines and aloe and ice. Got her taken care of and she took it easy watching Disney Channel while I quickly ran to pick up my mom from work.

The next day, I had the day off. But before I could go anywhere, I had to do a few chores around the house. Mow and trim the lawn, clean a section of leaves off the roof and out of the gutter and help trim branches of a tree we need to cut down. While up on the roof, the girls watched me as I was cleaning it and to make sure I wouldn't fall off the roof.

As you can see, I used a broom to sweep the leaves out, but it still looked messy. So I hopped back down, grabbed the leaf blower and went to work.

I returned home that night to find my clothes all laid out for me to wear to bed and a fresh bouquet of flowers from the girls. Thanks girls...

The next day (Sunday, 8/11), we had to drive the girls back home... BUT, we got one more night with the girls in Mesquite. So we drove down and stopped at Wendy's (again) in Beaver. Chloe made me laugh.

Then we continued on the way down south. We drove straight through St. George and arrived in Mesquite. We found a killer parking spot in the shade so the girls and my dad could sit and wait while my mom and I went in and got our rooms.

To keep cool, we went bowling and then came back to the room. The girls were starting to get hungry, so we first stopped at the wishing fountain and then over to McDonald's.

After eating and letting the girls play, we walked back to Virgin River and into the arcade. My parents met us over there and we played a long time. $30/1184 tickets later...

By the time we were done playing, it was dark outside and cooler too... Perfect time to let the girls go swimming. I didn't bring my swim suit, so I just watched them swim until my parents walked over from gaming. The girls were having a blast, so they had to put on a little show for me and my parents.

After watching them, I then told them I was going to have my parents watch the twins while I went and played my $5 free play. I only took a $10 bill with me, so I wouldn't go crazy. Went and played 4 different machines with my $10+$5. I left the last machine with a 27¢ printout slip. I'm walking away and the bonus game that plays on all the machines with casino player cards in them, starts playing... CRAP!

Wait? Where is my players card? I realized I left it in the machine I just walked away from. It let me play the bonus game, and I won $5 in free play. After taking the card out, I went to another machine to play the free $5. Another bonus game comes on shortly after while I am on that machine. I won another $5! Finished playing my first $5. Then I told it to play my new $5. I thought, "What the heck?!" So I pressed 9 lines X 10 credits. I won up to $16+. I was going to cash out, but I played 3 more spins and won an even $19! Printed my ticket and cashed out. I know it's not a lot, but when I thought I lost all I had with me tonight... Yeah! Talk about lucky!!!

Walked back to the pool to tell the girls that it was time for bed. They hopped out of the hot tub, said good night to my parents and walked back to the room we were staying in. We got ready for bed and fell asleep watching "Despicable Me".

Woke up to my mom knocking on the door at 6:30 (Pacific). She thought it was later in the morning. So I went back to bed for a while. A short while later, Chloe woke up for the day. Since I was not ready to be up, I told her to go over to my parents room. She gets dressed to go outside and walked over to their room. 5 seconds later, I hear knocking on my door. I get up and answer the door. She says, "The sign on the door says DO NOT DISTURB". I laughed and said that was for the maids, go ahead and knock. So I went back to bed for an hour and then woke up. I woke up Ady and had Chloe come back over to the room to get showered and dressed for the day. We then packed up the Murano and headed over to the Chuck Wagon Restaurant for breakfast. Had breakfast, and then headed on the road to take the girls home.

Made it back to St. George and had some paperwork (90 pages) printed up at Kinko's, then went to the bank to have them notarized to turn over to the court. But we dropped the girls off first and said our goodbyes. The three of us headed to the court house so I could file for divorce. We arrived and started to hand her the paperwork. A few minutes later, asked for certain specific papers. I could not find them anywhere in my pile. I hopped on a computer in the next room and couldn't find anything she was asking for. Told her, and she came and looked at the computer screen...................... She told me I had filled out the wrong paperwork. :(

Since there was nothing we could do, we left and had lunch. Then headed back on the road. My mom and I sat up front and talked the whole way home. Stopped in Beaver to fill up on gasoline, then stopped in Nephi to say Hi to my grandma. 45 minute later, we were back on the road and headed straight home.

And that... Was my summer with my girls.

The End (of this summer story)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Post-Summertime Fun (Part 2)

We arranged it so that the girls could come up to Salt Lake one more time for just a week before they started school on August 14th.

So on August 2nd, I worked a morning shift and got off work before I lost my cool. But I went home, packed and drove all the way down to St. George to make it just in time to pick the girls up from the "lazy river" and splash pad at the park where they were at with Kristi.

I was invited to spend the night at the girls house and then to take them up to Salt Lake the next day. I was not going to risk our lives just to make it up to SLC that night, I needed rest since it had been a long day. So dinner time was upon us, and I missed eating at Hungry Howie's Pizza. So I placed an order and then the girls and I drove over to pick it up. We sat around and ate dinner and then watched The Sandlot. But we started goofing off in the front yard and I had to take a few pictures.

But it was getting late and we called it a night. I slept okay, but got up and fed the girls breakfast. I packed up the girls clothes and by 10 we were off to head back to SLC for a week. We stopped at Wendy's in Beaver to have lunch. We ordered the same thing, except mine had sauces and lettuce on it. I accidently handed it to Chloe and she said a few minutes later, "This one has salad on it!" My bad... Ate lunch and headed back on the road up to SLC.

Arrived and took it easy since I was the one who drove. I was trying to convince them to take a nap since I wanted one since I had been driving, but no luck. But while they were waiting for me to get ready, they saw a cat sitting on the back fence, just taking it easy.

We then took Snickers on a walk around the block with my sister and her dogs. After getting home, we helped Annie set up a user account on Facebook and while I was doing that, the girls were beating up Uncle TJ.

The next day (the 4th), I had to work from 8am until 4pm, so I couldn't go to church with the girls :(  But while working, my mom brought in the girls with them still in their Sunday best. The day before, the Coke vendors put up a display along the west wall of the store. U for U of U, and a Y for BYU. I'm a Ute fan, so I had them stand in front of the U.

Before I drove down to pick up the girls, I converted the movie The Sandlot and transferred it to the computer in St. George so the girls could watch it. They LOVED it! So I was telling them that they filmed most of the movie in Salt Lake.

So on the 5th, I took the girls past the Vincent's Drug Store. It had been closed down for sometime now and the only thing that remained was the sign and empty shelves inside. So we simply drove past it. Next stop, The Sandlot. Years ago, before they made the movie, they had people audition to play the roles in the movie. My cousin Zach, tried out for the part of "Smalls". He of course didn't make the cut. But I remember my grandpa taking Zach, Char and I to the building where they held the auditions. Well, the Sandlot, is in the same neighborhood! If only I had known. But I drove the girls to the spot of where you could see the Sandlot. Since it was private property, you could not step out onto the field and take pictures.

If you look in the background of the picture, the fence they hit the Babe Ruth ball over AND the house where the "Beast" lived, are no longer there. They must have been put up for the movie or something...?

I was going to take the girls past the houses where the kids houses were filmed, but my internet on my phone was not working, so I said, Let's just go out to the Great Salt Lake to visit the Saltair. So got onto I-80 and headed west. Every 2 minutes, "How much longer?"... We finally arrived at the Saltair, but before I let them get out of the car, I up and rolling my video camera on my phone. I got Ady's reaction to the smell...

We first walked into the gift shop at the Saltair to look around. We found a couple of postcards and two little bottles to let them scoop salt water into. We bought the items and started walking towards the shore near the Saltair... a good mile away. We made it, but it was not fun walking through salty mud and the smell kept getting stronger and stronger.

I wanted them to scoop up salt water only, but they kept picking up the brine shrimp in the water. Finally, we had only water in the vials. We walked back, cleaned off our feet and headed back home. On the way home, Ady was looking in her vial and said there were things floating in there. Sure enough, it was baby-baby brine shrimp.

But when we were driving home, I asked the girls if they could see the U on the mountain. One did, the other did not. So, I got off at the 600 S exit and headed to the house that sat next to the U. I have driven up there many times before, before that house was there and even occupied. I turned around and headed back. But I stopped at the giant hill and made the girls get out so I could get a picture of them overlooking the valley.

We got back in the car and drove to my work so they could say Hi to my mom and show the vials of water and brine shrimp. We then went home, ate lunch and took it easy until everyone got home from work.

After my mom got off work, we drove over to a costume store in Holladay and bought a couple of Halloween things for the girls. They used their birthday money to pay for it.

But earlier, before I even went down to pick up the girls, I custom made a photo book on Shutterfly. I should have waited so I could have had these pictures I'm posting now, in it. But I went ahead and ordered it and had it shipped to my place, so that when the girls were here, it would arrive here so I could see the looks on their face. I kept track of the shipping and it said it had been delivered. We checked the mail already, and it wasn't there, that must mean... The front porch! Sure enough, it was there sitting waiting to be opened. I brought it in and opened it up so the girls to look through it. First thing Chloe does is get a papercut on her finger from the sharp pages. Ha! So I put a bandaid on her finger, and we spent a good 30 minutes looking at the books.

After looking through that book, and after eating dinner, the girls started to play dress up with their Halloween dress-up clothing, and wanted me to play along too... So I did. My mom had a witch cape she used years ago, but was just now sitting around collecting dust. So, the girls made me wear it and we took pictures out back.

Since the girls were going to be up here only a week, I let them snuggle and sleep in my bed the first night....... It happened every night we went to bed.

But a few day later, we took TRAX all the way uptown to check out the new City Creek center and then went over to Gateway to have lunch and to let the girls play in the fountain.