Thursday, March 31, 2011

John and Rebekah Get Hitched

So, I'm behind. This post is dedicated an event that happened a whole 3 weeks ago (oops!). Sorry for the delay!

A few weeks ago, we got to go to Memphis for John and Rebekah Harrleson's wedding. John is one of Lan's closest friends. I met Rebekah early on in college, through a couple of my Chi O friends, Laura and Erica. When I started dating Lan, he was living with John, and John and Rebekah were also dating, so I really got to know her during this time. Especially in the beginning, when I was still getting to know Lan and his friends, it was such a comfort to have Rebekah, a familiar face, around. Rebekah is an amazing, Godly woman, and I know God has great things in store for her marriage!

Needless to say, we love John and Rebekah and were so honored to be a part of their wedding weekend! The wedding was beautiful, and Rebekah was a stunning bride. John, you are a very lucky guy!

Some pictures from the weekend... Sadly, I think I had my camera on a bad setting ALL WEEKEND, so these are all blurry :( I am very, very bummed, but I wanted to share anyway...

The best part of going back to the wedding for me was getting to see old friends! For those of you not lucky enough to know them, these are two of my best friends from college, Erica and Laura. I love and miss you both terribly! Please come to Houston :)

Me with Laura Gullet, another college friend! She stayed at Lori's with me while we were in Memphis, so we got to have lots of quality bonding time!

Me with the bride at the rehearsal dinner! So beautiful, I hate it's blurry. She just posted a much better version of this picture on FB, if you're interested. Her camera was 10 times better than mine.

Me with the most handsome boy I know :)

Friends at Lori's!

Lan and I at the reception.

Me with Erica, the maid of honor, at the reception!

Me with the beautiful bride!

Friends at the reception :)

Another one of me and Lan.

Us with Lori, big sis and matchmaker extraordinaire!

That concludes my pictures! I wish I had taken pictures at brunch on Sunday. We went through Oxford on the way home and I got to see Lindsay, my best friend from Junior Miss!

We had an amazing weekend, and it was so refreshing to see all our college friends in one place! We must do this again soon :)

John and Rebekah, congratulations! You will love being married. Please come visit us soon.

Luckily, this weekend promises to be freer than the past couple weekends, so hopefully you'll be hearing from me again soon - I have lots more updates!

Love from Houston,
L and J

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Texas Weekend

I often tell Lan that I don't think we do enough "cool things." There are a lot of unique things that we can do in Houston, and we want to do more of them, so last weekend (well, weekend before last.. I'm behind), we did just that!

Friday was "Go Texan" day, which basically just kicks off the rodeo. As an added bonus, employees at both mine and Lan's companies got to "dress like a Texan" to work. I had never seen so many cowboy hats in one place.

On Friday night, we went downtown for dinner with our friend Emily. Lan had told me about Spaghetti Warehouse before, and I had always pictured a fast food type place, but it was actually a nice restaurant! It was in a really cool building downtown, that is supposedly haunted. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Spaghetti Warehouse's paranormal activity, but there were some ghost tour brochures there. We opted out.

Me with Lan at Spaghetti Warehouse

On Saturday night, we went to the BBQ Competition at the Houston Rodeo. If you've talked to me in the last month, you know that I was really excited for this! I love food and a BBQ Competition just sounded cool. It wasn't what I was expecting, but we had fun!

It was kind of a mix between tailgating and Bulldog Bash, except for much bigger. There were tents and people everywhere! Regular entry got you into general places, but there were also private tents. A lot of these belonged to businesses that would give out tickets to their tent to their customers. We got lucky and got into one of these tents! And let me just say, the BBQ in this tent was delicious.

This is the private tent we went to.

Another cool part of the night was the live music. There were some Texas country bands playing the night we were there (the big country acts play later in the rodeo- this was the kick off weekend).

The stage at the BBQ Competition

There was also a carnival! I don't know what it is about carnivals/fairs, but they have always sounded fun to me- maybe it's the cotton candy and funnel cake. You know how I feel about sweets. Admittedly, these types of things can be kind of a rip off (why does it cost so much to buy tickets???), but we had fun anyway. Lan had fried cookie dough (just as delicious as it sounds) and I had cotton candy. Then, we splurged and rode the ferris wheel. It was pretty cool.

Views of the carnival/fair area.

View from the top of the ferris wheel.

Needless to say, we had a fun-filled weekend! There are lots of fun things to do in Houston. :)

Up next for us... John and Rebekah's wedding (yay!) and Jason Aldean concert at the rodeo.

Love from Houston!

L & J