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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Couple's Game Night Commentary

Saturday night was couple's night hosted by the Harkeys. Rebecca & Cecil cooked brisket and chicken out on their new "Green Egg." It was very delicious! Everyone else brought side dishes or dessert, which were also wonderful. (Couples from that night, please leave your recipes under this comment section. What a great place to share them!)

As hosts of Couple's Night, the Harkey's got to pick what we played. They introduced us all the a new and twisted version of the classic game of Pictionary. In this version, twisted things happen like... you have to draw with your opposite hand or draw with one continuous line or draw against an opposing team member.... crazy! It sure made for some interesting drawings!

As it ended up, the teams were men vs. women. I don't want to hurt any feelings, but the truth of the matter is that we
women whipped the men!! The women made it to the finish block first, went backwards from there, and made it to the start block again before the men made it to the finish block once! Hee! Hee!

Look at these two drawings. I won't say who drew these but his initials are Jerry Strother.




Anyone reading this, feel free to leave guesses as to what the two drawings might be!!

In the previous blog, my dear hubby added the pictures, from the fun night, in a slide show. Enjoy his handy work and his corny words (that he posted as my words)!

Thank you Rebecca and Cecil for a great night!!

Oh, after we got home, I went out to my car to get something I needed. I noticed something strange at the Harkey's house. I ran over with my camera and snapped photos for evidence, if needed. Not sure what to make of it.


Cecil, what happened? Was this pay back for verbally slamming a neighbor say, twice, one night? Shocking! Just shocking!

Couple's Game Night

Hello, everybody!

My lovin' hubby figured out how to put a slide show up on my blog! Isn't he wonderful?! Thanks, Big Guy (wink,wink)! He's so dishy, but hands off, girls!

I hope you enjoy the pictures. I'll put captions up in a day or so ...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Strawberries from Sweet Berry Farms,
Marble Falls, Texas.

April 26, 2008


On Saturday, we met up with the Cantu' clan, and headed out to Sweet Berry Farms. Sadly, Dane had to stay home with Ed because he began running fever at Mother's Day Out on Friday. The rest of us took the scenic route to Marble Falls. We arrived about 10:45 am. We bought the boxes needed to "pick your own," and headed out to a large field with rows and rows of strawberry plants. I wasn't sure how the kids would take to strawberry picking. I should not have thought twice! The kids all took off with their baskets and got lost in the fun!
In order of age:
Clark



Olivia



Mason



Simon



Ian



Vanessa
(S0 she isn't picking strawberries in this photo but she is looking beautiful with her new hair style on the way there!)



The Gang and Their Goods!


After the picking, we visited the animals. There were horses, chickens, goats, and donkeys to pet and feed. Below is the Mama Donkey followed by her newest arrival "Jamella."


Back at the strawberry barn, where you pay for the strawberries ($2.50 a pound), we learned that the onions were ready to be pulled. We walked over to the rows of onion plants to pull some white and red onions ($1.25 a pound). Man, did they smell GOOD!!

The Limbaugh's take for the day.


We picnicked in the shade of large oak trees while we watched the goats. One of the goats apparently thinks he is a bird. He walks up a tree where he has a wooden platform to lounge on. One of the owners said bird-goat spends more of his time in the tree than on the ground!

Mason took this photo. Look closely... the bird-goat is heading up the trunk of the tree.




The strawberries are so deeply red and juicy. They range in flavor from super sweet to tart! Besides eating the strawberries straight out of the colander, we have had strawberry smoothies and blueberry-strawberry muffins.

Portraits

Portraits of Clark and Mason that I took on a whim.
April 26, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Birthday celebration

Today is my official birth date. After turning 40 last year, this one is no big deal... especially when you consider that I am counting backwards now. Happy 39th to me! Can't wait until my 38th next year!

This morning I was surprised with a tasty breakfast in bed, and then allowed a birthday nap! Talk about a great present!!

Later in the afternoon, Mason had a soccer game. Granlally, Grandad, and Oma came up to watch the game, and have a little dinner/ birthday celebration for me. After the tied game (2 to 2), and a team meeting, we headed to Fuddrucker's for some delicious burgers and fries!


Thank you very much for the birthday dinner and the gift card!


Happy Birthday, Mom!



Can you guess what birthday it was?


"Happy Birthday, Mom! We know how old you really are! (wink, wink) Hope your birthday is JAZZY" --
Clark

"Happy Birthday, Mom! Save some chocolate for me!" -- Mason

"I love you and I hope you like my present. I gave you a great big flower, and I really love you! And save some chocolate for me too!" -- Dane

We hope you have the best birthday ever!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Guitar Hero!!

Guitar Hero!!!


Hey all!
Clark here with some news! O.K, My school recently announced that we were going to have a Guitar Hero Competition. I was so exited. I entered right away. Anyway, the contest was today, Wed., April 16. I didn't think I would get very far. BUT....., I came in 2nd place!!!!!!!! XD !!! I got beaten in the final round by a kid named Miles. He only beat me buy 10,000 points. That's like losing a football game by two field goals. As a prize, Miles, me, and Anthony(He came in 3rd) got passes for a VIP tour of the ME studios in Austin! That's were they record KISS F.M., and 101X! AND,.... We get to go during a school day!!!!! It is going to be so cool!!!! O.K, Thats all. Just filling you in on whats going on in my life.

-Clark L.
AKA- The Slasher(according to our MC).

Monday, April 14, 2008

Equal Opportunity Training

I completed an Equal Opportunity Compliance refresher training session at work this morning.  Afterwards, I stopped by Christina's office to apologize for the insensitive Blonde jokes I shared with her last Friday.  I didn't know it until today, but those jokes are considered discriminatory.

Yeah, it seems Blondes fall in a protected category under Equal Opportunity law: it's illegal discriminate against the disabled!


haha

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Solo & Ensemble

Saturday was Solo & Ensemble for Clark. He played a piece called "Fugue in G Minor ." He received a I (superior) rating!! He will get a medal sometime this week during band class.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Waco Trip

Over Spring Break, in March, Shannon and I took all our kids to Waco for a day trip. We visited the Dr. Pepper Museum first. We stopped at a picnic area in a valley surrounded by the stone stairs and a small stream. The following are my favorite pictures from that day.

lf to rt: Ian, Mason, Dane, Clark, Simon



We visited the Waco Zoo. I was impressed with the whole place! They had nice enclosures, a variety of animals, plus I liked the layout of the grounds.
lf to rt: Ian, Olivia with Vanessa on her back, Mason, Simon, Clark


I would like for you to notice that all 7 kids are never in the same photo! The only one that had all seven was this one- hard to tell they are there, huh?

Monday, April 7, 2008

Andy to the vet

Andy took his first trip the vet as our pet. The check for an ID chip was negative. He got all the vaccines and normal tests. Bad news- he has heart worms! The vet took an extra blood test to send out to verify the result before we begin treatment.

If anyone reading this has access to a small kennel, we will be needing to use one for about 3 months. Part of the treatment is that the dog has to stay calm and at ease during the treatment. So we will need to keep him in a kennel when we are not home.

It's fascinating. This 15 pound dog fell into our lives (and hearts), and has brought us so much joy. Tonight we are feeling very sad.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Andy gets a bath

Hi! Here are some pictures of Andy's bath that I took.

Andy gets spoiled with a towel. O.K, thats all for now!
-Clark

Hey, All

Hi, everybody. I'm the oldest Limbaugh son. I'll post from time 2 time.
Have any of you heard of a book series called "Maximum Ride"? If not, go 2 this site; www.Maximumride.com.
If you have heard of it, go 2 this site; www.MaximumRide.blogspot.com. Go to the archives, and start reading.

See ya
-Clark

Talent Show

Friday night was the Talent Show at Mason's school (HPES). Between staff and students, there were 31 acts on the program. You can bet the Limbaughs were involved!

Mason was in a skit, with 4 other 4th graders/friends, entitled "Sitting on a Red Bench." It was very funny, and the boys were so well rehearsed that the skit came off flawlessly!

Here is the gist of the skit..... several characters come out, one at a time. As a boy approaches the bench, he asks "Whatcha doing?" The boy on the bench says, "Sitting on a red bench." The first boy says, "Can I join you?" The boy on the bench says, "Sure!" They all end up sitting on a red bench.
(Wilson is a soccer player, Kenneth is a businessman, Simon is a student having sack lunch food, Joel is coming from the library with a joke book.)

After the characters are all settled on the red bench, a painter comes out. (Mason is the painter.)

The painter is covered in red paint. He looks at the characters with disbelief. He asks, "Whatcha doing?" All the boys reply, "Sitting on a red bench." The painter spits out, "The one I just painted???" The boys on the bench all jump up dropping their props. They turn around to reveal red on their bottoms. The boys scurry off the stage as the painter puts a "WET PAINT" sign on the bench.

The boys got a huge laugh from the audience when the red bottoms were revealed. The trick of the skit was that they character boys had to walk on stage, deliver the lines, and sit on the bench without turning their bottoms to the audience. If the pre-placed red tape was visible, the joke wouldn't have worked. They nailed it!!!


Even though Clark doesn't go to HPES, he had a part in the talent show. He played piano accompaniment for our friend, Simon, who played two pieces on the violin. I was really proud of these two. Simon had never played in front of a large audience of people before. Clark had never played as an accompanist. They rehearsed many times over 2 1/2 weeks prior to the show. The end result was lovely. They got through the first piece with no mistakes. On the second piece they had a small boggle at the end but Clark did what a good accompanist does. He slowed down and listened to where the violin was in the song, jumping in at the same place so they ended the song at the same time. If you consider their ages and experience, they did a really outstanding job!


I too, was in the Talent Show. I was in a small group of teachers that sang an accapella version of "The Star Spangled Banner." The piece had 8 parts but in the end we had just 5 that could handle it. To balance out the remain guy, I sang Tenor one for most of the song, jumping up once to Alto on a "ladies only" part. We opened the show, which is appropriate since we had a patriotic song.

(Mr. Tsujimura- Kinder, Ms. Limbaugh- parent, Ms. Stone- music teacher, Ms. Patureau- 5th, Ms. York- 3rd)

The Limbaughs had a nice turn out of family for the Talent Show. Grandad & Granlally came in from New Braunfels. Nanny & Nana came in from Austin. They all reported enjoying the show.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Movie Recommendation

I usually don't critique movies. I like them or I don't.... I move on. I usually get my movie & rental picks from my friend and favorite movie reviewer, Terrence. In this case, I am going to make an exception.

If you like British comedy (Phyllis, listen up!), you MUST see "Death at a Funeral." It is funny in the way only British comedy can be. The entire movie takes place in one location. There are no car chases or explosions. Instead, you get great characters with clever and smart humor at it's best!

Rent it! Pop some popcorn and settle in for a good laugh! BTW, due to language, this is not a movie for kids.

After you watch it, let me know what you think. I'm off to watch it AGAIN!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Geek Squad

Tonight was the Park Crest Middle School "Top Talent Show." The Jazz Band performed as the opening and closing of the show. They did a great job! They played several pieces ,5 or 6 between the opening and closing. Off the top of my head, I remember hearing "Birdland" & "In the Mood."

I was lucky enough to get an unobstructed view of the Top Trombonist..... and in good light!
Here is the Geek Squad.... all of Clark's Jazz Band buddies.
Clark calls them the "Jazzers." You be the judge!
They are all good guys who enjoy band so they are cool in my book!

Left to right: Darrin, Clark, Tony, Justin, & David