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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Dane's joke

Dane told a good joke just last week. I hope you enjoy his joke as much as we did!



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Hawks win Regional Playoff

NEWSFLASH- The next game is Saturday, Dec. 6th at 2:00pm at the Hays ISD Stadium in Kyle.


All the way to the Alamodome, for the Regional playoff game, we went. It was the Hendrickson Hawks vs. the Port Lavaca Sand Crabs.

It was exciting to watch the game in that arena. Having the big screens at the ends of the field was a treat. They would show replays and "fan cam" moments.

The Hawks dominated the first half of the game ending at half time with a score of 17 to 3.


The band played their Texas set. It is not as great as their marching show. They played to the home side which was the Calhoun side.

Our band stood in the end zone to watch the Calhoun band. They were smaller in number and didn't have nearly as much echo as our band did. (Clark is in the front row to the left of the bass clarinet.)
I caught Clark back in his seat after their performance.

The second half started with a change in the air! The Hawks got run over and had to fight to stay on top. In the end, the Hawks won with a score of 31 to 30! It was too close for my comfort-- and everyone elses !! The noise/cheering/hooting was intense! But at last, it was over.


Rumor has it the next game will be in the UT stadium next weekend. That will be something else, if it is true! I guess we will get official word on Monday or Tuesday.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

We drove to New Braunfels, Texas, for Thanksgiving Day. There were 16 people all together. Everyone brought a dish or two and Granlally made the turkey & ham. It was all really good! I especially enjoyed the shredded brussel sprout dish Aunt Laurie made. We took fresh green beans (that Clark and Dane helped snap), mashed potatoes (that Mason and Ed peeled), fresh fruit, and a Chocolate Fudge Swirled Bundt.

After we ate, it was Skipbo time for the young and hip. The old and testosterone laden went upstairs to watch football. (You know who you are!) A game of Sorry Revenge was happening at another table.

Clark, Granlally, and Alyssa playing Skipbo.
My niece, Alyssa, burns brain cells as she figures out her next play.


My Oma, and her neighbor, Carol, play Sorry Revenge.

Ed, Dane, and Aunt Laurie play too.


After the first round of games, we called everyone down for the "Quarter Game" also know as the "Left-Right Game," and the "Dollar Game." Since it is family, we play cheap- only three quarters to play. This time, Clark won the game, landing him a pocket full of $7.50 in quarters! Too bad he doesn't have a car that needs to be washed!

At Jennings family gatherings there is usually a game of "Pile On," almost always initiated by Grandad. This time, he just sat on people. In this photo he sits on Alyssa. Lucky her!


I didn't get any pictures of the Johns, Phillip, or Janet & Bill. I also missed getting any photos of the guys playing guitars.

We left as it began to get dark. We stopped by "Santa's Ranch" for the drive through light display. The boys love the display. It has become a tradition, as this is our4th year to visit on Thanksgiving Night.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Shannon's surprise

Shannon turns 40 on Monday. On Saturday, we had a surprise party for her. Lots of people showed up to celebrate--make that MOURN the passing of her youth. There was a black theme to the night and black arm bands. Everyone brought an appetizer or finger food dish to share. There was lots of yummy & creative things to try.

I haven't heard a word from Shannon today so I guess she is still mad at me! Nonetheless, here are pictures from the night.



The adults played a new party game called "two truths and one lie." On an index card, everyone writes down 3 statements- 2 truths and 1 one lie- about themselves without signing it. One person reads each card, one at a time. The group has to decide who wrote the card based on the statements. Once the writer is figured out, the group hears the three statements again. Now the group has to figure out which statement is a lie.

It was a great way to find out interesting facts about people you know well already and a great way to get to know people who were new to the group. You also find out who are good liars!

Happy Birthday, Shannon!

Pineapple Salsa

As promised.......... :-)

Pineapple Salsa

2 (8 oz) CANS OF CRUSHED pineapple (or 2 C of finely chopped fresh pineapple.)
1/4 C orange marmalade
2 T chopped cilantro
4 t chopped jalapeño, seeded
4 t diced pimientos, drained
1 T fresh lime juice
1/4 t salt

Combine all ingredients, mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or over night if possible.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hendrickson Football

NEWSFLASH- This just in........................
The next round of football playoffs will be against Port Lavaca next Saturday (11/29) at 8:00 pm in the Alamodome.  More details will be provided later.

Hendrickson won tonight with a score of 13 to 9 against Schertz Clemens. They go on! They will play Thanksgiving weekend against a team from the Corpus Area, Clark thinks.

I have to say this is a bit surprising! I wonder how far they will go?

Here is an article by the Austin American Statesman about the game.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving Feast

Kindergarten kids at Dane's school had their Thanksgiving celebration in the form of lunch in the classroom with costume and visitors. The cafeteria served turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and green beans. Most kids & parents bought the tray from the cafeteria. It was ummm.... okay.... not really.... food. The company was great though.
Brittny, Dane, & Michael dressed as Indians.
Dane (with a mouth full of cookie) & his lunch visitor, Nanny.

Dane's placemate with hand print.

Dane poses between singing songs to celebrate Fall.
It was a nice little lunch time.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lunch Visit

On Wednesday, Grandad & Granlally came to Pflugerville to lunch with Mason & Dane at school. They brought in Chick-Fil-A, which is a Limbaugh favorite. I was there, and was able to snap a photo while both boys were at the table.

Thanks for a yummy lunch!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Little guys

Dane is into drawing and writing, BIG TIME. He will spend all afternoon with paper, markers, and scissors and never get bored.

He drew these little guys on one sheet. He then went back to cut them out. I like how they are all so different and that they all have names and a story.

Character #1 is named Mojo. He is waving to a friend.
Character #2 is named Jamie. He is going over to a friend's house to play with toys. See how he is pointing to where he is going?
Character #3 is named Kenneth. He got zapped by lightening. (Sure looks like it to me!)



Dane drew this birthday card and gave it to me. His narrative- Dane and Mom are dreaming together. The line connects their dreams. Mom is dreaming of hearts. Dane is dreaming of flowers.

It says,"To Mom and Dad. Happy Birthday. To Love Mom."

For a boy who didn't ask for any help, I think his attempt to spell happy birthday was a good one. I knew right away what it was! We are amazed at Dane's drive and excitement about letters, words, and spelling.

This afternoon, I was sharing with his teacher how Dane likes to play spelling games at home. Like, he will say, "What is different about the word "cat" and the word "sat?" We play dumb and he tells us the correct answer, "One starts with a "c" and the other one starts with a "s." He does the same for ending sounds. He also has figured out blending sounds like "sh."

His teacher smiled and said back, "I nominated him for GT (gifted and talented) because he has everything it takes. I didn't ask you, I just did it! I figured I would tell you at some point!" This news is exciting! We have no idea what kind of testing they give a kindergarten student for GT entry. We may not know until it is over. Whatever happens regarding GT, we are so excited to watch Dane take off in Kindergarten. He is eager to learn and always has the answer, according to his fabulous teacher!

Book Fair Post Celebration

To celebrate the success of the book fair some of the book fair committee members got together for a post celebration. We met up at a Pflugerville Mexican restaurant called Casa Garcia's at 5:00 on Saturday. We had 14 people come out for the food and fun.

It was great to have social time with these great people and toast our successes with margaritas and beer. We passed the camera around the table. Here are some of the shots.


The Book Fair Committee... taken by the waiter, lucky him!

Andy & Ronnie
Andy was my star volunteer. He worked a shift every day and came to all the meetings. (Andy's wife, Michelle, only missed one day so she gets a gold star too.)
Ronnie was amazing too. He got all the boxes, for the wish boxes, from his work and he played Clifford at the family night. He also made every meeting and worked a shift!

Christie & Leslie
Christie is our fabulous principal and a great story teller!
Leslie is our fabulous librarian and so sharply witted!
They both had us laughing hysterically!

Jennifer (Ronnie's wife) and Michelle
Lisa & Shannon
Awesome in every way!
Nothin' else to say!!

David
He worked 2 shifts and lives in my neighborhood.
Mr. T , the artistic teacher who created the trees
around the library door, joined us.
He gets gold stars for his beautiful work and support!

The group was there for a couple of hours. The last seven stayed until 8:30p. The last five of us didn't leave until 9:30pm. They locked the doors behind us! Cheers!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Avacado Cilantro Dip

I concocted this recipe trying to copy the green dip that is served at the restaurant "Mamacita's" in New Braunfels. I served it yesterday at my hospitality committee lunch. It was a big hit. A couple of ladies asked for the recipe so I decided to post it too.

2 large avacodos
8 oz sour cream
1/2 to 3/4 of the sour cream container for water
2 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of cilantro (cut just below the last leaves- use leaves and steams from the cut to the top.)
2 to 4 Roma tomatoes (seeded)
1 to 2 jalapeños (seeded)
salt to taste

Using a food processor finely chop the garlic, jalapeños, and tomatoes. Add cilantro next, chop finely. Lastly, add in the avocado, sour cream and water. Add salt to taste.

Serve with tortilla chips. I prefer the "mega- thin" tortilla chips with this dip.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hawks WIN

The Hawks win first game in the finals tonight 42 to 7! It was cold and windy! The band played a patriot tribute instead of their marching show.

As long as they keep winning the games, they will keep playing. Clark says if they win enough games they will get to play in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. He is excited about that possibility.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bulldog Basketball Club

Mason had his fourth basketball game today. The Blue Dawgs went into it undefeated, ranked 1st place. They held the lead in the game until the last quarter where they lost by 9 points. This means they will probably fall to third or fourth place in the rankings now. I will know tomorrow when they post the results of all the games from this week.

Here are some action shots of Mason playing... By the way, he hit two 3 point shots, in the first half, that were SWEET!

Team Pre-Game Pep Talk with Coach Lubman
Go Blue Dawgs!

Mason played point guard.

Mason goes head to head with his buddy Dijshon,
from the Baby Blue Bombers.
Mason shoots!
Too bad I didn't catch the ball in the picture!
I got to help a tiny bit with this basketball club. It was my job to round up 8 team sponsors. One of them happens to be his Nanny & Poppy's business, Dyer Transmissions. Of course, Mason is on that team as player #9. (My lucky number, as it turns out!)

Team Blue Dawgs
Hopefully the Blue Dawgs can finish out their 4 last games with only wins! We shall see!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

GREAT NEWS

At long last, I am pleased to share the beginning of this email with everyone!

Dear Degree Candidate,
The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to invite you and your family to attend the engineering graduation ceremony on Saturday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. in the Frank Erwin Center.

Yeah, Master Ed!!!! He did it!!


Also, I have the grand total from the book fair sales excluding taxes-- drum roll, please-- $9,544.44!!! (That is 202.22% over last year's sales!) Our librarian is going to have a ball spending her cut and ordering books for the library shelves!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Book Fair Day 4 & 5

Thursday (Day 4) was a really long day. We opened for regular shopping hours at 8:00am then closed at 3:15pm. Mason had a basketball game and it was cookie dough pick up before the book fair opened for Family Night. Ed was still in Virginia so it was great to have Mom here helping with the boys.

At 6:00 sharp we opened our doors to waiting families. Clifford was there again. We had door prize coupons, a guessing game, monkey tattoos, and wild animal stickers for the kids. I took charge of the teacher wish boxes stopping every parent that came in the door to tell them all about it. Any that slipped past me, I would catch at the check out. Most people liked what I was saying and went straight over to pick out a book to buy for their teachers. Interestingly, I noticed it was the same teachers that had people buying books for them while others had no one there to whom I could sale.

People looking for books to buy their teachers.

A crowd of people shopping in the library.
Clifford greets them coming and going!
Friday (Day 5) we opened at 8:00am. I was on the TV announcements reminding the students that they had until 1:00pm to shop. To my delight, we had a steady stream of kids and parents coming for last minute shopping! At 1:00pm, we started boxing and packing. We sold so much that the task of packing up went quickly.... having a nice number of volunteers there helped too!


At 1:45 I got on the PA system to call the door prize winners & guessing game winners down to the library to pick up their prize. I picked out $100 worth of books for prizes plus we were allowed to give away the posters we displayed on the library wall during the fair. We had a lot of prizes and a lot of happy winners!

All in all, the book fair was a smash event! It was fun, high energy, detailed, organized, and successful! We had close to $7,500 in sales which is double what was made the last two years. I will have the exact number soon. The office is doing the final total of everything we turned in. I will post that when I find out.

Now that you have read about the big week, what would you say if I told you I was sick the entire time? It's true! I was miserable! But I didn't have time to be sick so I sucked it up and did what I needed to do! Plus, I was so well organized on the front of it that I could be a little dazed out the first couple of days into the fair.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Book Fair Day 3

Wednesday morning we opened the book fair for morning shopping from 7am to 7:40am. In that hour and 4o minutes, we sold just under $1000 worth of product! WOW! We had a great turn out and a great dad playing Clifford.
This is Shawn Dillion and his daughter, Shea.

After the morning rush, Shannon and I went door to door for the costume contest voting. It took ALL DAY and we still missed one Kinder class that was never in their room when we came by. Oh, well! Here are the winners- prizes were local restaurants that donated gift certificates to us.

First place-
Fruit Bat Fletcher- $25 to Baby Acapulco's Restaurant

Second Place-
Snake Enchantress Jackson- $25 to Red Robin's
Third Place- (won with humor votes)
Butterfly Lubman- $25 to Wing Stop

Committee Favorite
Ladybug Tolleson- $25 to Red Lobster

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Book Fair Day 2

Day 2 of the book fair is over! It was a regular shopping day along with "Dress Like an Animal Day." Lots of kids dressed up and 33 staff members dressed for the contest. (Other staff dressed up a little bit but not full out for the contest.) While volunteers manned the book fair, I went and took pictures of all the dressed up staff members and some pictures of dressed up kids too. I then went to Walmart to get instant photos for the voting poster. Tomorrow I will go class to class, with the posters, letting the students vote for their 3 favorite costumed staff members. Then the committee will pick a fourth winner. Here are some of my favorite pictures from today........

Mrs Craddock's Class
including Spider Mason & Skunk Simon


Ian the Dog
Mr. Lubman's class
(Mason's teacher from last year but still a favorite of ours!)

Mrs. Jackson & class of jackels
Some very cute 4th graders!

Dane the Alligator
(Thanks Harkeys for the loan!)
Wednesday is Family Morning Shopping Day. We will open at 7:00am so parents who can't come during the day, can come in early to shop with their kids. I need to be there at 6:50am to help Clifford into costume and get my volunteers into position. That being said, good night!!

Zoboomafoo rubs off

Hi, guys,  Ed here with a short laugh.  This past Sunday we were having supper and talking about the week.  Dane made some clever observation about the upcoming book fair at his school this week.  Lisa said, "How'd you know that, Dane?"

He replied, "I knew because of my lemur sense, Mom!  Just like Zoboomafoo.  I have lots of lemur sense!"   Hahaha.  PBS really does educate, doesn't it?

Book Fair Safari

As committee chair of the book fair, I have been working for the last month and a half to make this event grand. I ended up with a fabulous committee who have been willing to put in the work. Together we have planned and laid the ground work for what is sure to be a fun time and big $$ maker for the library.

Today was the opening of the book fair. Parents could come shop but the classes all came through to preview the books offered. Tuesday is "Dress like a Animal Day." Kids can dress up for fun but it is serious for the staff! They are going to be in a school wide voting contest with the top 3 vote earns getting one of the prizes we got donated. There will also be a 4th winner who will be picked as "committee favorite."

I will blog as the week's events unfold but for now, here are some pics taken on Saturday at our "set-up" day.

Library doors.
We have raised over $200 with the One for Books donations!....
one dollar at a time!



Teacher Wish Boxes.
Teacher's came in today after school to fill their Wish Boxes.
This gives students an opportunity to buy a book for their classroom/teacher.
While this helps with sales, the main purpose is to build classroom libraries.


Book fair carts full of great books!
A camping scene.
This is where kids can visit Clifford on the Family Shopping Morning
and the Family Shopping Night later this week.