Monday, November 30, 2009

Get-Together for Shannon's Birthday

We invited a few friends over to celebrate Shannon's birthday with burgers, fried pickles, and Margaritas. It turned into a big group when it was all said and done! Everyone had a good time!

Clark, Simon, and Mason played a mini concert for the party guests including "Happy Birthday" for the birthday girl.
Simon, Shannon's son, is a beginner on the trumpet. He and Mason are in the same band at Parkcrest.

For dessert, we had brownies that were turned into "Build Your Own Sundaes" instead of traditional birthday cake.
Happy Birthday, Shannon!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

This year the family gathered at Laurie and John's for the Thanksgiving meal. The food was delicious and the company was nice.

I didn't get any food pictures since we Limbaugh's were the last to arrive, a mere 15 minutes before meal time! Oh, well!

One funny side story- Last Easter I made a cornbread dressing to go with the Easter ham. It was NASTY! I was the first to say it that day, as I warned people not to eat it. This time, I had the task of bringing dressing for the Thanksgiving meal. The pressure was on! I ended up combining a few recipes, including a Paula Dean recipe, that I found online. The end result was yummy!! Whew!

So back to Thurs, we were all seated around the table. My mother had gotten up to refill her drink. I commented on how pleased I was with my dressing this time after the last time I made dressing. Lally asked why. I explained the Easter deal. Mom comes back in the room not knowing what we had been talking about. She sits down and takes a drink of water when Roger says,"This dressing is a lot better than that horrible stuff last year." I start to agree when water sprays my way from across the table! Mom couldn't believe he had blurted that out and as her laughter started, the water spewed out of her mouth.

That was the funniest thing of the day!!! Everyone on my end of the table started laughing so hard! And of course Mom was embarrassed! But she laughed too when we told her we had just been talking about it!

After the
meal, I caught the kids in a nerd moment with Cousin Phillip!

After the food settled, the kids (Yes, Wayne and John, too) headed outside for a game of football/monkey in the middle.

Cousin Alyssa fights off Dane.

Uncle John tries to steal the ball from Clark.
Mason throws the ball.

Grandad steals the ball from Dane in a classic Charlie Brown move.

The game quickly turned from football to "pantsing."

Grandad goes after Mason. No luck.

Dane goes after Cousin Alyssa. No luck.Everyone goes after Clark! LUCK!
I have kept the pictures showing the most "white butt" for bribery material anytime I need it!

Dane goes on a brownie break before they go after him!Right before people started leaving, we took a family picture. It only took 5 shots, on the automatic timer, to get everyone in the picture!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shannon's Yard

Ok, something strange is going on in the cosmic planet of ours! I keep happening upon yards that have been newly decorated in honor of a birthday person. This time it was Shannon and this time I got action pictures!!!

I need to be careful least I get a reputation! I would never do something so fun... I mean,.... evil! I wouldn't want to celebrate.... I mean, vandalize .... someone's property just to let them know they were being thought of.... I mean, out of meanness!! And I would never be guilty of gathering together a group of merry makers.... I mean, criminals..... to perform such a fun.....I mean.....devilish task.

Shannon, I hope you catch these evil-doers! Good thing I was close by to get these photos for evidence!

Happy Birthday, Shannon!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kickball Club

At Dane's school this year, the lower grade teachers started an after school Kickball Club for K thru 2nd. They formed teams and set aside Thursdays after school to meet for games.

I helped by getting the colored jerseys for them (with the help of the PTO money!) similar to the jersey's I helped get for the Basketball Club last year.

After a few rained out Thursdays in a row, the season began! This club plays by rules that allow for maximum play time and little competition. Outs are made but are not counted. Every player on a team gets to kick before the team switches to outfield. No one keeps score officially. Coaches pitch.

This past Thursday I went up to watch and shoot pictures for the yearbook. Of course, I got some of my boy in action!

Kicker up!
He spots Mom with a camera aiming at him!

Here comes the pitch!

Here comes the kick!

Bam! The ball is gone!
The runner holds up his pants on the way to first base shouting to his Mom, "Why didn't Dad remember to give me a belt this morning?"
Safe on 1st base!
Leaving 3rd base!
Safe at home!
The team coached by 1st grade teacher Coach Baker-Watson.

Go Gold Team!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book Fair After Party

No Book Fair is complete without an After Party to celebrate the hard work of the volunteers and the success of the fair!

This time, like last year, we met on a Saturday evening at Casa Garcia's Mexican Restaurant in Pflugerville. It was a dutch treat deal, and everyone on the committee was invited to join. In all, we had 15 people show, which is a great turn out!

The food was delicious and the margaritas were fruity! Cheers to the Book Fair Committee!
My camera had a dead battery so I was very thrilled to find out that Jennifer brought a camera along. We had the waitress take a group shot for us! Cheers!

Monday, November 16, 2009


From the Park Crest Middle School Website:

This blurb is talking about Mason's World Culture class with Ms. King.

"6th grade PreAP classes have been working on Ancient Egypt and we focused on Mummies of Pharaohs for our G/T extension. The picture is the team, which consisted of Burgess/King students, that used teamwork and their knowledge of the mummification process to create the best replica."

Congratulations, Mason! I wonder when you will tell your family about this!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Letter Jacket Ceremony

Tonight was a big night for 28 band students at Hendrickson High. These students were recognized for having lettered in band. Of the 28, there were a few Sophomores, some Juniors, and some Seniors.
Band students earn points to get a letter jacket. For Clark and the other Sophomores, they have to attend concerts, games, and performances. The tougher part is that as freshman last year, they had make UIL District Band or higher and get a I at UIL Solo & Ensemble. Clark did what he needed to do so he earned his Letter Jacket at the end of his Freshman year! Sweet!

They had a band photographer taking pictures as each honored student was handed their jacket by Mr. Gunderson, the band director. The photographer also took a picture of the parents with the student after they helped the student put on their new jacket for the first time. Hopefully I will get those pictures at some point. For now, here is what I have.......

Clark, the proud owner of a HHS Letter Jacket!

Clark and fellow Sophomores that earned their jackets.

In order: David (saxophone), Clark (trombone), Abby (Clarinet), & Cristian (Trumpet)

We are proud and excited for Clark! He has been waiting for this night to get here so he could wear the jacket to their first football play off game.

We will be adding his UIL Area and State Marching Band patches as soon as we can! Yay!!

Just in----- from the band photographer-----
Clark is awarded his jacket from Director Mr. Gunderson.

Okay- so his family looks like something out of a scary cartoon! It was Friday night, what can we say! We are scary!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tiled Mirror

Dane's class needed to create a class art project for the Live Auction coming up at our 4th Annual Carnival. So, we came up with the idea of a self portrait tiled mirror. I went in the classroom as the kids were each painting their own tile. Coincidentally, it was Pajama Day for all 1st graders. Dane was sporting a new pair of PJ's that we found with a Bull Dog on front. His school mascot is the Bull Dog so we couldn't pass them up!

Dane and his classmates-

From there Ed and I took over. Ed bought and cut the plywood for the backing. I attached the tiles around the edge of the plywood and drove it to a mirror shop. The lady at the mirror shop went nuts over cuteness of the project! She took over from there. She had her guys double mount the mirror in the middle of the tiles. I picked it up late the next day. Dane's teacher took it back into the classroom for the kids to see and sign their name to their own tile. The result??

Super adorable!!!

And guess who won it at the auction?? Why, the auctioneer herself! That's right, ME! Dane is so excited to hang it in his room. But first we have to add hanging wire across the back.