Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brace Face

Clark has reached a new level of teen-dom. He got braces yesterday. Luckily for him, he should only be in them a year or just past. This means they should be off for most of his senior year! (and senior pictures, we hope too!)

He is very shiny now!

He was very worried about playing his horns with braces having heard stories from other band kids in braces. He was delighted to discover it hasn't messed up his playing! He will have to make adjustments with lip placement but the wax should help with that too.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bubble Fun!

Dane came home from the first day of school and got straight to his homework. I also had homework so while I filled out the many administrative forms, he played with bubbles. I snapped some photos as he was having bubble fun!

First day of school!

August 24th was the first day back to school for Pflugerville ISD. And being that special day, I took first day of school photos!

Dane, 2nd grader, 7 yrs old
Wearing his new school spirit shirt~
With his 2nd grade teacher, Mrs Kimbell.
Mason, 7th grader, 12 yrs old
Wearing his new school spirit shirt~

Clark, 11th grader, 16 yrs old

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lego Games Tour

On Saturday, August 14th, we loaded up the family and drove to downtown Austin with the Monica's for the Lego Games Tour. It was held outdoors and it happened to be a super hot day! Ugh! But we went anyway for our Lego enthusiast boys.

Dane, Elizabeth, and Grandma Monica checked out the Lego game displays.
Meanwhile, Mason tried out the giant game "Minostaurous."

The Expo wasn't as big as we thought it would be so we all meandered around. About 10 mins before 1:00pm. they made an announcement that the "stage games" would start at 1:00pm. Dane went over to the stage to wait. A few minutes later, I see he had gone ON the stage. I said to Ed, "What is he doing? You can't play in the stage games unless you got here in the morning to sign up for a time slot." I figured the MC would send him packing. Instead, the MC talks to Dane and then Dane points to me. I go over to see what is going on.

Turns out one of the families that had signed up to play in the stage games was just a mother and young son who would be playing against a family of 5 teens!! So the mom (Nikki) and her son (Cole) asked Dane to join their team. I signed the release forms and wished them luck. (Like they could win against 5 teens!!) Thus was born "Team Minotaur."

The first game was "Monster Four," like tic-tac-toe only played with an over sized die. Each color on the die represented something different like change a block to your team color, change a block of your opponents to your team color, or answer a trivia question.

Dane throws the die.

Dane turns a block to red, his team's color.
Dane and Cole listen to a trivia question,
"What is the name of the monster that terrorized Tokyo?"
Dane shouted out, "Godzilla!" The crowd cheered!
Cole turns another block to red! Woo hoo!!
Almost there!

After another roll, Team Minotaur won the game!
Cole and Nikki enjoy the win with Dane!

You can see the red 4 in a row win in this picture of the
MC high fiving the other team.
The other team finished with one blue block only!

The second game was like Hop Scotch only with over stuffed colored die and a color mat. The object was to be the first team down to the end of their mat using the die as in the game before. Cole got to be on the mat while Dane and Nikki rolled the die.
Dana, Mason, & Clark watch the games from the side of the stage.
Cole answered a trivia question, "Where does molten lava come from?" "Volcanoes." We all cheered!!Dane answered another trivia question, "What are the names of the 2 robots in Star Wars?" (That was any easy one for a boy whose brothers are obsessed with Star Wars!!)
With the luck of the die in their favor, Team Minotaur wins again!
High fives all around!!
Since the winner of 2 out of 3 stage games won the prizes, Team Minotaur was sitting pretty!! And it was a good thing! The last game was tough! For this game one team member was blind-folded while the other team members gave them directions on how to put a large piece puzzle together. The first team with a completed puzzle won. Ack! Since Team Minotaur was one mom and two 7 yr olds, Nikki, volunteered to be blind folded.

It was really crazy! Everyone around the stage was shouting directions! I felt badly for Nikki!
Dane and Cole tried hard but Team Minotaur didn't win this game-- but they won the prizes!! Dane got the new Lego game called "Magikus" and Cole got a new game called, "Robo Champ." What great prizes!!
The winning Team Minotaur!
It was super nice (and lucky) that Dane was invited to be a part of that fun experience!

One last pose......... in front of a full size Lego minotaur. We all tried to guess how many Legos it took to make the big guy. Whoever guesses correctly, wins a trip to Legoland in California. Wouldn't that be sweet????

From there we drove out the Barton Creek Mall to go to the new opened Lego Store! Dane spent money he had been saving for a new set of his favorite Lego sets, Power Miners. What a big day for Dane!!

Later that night, I got a text from Nikki that they had been on the news. I remembered seeing a camera man while we were there. Click on the link to see the news clip. They are shown about 25 seconds into it. Dane gives the MC a high five.

Super Cool!!

Hawk Band Parent Night

August 13th was Band Parent Night for the Hawk Band. Burgers and chips were served to the families and then the kids got on the practice field to show us what they had been learning during summer band.

Here is our Hawk trombonist /euphonium, Clark, looking cool in the hat his Uncle Tom gave him!
The kids have been doing a form of jazzercise as a warm up as part of summer band, only they call it "Troycacise" after someone that introduced it to the band programs. They called for parents to go on the practice field to do the warm up with their band kid. Lucky Ed got to be the one from our family. Lucky me got to take some pictures!!
Here is Clark with his section and close ups with the Euphonium.

Next family members were invited to join their band kids on the practice field to try marching. Lucky Mason got to try it this year!

Here is Clark with his section and close ups with the Trombone.

Go Hawk Band!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday with the Limbaughs

Ed woke up Sunday morning and took pictures of sleeping people. Why? I don't know! But here they are!

Sunday, August 8th was actually Papa Charley's real birthday. So, we had a little celebration for him Texas style!

First, his grand kids sang "Happy Birthday" and played mini-horns for him. Clark played his trombone for him.

In place of a cake, we stuck a big candle in Blue Bell Ice Cream's yummy flavor, "Birthday Cake."
Then we headed out back for some pinata fun! All the kids took turns whacking the bull pinata.

Uncle Tom took great pleasure in spinning the older kids around before releasing them to go after the pinata.

But before Mason could get a hit, Ed yanked the rope the bull was tied on too hard and the body broke off! Mason grabbed the body full of candy and ran off! What a funny guy!
Ed tied it all back together somehow and the whacking started again.

After two rounds, the candy was all over the yard! All the kids got a bunch!

Tom, Haley, & Charley had an early evening fight out. We hated to see them go! Don, Myra, Karon, Andy, & Jenny got to spend another night. They drove off Monday morning around 9am. The house seemed so quiet. It was sad to see everyone leave. :-(

But what a great weekend we had! It was fun to visit, hang out, and play games with everyone! And it was fun to celebrate Ed's birthday and Charley's too!