Monday, October 30, 2017

Summer 2017 - Week 5 (Part II)

July 7th (Friday)
I worked my last Home Depot shift for the week, and the girls gave Destiny a bath while I was at work. Dad went back in to have the feeding tube put in.

After getting some food at Dan's, I came home and we got ready to head out. We had plans to drive to my friend Jessica’s house so we can have a BBQ, but we first had to drive over to my parents to help put up the decorations for the twins early birthday party (the next day) while they were still up here and before they had to head home on Sunday.

After getting the decorations up, we drove down to Jessica's to have a BBQ with her and her kids. We brought Destiny with us because they have watched her in the past (and I knew they missed her), and we had a lot of fun just relaxing, eating, talking and letting all the kids play.

The plan for today was to go to Obon at the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple in Downtown Salt Lake. We first had to go to a doctor appointment of mine, then we went and had lunch at a Greek restaurant right next door to the doctor. This is where I tried and love baklava for the first time.

After eating lunch, we headed downtown to the Obon Festival. It wasn’t as big as I thought it would (thinking it would be like the Greek Festival), but we looked around in the gift shop, then headed to the Gateway because someone didn’t go potty before I pulled out of my parking spot.

So we drove over to the Gateway and parked on the north end. PLEASE DO NOT PARK THERE!!! The parking lot is not owned by the same company who owns the Gateway— and they still charge you a full hour if you park there for 50 minutes. Oh, that set my blood boiling.

But before the parking incident, all of us used the restroom in the Union Pacific Depot building. I purchased one more birthday gift for the girls at B&N, before we met up at Hot Topic to get hair dye for the girls.
They were being silly and crossing legs while walking. It reminded me of the opening theme to "The Monkees" (4 to 5 second part of this video)

So we bought the dye, and then headed over to my parents to let the girls have their early birthday with everyone (including Aubrey, who lives nearby) since the girls were going back home the next day. The twins mom and stepdad were already on their way up and we’re spending the night in Provo. The girls wanted a Japanese themed birthday dinner, so a few days prior, my mom took the girls to get supplies.

I don't know how long Aubrey worked on this, but this was incredible...
Sushi made from candy! Awesome!!!

We ate dinner with everyone, and let the girls open presents.

After the party, I said goodbye to my dad and we headed home. We took it easy and then Amanda dyed the girls hair tips blue or pink.

The girls went to bed after and I took a melatonin... but I received the a text from Annie that my dad was taken by ambulance to IHC in Murray. The girls stayed home with Amanda, I met the family there.......

Monday, October 23, 2017

Summer 2017 - Week 5 (Part I)

July 2
I worked both jobs, and the girls were still at my parents having fun. Seems like a pattern, weekdays with us, weekend with them.

Monday morning, Amanda and I took took Destiny to the vet. Nothing serious, just a basic procedure and check up. That evening, I worked at Dan's.

I worked Home Depot, then went and napped at the parents house and saw that Aubrey was there. The girls were having fun with her. After my nap, I went and worked a shift at Dan's. Since my dad was having surgery in the morning, I came over after work to pick up the girls so they could be with Amanda the next day and not have my mom also worry about them. They slept on the drive back to my place.

I worked a usual morning shift at Home Depot. My dads surgery was halted because of a hernia, so they rescheduled it for the 7th. After work, I picked the 3 of them up at the 7-11 near the Millcreek Trax Station. We went grocery shopping at my old work, Super Savers, and then we came home and we all helped make dinner. We are dinner a little early this night because we were going to see another movie in the park. This was no ordinary movie, it was one I never had a chance to see on the big screen when it premiered— Napoleon Dynamite. It was a bucket list item of mine to see this on the “big screen”, and since Sundance Institute Summer Film Series was showing it this night, we HAD to go. Luckily, I was off. There was a bonus— the writers and director Jared and Jerusha Hess were there as well.

So, before we left, I rummaged through boxes stacked in the closet from moving into our apartment to find 3 of my “Vote for Pedro” t-shirts. The girls and I wore those. I had a fourth shirt, but I had ironed on letters from when I went to the 2006 Napoleon Dynamite Festival with Tristyn. So instead, Amanda wore a Pop N Pins T-shirt that I had. I had the P.E. t-shirt (light blue, when it shows him playing tether ball), but I couldn’t locate that one.

We loaded up the car (Destiny stayed home because the event was at Red Butte Gardens Amphitheater, and I didn’t want to get there to see that dogs were possibly not allowed) and headed out.

Along the way, we stopped at the same dollar store we went to a week or two prior, and got snacks. We found our way to the Amphitheater and parked. There was already a line to get in. We only had to wait a few minutes before we were all let in.

Found a spot to put our blankets down and then went to have some fun before the movie started. One of the girls and I saw a toss game, and played against one another. Another played a giant version of Jenga with one of the employees of Sundance. After playing these games for a while and growing tired of them, we had to check out one of the two tether ball poles. We all took turns playing one another, then headed back to the blankets. The girls saw something some other kids were doing and asked if they could go play with them, I said yes.

Soon, it was getting dark enough to start the movie, but before they started the movie, they asked Jared and Jerusha to speak to the crowd.
These are the actual moon boots that Jon Heder (who played Napoleon Dynamite ) wore during the entire filming of Napoleon Dynamite. They were worn extensively that by the end, they had to be duct taped and black marker-ed over because they were falling apart.

After they spoke, I actually shook their hands and had to say thank you for the many adventures and road trips I experienced because of that film. Otherwise, besides my twins being born, my 20’s wouldn’t have been as exciting as it was.

With it finally dark enough, we watched the movie and then headed home once the movie ended.
I knew with staying up late would make me tired since I had to work a 6-10 shift at Home Depot, but when would the opportunity to see the movie like this and meet the writers? Most likely never.

My dad went back in to see what options could be done to get the feeding tube in. They were going to officially put in on Friday the 7th.

After work, I stopped at Dan's to get some stuff for S'mores since I had the night off again. After arriving home and eating lunch, we took the girls swimming at Davis Rec Center. We then came home to make dinner.

Since we knew we had time, we planned it so we drive over near the Saltair to check out Black Rock. We arrived with plenty of sunlight left to walk out into the water, then Amanda and I climbed the rock. If you are wondering, we left Destiny at home because of bugs and mosquitoes.

I knew from previous times, that it was the time to drive over to the grounds where Tristyn and I would light areal fireworks (before they were allowed to be legal) so we could light a fire and make s’mores. We had a lot of fun just being us and enjoying the moment.

With it then becoming dark, we loaded up the car with our stuff and any garbage, and headed home along the side road next to I-80 while holding our hands out windows, letting bugs smash again against them freaking us out. That was freaking fun and awesome to do.

(Part II will be posted next week)