Monday, April 18, 2011

We Ran a 5K

Those of you that have known me for a long time know that I ran cross country in high school. It wasn't my favorite thing ever, but I did enjoy the benefits that came along with it (being fit, for instance).

When Lan and I got married, we committed to working out together 3 times a week (Lan does much more alone, I stick to the minimum 3...). Since we don't have a gym membership (not worth the money), my workout of choice is running. Lan also enjoys running (he's been an avid runner since high school).

As a little extra motivation, in January, we decided to run in a 5K our church was sponsoring, benefitting Aid Sudan. We signed up, and started training (well, sort of). Neither of us care about being the fastest ones on the track, but our goal was to run the whole way without stopping (something I rarely did in high school XC). So, we ran. A lot.

The race was terribly early a couple weekends ago and I'm happy to report that we both ran the whole way! Lan ran it about 30 seconds faster than I did.

We both got passed by a pregnant woman running with a stroller with a small child inside AND a woman running with a double wide stroller with TWO children inside, but such is life. We ran the whole way and are happy.

Another goal of ours was not to finish last, which we also accomplished! We both finished in the middle of our age groups.

The 5K is over now, but we're still running together. It was fun to train and work towards a goal together, and we can't wait to do it again!

Love from Houston,

L and J

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Memaw!

I am blessed to have two amazing grandmothers in my life! Yesterday, my Memaw Dowdle celebrated her birthday. Every time I talk to her, she always tells me that she's been reading my blog and enjoys reading about all the fun we're having ("you just sound like you're always having a big time") and all the food I'm cooking for Lan ("you sure do cook a lot").

Me with Memaw at my Pajama Wedding Party Brunch the day before my wedding.

Memaw loaning me my something old on my wedding day. I wore her beautiful gold wedding band.

So, Memaw, I hope you are reading this! Happy Birthday! You are so special to me. I love you, and I'm so glad you're in my life.

:) Jennifer

The Busiest Weekend of my Life

March is Houston Rodeo time (yeah, Lynn and Mom, I'm behind!), and I have been looking forward to going to the Rodeo for some time! It's a pretty big deal! And, as I've mentioned in earlier posts, lots of big names in country music come to Houston and play during the rodeo. For our very first rodeo experience, we decided to go see Jason Aldean play.

As is our usual custom, we also decided that we would pack as much into this weekend as possible! Friday night, we went to Katy to help our friends Jonah and Anne Marie load up their U-Haul for a move to The Woodlands. We got there a little late (oops!) and caught the tail end of the packing that day, but we helped them unload the next day in The Woodlands. Also on that Saturday, we looked at a few neighborhoods in that area, and went to a crawfish boil at our friends Chris and Marley's. THEN, at the end of the day, we went to Gallery Furniture and bought a recliner for Lan (this has been in the works for some time, and I am happy Lan finally has his fancy new recliner!).

So, you get the idea, it was a busy weekend. AND to top it all off, the Jason Aldean concert was on Sunday. So, after church, we ate CPK for lunch then headed to the Rodeo with our friends Aaron and Emily.

When you go to the rodeo, there's so much more to it than just the rodeo! There are lots of exhibits and animals and there's a carnival... there's a lot. So Emily and I really wanted to see some of the animals (namely the baby chickens) before we went to the rodeo, so Lan and Aaron dropped us off and we got to see some of the animals.

You could go in here to see cows and sheep! (See next two pictures)

The chickens!

The incubator! You could wait here to see chicks hatching. The three little blobs in the upper left hand corner are newly hatched chicks!

Baby Chicks in action!

The rodeo was... quite the experience. It was really cool! I had never seen anyone ride a bull or do barrel racing before, and we went on the last day of the finals, so we got to see the best of the best compete! And, it was held in Reliant Stadium, where they held the final four this year.

Rodeo opening parade

The rodeo began with a prayer (which I really liked) and the national anthem (complete with a really impressive fireworks show! Confession: I got a little teary eyed. What can I say? I love America). Then, the competitions.

This is one of the cowboys riding a bronc bareback!

Then, they had a competition called "Mutton Busting," and basically what happens in this competition is they strap little kids to sheep and the kids try to hold on for as long as they can. This was my favorite :) The little kids were really cute, and it was really funny. They kept interviewing the kids during the afternoon, and they have some pretty interesting practice methods! Most of the kids said they practiced on their dog, and one little girl said she practiced on her brother. I think she misunderstood the question :)

After all this, Jason Aldean played!! We all really enjoyed his concert and had a fun time people watching during it... Jason also had fireworks, and his stage rotated (how cool is that??).

Some pictures from the concert...

Needless to say, we had a great time and look forward to rodeo time next year!

Upcoming blog posts for us include our 5K, our Newlywed Retreat, and future plans! Stay tuned.

Love from Houston,

L and J