Lighted trees lined the street to the Balloon displays

Unbelievable colours

A very large crowd attended





A very cool evening but so enjoyable

Best I could do for a photo of the Fountain

Heading home along the lighted street display

mmmm damn good tacos

View of Fountain Lake as we arrived before dark


Christmas Dinner at Painted Mountain Golf Resort

Christmas Dinner with Ranchos Val Vista friends

Christmas Breakfast turned out perfect


Sorry Tom...it's all gone

Joanne enjoying a cool Mimosa after breakfast

Everyone had a great time

Weather was perfect

Lining up for the Breakfast Buffet

It's not Christmas without 'special' coffee as kick starter

Not your typical Christmas Breakfast attire..but fit the occasion perfectly

Cooked the entire breakfast outside..what a way to go.

Grammie Jo in her prime entertaining a crowd.

All set just waiting for company

Mochos sitters on our Hiking Days dropped by to offer Christmas Wishes.

Stock photo of the Fountain to get a better idea of what...

Stock photo of the Balloon Glow

Another stock photo of the Fountain

First time I tried Bruschetta and it was deelishous.

Here we are ending another week in Ranchos Val Vista Resort. Another fun week with new friends to celebrate the Christmas Season with. As much as we missed spending the holidays with our kids, it was a full fun time in Arizona.

Christmas week started off with Joanne and I putting on a Christmas Breakfast for a few of our neighbours. A great time was had by all and everyone of course ate too much and enjoyed a few Bubblies and Special Coffees to end the meal. Weather wise we lucked out at about 24c / 77f which was perfect for cooking and eating outside as this week has been exceptionally cold for Mesa standards. (last night was 4c 39f ouch, bloody cold and hopefully the temps will improve over the next few days)

We spent Christmas dinner with a few neighbours at the Painted Mountain Golf Resort on the outskirts of Mesa. Absolutely incredible Turkey Dinner and exceptional wine. We chatted, laughed, shared stories and eventually closing the restaurant before heading back to Val Vista.

This past Saturday evening Joanne and I took a drive out to Fountain Hills, Arizona ( about 40 mins. from Mesa ) to take in the sights of the Fountain Hills Balloon Glow. A display of lighted Hot Air Balloons --- wow what an incredible sight, about 6 colourful Hot Air Balloons glowing against the backdrop of Fountain Lake and the 500 ft. World Famous Fountain. (everyday viewing the Fountain reaches a height of 330 feet once per hour). We arrived early to enjoy a unique Mexican Dinner at Sofritas Tapas House adjacent to the Balloon Glow display. One of the best chicken tacos we've ever had along with an amazing variety of Bruschetta .

We of course continue with our Bocci and so looking forward to the Bocci Tournament in mid January. We also have a number of other adventures planned and will share photos and stories as they appear.

Have a fabulous and prosperous New Years and continue to keep in touch when you can.

Til next time - enjoy these photos

Joanne and Waine

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