Family

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!

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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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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More Sophia photos

We left LA yesterday and had to come home. Jennifer and Sophia were able to come home from the hospital yesterday, so they needed to get some quiet time (until Ryan and Derek came home from school.

Luckily we were there when they left the hospital, and I got a a picture of Sophia in her fist car seat ride!

After they went home, we were going to drive out to Temecula to see Aurora, Susan, and Phil. Prior to that we stopped to eat at Bear Pit Restaurant on Sepulveda Blvd. in Mission Hills. Knowing that Neil was starving, I asked if they wanted a lunch order and we’d drop it off on the way out of town, They jumped at that, and Janis jumped at the chance to see the baby sleeping in her new swing.

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I have a google album that I created and will update the album Frequently

Aurora came for a visit

November 24, 2018 Nicole and Justin came for a visit with Aurora. Phil was living with us at the time, so we got some nice photos of them together.. They came out for Thanksgiving weekend.

Using the Pool July 21, 2018

Jenn, Neiil, Midori, came out for the weekend and we had a great time at the pool. Jenn and Neil were here to do a photobooth at the Park MGM hotel, (their company).

While they were working, Midori and the kids and us went to Mandalay Hotel Aquarium Nice aquarium, had a shark reef where the sharks swim right over us. Lots of sharks!

While they were working, Midori and the kids and us went to Mandalay Hotel Aquarium Nice aquarium, had a shark reef where the sharks swim right over us. Lots of sharks!

Aurora Ember, 1 month old (-3 days)

Went out to see Aurora Ember just 3 days shy of of her 1 month birthday. Nicole was still off work so we we had some nice pictures done.