Thursday, January 22, 2009

Back by popular demand.... THANKFUL THURSDAY!!!!!

Ladies and Gentleman... boys and girls... I here by give you... Thankful Thursday!

But really. I know it has been a LONG time since I have posted anything on this here blog. I have been super busy and to tell you the truth... I have not given this blog thing a second thought the last couple of months. It got so bad HARRISON started posting... now that is saying something. Especially since he told me he would leave the blog thing up to me. Well... I have decided to reform and get back to my old ways. So to kick off the "Jaala's back in town" revival, I thought I would post a Thankful Thursday post.

Things I am thankful for:

The Provo winter days can get bitter! Since I have been walking to work in the snow (I don't drive in that white crap) and I have short hair, I decided to purchase some earmuffs. Oh boy are they a life saver! My ears are saved from frostbite every single morning and evening! Thanks earmuffs, I love you!

Little House on the Prairie
If you know me at all, you know that I have loved the Little House on the Prairie series from the 70's pretty much my whole life. I have recently been watching the series on DVD and I have loved every minute of it. Ma is so kind and Hot Pa is such a good husband and father (I call him Hot Pa because Michael Landon is one smokin' hot dude). I remember when I was little I would pray at night that I could be like Half Pint. Now that I am older and wiser I have come to appreciate the good moral messages contained in every episode... and yes... I cry at EVERY episode at some point.

Clean Dishes
Since being diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder (yes I am allergic to winter) this winter, I was given homework to find things that I could do everyday to make me happy. One of those things has been housework. Yes, its true... Jaala Allen has become a pretty darn good house cleaner. I now find enjoyment in sweeping the floor and vacuuming the hallway. I even like doing the dishes (I am sure my mother has fainted right about now... I loathed the dirty dishes as an adolescent). The feeling of going to bed with a clean house and waking up to a clean house has sure boosted moral for me. Ah, the joys of clean homes.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. I vow to be a better blogger. I promise to keep this up to date... between Harrison and I, I am sure we will keep you well informed on our life happenings and we might entertain you too!


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Skip Forward to January

We made a visit to Denver this weekend to go to a concert for The Killers. The weather was beautiful: high 50s and low 60s with sun the whole time.
The show was very fun and exciting. Unfortunately we were not allowed to bring any cameras into the show, sooo there are no photos of that event. We did however take a trip to The Buckhorn Exchange which is the oldest restaurant in Denver. It was created in 1893 and they have liquor license #1 for Denver County.

It is located in a very strage place however. Apparently the city center has moved a little in 106 years. The food is very meat oriented and the restaurant is very western.

This is a melding of two photos of the ground floor in the restaurant. We took Robyn and Jordan and we all ate upstairs.

We had Rattlesnake as an appetizer, Jordan and I got Beef Tenderloin, Jaala got the Buffalo and Elk combo plate, and Robyn was even able to fill herself with a loaded potato and a salad. The other special was Yak and Ostrich, and another appetizer we could have gotten was rocky mountain oysters.

That is a wax statue of the Duke checkin out a baby bear. Western.

The day after we went to the Buckhorn Exchange was MLK day, and we went downtown to check out the capitol and all that jazz. We didn't really put together the fact of what day it was until we got there however. So the civic center area was loaded with people gathered for the holiday.

You can't really tell here but there were quite a few people there. I think when we got there, whatever had been happening was winding down, because the people gradually got to be fewer and fewer.

Jaala and I were intrigued by a large group of guys of all ages wearing purple shirts and jackets with Omega Psi Phi on them. We got a few of them to group together to take photos of them. They are affiliated with a fraternity designed for young black men and they boast members nationwide.

We then went over to the capitol building and Jaala stood on the mile high marker on the steps leading up to the front doors.

After this we said goodbye to Denver and caught a flight back to frigid and hazy Salt Lake and Provo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Nick Turns 30

Nick turned 30 on Dec. 27 so we brought Mom back up with us so she could go to the party for him. The party had a Rock Band theme with one caveat: to play you had to be in costume. So there are some funny pictures of folks in wigs and leather jackets.

Fun was had by all. Most everyone who came to the party played a song or two.

There was a gorgeous spread of sandwichables, and pizza.

Joy was excited to use her new pizza cutter.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Holiday Update

Harrison Here:
It turns out we didn't take hardly any pictures of our Christmas escapades. There are literally about five total pictures from Christmas on our camera. We spent the time in Grand Junction going between Jaala's parents' and my Mom and Dennis' house. Jordan and Robyn were in town, making for the first time we have seen them since they moved to Ft. Collins at the beginning of November. So here are the photos we did get:

This is Jordan and Jaala one night at Mom and Dennis'

Jaala's Family does a White Elephant on Christmas eve and here are Laura, Harry Larry (a friend of Curtis) and Jaala's parents.

That about does it for decent photos of the Christmas holiday. New years was also pretty uneventful but we did take some fairly good photos of Nick's 30th birthday. More on that to come....