Kentucky Bound

Ryan and I are headed out tomorrow morning for a mini vacation in Kentucky to visit family and to meet our new nephew. We also plan on spending some time at Kenneland for the horse races :)

Have a great weekend and I'll be back early next week with a recap!


A run in my shoes

Just for fun I thought I would get a little more creative and do a running update with a recap from one of my longer runs. And lucky you, I've even included pictures :)
This morning I planned on doing a nine mile run (yikes!) and the farthest I've done at this time is eight miles which was two weeks ago. I was a little nervous but for the most part felt good since the weather has been cooler recently and my shorter runs have become easier. The alarm went off early this morning at 6:15 (who am I for waking up so early on a Saturday?!?) and I grabbed a bite to eat, dressed in my fab running gear and headed out the door. I will say that Bennett was sad to see me leave as he usually accompanies me on my longer Saturday morning runs but I just didn't feel right making him run this far. Anyways, it was definitely chilly this morning so I wore a pullover over my tank top and I'm glad I had that to start with. I also sported a super cool running fanny pack to keep a snack in to help keep me energized throughout the run. On the way to the park I jammed out to a little Party in the USA by the one and only Miley to get me pumped up. However, I was still a little nervous as the thermostat in my car said it was 49 degrees out but I was determined to do this anyways.
Here's the before shot - Still not sure why in the world I'm up at 6:45 am about to run in the cold...

The run started out well and before I knew it I had finished the first loop (which is almost three miles) and I was making great time. The temperature felt great and while at first I was thankful for my pullover that quickly came off after five miles as I warmed up. Around mile six I whipped out my granola bar from my fancy fanny pack (it's really cool looking, I promise) and that gave me the energy I needed to finish the last three miles.

I finished! Of course I had to take a pic of my watch for proof. I was pretty pumped that I ran the nine miles in a little under an hour and half.

And the after shot. I look much happier now :)

I will say that it's hard for me to believe that I actually ran nine miles this morning and that I enjoyed it. A few months ago I could barely run three miles and I've really been impressed that I have stuck with this. For the most part I have been running by myself and without an ipod or any music. While I love running with my friends it's really nice to have this time to myself.

And lastly, here are the shoes. They definitely are not the prettiest but they are super comfortable and have been through many miles with me!

Hope you enjoyed the update. Maybe next time I'll get some shots while running. Or maybe not. I don't think I'm quite advanced enough for running and taking pictures...

Have a great weekend!


Football Fun....I guess

It was a rough football weekend in the Rudy household...the Sooners lost to the Longhorns in the Red River Shootout and the Ags lost to possibly one of the worst teams in the Big 12. We spent the day at Alison & Mark's new house watching football and things started great as we all cheered on the Sooners (the boys mostly cheering against Texas) first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, we weren't able to cheer loud enough to earn a victory for either of our schools but as always we managed to have a good time. Here are some highlights of our fun football filled day...

  • Tyler cooked up some of his delicious fajitas

  • All of our pups were together for the first time

  • Benny was very behaved as always

  • Well, he might have "christened" the flower beds in the front yard...oops

  • We all laughed at Mark's winterized (err.. I mean dead) grass

  • The girls enjoyed a quick shopping trip between games

  • Mark sang and played the Aggie War Hymn on the piano
Despite the losses, we still had a great Fall day!



This morning my dear husband informs me that I have used 54 text messages in the past 5 days and that I only have 146 left to use for the next 26 days. I let him know that there is no way I could have used that many text messages lately. He then shows me the screen which has a listing of every text message I have sent and who I sent it to recently. Oops.

In my defense I just upgraded my iPhone so now I can finally send picture text messages and it's pretty awesome. How can he expect me not to use that?? Besides, I think it's time we upgrade to unlimited text messaging...


Kings of Leon

Ryan and I went to the Kings of Leon concert with some friends last night and we had a blast! This was our first rock concert (pathetic, I know) and I think we've been missing out. A lot of great bands come to Houston and we've got to take advantage of that. We were a little hesitant to be out late on a week night (yes, really pathetic) but in the end it was definitely worth it.

Kim and I outside the Toyota Center before the show

We had tickets on the floor which actually turned out to be a great idea. We were a little skeptical when they made us wear wrist bands that said "Enter Moshing Area at your Own Risk" but it was fine. We had plenty of room to move around and no moshing took place :)

Some of the girls
Ryan and I during the show
Overall it was a great night and we're already planning who we can see next!