|Nai meeting Romeo at Monica's ranch.|
Anyhow, got home and decorated for the holidays, took Nai skiing a couple of times, although basketball continues to consume most of his free time. I did manage to avoid work travel through December and now January too, I will start travelling again in a couple of weeks. While I was home watching the fort, Mike was able to get away to visit his son, Dan at his new house in Eastern Montana. Both Lockheed and IBM encouraged us to take off the two weeks of Christmas/New Years.. the same weeks of Nai's Winter Break, so we headed out to Phoenix for Christmas.
|Donna and Sonja Brett - Victor and John Brett|
|In Tucson I got a treat to ride in Fritz (John's long time best friend and current neighbor... |
.. and my friend from back in the day) 1917 Hupmobile.
We drove back home on Dec 28 because at that high time for skiing, Mike had to work every other day for the next two weeks. He has been completely surprised how much he is enjoying teaching.. he never expected it. There is great satisfaction in helping someone go from ground zero to getting down the hill on their own. Most of his students and beaming by the end of the day and he gets plenty of appreciation. Although, now he is finally happy to have 2 days in a row off!!
|Josh and Carla|
|Mike, Jed, and Kaylee|
In a weird turn of events, Jed flew home from Phoenix Sunday early morning, and decided to drive out to see us on Monday. So he and Mike got to ski one day, and he skied while Mike worked one day, before he left on New Years Eve morning. We were so glad to have in out for the first time to our house in Fairplay.
Monica came up later that day to ring in the New Year with us. David, her husband, was sick and could not join us. But we didn't let that stop us from playing games non-stop for a day and a half. Then we met up with a realtor in Breckenridge for the afternoon before she headed home. One idea being kicked around is that we might move to the other side of the mountain, into Summit county, and open a BnB again. We don't really want to buy a house though, and Monica and David want to invest a little equity into something, so they may buy a house that we can rent and run a BnB in. Sounds interesting, we'll see if it pans out.
The following weekend (last weekend) Monica came back and my girlfriend, Cathy, came up from Canon City and we went to an art class at our favorite local studio. We learned alcohol inks painting. Always great fun. Monica got us introduced to Zentangle while we were at her house at Thanksgiving.. we even came up with Zentangle Christmas tree ornaments, so we also did a little of that while we were having our "art" weekend.
On Sundays through the Christmas season we have enjoyed watching the Broncos become the AFC West champions. We still do not have TV service, but when I started with IBM the phone provided required I change to Verizon service, which includes an NFL mobile app to watch the games. I bought cables to watch it from the phone onto the TV, but alas they don't allow that, so every Sunday Mike and I have been huddling round my phone to watch the game! It's not as bad as it seems, and I'm finding myself looking forward to it.
So now the Christmas decorations must come down and the attentions returned to professional endeavors. Along with the sadness that accompanies the end of the holidays, I can honestly say 2015 was such a tumultuous year that I am more than ready to kick that out the door and welcome 2016 and all it has to offer with open arms!!
Happy New Year!