Monday, December 25, 2017

2017 Holidays Part II

December 25
I woke up feeling okay. So after waking the girls up, we let them open their gifts at our place.

We ate a little breakfast (so I could take my medicines), then got ready for the day to head over to my moms house so we meet up with everyone else and open presents there.

Only thing was, on the drive over, I felt it hit me: The tiredness that comes with getting sick. By the time we made it to the house, I had to lie down on the couch in the living room where we would be opening gifts. I tried to take pictures, but my body just wanted to lay down and sleep. So I asked Amanda to open the gifts to us, and everyone opened theirs, while I went and slept for 2 or 3 hours. Amanda woke me up so that I could get some food in me to help fight whatever my body was fighting. Also, to get up and lay on the couch to spend some time with the family.

The girls went sledding in the front yard while I took it easy.

Family members and neighbors came by to wish us a Merry Christmas. Before it got dark, we headed back home so that we could get dinner for everyone. We first stopped to wish Amanda’s grandma a Merry Christmas (I stayed in the car since I was sick). We wanted to take the girls to get Chinese food, but the two restaurants open were quite expensive. So we went home and made Hamburger Helper instead.

After dinner, we sat on the couch together to watch one more Christmas movie. We watched A Christmas Story. After that, the girls went to bed and we called it a night as well.

December 26
Luckily, I didn’t have to work a morning shift at Home Depot, I slept into be able to survive my shift at Dan’s while still under the weather. While I slept, Amanda too the girls to Walmart to use their gift cards they received for Christmas on clothes. I left for work, and survived. Amanda made dinner for the girls, but she wrote me saying they were laughing uncontrollably during dinner at Amanda for silly stuff. Oh, girls... Then they played card/board games.

December 27
My mom asked if she could spend some time with the girls, so I said yes. She picked them up while I was at work, then later in the evening while I was at work, they went shopping at Old Navy, then stopped by at my work to say Hi since they went to dinner with my grandma across the street.

December 28
With me working both jobs on this day, my mom keep the girls another day. I don’t know everything that happened, but I do know my mom had bunco that night, and so the girls Aunt Annie came over and baby sat them. I bet they had fun with her— they always do.

December 29
Finally, a whole day off without being completely down while sick. So we did what I wanted to do on Christmas and take the family to see Episode VIII of Star Wars. Took them to the theater and had fun. After the movie, we went home and made lunch and dinner, while so drove out to pick up the hockey tickets for the game later that night.

Prior to the holidays, I asked a coworker if she could hook me up with Grizzlies tickets (can’t tell how or why) so I could take the family with. In the end, only only the four of us and TJ wanted to go. Sadly, TJ had to work (which involved driving a delivery truck out of state and back again in one day) and didn’t make it back until after the game started.

After eating, we drove over to the arena and enjoyed a great game of hockey. I need my girls to go to more of the Grizzlies games, because every time I go without them, they lose. When I take them, they win. As always, we had a lot of fun for a free game... especially when I caught Chloe doing the Chicken Dance. Nope, sorry, not going to embarrass her.

December 30
Sadly (for me), the girls said that they wanted to go home to celebrate New Years. It had been since I think 2013 into 2014 when they last celebrated it down then. So their mom and step dad drove up the day before and stayed in town overnight, then picked up the girls after they had woken up in the morning.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Holidays Part I

​For the holidays this year, it was arranged to let me pick up the girls to let them spend the holidays with us. I was excited. Not only Christmas, but luckily they release the new Star Wars movies every 2 years instead of 3 (like the first 6), and so we got to go see that.

December 21
Amanda and I traveled down and spent the night in Mesquite. Yes, we brought our dog Destiny. We did our usual gambling and relaxing. We couldn't go hot tubing because there was a crowd of people in there.

December 22
The next day, we picked up the girls and headed back to Salt Lake. Today was my moms birthday, and we planned to do our annual gingerbread house decorating as a family. We first had to drop Destiny off at the house, then backtrack to my moms house. Once everyone was there, we first opened and saw what our yearly Christmas tree ornaments were from my mom.

Being my moms birthday, we let her open her gift from us.

Then we all gathered in the kitchen to decorate our gingerbread houses. We always have fun doing this.

After decorating, it was getting late, so we headed home. We purchased a few items to decorate the girls room to make feel like home, and let them check it out. Plus, Amanda put Christmas lights up to festive up the room.

December 23
I had to work that night, so we took it easy that morning and then Amanda watched the twins while I was at work.

While I was away at work, Amanda’s friend Annie came over with her daughter, and everyone helped bake and then decorate holiday shaped cookies.

December 24
Luckily, with Dan’s closing at 3pm on a Sunday because of Christmas Eve, and me working until 1:30, I wouldn’t be of much help for less than 90 minutes. Before I arrived home from work at Home Depot, my mom and grandma came over so they could give Amanda a gift to give to Zoey that evening. After clocking out at Home Depot, I came home and we waited a few minutes until we were to go to Amanda’s family party.

We drove over to the church next to her moms house, and had. The twins hadn’t seen Zoey in a year, so they had fun playing together and decorating cookies. We all sat around talking while eating our dinner, then we played a game with White Elephant gifts. Her family has a tradition to make an exquisite dessert, then they vote on it in different categories, and the best one wins a prize.

We didn’t stay the whole time because we had to head over to my grandmas house to celebrate Christmas Eve with my family. Made it to her house when it just started snowing, walked in when when they were eating dinner. Even though I had dinner prior, there is no way I’m going to passed up a chance to eat the families spaghetti recipe. So we ate, then cleaned up so we could play Christmas Bingo.

I won a game to win a Chick Fil A gift card. After a few games, we did our traditional games of LRC. My grandma won the first game, then Nick won the second game.

Earlier, while I was eating, I ran out to take a pill to help with my migraine that I felt coming on. I wasn’t thinking because I didn’t think it would do what it did, but I should have taken half of it because I felt a great stiffness in my neck combined with nausea and exhaustion. With the party pretty much over, so we left so I could drive home while I still could, just in case my symptoms grew any worse (they didn’t). With how I felt, we had to skip out on driving through Christmas Street in the Sugar House. We headed home and then had the girls get ready for bed. After they crashed, we waited for Santa...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Holiday Party’s

Every first Saturday of December, my moms side of the family has it’s annual Christmas Party. If I haven’t said why before, it’s because there are a lot of family members and trying to take time to get everyone together closer to the holidays is near impossible. So everyone travels to and gathers in Nephi, Utah, and then the party usually starts around noon. We eat, Santa Visits the younger kids, white elephant gift exchange and then home.

Just so happened, that this year for the Home Depot work party, they had it at the Gallivan Plaza downtown. Amanda and I left early to hit City Creek before the party (can’t remember why), but the stores were closing when we arrived. So we drove around trying to find a good parking spot close by, then walked to the building it was in (above the ice skate rental booth). They provided dinner from Apple Spice, and then let us go ice skating in the rink below. They said to skate until a certain time, then come back up to have a raffle for everyone.