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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Best Buy Jazz

On Friday morning, the Hawk Jazz Band played for the Best Buy Grand Opening in Pflugerville. I popped over to hear them for the first time. Wow! What a mature sound they had!.... even with Clark the Fish playing along!

Set-Up


The Color Guard Procession.


The performance. Clark is second chair trombone- middle row on the right of the photo. The way they do it is have 1st chair in the middle, 2nd chair on his left, with 3rd and 4th chair to his right. If there is rhyme and reason to that seating arrangement, I don't know what it is! :-)
It was super windy that morning. The kids had to tape their music to the stand and hold the stands down with one foot!

After the performance, they all went to Chili's for lunch. Clark had a great time!

PARTY at Chuck E Cheese

Thursday night, Feb. 26th.

Dane wanted so badly to have his 6th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. Because of our busy schedules, we decided to do it. While I didn't love it, Dane said, "This was the best party ever!" So there you go! That's what it was all about anyway.......


The birthday boy!

There were so many fun pictures that I couldn't narrow them down. So you get them all on a slide show! Yeah!





This is Chuck, Dane, and Dream Girl Olivia!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Tie-Dye Shirts

This is a photo expo of my attempt to make Tie-Dye American Flag Shirts. (These are for a Talent Show Performance in which Mason needs to be dressed in a Jimmy Hendrick's/70's style. The 2nd shirt is for his guitar teacher and the 3rd was for Dane, who just wanted one!)

I started with brand new 100% cotton t-shirts, Rit Dye, and a bag of rubber bands.

For the top half, Mason and I rubber banded little bunches of the shirt as tightly as we could.
Next the banded parts get a blue dye bath. I used the whole bottle of dye mixed with boiling hot water to get a deep & vibrant color. The shirts stay in the dye for 10 minutes. Since they are not fully submerged, I turned them a couple of times so each side got to be completely under for at least 5 minutes.

They hung out to dry upside down so drips fell to the ground and not on the rest of the white shirt.The next day- Here I folded the shirt in an accordion style then banded it like a little girl's braid.

The braid was submerged for 10 minutes. Again I turned them a couple of times to give each side some time to be submerged in the dark red dye.
The shirts hung outside again, this time with the red side down so the red didn't bleed into the blue.
This is the final product. Not American Flag so much as patriotic. I suppose one could think of the white circles as the stars on the flag and the white lines, that run through the red, as the stripes, if one wanted to reach for the flag parallel!

I am happy with them. They held the color well and will work well for the performance.

The Talent Show is on March 6th. Check back for picture and postings then!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Regional Science Fair 2009

Today was the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair in Austin. Mason was one of the kids selected to take their project to Regional from his school. He met with the judge at about 9:15am. (Parents are not allowed to be present when the kids meet with the judge. So all we know is what Mason told us.) The judge asked Mason a few questions, talked about how he could expand on this same project the next year and compete again. Her parting words were, "I love this project!"

You can imagine our surprise and Mason's bitter disappointment when we returned to find his project had been awarded a Red Ribbon/2nd place! Mason was very upset because he took from the judge's comments that he would get a blue. I went up front to confirm the ribbon color was correct. (Let me be clear that my intention was only to confirm not to yell, right a wrong, or lash out at anyone.) I happened to ask the right person who had the box with the judge's sheets. She found Mason's score sheet and confirmed that the judge did award him 2nd place. I thanked her and we walked away.

Mason usually lets thing roll off his back but he was so shocked, it took him awhile to let it go. We tried to put it into perspective, reminding him how he was honored by just being invited to Regionals. Didn't work. Then we rolled out the ..."Did you do your best work?" stuff. We reminded him that originally he didn't want to even do a project and how he was nonplussed when we got a gold at the school fair. We reminded him that he didn't do anything, in the week leading up to Regionals, to prepare. Worked alittle because he answered those questions honestly.

We still went out for a celebratory dinner at his choice of eatery, Baby Accapulcos.

Here is a picture of an unhappy kid being conjoiled to smile for one picture.

As yearbook photographer, I gathered up everyone I could find from our school (several are missing) and took two groups of pictures... older grades and younger grades, plus Mrs. Pynes, our school's fair coordinator and a 3rd grade teacher.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Auditions

This evening my 6-voice acappella group auditioned to sing as an opener for a Round Rock Express game this upcoming season. (This is the same Highland Park group that sang in the Talent Show last April.) Mr. T, the only male member, arranged this for us. When they called us up for our turn, the announcer said, "Mr. T's kids." I started laughing! Mr. T said, "We are all teachers from Highland Park" (well, almost!) to which the announcer said, "Oh, you all look so young!" Yea, right!!

Turn up your computer volume! Have a listen! Lisa Limbaugh and Mr. Ts "kids" This is the actual audition!!!


We were first up. I played a G on the pitch pipe and brought us in. It was so lovely and full sounding! The room had great acoustics! (Usually you try out on the field, but tonight the wind was whipping, so they had auditions inside a banquet room.)

We over heard from an employee that 90 people auditioned on Sunday, the first audition day. There are only 72 home games in the season. I was thinking it must be hard to pick out from so many when they're all singing the same song. Then I heard some of the others! Yikes! I was floored at some of the truly bad singing! It was like a beginning night of American Idol. In the extra hour I stayed after our audition, I only heard one girl who was out and out good. One teen girl changed keys SIX times during her solo attempt! (Yes, I counted!) Her mother who went after her only changed keys FOUR times during her solo!

One way they cut people is on time. You have exactly 1 minute 30 seconds. So, they can cut you for going over the time. Mason timed us at 1 minute 10 seconds. Yeah! Others were not so lucky. Some proceeded to butcher and drag out the song! The axe fell swiftly for them.

So, back to my group. We were all wearing the school tie-dye shirts. We sounded great and finished under time. While I was there, no other group performed a 4-part version or any harmonies at all for that matter. I think we have a great shot at being selected. We will know in about 2 weeks. They send letters to everyone who auditions.

When I find out anything, I will post it here. We are hoping that if we're selected, we'll be given a date while school is in session so we can have a "school night at the ballpark."



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Face Book

I am now a member of Face Book. If you are on there, too, please look me up so we can be Face Book friends.

This happened because a boy I knew back in 6th grade (he says he was my boyfriend in 6th grade) all the way through 12th grade was wondering where I was. He pulled my marriage license to find out my married name. He tracked me down and called last Friday night. It was so wild having a blast from the past! He told me about all the former LBJ student on Face Book, many, like him, that I haven't seen since graduation. So, I opened an account to see who was there. Sure enough, I have made contact with lots of people from way back when to not so long ago. And, I admit it, Face Book is fun!

So, again, look me up if you are on there!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Celebration for Andy

A year ago today, I spotted a little beige dog running across our street. I was worried that he was going to get hit by a car, so we brought him over to the house. Neighborhood kids told us he had been loose in the neighborhood for a week or more and that no one had claimed him. We gave him food, which he scarfed up, and water, which he lapped up. He was so friendly and full of personality that we brought him into the house. He won us over immediately. We named him Andy.

Tonight after dinner, we had a party for Andy. We celebrated his year anniversary with us though we called it his birthday.

Earlier in the day, Mason baked a red velvet cake for the special day. When it had cooled, Dane iced and decorated it.

Andy sniffed at the cake and then decided to give it a lick... or three!
It was a fun little celebration for our sweet baby.
We even sang "Happy Birthday."
(Rex was a little freaked out about being lifted up to the table!
He didn't know what to do with himself!)

I took some cute photos of Andy to mark the year. Enjoy!

Valentine's with Nana

Today we all went to visit Nana in the nursing home. We took along a heart shaped box of chocolates, a bag of Sun Chips, some drinks, and a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies. Mom met us and brought along a bag of Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches. All together we had the makings of a Valentine's lunch.

Nana continues to slowly get better. She has daily physical therapy to help her walk and gain strength. She even gets her hair prettied up in the on-site hair salon. Her hair looked so cute today.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Parties

The Mamarotzzi has been busy!

Here are pictures of the little boys' in their class parties. I only popped into Mason's class for a few minutes. The bigger kids like to do their own thing. They don't need parent help.
Michael, Mason, & Isiah


In Dane's class, I got to work. I got to cover tables with white paper, hand out pizza and juice boxes, and dole out sundae toppings.
Dane with his table-mates Cameron, Jalyza, and Sequia.

Dane with Brittany and Andre' looking at their
valentine cards.

Dane with the balloon his Mom and Dad ordered for him from the PTO balloon sale.
Mason got one too. It is in the picture of him above.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fancy Strawberries


Tonight we were preparing for the Valentine's parties at school. We have worked on valentines for classmates all week and tonight the boys finished their own valentine boxes. Clark is even taking some candy to pass out to friends tomorrow.

Dane, Mas, and I went to HEB to get their food contributions to the class parties. Dane's class will be making ice cream sundaes. We are taking the maraschino cherries. Mason's class just wanted snacks so Mas signed up to take Cheese Puffs.

Walking into HEB was like walking into a flower filled dream world! They had HUGE balloon bouquets all over the front of the store, cut flowers, and potted flowers that smelled so delightful. There were huge boxes of chocolates and stuffed animals.... every kind you can imagine. It was a red and pink heaven! They even had a chocolate strawberry station with workers dipping the berries on site. People were lined up to buy them.

Walking through that decor was kind of neat but coming out on the other side, I was struck with the thought that I had not gotten anything for the little boys' teachers!!! So we 3 went straight to the fruit section and picked up two cartons of strawberries with plans to dip our own.

In the end, Dane was the only one who helped me. He used the white ball sprinkles and the red berry sprinkles to decorate some of the berries. Mason cooked the burgers for dinner instead.

Here is a picture of some of the fancy strawberries boxed up for the teachers. (We had so many that we are taking an assortment to the office staff too.) The colors are so bright and cheery. It is almost a shame to eat them. Almost........ ;-)

Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Science Enrichment


While taking candid yearbook photos at the elementary today, I popped in the science enrichment room. Turns out Dane was in there! I shot a few pics including this one of Dane's table.
Look at the little scientists in the making!

Usually, Dane gets a little goofy when I come unexpectedly. This time he was so involved in measuring that he only glanced my way when classmates pointed me out to him! Then he went right back to work!

The names to which I currently answer at the school are:
Mrs. Limbaugh
Aren't you Mason's mom?
Look, there is Dane's mom
Picture Lady
Yearbook Lady

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Solo and ensemble contest

Update: Clark received his blue ribbon medal for his I with his ensemble. Thought we would post a picture of the beauty!
On Saturday, my school hosted the Solo and Ensemble Contest. My ensemble consisted of me, Jordan Davis, and Julian Hunter. Jordan is a sophomore, and is 5th chair trombone in our band (he messed up during auditions, he says). Julian is a senior, and is 3rd chair trombone in our band. I am 1st chair trombone in our band. But, anyways, we played for the judge. Our piece was called "The Earl of Oxford's Marche". We all thought we were going to get a II (The rankings are I for best, II for pretty good, III for O.K, and IV for you stink... not really, but that's how students thought of them.) But, we ended up getting a rating of I, and a score of IC. I don't know what IC stands for, but it means that you qualify to move up to the next round of competition, state competition. SOOOOOOO... WE ARE GOING TO STATE, WE ARE GOING TO STATE!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!! >.<>
Band Geek aka: Clarkster

Friday, February 6, 2009

100 Days of Kindergarten!

Today marks 100 days of Kindergarten for Dane!

Here is Dane wearing his 100 day hat (as glasses)
and his 100 Cheerios necklace.
Dane and classmates dressed for 100 day.
From left to right, they are Olivia ("his dream girl"),
Ann, Ethan, & Dane.
What a special day for kindergartners!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two Roll Up Recipes

There were several requests, after the football luncheon, for the roll up recipes so I am posting them both. Enjoy!

Tortilla Roll-Ups from Cheryl Jorgenson

1-8oz package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1-sm can green chillies (diced)

1-sm can chopped black olives

chopped green onion (no stems--only about 2..finely chopped)

1-cup finely shredded Cheddar Cheese

1-cup Mayo (I use Hellman's--best flavor)

1-pkg Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning (down salad dressing isle)

1-pkg tortilla (10 inch)

Mix all ingredients together--make sure you drain the black olives and chillies. When completely mixed, spread onto a tortilla, roll up, wrap in Syran Wrap. When your completely done, place all wrapped tortillas into the refrigerator to harden. When time to serve, slice and place on serving tray. Its' great to serve with salsa as a dipping sauce...yum. We've tried making this with fat-free items, doesn't taste as good...if your going to cheat make it good.

Spinach Bite Roll Ups from Lisa Limbaugh

1 C mayo
1C sour cream
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Mix
10 -12 pieces bacon, crumbled (turkey or pork work beautifully)
3 - 4 green onions thinly sliced
1 box frozen chopped spinach
20 pack flour tortillas

Thaw spinach and squeeze out excess moisture. Mix all ingredients together. Smooth on tortillas. Put in fridge for 1 hour (or over night) to set. Serve sliced into thirds or whole.


Both recipes are good and different enough that they can be served together should you have an occassion to need a variety.