Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino was our home base for our 2009 visit to Las Vegas. Our mornings started with the breakfast buffet, which was outstanding. We always topped it off with bread pudding top with vanilla sauce and ice cream. Our main show for this trip was Bette Midler at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. We had want to see Celine Dion but she was off during this time. It just gave us an excuse to go back again! Jubilee, Legends in concert and the Stratosphere was all on our agenda as well as traveling up and down the strip visiting the casinos. June turned into July and it was time for our annual Fourth of July get together. It was a reunion of the Kerricks and Rotchfords clan, traveling to Kansas from Texas, Minnesota, and Florida. Every couple was responsible for a meal plus cleanup. They sent in …
Today the guys returned to finish up the fence. It seemed to go up very fast and is a beautiful fence. I didn’t get out there to take a picture of the finished fence but will post one later.
Today they delivered the lumber for the new fence around the pool. After off loading the lumber, they started taking down the old fence. Once the sections were removed they started removing the post. At one point the worker must have gotten cold. They built a fire in the can, burned the wooden steps and were huddled around the can. Once they got the post up, put a string line for the new post and started digging the new post holes.
We finally have an answer to how our new friend in the pool got there . . . Dee put it in the pool Monday night. All week going to the gym and being in the pool she managed to keep quite. During a two and half hour dinner at the Melting Pot Saturday night, she didn’t give it up. Yesterday at the pool, she showed up with a retainer (for gator’s mouth). She got us good! So much fun!! We are happy to share another picture of Alli “Dee” Gator.
Steve wrote this in an email to find out who put this fellow in our pool. So far no one has come forward. “I went out to the pool and just lost three years of my life. Wasn’t paying attention and went over to clean out overflow of pool. Looked down and there was a two plus foot baby alligator moving its tale……… Holy (&*$%&I((^*()_)(&^%**………. After I pulled my arm back, really, really fast…..I had a great laugh and said out loud “Boy you really got me” So…whoever done it, fess up and get credit for a great gift and gag. I assume a gift, let me know if you are talking it back (sad face we’ll talk)…Ha Everyone will get to see him/ her (yes we need a name). Hope everyone is having a good day and must say I sure am glad my hair is white!!!!! (now whiter)”
Our dragon-fly is coming back every day now. It’s interesting to watch him and Steve feels as if he was communicating with him. Steve would move his eyes and the dragon-fly would move his. Steve would move his head and the dragon-fly did the same. Katy came over and the dragon-fly landed on her finger nail.      
Steve made friends with a dragon-fly at the pool. The dragon-fly came around several times and would landed on Steve’s finger each time. Steve felt as if they were communicating. It was interesting to watch and to see how long it stayed.
There are times you want to get in the pool and other times you like just being around the pool. In this first picture is Wendy is in the pool but not in THE pool. Steve purchased a small kids pool for the little ones to play in, didn’t think about the adults using it for any reason but Windy makes good use of it while visiting with the others in the big pool. Dawn, who lives in the same apartment complex, visits with Benz.The twins pool side, now I don’t know which one is which so we will just call them THE TWINS. This may be the same one in all three photos. If you figure it out let me know. Candi was cleaning the twin up after a diaper change, another use for a water gun! The next two photos are just two cute little girls with their …
As far as 4th of July weekend goes, this was a cooler water year. It was warm enough for the adults to get in but not too hot. One year we had to put bags of ice in the pool to cool it down. One thing about this 4th, we had more kids than usual so the water guns got a workout. At times it was just the kids shooting and other times the adults got involved. The adults are filling up their water guns, getting ready for the fight. Then comes the attack.  
The balloon went on without too many problems, then it was time to fill it with air. This was not a real quick blow up but it really didn’t take that long considering how big it is. The tarp was placed over the balloon, the sand bags put around the edges and finally the tie downs were added. A job well done and a big thank you to Bob, Katy and Dee for the help! Now a time to rest and have some water.