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Rodeo Fun! Mutton Bustin Anyone?

Photo Credit: rodeohouston.comIt is RODEO time in Houston. Every year this time the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in town for a few weeks. It usually is here during spring break so it becomes one of our day trips as a family. If you have never been to something like this it can be an all day event. Not only do they have a carnival with tons of rides, games and food vendors but there is also over 480 retail vendors with everything like cowboy boots, candy, jewelry, scented candles, furniture, clothing, kitchen gadgets, etc. They also have a kids zone with fun exhibits, rides and interactive activities. Want to see an egg hatch live? They have it! Want to see them milk a cow? They have it! Want to walk around thousands of pens full of stinky pigs, cows, horses, chickens, etc? They have it! They also have livestock auctions and competitions.

The big event is the rodeo and concert held inside Reliant Stadium. They always have a concert after the rodeo that features a headline singer or group. Although I am not a huge country music fan I am impressed with the A list of stars that have sold out shows each year like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, and Reba McEntire. The rodeo itself includes bucking horses and bull riding, chuck wagon races, barrel races, the calf scramble, calf roping, etc. One of my favorites by far is the “Mutton Bustin”. The announcer actually puts it the best when he says “this is the part of the show where we strap our kids to farm animals and call it entertainment”. If you have never seen it you have to watch the video below. Basically it is a  child around 5-6 years old wearing a heavily padded vest and helmet  put on the back of a sheep, told to grab on to its wool, and then hang on for dear life when the gate opens. As the sheep runs across the pen the object is to see who can stay on the longest. Over the years I have seen a few kids with tears but the majority have huge grins on their faces and are pumping their fists in the air with excitement after they take that dive to the ground.

What is your favorite thing about a rodeo?

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Super Bowl: An American Holiday

We celebrate all types of holidays here in America so why shouldn’t the Super Bowl be one of them. For weeks now I have seen Super Bowl displays in grocery stores. There is product packaging and even a stream of commercials on television that advertise their products for the upcoming Super Bowl. We have Super Bowl Parties and plan out a spread of our favorite Super Bowl food and snacks.

Many people even go as far as purchasing new items like their favorite team’s t-shirts or caps and some even purchase a new television for optimum football viewing. A few select people are even able to afford tickets and travel to see this grand event live. This certainly should qualify it as a holiday! Just think about it, we prepare for the Super Bowl just like other holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas and then join with others and talk about the event days and weeks later.

What fun things do you do for the Super Bowl?

Who Loves Hockey?

My husband and I went on a date the other night to a Houston Aero’s Hockey Game.  Let me share first that my husband loves everything sports and will watch just about anything sports related on T.V.  I joke with him that if nothing else was on T.V. he would watch competitive underwater basket weaving.  I on the other hand am not a big T.V. sports watcher but do love to go to live games.  We also enjoy MMA and UFC fighting and that I definitely will watch on T.V.  So right about now I am guessing you are thinking we just loves to watch violence when you factor in our like for hockey and fighting matches.  There may be some truth to that because after the hockey game I commented to my husband that it was a very clean low-key game.  There wasn’t much slamming into the walls, tripping, pushing, or any other aggressive activities you see at a hockey game.  There was only one fight and it was so lame compared to what I see at home with my own children.  It was broken up before it ever started.  I guess I was hoping for an UFC fight to break out in the middle of the hockey game.  Now wouldn’t that be something?

This did however bring back memories of when my girls were toddlers.  The Aero’s had a special evening where if you brought a box of macaroni noodles to the game you would get a discount on your tickets.  The macaroni was to be used as a noise maker during the game and then donated in boxes as you walk out and given to local food banks.  Well, I don’t know how everyone else ended up but our boxes of macaroni were so broken up into little pieces we have no idea how anyone could make a meal of it.  But the girls had a blast making noise with them.

What is your favorite sport and why?