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Friday, August 18, 2017

Summer 2017 - Week 3

June 18
Sadly, I had to work a morning shift at Home Depot this day. You know, with it being Father's Day. But, I did ask for most of the week off at Dan's like I always do so I could have some time to be with my girls and to celebrate my birthday with them. I did have to work some shifts this week at Home Depot, but it was nice to come home right after to spend the evening with them.

So after getting off work at Home Depot, I picked up Amanda and Destiny (remember, the twins spent the past 2 nights at my parents house) and we headed over to my parents house. Before we left, I had to put on the shirt that the twins made me.

We had a BBQ outside. It was nice because my dad was able to join us. Since we brought our dog, and Annie and her boyfriend brought his dog, and we had Brodie there too, we only had one little tiff between to two big dogs because they almost fought for a scrap of food that fell on the ground.

After discussing it with my mom, we decided to let Ady stay at their house, while Chloe would come back with us for a night. They apparently had a argument the day before and it seemed like they needed some time apart.

So after the get together, we headed back home with Chloe. We first stopped and checked out Brighton Young Historic Park for a bit, then walked across the street to check out City Creek Park.


Those are something to do with kids, if they behave to the park rules. With someone needing to use a restroom, we headed over to a Dollar Store, and then to the 7-11 across the street. Received a compliment from a stranger when I was walking into 7-11, saying they liked my shirt.

We then headed home to play on the Wii again, and then started watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

We had to stop halfway because I had to be up in the morning to work a shift at Home Depot.

June 19
Like I said, I worked a morning shift at Home Depot, then came home and took a name. My mom came up and traded girls. So after my nap, we made dinner together, then played the Wii together. While playing, I went to do an over hand swing while playing tennis, and hit my thumb on the spinning fan blade. Yes, it was sore for a while.

After playing, we went for an evening walk with the dog. Ady started to have a bad tummy ache, so we headed cut across the school yard to make it home fast. After the kiddo took a bath, we watched a little MST3K. (Cry Wilderness)

June 20
Worked a very humid day at Home Depot. After getting off work, my mom dropped Chloe off at my work so I could take her back to my place. We stopped at Dan's for treats, then we headed home and packed up to head to Amanda's family's house for a BBQ. We were planning on going over to the nearby park where they live, but a heavy rainstorm that blew in kept us at the house. So the girls played with their chickens and jumped on the trampoline with the other kids.



We cooked up the hamburgers on the grill in the rain, then ate together. 

While the kids continued to jump after eating, the four adults played card games before Amanda's brother had to leave for work. The kids played a game too after, then since it was getting late, we headed home.

I just noticed that they still have the game pieces in their mouths.

June 21
With today being my birthday, I got to sleep in a little before Amanda woke me up because she had made birthday breakfast (for everyone). We got dressed and ready for the day, drove up to my parents and dropped Destiny off, then went bowling at Fat Cats. After, we came back to their house to have lunch, then we all did tie dye shirts out on the back patio with my mom.

Unlike previous years, we started to get ready for the inside luau (instead of outside).


Due to whatever reason Destiny has on jealousy of trying to make sure things that she thinks are hers, Destiny and Brodie had a big fight where Destiny bit Brodie on his back end hard. I was furious at Destiny for doing this to my little buddy. So she stayed outside the rest of the time we were there... We don't bring here over there anymore. To those reading, it had to do when Destiny saw Brodie sit on my lap. After putting him down, Brodie went over to eat his own food and growling pursued and that's where they fought. Same situation happened with the Glicken's dogs when their dogs sat on the girl's lap. Other than this defense/jealousy issue, she's just fine.

After I cooled down for her doing this, we went and lit the candles on my birthday cake. After spending enough time there chatting and enjoying our time, we drove home and headed to bed because I was exhausted.

June 22
Another whole day off? Sweet! So we had breakfast and got dressed. Earlier in the year, my mom gave me 4 passes to a free game of laser tag at All Star Lanes. So, yes, we loaded up and drove out to All Star Lanes in Sandy to do a free game of laser tag, then headed back home to have lunch before our next activity.

This time, we were able to take Destiny with us as we drove back out to Sugar House Park to go ice blocking.


Stopped by Dan's to grab my schedule, then back home to relax. Made dinner, then drove up to Park City to fish.




Drove back home to get straight to bed.

June 23
I had to work an early shift at Home Depot. Then after, I went over to my parents to change the oil in my car and to vacuum out my car. After finishing up, I drove back home to take a nap. The reason being is that we were going to the park to watch the movie in the park that night. That night, they were playing the original The Karate Kid. Since I had to work a full day at both jobs the next day, I had to get a nap in. After a couple hour nap, the girls and Amanda woke me up so we could get the items for the park rounded up and loaded up in the car... this included the dog. Then, we headed over to Reservoir Park very early to make sure we were able to get a parking spot because there is not a parking lot there (you park along the street). When I say early, I'm talking 3 hours early. Since we left the house early, we never ate dinner since we were going to stop and grabbed a couple pizzas from Little Caesars. We forgot one thing... we also needed drinks. So between Little Caesars and the park, we stopped at 7-11. After grabbing drinks, we finally made it to the park, unloaded everything that we brought and sat down to eat.

While eating, the people hosting the movie event, started setting up the inflatable screen and the vendors set up their tents. The twins went over and started playing with the outdoor games they had set up, and got to see and play with Cinderella and Belle (cosplay).







Before they started the movie, they host had trivia to win prizes. Amanda answered one question right, and won a special kind of blanket. Once it got dark enough outside, they started the movie. The girls stayed up and enjoyed watching the movie. Once the movie ended, we packed up the car with our belongings and headed home. Bedtime came very easily.

June 24
I worked a morning shift at Home Depot. While at work, Grandma Sheila picked up the girls to let them spend the night. I knew a few weeks prior that a custom mobile called the Rickmobile was coming to Salt Lake on this day. In fact, it was just a few blocks north of Home Depot. Once I got off work, I drove over to the comic book store where the Rickmobile was at, and saw that there was a very long line wrapping around the few buildings. This line was to let you pose in front of the Rickmobile. I didn't have time to stand in front of it, so I walked near it and took a picture of just the vehicle itself.

Headed and worked my shift at Dan's. After work, I came home and Amanda and I watched Ghost Adventures. Just a little tip: Don't watch Ghost Adventures at nighttime in the dark. Amanda and I are watching a few episodes, when around 12:45am in the morning, someone we didn't know knocks on our door causing Destiny to immediately start barking and us to jump because she barked.

(Note: I'll post another week of when the twins were up here, but I'm working on the toy car site. So it might be a couple of weeks before I post here again.)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer 2017 - Week 2

Week 2 already? You bet! Time really does flies when you are working too much or other situations arise (such as in the upcoming Week 6 post (which I'll post in a couple weeks)).

June 11
Well, Sunday morning started off very slowly since everyone was still trying to recoup from the excitement and water fun we had at Lagoon the day before. Eventually, everyone did get their sleepy heads up and got dressed (not showered) for this day.

Today, we were all heading up to Farmington Pond to let the dogs have fun since they were cooped up in the house all day the day before. After stopping at Walmart to buy inflatable rafts and sunblock, then Subway to grab our lunches, we drove over to the pond and made it there around 12:30pm.

Parked, unloaded and found a picnic bench right near the little path that leads to the pond. Lathered up on sunblock (since I didn't want a repeat of what happened after leaving Ventura Beach in July) and we went and played in the cold water.

Destiny saw that Amanda and the girls were out in the middle of the pond on their tubes and wanted to be with them or to rescue them, because she then started getting in the water and swim out to them, but quickly realized how cold the water really was and turned back around. 

With the tubes, the water was bearable. Dunking your whole body in without a raft, just drains your body temperature. Brian found this out the hard way, because he swam from one side to the other.

It hit him hard, where he had to sit still in the sun to get his strength back (but from what I saw, he was okay afterwards). We let the dogs play in the water and let them splash around. Since they were now on the other side the pond, I took Destiny with me by leash and we found a way to walk around to the other side. There again, she decided to swim out to meet the girls, but not so far this time.

Amanda tried to swing on the tree swing, but couldn't go through with it.



After being on that side for a while, the 3 of them floated back over to the main side, while the rest of us walked back around.

By that time, I figured it would be best if we ate our lunches that we brought. Just to let you know, we had invited my family to join us. I had been in contact with my sister, since they would be arriving later, to see when they would be arriving. Just as we were sitting for lunch, they pulled up. What shocked us even more, was the fact that my dad came out as well even though he wasn't feeling all that well. I'm glad he did.

We all ate our lunches together, and sat around for a bit and chitchatted for a bit before the girls wanted to get back in the water. We walked down and onto the dock that they have built there, and brought my dad down to check it out as well.

Amanda started jumping off the rails they have with some other people that we didn't know. We had the girls jump (tossed really) off of it, and then I jumped as well. Up until this point, I had only placed my feet in the water. So to go from feet to exposing my whole body to very frigid water, was a whole different experience. I had Heidi record me jump in with my phone. With that cold hitting you hard, it felt like it took a good minute to swim a few feet back to shore, but when I watched the video, I was back on the shore in no time. Strange.

After warming back up, we then took the dogs with us and walked around to the north side of the pond to check out where the water was flowing in from a little stream. We let the dogs off their leashes and they behaved well enough to check out and sniff nature.





By this time, it was almost 4pm, and since most of us were tired from swimming and playing, we decided to call it a day at the pond.

We headed back to our place, unloaded our cars, and started the process of showering one by one. We also started the process of heating up the oven to cook our frozen lasagna. All three dogs were exhausted!

By the time everyone was finished showering, it was time to eat. After dinner, we all sat around to play a game of War. Well, yours truly ran out of cards first, so I won... the chance to get dessert first. Ha!

The rest of them continued on playing for almost a good hour. Amanda's friend and our neighbor Annie, came over and brought her two kids. They sat around and played more cards while Brian and I sat around to watch TV. It got pretty late before I realized it, and made the girls go to bed. We went to bed soon after.

June 12
Heidi and Brian had to head back home today, so we said our goodbyes and they headed home... well, actually, stopped and spent the night in St. George before carrying on the next day.

I was exhausted from these past few days, so I slept until 2, then got ready for work. Before I left, the girls helped Amanda watch our neighbor Annie's kids and dog.


June 13
I had to work both jobs, but before I left in the morning, I hooked up the Wii that was brought up by the Glicken's. There was a few groceries that needed to be purchased, so they went to Smith's and back. The rest of the evening, the 3 girls played one on one with the Wii Sport games.

June 14
I had to work Home Depot until almost 3, but until I arrived home from work since I didn't have to work that evening, the girls helped clean up the house... dog hair everywhere!

When I arrived home, I picked up the girls, and we went to Michael's, Dollar Tree, then over to the park down the street near our place to let the girls play.



After killing time at the park, we then headed all the way out to Scheel's in Sandy to watch them feed the fish in the fish tank on the north side. I guess my mind was thinking it would be something like at Silverton in Vegas, but it was not. It's a much smaller tank of course, so we walked in to then find an employee in diving suit and gear, cleaning the tank first.

Then at 6pm, s/he brought out the food and quickly feed the fish. The girls enjoyed it, and it was fun to watch the fish eat quickly.

If you take your (grand)kids, they will enjoy it too. Since we visited Scheel's in April, we didn't walk the store, but instead just let the girls play in the kids play area for 10 minutes. I walked around looking at team and sports memorabilia.

We then told them it was time to leave because we had to go home and make dinner. Made it home and made Hamburger Helper, ate, and gave the girls the Japanese soda I bought them from my work. We had to Google how to open them, lol.

After dinner, we cleaned up our mess and did dishes. Since the Wii was hooked up, we all sat around or stood up to play against one another in bowling and tennis.



June 15
Finally, a whole day off that I didn't request off. Since we had a lot of fun the day before, we all slept in. When we were finally ready for the day, we took the girls and Destiny over to Gateway to let them play in the water fountain.



Once we ran out of cold drinking water (about 70-80 minutes into playing), we left to head back to our place to pick up the food needed to take to the next splash pad closest to our.

We get there, and see a city ordinance sign that basically said "No Pets". Boo! So we drove all the way to the splash pad near my parents. We grilled up the burgers there, let the girls play in the splash pad area, ate our food, and tossed the ball around a bit for Destiny.

We left shortly after and went over to my parents house for an hour to visit.

After visiting, we headed back home because we had laundry and chores to do. But after doing all this, we sat down and relaxed by watching a little TV or doing whatever we wanted. I showed I saw a picture that reminded me of a MST3K skit, and the girls laughed. We also watched the pilot episode of Rick and Morty. I had watched it prior to the girls coming up this summer, but I had to show the girls the scene where you see 3 of the robots from MST3K.

Right before bed, I started to feel a migraine coming on...

June 16
... I ended up calling out sick at Home Depot. Since it was not going away, and i had to close the store that night, I headed over to my parents to grab a medicine that helps with migraines, and took a nap before heading over to Dan's. While I was at work, my mom drove out and picked up the girls so they could spend a couple nights this time.

June 17
I slept until I had to get ready for work, but since the girls were with my mom, they took Aunt Annie with them up to the Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, then over to the Chalk Festival at the Gateway. I'm glad my mom and sister was able to take them since the Chalk Festival was on their activities board for this summer.