Sunday, May 31, 2009

Diversity Night

Our elementary hosted Diversity Night on Friday, May 29th. Once again, Grandad was invited to come and share his musical instrument collection. His table was called "International Instruments." Granlally couldn't make it so Grandad recruited Mason to be his helper.

Here are pictures from their table.
All set up and ready for people to come see their goods!

Dane and another kindergarten boy, Nathan, ran around together.
I caught up with them at this table.

Here is the post from last year's Diversity Night.

I didn't get to spend much time at the tables, taking photos, or watching the performers. I was busy with the small part to PTO played... food service, food sales, and the silent auction of baskets. You see, our "MayFest" which was scheduled for May1st was canceled by the district due to the Swine Flu scare. Twenty-four hours before the event was to take place, it was gone like that- poof! The only thing we could salvage was the food (easily frozen or not yet opened) and the silent auction baskets, which we stored at the homes of different PTO members. I bounced between the two helping where needed. I wrapped hot dog, bagged pickles, set up the food line, served nachos, served drinks, and helped monitor the silent auction room. Right before the performers, I was voted in as President of the PTO for next year.

In the end, we had to roll with the punches as Diversity Night was not ideal for the auction but it was all we had due to a very heavy end of the school year schedule. We didn't make very much money but we made some. So there you go!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Braunfels High School Graduation

My niece, Alyssa, and my nephew's girlfriend, Katrina, along with the New Braunfels High School class of 2009, graduated on Thursday night. Mason, Mom, and I drove down to San Marcos, Texas for the ceremony.

Katrina on the big screen.
Alyssa on the big screen.

Katrina and Phillip.
Katrina and Alyssa
Mason, Alyssa, and Mom

Alyssa's Aunt Betsy and Alyssa.Aunt Betsy, Alyssa, and Alyssa's Grandmother Sharon.
Laurie, Alyssa, and John
Mason and Lally
Alyssa and Phillip
Lally, Alyssa, and Wayne

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Warhol Photos

With everyone but Dane being at some stage of bronchitis and pneumonia in the house, I found myself bored at midnight. Instead of watching another bad movie (Did anyone really like Mama Mia'? It hurt my ears! The singing was horrid!) I used the time on the computer and found this fun web site called Big Huge Lab. On this site, you can upload a photo and they will turn it into a Warhol style photo. There is no cost to make or to save the fun photos. It is fast, too! You can also order the photo in print form from them.

You can make the single block, the nine block, or there is a four block.

Isn't this cool??? I plan to play with it some more. I may even take some well lit close up face shots of all 3 boys to do some for possible purchase.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dell Diamond Singing

On May 9th, the Acapella Bulldogs sang the National Anthem at the start of the game. It was great fun, and I am so glad we did it!

It was a Saturday game with a huge crowd which made it all the more exciting. Play Ball!

Here is the audition post with the audio in case you want to here it again!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cub Scouts

This is cute! I love it when he snickers at the pledge.

He got his hair cut today and asked for a "faux hawk." The stylist gave him one!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Band Banquet

Last night was the HHS Hawk Band Banquet.

Earlier in the week, Clark and Nanny went shopping for a new suit and shoes worthy of this prestigious night. They picked out a beautiful dark suit and snake skin shoes! They left it to be tailored so it would fit perfectly!

Here he is ready to go.... Doesn't he look sharp?

Here he is doing the Hawk hand gesture.

The banquet was held at the Double Tree Hotel in Austin. Clark rode down with our neighbor Abigail and two of her friends. Of course I had to snap a photo! Of course he had to stand away from the girls for the photo! One day he will appreciate this photo... the well dressed young man with THREE girls by his side! For now he does not!
He reported having a good time. He got home at 1:00am and got back up this morning at 7:15 to get ready to march in a parade that eventually got rained out. So he is currently in bed sound asleep.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Field Day 2009

Today was Field Day at Mason and Dane's school. I was asked to be the "roving photographer" for the day. I ended up shooting 351 photos.

Dane's grade had the first part of the day to do the "Where's Bulldog?" activities. Mason was a helper for a first grade class so he got to be out for the first session too.
Bubble Station.
Water Balloon Station with Ethan.
The Chop Stick Chicken Relay.
Super Cute!

Potato Sack Race.Bathroom and Water Break.
Andre', Dane, Ahn, and Nicholas
Parachute Station.
Soaking Sponge Station.

Obstacle Course Station.

I had just enough time to come home for a sandwich and to down load my camera before I headed back. Mason's grade had the second half of the day for their activity time.
Soccer Station.
Soaking Sponge Station.
The guys.
Chris, Mason, Joel, Eric, & Wilson
Tug of War Station.
Obstacle Course Station.
The Cha-Cha Slide.

Somehow I ended up being in charge of the Field Day T-shirts. I got a teacher to do the art and a dentist to pay for the whole thing ($2,670)! (Every staff member and student got a free shirt!) I ordered white tees so we could let the classes decorate them.... or not. On Monday, I went in to Dane's class and showed them how to put rubber bands on their shirts. I brought the banded shirts home and dyed them. (I also invited all my friends that bought a shirt for themselves at cost to come over for a tie-dye party.) Mason's class wasn't going to do any thing more then sign each others shirts so I emailed the teacher. She agreed to a tie-dye plan. She had Mason show the class how to do the banding. I picked them up at the end of the day and brought them home for another round. I had left over dye so I heated it back up and got to work! Another Mom brought her two kid's entire class shirts over and we did them too! Whew! That was a total of 65 shirts, not including my own!

It was a long two nights of arts & crafts but the shirts turned out super cute!

Bonus photo- I took this shot of one of Mason's classmates. I really like the way it turned out so I thougt I would share. It has more to do with artsiness than field day!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

End of the Year Soccer Party

Wednesday night was Dane's end of the year soccer team party. We all met at Doc's, formerly Water Tank. They are high on my list because they have the BEST friend pickles I have ever had! EVER! But I digress. Back to the party.

We needed a good place to go with good food (fried pickles!!) where the kids could have a little freedom and all of us (22 people) could sit together comfortably. So, I called the owner of Doc's and asked him if he would give us "kid's eat free" if we brought the party there. He talked it over with his business partner and called back with an excited yes!

It was a nice evening. The kids all sat together and the adults all sat together. There was a little ceremony so Coach Leonard could hand out the trophies and goody bags.

Dane and his teammates-
Go Storm Hawks!
Dane shows off his trophy!

Dane has one more game left on Saturday. It is a make up for a rained out game in March.

Next year this team will be split and be placed on all boy and all girl teams. Should be interesting!