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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wedding Video

When I started dating Amanda, we hit it right off the bat. After a few dates, we started calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend. I introduced her to my girls after our first date and when the they were up here for the summer. I was nervous of course, because if they didn’t get along, then our relationship wouldn’t last because my girls come first. Luckily, they did click and Amanda treated them as if they were her own kids... like, from birth, you know. I let Amanda come with us out to the Sun Tunnels to see how everyone would get along, before inviting her with us to California that summer. Still, they got along great and so Amanda came with, we had a great time and we ended the summer with the girls.

Amanda and I continued to date, and moved into the apartment we are at now in December 2016. Time went on and then we took the girls to Moab for their Spring Break in 2017, and they came up for the summer. Even though I was busting my ass off with two jobs, Amanda would help watch the girls while I slaved away. She was really great with them, so I knew that if we were to get married, she would be an excellent (step) mom to the girls.

Only problem was, even though her and I had been talking about marriage, I couldn’t go through with it because of what I went through in my last marriage (towards the end), the divorce I went through (the cost of it all), and the two women I dated after the divorce (one abused drugs and owes me money, the other wouldn’t accept me for not believing in a higher power)... it was hard to think that I could do it again— be committed to this person the rest of my life.

Then a few weeks after my dad passed away, I realized something. We are only here for such a short time, and you don’t get a rebate for time lost with someone you serious love but couldn’t commit because you were scared. Also, as I quote Ms. Frizzle to my girls all the time: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” I couldn’t be a hypocrite towards that advice I give them... so I took the chance. I asked Amanda to marry me. And I truly am sorry to my family for not telling them first before posting her and my relationship status on Facebook... I really am.

We were thinking an April 2018 date (which would be this month as I post this), but long story short, we chose a November date. We invited a few family members to join us at the court house  on that day. The day before we drove halfway to pick up the twins so they could be there, and the next day on November 27, we were married. After, we went to lunch and took the girls back home.

She is my life. She is my best friend. My soulmate. She makes me happy. She helps me be a better person, and a better father, son, brother and uncle.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Getting Married

When I started dating Amanda, we hit it right off the bat. After a few dates, we started calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend. I introduced her to my girls after our first date and when the they were up here for the summer. I was nervous of course, because if they didn’t get along, then our relationship wouldn’t last because my girls come first. Luckily, they did click and Amanda treated them as if they were her own kids... like, from birth, you know. I let Amanda come with us out to the Sun Tunnels to see how everyone would get along, before inviting her with us to California that summer. Still, they got along great and so Amanda came with, we had a great time and we ended the summer with the girls.

Amanda and I continued to date, and moved into the apartment we are at now in December 2016. Time went on and then we took the girls to Moab for their Spring Break in 2017, and they came up for the summer. Even though I was busting my ass off with two jobs, Amanda would help watch the girls while I slaved away. She was really great with them, so I knew that if we were to get married, she would be an excellent (step) mom to the girls.

Only problem was, even though her and I had been talking about marriage, I couldn’t go through with it because of what I went through in my last marriage (towards the end), the divorce I went through (the cost of it all), and the two women I dated after the divorce (one abused drugs and owes me money, the other wouldn’t accept me for not believing in a higher power)... it was hard to think that I could do it again— be committed to this person the rest of my life and possibly going through failure again.

Then a few weeks after my dad passed away, I realized something. We are only here for such a short time, and you don’t get a rebate for time lost with someone you serious love (and treats you so well) but couldn’t commit because you were scared. Also, as I quote Ms. Frizzle to my girls all the time: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy”, and as my dad always said, “Be sure to do the most important thing: Have Fun!”. I couldn’t be a hypocrite towards that advice I give them... so I took the chance. I asked Amanda to marry me. And I truly am sorry to my family for not telling them first before posting her and my relationship status on Facebook... I really am. What I’m glad I did was being less afraid of what could come of it (and so far, it’s been great!)

We were thinking an April 2018 date (which would be this month as I post this), but long story short, we chose a November date. We invited a few family members to join us at the court house on that day. The day before we drove halfway to pick up the twins so they could be there, and the next day on November 27, we were married. After, we went to lunch and took the girls back home.

She is my life. She is my best friend. My soulmate. She makes me happy. She helps me be a better person, and a better father, son, brother and uncle.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Veterans Day Visit

Once again, we missed the girls and I knew that we needed to see them. I originally asked for Halloween off to drive down and surprise the girls, but long story short, we couldn’t go. So we decided that the next time we could, we would.

When we knew that we now had time to travel down to visit the girls, it was originally going to be a limited time with the girls. After talking to the girls mom, she suggested that we keep the girls out of school on Thursday, and drop them off that night. That way they could spend most of the day with us instead of partial.

November 8
The day we headed down, I originally had to work a shift at Home Depot in the morning, and then headed home to pick up Amanda and Destiny. We made our way down to Southern Utah and picked the girls up at their house to bring them with us to Mesquite. Since we arrived to St. George late, we picked up dinner from Hungry Howie’s, and didn’t do much that night.

November 9
The next day, we took the girls and Destiny to Mesquite’s local park to have a picnic on the table benches, and to have fun throwing the frisbee or ball for Destiny.

Once we had enough, we went back to the hotel and hopped in the hot tub. We tried to go swimming, but it was freezing cold this time of year. Why they don’t get warmers in one or both pools, I’ll never know. The best part was when Amanda got her revenge from March when the girls tricked her into jumping in the cold pool. It was the girls time to feel that blast of frigid ice cold water.
 I showed the girls how to get in the pool without the room key years ago... They still do it today.



After swimming, we cleaned up and went bowling. All worn out, we drove over to Walmart to get a few snacks. When we were driving back, we spotted multiple U.S. flags standing up near the Mesquite Rec Center in honor of Veterans Day. We got off our exit, but went the other way to go look at the flags up close, then went back to the hotel to go eat dinner in the restaurant.





Since the girls had school the next day, we all drove them home so they could be up in time for school. We sat there chit chatting with the girls mom and stepdad before heading out and back to Mesquite for the night. Before we left, the girls asked if we could come to their 5th Grade singing performance to celebrate Veterans Day.  Amanda and I arranged it so we could do that in the morning on the way home. We played the slots a bit before going to bed.

November 10
We woke up and had the breakfast buffet, then packed up the car with our belongings and Destiny, then headed to St. George to park near their school. Luckily, it was still early to where we could leave the windows down on my car for Destiny, while we went inside to watch the 5th grade classes sing.




Once they we were finished, we walked up front to tell the girls they did a great job, give them hugs and kisses goodbye, then Amanda and I walked to the car so we could head home.

On the way home, we stopped at Honolulu Grill in Cedar City, then for food at Cluff’s Car Hop in Fillmore.

Heard a lot about this place, but I wasn’t impressed... maybe because the pass few day we had been eating out on the go. I’ll give it another shot one day on our way down so I don’t have the same “I’m getting tired of fast food” feeling. After sitting outside to eat, headed back on the road and made it home.