Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Some of you wonder what in the world our trips to Vegas are all about :) So here are some pics.

The venue - Orleans Arena. This is the stage that participants compete on.

The judge table (utilizing the judge system that Tyler built for JAMZ while with RT)

Tyler's play room - he plays different videos throughout the event and during our closing - what would we do without him?! :)

3rd level - VIP Coach's Lounge, also known as Coach Check-in. This is where I can be found at any time throughout the event (if I haven't been called elsewhere to do something else)..and here I am, hard at work :)1st place teams receive jackets
Things were going so well this weekend, that Julie joined our 'blue shirt crew' - I had to have this on camera!

For the first time, Tyler and I joined the crew out on the town, after our staff dinner - here we are on our way to some club at the Wynn. My girls and I in the back of the limo: Tina, Hollie and Heather.

Sunday night: over 6,000 spectators - AMAZING! This was my view from the 3rd level.

On our last day, as we were breaking down, the Orleans Crew presented Marty & Julie with this awesome plaque! When I asked what was different about this weekend that merited the award, they said 'it was just time' :) We love it there!

Closing Ceremony (from a spectator's view) - this is the production part that gets put together each year. This year was by far my favorite! Made me wish I still danced... Click on 'closing ceremony' above for a link of the production on the first weekend.

We made the local news this past weekend! Here's the clip that was played on Saturday's news.

So, in trying to put this together, I realize that it's hard to really explain what it's all about for us there. It's our biggest event of the year. It is the pinnacle of events, for the season that runs October through January - where all teams that qualify throughout the season have an opportunity to compete against each other one last time for an overall National winner in each division. I get to spend time with the coaches as they check-in...chatting with them throughout their time there answering questions or just visiting (love that part of it). Mr Tyler stays busy monitoring the judging system, getting the videos to play, taking photos and shooting videos of the event so that we may use it throughout the year for promoting/advertising our events. I did try to get a picture of us together, but no luck. He's usually the one with the camera...So there you have it; a glimpse in to our month of February :)


Although it's going back a month, we thought we'd share some pics of our last minute touches before the housewarming :)

Since there were so many that weren't able to make it, here's a glimpse of the home now that we're living in it! WELCOME!

A few of the guests....


Thanks, again, to those that made it!! :)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Au Revoir

Time has come for our second trip to Las Vegas! We're minutes away from leaving, and apparently I felt the need to post some pics :) A breather must have been needed!

I would love to say that we're flying but not this time around!! So pray for us to have a safe drive as the road conditions seem to be a bit dangerous due to the rains :)
Love the pics, yeah?! They're from our flight to Will & Sarah's wedding last summer :) Check out Ryan and Jen's JAMZ Nationals tribute pics on the family photo network for some giggles!
Hope everyone is doing well! We'll be in touch once life returns to 'normal' in a couple of weeks :)

Monday, February 2, 2009

And the winners are...

We thought we'd post the winners of our housewarming raffle :) But first, we'd like to say thank you to those that were able to attend. It was great to be able to have everyone over! We know lives are busy and we so appreciate the time you set aside to drop on by.

We missed those of you that weren't able to come :(

Photos coming soon...we'll try to do a post in the midst of the Vegas madness month :)

AND NOW - the results :)
  1. Sees Candy Box #1 - Maria Sanchez (Tia Mari !)
  2. Sees Candy Box #2 - Aunt Kim
  3. Starbucks Gift Card - Adam Murdaugh
  4. Blockbuster Gift Card - Baby Boy Garcia - NOW known as: Colson Daniel Garcia (born 2/1 at 2ish AM - yeah!)
  5. GRAND PRIZE - 1 hour massage with Shelby - Will...who lives out of state so he's graciously giving it to #4's winner's Mama, Kimberly to enjoy after going through labor :)
Glad you guys enjoyed taking part in our raffle :) We just thought it would be fun to give some thank yous for coming - and by 'we' I mean Tyler - it was his great idea :)

Off we go to Vegas - you may pray for us to have the strength, stamina and patience to get through it! Also that the mini colds that we're carrying don't bog us down :).
Have a great week!
*Answer to a very sought after question: Tyler, my amazingly talented husband, drew the 'daydreaming' shot in the previous post :)