Grandkids in Vegas!

Grandkids came out for a visit as Jenn came out to see Cher in concert. Sophia is 5 mo old in6 days.

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Derik is getting so grown, talking much better, and is such flirt.

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Martina McBride at the M pool.

Went to a concert tonite at the M casino pool We’ve never been to the new M casino, which is out there a bit and sitting alone. A vERY clean casino, no smell of smoke anywhere. The pool is awesome. We paid for the tickets which were VIP general admission tickets. $74.00 for tickets that would have been free if we’d have gotten them, but unfortunately we’d already paid for them the day before they went out for free. People standing 4’ away from us had free tickets.

The concert was nice, other than it started at 8pm and it was 111 degrees out still We weren’t in the ‘packed in sardine’ area, but was still very stifling and air wasn’t moving around. Next time we’ll try to get the free tix and sit in the water and listen to the concert.

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Aurora, Sophia at 3 months old, huge earthquake, and jury duty.

The boys were out of school this week, so we had the chance to go out to watch them and Sophia. Ryan and Derek were out of school, Irene just took a few days off so we could watch them. We had to go to Temecula and drop Phil off since we still had him at our house. Aurora was very playful and friendly. Sh likes to make fish faces.

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Fish face

Since we were watching Sophia, we couldn’t go to the park or go bowling, which Derek and Ryan really like to do, but we forgot our bowling shoes anyway, so that was good. We let the kids play out in the yard, and Janis bought them a new toy, an inflatable ball that squirts water out. We blew it up and they went out to the backyard and played with it and liked it a lot.

Sophia enjoyed watching them while sitting on Nana.

Sophia loved to laugh and smile. She was very happy. Here’s some new pictures of her.

We loved spending time with them. I forgot that I had Jury Duty scheduled for July 5th. I called on the 4th and they said that I had to go, so it was either drive all night on the 4th and be there downtown at July 4th, I got a real ad cold (IN TWO DAYS) and wasn’t going to be able to go to court even if I was in Vegas, We ended up not driving, and calling in the morning and they said they will give me another summons for a month out, and to make sure I will go to that one.

While we out there, Ridgecrest which is about 150 miles out in the desert north of Barstow, had a huge earthquake. The first one was 6.4 We felt it in the living room, Ryan and Derek were in their bedroom and didn’t feel it. Jenn called them out to the living room and explained what was happening. Derek was frightened when he felt it, Ryan seemed ok. On the 5th while Ryan and Derek were with Irene, there was a much longer, rolling quake. This one seemed stronger and lasted over a minute. Compared to the 6.4, it was at least a 7 (IMO). We were watching the Dodger game while it was going on, and the shaking of the cameras were visible. Janis said that it made her nauseous and dizzy for about an hour afterwards. That was confirmed as a 7.1 right after hit happened, but then was downgraded to a 6.9. It was later upgraded back to a 7.1. Thankfully perhaps, that it happened in the desert in a vary underpopulated area. It was crazy that everyone back east were going crazy, my cousin Rosemary kept on facebook asking if we were alright after each aftershock.

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The boys and their toys!!

Happy Father's Day

Father’s day is always about the US Open to me. Watching it with my daughter Jenn every year is a tradition we’ve done forever.

My father in law Phil Kontoff is here for awhile. He’s 93, and slowing down a lot. He’s not interested in most anything except staying warm, so he spends a ot time outside in the Las Vegas heat.

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Happy Father’s Day Phil

The other father I’m glad is in my life is my son in law Neil. He’s a great dad, works a ton of hours, still has time for his boys, and has given me a great gift, three beautiful grandchildren.

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Happy Father’s day Neil

My dad passed away in 1993 at the age of 64. He didn’t do a lot with us. Having many heart attacks in his life, he wasn’t much for throwing the ball around. He spent a lot of time at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Redondo Beach. On Saturday he’d hang out at the Knights and bartend. I’d go down a log of Saturday’s and learn how to shoot pool, or use it as a starting point to go ride my bike from Redondo Beach up and around PV, or over to the Redondo Beach pier.

He was a good father, and always laughing and smiling, and with his medical issues, says something about his character.

Being a father to me means everything to me. I have one of the best daughters. She’s a great business woman, a great mother to three beautiful kids, and a great daughter.

She learned how to laugh from me, integrity from me, hard work, and how to enjoy life.

Jennifer made me a great dad, and I couldn’t have done it without her!!

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Happy Father’s day to me!

Fun at Porter Ranch

Had a good day with the kids at Porter Ranch park. Ryan worked on his swings

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Ryan stopped to smell the flowers

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and together they had a ball on the slide.

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Janis got baby time

and we got a nice family photo of the family

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Happy 1st birthday to Aurora Ember!

Aurora’s first birthday party was held today a few days early to coincide with Memorial day and everyone having the day off. Nice day at Susan’s house in Aguanga. Justin’s family came and everyone had a good time.

Happy 14th Anniversary to us!

Happy 14th Anniversary to us!! It’s been a long run, and hope it’s just the first lap!!

Here’s some photos throughout the years.

Nice visit with Nancy and Pat

Pat and Nancy came out for two and a half days.  They wanted to go to the pool but with 72 degree highs and rain part of the day, we really couldn’t do that.  

We went to 2 quilt stores so Nancy could check out some fabric.  Then we went to Fremont Street to walk around and gamble a bit.   

Afterwards, we went to Mi Casa at the Silverton Hotel, and had a nice pre-anniversary dinner. Tomorrow  Janis and I will be married 14 years.  

 

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cheers!

cheers!

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Robins in the backyard

A lot of Robins in our backyard in Commerce City lately. Janis put some oranges out to try to get the birds closer.

Beatle Show at the Saxe Theater - Planet Hollywood

Saw the Beatleshow at the Saxe Theater - Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino inside of Miracle Mile Shops. This theatre is tiny, so every seat is a great seat. The actual venue is about 3 stories up so TAKE THE ELEVATOR!

We saw this show 2 year ago, and the same people are back. John Lennon is spot on as John Lennon, Paul is too. The only thing that could be better is when Paul McCartney plays at T-mobile later this year, he stops by and pops in for one of the numbers. That would be something to see.

Dinner with TKB!

We had dinner with a partner of mine at ESPD.  Tim and I had so much fun working together. We just laughed while we arrested people!   

He was here in Vegas doing a kitchen remodel and we ate dinner together one night.  Was just like old times.  

I took my blood pressure when we got home and it was the lowest it has ever been. Janis said that Tim has to live with us!   

 

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Regenerative Road Trip

My nephew Jason Gray has a website and blog that is pretty awesome. His wife Tera Lynn is a National park ranger, They were in San Diego over the holidays and the work stoppage. Her job was in Nebraska in 2018, but now she’s going to go to Yosemite to work. (Nope, she’s changed to working in South Dakota!) So this means they were able to take their 2 kids (Travis and Ainsley) on a trip of a lifetime, where they went from the Mexican border all the way up to the Canadian border on El Camino Real (Highway 1/101) . Ainsley and Travis both write a blog at each stop and write what they learn. It is a great learning experience and a memory of a lifetime.

Brunch with Janis' cousin Joanie

Janis’ cousin from Minnesota came to Vegas for a few days with her son, daughter in law, and two grand children. Joanie (Joanne) has 3 children, and 4 grandchildren. It was good to see them and meet another family member of Janis. Natalie, the 4 year old is in the 2nd picture and have to take a picture of the flamingos if you are at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino!

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