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10 Holiday Classics to Share with Your Family

by Scott Wellman

It is that time of year! Time to bundle up and get out of the 65-75 degree "chill". It's time to cozy up and watch a few movies with your family...Yep. Arizona rocks like that.

Every year, my family watches the same movies over and over. There is one reason for that...because they are AWESOME!


Here are my favorites with a few links (listed backwards for dramatic effect)


10) The Santa Clause (Original) ORIGINAL TRAILER HERE

9) Jingle All the Way CLIP HERE

8) The Muppet Christmas Carol WATCH TRAILER HERE

7) Home Alone (the original) Watch the Trailer

6) How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey Version) GREAT CLIP HERE

5) A Christmas Carol (new version) WATCH A BIT RIGHT HERE

4) A Christmas Story GREAT SCENE HERE

3) It's a Wonderful Life WATCH THE ENTIRE END SCENE!!

2) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (for older audience) FRIED PUSSYCAT!



Enjoy some time with your family over the next few weeks. Movies are cost effective and create life-long memories for the entire family.We would love to hear any other suggestions, so comment on this post...

If you are tired of snow and cold, I know a few agents who can help you with that too!



5 Great Holiday Day-Trips to Take with Your Kids

by Scott Wellman

Although we all enjoy the warmth and abundant sunshine of living in one of the most amazing winter climates anywhere, there is still a certain feel around the holidays that can only be experienced by being "out of your element"...

Over our 17 years in the Valley, my family has established a few traditions and enjoy sharing them with others. Of course, the fun is only enhanced when you throw in nutty family and a few hours in the car! Here are a few of my favorites (and a few favorites that were shared with me):

1) Sedona's Red Rock Fantasy - We do this EVERY year. Los Abrigados Resort in Sedona displays and AMAZING assortment of lights. You walk around and there are cocoa stops (they also serve Bailey's and other Adult creamers). At the end of the light walk, you will see a fat old dude with a beard in a red suit. Do not be alarmed, it is not Jerry Garcia...It has snowed on us twice while we were there. Pretty cool.

It is always cold, which makes it better if you are prepared, so dress VERY warmly. Bring a stroller for younger kids. Admission is around $5 for adults and $2 for kids 5-12. Lil' guys are free. Worth EVERY PENNY and the money goes to local charities! INFO HERE

2) Polar Express - I have never been. I know...BAD DAD! I have heard nothing but positive on this other than the fact that it is tough to get tickets unless you call early. It involves a train, fun stories, hot cocoa, and potential snow...Who can argue with that?? DETAILS

3) Prescott Events -Multiple events stretching from Thanksgiving-New Years Day! I have heard that the Courthouse lighting ceremony is really neat! More info can be found HERE. If you end up loving it in Prescott, contact me for any of your real estate needs and I will refer you to someone in our office who can help you out! There is also a very neat Christmas store where you can get a keepsake of your trip...Their website is RIGHT HERE

4) Glendale Glitters -Awesome event with all kinds of lights, fun stuff, good food, and great music. It gets really busy, so we figured out that going a bit early will save you some serious time. Very kid friendly and it is FREE! Check it out RIGHT HERE

5) Star of Wonder - By FAR, my personal favorite event. If you have never been to witness this, PLEASE check it out this year! This church puts on a world-class performance including live animals, dancers, singing, and even a singing Christmas tree. A special bonus is that the Pastor of the church looks like Jerry Jones, Owner of the Dallas Cowboys. We laugh about that every year. Take the kids and BUY RESERVED SEATS! It is well worth the money and guarantees you a place to sit. This year, it is an all new show called Celebration of Christmas! Check out THIS LINK for more information. Your kids will NEVER forget it!

Enjoy your time together and remember how important family and friends are in our lives. Anyone have any other great places to visit? I would love to hear about your favorite places...


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Simply Veterans.

by Scott Wellman

No jokes. No real estate comments. No kidding.

Today, I simply want to take a few minutes to write about something near and dear to my heart. Those who are serving and those who have served in our military.

I am fully aware that there are many who are opposed to any and every form of war and military action out there. I not only understand that, I agree with some of the viewpoints I have heard expressed on the topic of our most recent military actions. That being said, I also see young men and women who have given everything they have (up to and including their life) in the defense of their country no matter how they may or may not feel about the reasons why we are involved.

I think it is easy to sit back and state opinions on this subject. I think it is also easy to go out amongst others and freely and vocally make our thoughts known. There are a few groups out there who use the rights given to them by the defense of our Constitution to their advantage. These people have the right to go out and protest the funerals of our fallen soldiers. That right is protected and defended by the very same people who they disrespect. That is part of the constant and selfless sacrifice our military makes just about every day.

To me, a VETERAN is someone who has served even one minute in the defense of this country. Whether then or now, whether they are alive or have passed on. They are men and women. They are every color, creed, nationality, size and shape, but they are so much more than that. They are heroes and role models for a younger generation to see what it means to love something so much you would willingly die for it. To believe in something so deeply and truly that you allow someone to spit in your face because they feel as strongly as you do about the way THEY see it.

Veterans (including those who currently serve) ARE this country. You are one of the only true, pure, and GOOD things left. You are a role model and there are people around who are better because of something you did and may not even realize. Kids look up to you, and they should. I look up to you, because I know what it is like to serve and sacrifice knowing that JUST MAYBE you will make some kind of difference to someone.

God bless our troops and their families. God bless those who are serving and those who have served. I hope there is a special place in heaven for our REAL heroes. They have certainly earned it.


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