Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Kitties!

Well, Happy Holidays everybody! Just thought I would announce the new arrival of our 2 newest members of our family. Please say hello to Spock and Dude, our new Bengal cats.

This is Spock

This is Dude

It took a day or two for the kitties to get used to us, but as you can see, they are fitting in just fine.

Just wanted to let you know how we are doing and how our "family" is growing.

FYI- we should get the keys to our new house (finally) this next week. I will definitely keep you posted on that when it happens!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas from Feller Orthodontics

So, a lot of people ask about where I work and what I do. Well, this is our 2009 Christmas picture. Good times. It is VERY difficult working in an office full of women (and two dudes) but I find my job very fulfilling as long as I can stay out of the constant drama and bull crap that goes on when working with women (which I try to stay out of very hard).

Here we are!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What we've been up to

Well, we've had a few folks ask why we haven't blogged and what the heck we do in our spare time here in Vegas. We don't have a lot of spare time (which is good because we are working really hard :) and stuff) but I thought I would post about a few of the date nights and date days we have had the last little while. ***Disclaimer: All of these photos were taken with my cell phone, so sorry about the poor quality.

Who knew that there was a pinball hall of fame? I sure didn't. Harrison found this little gem while he was trying to find fun things to do with his clients. He found this place and a day or so after he took his client, we went for a date night. It was super fun.

There were pinball machines there from as early as the 1940's. They also had brand new ones that came out this past year. There are easily 200 + pinball machines at this place. The other cool thing about The Pinball Hall of Fame is that there are all types of people that are there. There were older biker dudes and young kids and hipster teenagers and twenty-somethings there as well. It was really cool to see all walks of life at this place.

When I was growing up here in Las Vegas, The Strip was always someplace we went when a new cool casino opened or when family came into town. It has only been recently that I have changed that mentality and decided that we can go to The Strip anytime we want to... and we do. There are TONS of free or inexpensive things to do (if you look hard or are aware of them) in this part of town. Here are a couple of pictures of Harrison and I at the Mirage "Volcano Show" one night.

Window shopping is one of my favorite (free) things to do on The Strip and in town. I love all of the window displays the stores have. It seems that the same type stores try to outdo their competitors with the window displays which makes it exciting to see every few months.

I had this planned as a date one night, but I had wrong information, and by the time we got to the museum it was closed for the night (boo). So, we went another day and had a good time. Anybody who knows us, knows that we love cars. So there wasn't a second thought about going to the museum (especially since I found free pass coupons on the Internet). I used to go to this museum like once a year with my family when I was growing up... and it was just as fun as a grown-up as it was as a kid (although there wasn't a DeLorean this time (which used to be my favorite)... most of the cars are for sale, so most of them come and go). Here are a few cool things we saw.

The Shelby GT 500 is one of my fav's

This was a cool display. Johnny Carson's car is in this museum and it has a really cool story to go along with it. I won't bore you with the story (since I took a picture of the story... so read it yourself).

I just had to add this photo of the Dodge Viper because I love them and so does my brother. I took this photo and emailed it to him to make him jealous. Harrison and I think its pretty cool to live in a REAL city. A city with no limits or stops. We see pretty awesome (and very expensive) cars all the time. It just goes to show you that people around this town have REAL money to spend. Even though the economy in Las Vegas is one of the worst in the country right now, the folks who have the real money want to flaunt it for sure!

Well, this is just a peek into the life of Jaala and Harrison and what we do here in Vegas. We haven't had the chance to hang out with any friends really, but we don't let that get us down. We LOVE being with each other and hanging out with each other!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

6 Months in Vegas

The 18th of November marked 6 months that we have been here in Vegas, we celebrated that day by getting a place of our own. We still haven't gotten a house but we just needed to get a place to ourselves that we could actually call ours. So in classic Jaala and Harrison style we made the decision to move on Tuesday evening and had our stuff moved in on Wednesday evening. When we had all our stuff ready to load up it was amazing that it all fit into one little room.

This is the room we had, with most of our stuff moved out.

This is all the stuff. Not the chairs or the TV but most of the luggage and boxes and stuff is ours.

We are now in a 1bd apartment which is great because it is ours (sort of) and we don't have to feel like we are infringing on anyone's life. We are still trying to get a house closed, so that is still on the horizon. We have about three weeks until we will know if we are going to get the place or not.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Awesomely Argyle

Yes, it's true. It seems that the argyle print has taken over my life. I wear it EVERYDAY. No this is serious people. I wear it everyday. Whether it is my cute closet full of new argyle sweaters or it is my argyle printed socks... I am wearing it. Is it a problem? You be the judge. I am going to take photos for the next two weeks and post what I wear everyday. Even though the photo below is NOT in my collection, I have some that are similar. So, the journey begins. I hope you enjoy the next 7-10 days.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

We're Almost Rednecks

We spent the day at the Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the NHRA nationals drag races. (NHRA stands for National Hot Rod Association by the way)

These are the Top Fuel dragsters which go the fastest and also are the absolute loudest. I talked to my Dad this morning about going and he tried to express to me how powerful the cars really are. He (and Jaala) said that you could feel the rumble in your insides. I thought I understood what that meant, until I actually witnessed them racing. The starters were pretty loud and fast, but then when the top fuel guys came on, it was true: you could feel the rumble of the cars in your guts. When they drove by your vision blurred and you HAD to wear ear-plugs if you wanted to have all five senses at the end of the day. They were incredible! And if you'll see below, the times of two of the cars are posted above their respective lanes.

That is a 1/4 mile track, and the dragsters are running it in 3.8 seconds. Most run-of-the-mill cars run a 1/4 mile in around 12-15 seconds and that includes Ferraris and Lamborghinis and stuff. The other number on the boards is the top speed the car hit in the run, in MPH. You read that right, 312.21 and 313 mph respectively. Hella fast.

This guy's main job seemed to be to remove debris from the track. He can be seen here removing a blown drive belt from a top fuel dragster's engine. It's basically like a huge fan belt, and this one just ripped right in the middle of a run, which pretty much disabled the car.

This is a photo of the pre-run burnout's all the cars do to warm up their tires. There's a lot of smoke.

These are crew members from all the teams walking the track to make sure it is up to their standards of cleanliness and such before their drivers go nearly as fast as airplanes on it.

Here we begin the weirdness of auto-racing crowds. This couple of potatoes could not stop kissing outside the bathroom. They weren't french kissing or anything just very forcefully pecking over and over and over and over.

This guy is normal. He just seems a little old to be racing a motorcycle that goes nearly 200mph with no seatbelt or straps or guarantees of not flying off. Crazy guy.

Just one of the pro-stock race cars. These go a little slower than the top-fuelers (280 mph)

This lady was on par with several other women, at least in amount of skin shown. The difference here is her advanced years, and the dark stain on her left breast.....what is that?

Ike the was Halloween afterall.

This was a charming site really. The little guy was really into the races.

Nellis Air Force Base is practically right next to the speedway so this large cargo plane landed while we were there. Pretty neat.

This was the hottest chick at the races.

And the best looking fella.

And this was the fastest speed I noted for the day. 318.47 mph. That is some fast shiz.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My new favorite beauty product!

So, I have a new job which requires me to be professional at all times... which means I need to have my make-up done and clothes ironed everyday. Well... my new favorite beauty product is Clinique Touch Base for Eyes. I put it on before I put my eye shadow on and my eye shadow stays on ALL day! No joke. No joke at all! It starts to melt after about 12 hours... but hey... 12 hours is awesome. I have very oily eyelids and so this has been a miracle product. So here is a link (clique here) to get some of your own... it's only $14.50 and it should last at LEAST 3 months. Anyway, I thought I would share with you my new finding.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lots of new things... so much to update!

As you can see from these photos,we are very happy here in Las Vegas. Just before I "officially" moved to Las Vegas (after being a stay-at-home-mom for a week to my nephew and nieces) we had a photo shoot with a former co-worker of mine, **David Daniels. He has such an artistic eye for photos and it was a no brainer that we had him do us the honors of taking our first set of photos since our wedding (almost 5 years ago). By the way... we were featured on his website this last week... YAY (details at the end of this post)

Harrison is still loving his job. He is working with at-risk youth (teenagers) in the valley as a mentor to help with their social skills. After lots of prayers, resumes, applications, and searching (I sent about 90 applications in all) I landed me a job. I have been in my job for about a week. It is very busy but I believe it will be very rewarding. I got a job at Feller Orthodontics as a Treatment Coordinator. I am the one you see when you first get to the office for your consultation. YAY. I am also doing some Marketing/PR/Events stuff (which is right up my alley). It is going to take me a little bit of time to learn the technical side of this new field but I am sure I will be fine in another couple of days.

No news on a new house yet. DANG IT!!! The house that we put an offer on in July is at a halt right now due to some things that are out of our control. We have put offers in on some other homes as well and so we hope that something turns out positive for us before the tax credit deadline (cross your fingers).

Well, I think that is our updates for now. The weather is starting to cool off in Las Vegas.... DANG. I am still in shorts and flip flops during the day but I need a light sweater in the morning. I heard it already snowed in Utah, so I am thankful we got out of there in time to miss all of that!

I will post more photos of our photo shoot later as well as more updates.

**If you would like to learn more about David's photography or have him photograph your family/event/or other stuff... here are his links: