Thursday, January 20, 2011

Skiing Adventures

First, a shout out is in order. I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to the recently-engaged Lori, matchmaker extraordinaire, and Greg, our favorite fun-loving pianist. We love you both and wish you every happiness!

For those of you who didn't know, Lan and I went skiing last weekend in Keystone, CO with some of our friends from our Sunday School Class/Bible Study. It was super fun!

Lan and I both have similarly low amounts of athleticism, so we fell down a lot (my only saving grace was that I also water ski). Let me just say, it's a lot harder than it looks, but once you get the hang of it, it's not that bad.

We stuck to the easy runs (greens), only venturing out to harder runs (blues), when they were short and we were promised that they weren't very steep. We weren't interested in gaining lots of speed. We just liked taking it easy and enjoying being in God's oh so beautiful snow-filled creation.

As an added bonus, we got to spend some time with our Mississippi buddy Tray in Denver. We had a fun day with you, friend! Thanks for showing us around!

Will we go back? Sure, but it will be a while. Per our pre-marriage mountain vs. beach agreement, a beach trip comes next :)

Some cool pictures from our trip (a FB album is also on the horizon):

Those of you who are close to Lan will appreciate this one...

On the top of the mountain

Our group at the top of the mountain!

You should know that taking pictures with your skis on takes large amounts of skill (that we don't have)

Exhibit A. Kudos to Dallas and Ashlee who know how to "ski pose" graciously.

We took a short detour to take some snow pictures!

My favorite picture of us from the trip! This is Lake Dillon. Frozen. With snow on top.

We parked illegally on the side of the road for this one. So worth it.

I know what you're thinking. "Is that a sleigh made of ice?" Why yes. Yes, it is.

Us enjoying our fabulous steak dinner the last night.

At breakfast on our last morning in Colorado.

Us in Downtown Denver.

Lan and Tray in Downtown Denver.

AND a scenery picture for good measure.

The end!

Love from Houston,

J & L

Christmas - in 200 words or less

Well, I'm behind again. And tonight, Lan is having a boys night, so I'm writing TWO blog posts. That's right, TWO. Here it goes.

Christmas went as quickly as it came. It was basically a lightening fast blur of lights, driving, and family. I didn't really know what to expect out of this Christmas - lots of people to see, places to be, and not a lot of time to do it in. Despite the time crunch, Christmas was awesome. We got to see both of our immediate families, we got to see nearly all of Lan's extended family, and half of mine. Now that's what I call successful!

After Christmas, Lan got to go watch the Bulldogs dominate the Egg Bowl, and I got a visit from my college buddy Ashlyn (friends since bid day!). It was nice to have some girls time. We went shopping (lots of shopping), out to eat, on a tour of our area, AND to our church on Sunday. Plus, we viewed our very own fireworks show, courtesy of the (many) folks down the street! Thanks for visiting, friend!!

Okay. That's as condensed as I can make Christmas/New Years. Next up, Ski Trip!

Love ya'll!

J & L