Nice hummingbird in the backyard today.
Jenn and family came out for the day after Christmas and we went to see the Christmas display at the Bellagio casino.
We took Ryan to his first Kings game yesterday. He had a great time and enjoyed meeting Bailey the Kings mascot.
Had Thanksgiving in Moorpark with Nancy, Matt, Lisa, my brother Jack, and Jenn, Neil, Ryan. Nice time with family!
Happy 2nd birthday to Ryan Ichiro, who is going o be the best big brother to Derek.
Well we knew when our second grandson was going to be born, and Derek Kenji joined the family on November 11, 2016. He’s such a beautiful baby.
Came out for Halloween as we had to see what Ryan was this year. He’s a construction worker, as he loves watching the videos of excavators and construction.
Jenn is 2 weeks from giving birth to our grandson and walked the neighborhood also, what a trooper!!
Jenn came out and hung out in the backyard, and then we went and used the pool with Ryan, who loved it except for the water park. He didn’t like the big bucket and the splash.
First thing on our list was getting the backyard done. Couldn’t stand looking at the dirt anymore.
We decided to put artificial grass in so we didn’t have to mow/water etc. It’s harder on the feet for the cats, as the grass gets HOT in the summer time.
Driving around the area we came upon this restaurant. One of our favorites in Manhattan Beach, as we used to go walk along the beach at Sunset and then go have dinner or a margarita afterwards.
Funny that the owner of the one in Manhattan Beach moved to Summerlin, and built an exact replica of the restaurant in Summerlin. No sunset/beach though! Guess we’d have to go walk Red Rock Canyon and then go have a margarita!
Well, our house is a little different than our house in Commerce City. We don’t need a mower here, as the front yard has desert landscaping (no grass allowed),
Our backyard instead of being 115’ from the back door to the end of the property, is 12’ to the wall.
One thing we aren’t downsizing on is our canvases.
Leaving Las Vegas was the name of a pretty good movie. Leaving for Las Vegas is the new title to this movie called life. Time for another new chapter in the book of life. My life began in LA, and then went to Denver for 9 years, and now it's time to get closer to LA without actually living in LA. It's just too expensive, and too much traffic. That’s the reason that we left Los Angeles in the first place. But then again, Las Vegas has traffic, but its not like we're moving to the strip!
So what brings us closer to LA and not actually living in LA?
This little guy!
My daughter Jennifer was pregnant with Ryan and said “you have about 2 1/2 years to move back here as he’ll need his papa and nana around more often”. I went out to CA every month the first year he was born. I had to work and travel so much for work, that I accrued a lot of comp/time off, so I flew out about every month to see them. Janis had just started working for the state, so she didn’t have a lot of vacation/time off. At the beginning it was ok (not really) but later on in the year, Janis would just take leave without pay, as seeing Ryan was more important than the money lost.
Low and behold, Jennifer told us she was pregnant with our next grandson, and we decided we would have to move closer sooner than expected. We decided in May 2016 that we needed to move and quick.
Our neighbors from down the street bought the house (30 day escrow) so we had to pack up a 5000 sq ft house in 30 days (while working) and go out to Las Vegas to look for homes (1 weekend).
We flew to Vegas, looked at about 10 developments, asking for a house that was move in ready in 30 dqys with a 30 day escrow. We found 3 possibles, and on Sunday Jennifer and Neil came out to see the 3 possibilities. We needed to be 1) close to the strip, as they gamble (as do we), and closer to the south end of the valley, so we are are close to I-15 and driving out to see them.
We ended finding a home in Rhodes Ranch, which has a golf course, a built in water park, a HUGE lagoon like pool, and a rec room with basketball courts, pool tables, weight rooms, etc.
We sold our house in Commerce City and had to move within 30 days! That was fun!
Turned in my badge and ID card (well just my ID card). Going to miss working with these people. Well most of these people..
Travis had his first communion mass today, TL’s parents were able to come to it, which was nice. There wasn’t ability to take photos inside the cathedral, so only got photos at the reception.
It was tough to get down there to take photos, since we were in the process of moving and packing up etc., but I’m glad we were able to see this and them before we move away in a month (ish).
Janis’ dad Phil Kontoff turned 90 years old today. Happy birthday Phil! (with Roberta Kontoff
Spent a few days at the Grand Riviera Mayan resort in Cancun, Mexico. A beautiful resort,
Shot a beautiful wedding on February 29, 2016, Leap year day up in Devil's Thumb Resort, in Tabernash, CO. The resort was beautiful and the weather just as well, which had me worried for that time of year up in the mountains. Deb and Ariell were great to work with and had a blast!
Had a great time in Cancun, Mexico in November. First time visiting
Went to the Dominican Republic for a week using a timeshare transfer that we have. used the timeshare, program, and unfortunately, we had no idea what we were in for.
After flying all night, and checking into the place, which was maybe a 2 on a 5 star rating. (They had a small leaf filled pool, the beach was horrible, they only had 1 of the 3 restaurants open). They immediately took us to another timeshare place, which was about an hour away, “just to see what it looks like”.
After being shown the Beautiful grounds, 10 pools, 26 bars, 10 restaurants, they take us to a timeshare presentation. We told them FOUR times that we were not interested in getting another time share, we already had one. They assured us that they were going to pay off our time share when we purchased this one. (which actually is not a timeshare company but a “club”.
We signed on the dotted line, and then went back an hour to get our things from the hotel and then an hour back to the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club.
One of my favorite drives when I worked for Colorado POST was west on Highway 50 past the Spanish Peaks Mountains West of Walsenburg.. I always crank up my buddy Joh Chandler’s song of the same title while I’m driving past here. Jon and Pat have some land out here, and his ancestors are from this area. He wrote an awesome song and book about this area. The link is for the book on Amazon. com, I highly recommend it.