Happy Holidays friends and family! It’s been extremely quiet on the blog this year. I think I’ve only done 3 posts this year, whoops! An update is long overdue from us Larsen’s so let’s get to it!
Dakota’s mom passed away unexpectedly
Daily trips to the park down the street
Visits to the Las Vegas temple
We got a new camera (which I lost in Florida but then we found it!)
Monthly trips to St George because we miss our family and friends
Visit to Bonnie Springs
Hiking in Mt Charleston
Zip lining in Boulder City on a girl trip with my friend Jess
Visited Dakota’s sister Cierra in Des Moines
Us the Duo concert (my fav band!)
Blue Bunny sent us a huge box of ice cream
Girls trip in Park City with my mom and sisters for Shawntae’s 30th birthday
My best friend Kylie moved to Alabama
For those who may not know in December of 2017 we moved to Las Vegas for Dakota to attend school at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance. The program is 21 months long and at the end he will be a certified A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) Mechanic. He is officially over half way done and has a graduation date scheduled for August 25, 2019. After his graduation he will have testing with the FAA where he does an oral and practical exam. The nice thing is we can start interviewing with potential employers 6 months before he graduates. So that means we could have a job offer by the time he graduates!
We are open to any potential employers including airlines and manufacturing companies. Primarily we are looking at two things: location and (of course) salary. There is no way to move back to St George since the airport is a not a Hub for any airlines so we are looking at bigger cities. We go back and forth on location but we both agree on potentially Texas, Colorado, Utah (Salt Lake), and maybe Idaho. However, we may not get to our dream location right away since everything in the aviation industry is based on seniority. So it will be a fun surprise as we get closer.
I started a new job at Allegiant Airlines as a Talent Acquisition Partner (aka recruiter) and it’s been great. It’s similar to my previous job except I hire for multiple positions and departments. I have two primary departments I hire for – Stations and Teesnap. Stations is essentially anything associated with the airport so ticket agent, ramp agents, aircraft part inventory, etc. Teesnap is a subsidiary company that Allegiant owns and it is a golf software point of sale program.
I’ve been challenging myself a lot lately and learning tons about recruiting and HR in general and it’s been great! My co-workers are amazing and make hard days lots of fun. I still travel often as well, about once a month, and mostly to Florida so I can’t complain. I also have a little side job as a virtual assistant where I manage social media, create content, and other various tasks for clients.
Mattix turned two this year and the terrible two’s have definitely hit our house! He is pretty whiny and always wants mom but mostly when he’s tired or hungry. Mattix pretty much eats anything and can’t get enough of food! His favorites are yogurt, bread, and chicken nuggets. Mattix loves cars and airplanes! He is always playing with them all over the house and points at the sky whenever he hears a plane fly over.
Favorite movies currently include Toy Story, Cars, Hercules, Shrek, and Coco. Mattix loves to clap and say “yay” but my favorite thing he says is “see ya later!”. He waves and says it every time he leaves a room and it’s just so sweet! He doesn’t talk too much so we may start taking him to speech therapy but he definitely babbles all day long. He also enjoys singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and reading In a People House by Dr. Suess. A couple other favorite things to note is when he puckers his lips all big and gives you a kiss (and it has to be on the lips!), whenever he sees a dog he does this dog call that sounds like hes blowing kisses, and when he tries to snap his fingers.
Mattix has been going to a daycare at Shannon’s house and loves it. We were very lucky to find Shannon through our Stake and she’s been great! Mattix always loves being dropped off in the mornings and is sad to leave when I pick him up after work. Shannon has a huge play room for the kids and they often do fun crafts and have little parties. Weekends we try to stay outside as much as we can since that is when he is happiest! We have a park just down the street that we go to almost every day and he loves to swing and go down the slides.
2019 forward look
We are looking forward to 2019 and wrapping up our short time in Vegas. The last year has gone by so fast and we are ready to have some long term roots – wherever that may be. We don’t have many goals other than Dakota graduating and getting a job, getting Mattix talking like a normal kid, and maybe getting me a new hat (ha!). Happy Holidays everyone and happy New Year!
I received complimentary experiences mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review.
When we think of Las Vegas activities we typically thing of gambling, clubbing, and people watching. But did you know that Vegas has a ton of hidden gems that are adventerous and family friendly? I have a running series all about it on my Instagram but I wanted to spotlight one extra special gem – FlightLinez Bootleg Canyon. My friend Jess and I were having a girls weekend and we wanted a unique Vegas experience outside of the “traditional” activities. When we sat down to plan our weekend we came across FlightLinez and jumped at the opportunity to do a tour!
FlightLinez is a 1.5 mile zipline just 30 minutes outside of downtown Las Vegas in a quaint little town called Boulder City. They offer a little bit of hiking, animal sight seeing, witty humor, and of course incredible aerial views. FlightLinez offers a family friendly experience with their harness design and ability to do large groups. Unlike your average zipline harness theirs are designed for you to sit while you zipine! This is ideal for younger kids or people with back or neck issues.
Safety is FlightLinez number one priority and they make sure every person on the tour feels comfortable. They do a very thorough demonstration before you head up the mountain on how to zipline the safest way and what to expect. They also demonstrate what can happen if you do not follow the instructions and safety precautions. The amazing tour guides are well trained and evaluated to make sure guests are completely comfortable and safe while also having an amazing time.
After the safety demonstration you help load up the gear and hop on a bus! During the short drive you get to learn about the history of Bootleg Canyon and Boulder City. The commentary during the ride up was easily one of my favorite parts of the day. The tour guys are hilarious and turn the not so fun parts of the tour into fun memories. You can tell they spend a lot of time together and genuinely trust one another. The hiking I would consider mild and you get incredible views of the city and Hoover Dam.
Once you make your way up the mountain you get hooked up on the first of four runs. This first run is completely downhill and the longest so it gives you the chance to test out your courage and practice braking. Another fun thing about FlightLinez is they have four lines available on each run. This allows you to fly with friends and family at the same time and helps with shortening the overall tour time. After you master the first run there are three more for you to enjoy! The feeling of flying through the air going 60 MPH is something everyone should experience.
Once you go once I promise you will be hooked! Thankfully FlightLinez has a frequent flyer program which offers discounts. They have 3 different offers: Desert Tortoise (1-3 visits), Road Runner (4-6 visits), and Big Horn (7+ visits). So after you visit one time your next visit is 20% off! Then at your 4th visit it bumps up to 25% off, then at your 7th its 30% off. I could definitely see myself going back more than once so I’m glad I will already be rewarded. They also have an Entourage perk where if you bring 3 guests you fly for free!! Want to bring 6 friends? Then two of you fly for free! Bringing your entire family of 9+ then three of you fly for free! It doesn’t get much better.
Jess and I had a blast touring with FlightLinez and I look forward to taking Dakota out soon. If you are in Nevada or Utah or California let me know and we can all go together! Step outside of the norm and stay in Boulder City instead of the Strip and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Have you ever been ziplining before? How was your experience?