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Friday, December 31, 2010

Monday Night Wrestling

December 20th the Limbaugh men plus one lovely lady went to see the Monday Night RAW wrestling event at the Frank Erwin Center in downtown Austin, Texas. Mason got 4 tickets to the show for his birthday back in October. We took our friend Emma from just around the corner because she's a huge wrestling fan. For better or worse, though, Emma and Mason had conflicting wrestling affiliations, so the night had a lot of interesting back-and-forth's between the two over who was the better wrestler. Mason favors the Nexus team (the big N) who wrestle against Emma's favorite, John Cena. Although Nexus did not participate in this particular wrestling event, there were plenty of other wrestlers for Mason to root for!


Emma and Mason show their posters before we leave for the event.

The flip side of the posters.

The boys and Emma as we settle in for the show.

We were right there! There were only about 7 rows between us and the ring!

An "I was there" snapshot before the main event!
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The show is about to start. Cameras fly by overhead!

The first few wrestlers go at it!

And he's pinned!

Grins all around at a great show. The crowd really began to fill in as the main event got underway.

John Cena fires up the crowd during 1 of the 8 really good matches that night! You can see the show on the big screen even as it happens in the ring in front of you.

Some playful teasing after Emma's man won the match!

We watched some really great entertainment that night. I had a lot more fun than I expected to have. It was a tremendously fun production with lots of shouts, cat calls, cheering, and booing. We saw villains and good guys alike get tossed around in the ring. It was 3 hours of jam-packed fun. I hope Mason got everything he wanted for his birthday!





Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winter Party Fun

So I was up at Dane's school on the Winter Party Day. Dane's class had a breakfast party and book exchange. Here they are doing their thing-

Breakfast consisted of doughnuts, pigs-in-a-blanket, fruit and juice. The kids got to eat with their friends and just be social.
Next was the book exchange. Mrs Kimbell read a book called "Auntie Clause" to the class. Every time she read the word "Auntie Clause," the kids passed their wrapped book to the right. At the end of the story, what ever book you had in your hand, you got to unwrap and keep.

Reading
Passing
Unwrapping

Dane was an unhappy boy when he unwrapped his book. It was a low reader book, well below his reading level- and he knew it instantly thanks to the "level 2" written on the corner of the cover! He fought the tears as the class lined up to go to gym. But isn't funny how things work out sometimes?

I had gone around the school snapping pictures for the yearbook. When I was finished, I went back to pick up my tray from the breakfast in Dane's classroom. Another 2nd grade teacher popped in the class looking for books because a few of her students forgot to bring books for their book exchange.

I offered up the book Dane had opened, knowing he would not miss it at all, and planned to give him a replacement book from a stash I had gathered for him for Christmas. Just to be sure he knew what was going on, I went down to the gym to tell him what I had done.

I pulled him out to the hall and told him about giving his book away and that I had a surprise book waiting at home for him. He was totally fine with it. We went back into the gym. About that time, Coach I said, "Mrs Limbaugh, if you can hang around for a few minutes, you will see some thing fun." Who can leave with that golden carrot danging over their head?

Coach I picked one boy and one girl from each of the 3 classes in the gym. She grouped the rest of the kids and had them in separate lines. Dane and Emma were picked from his class so they went into in the middle of the gym. Coach I put on some Christmas music and the kids got to work "decorating" kid trees. It was fun to watch and fun for the kids to do!

Next, the class joined hands and danced around the kid trees to the festive song, "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree."

When I picked up Dane from school later that afternoon, I had a brand new "Captain Underpants" book waiting for him. He was a happy boy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dane's Music Program

On Tuesday of last week, the 2nd graders of HPES put on a Holiday Music Program. They sang songs about several holiday celebrations. It was a cute show, and they did a great job of it!

Their first performance was at 8:45am. The audience was made up of kindergarten classes and 1st grade classes plus parents that could make it there at that morning hour. I took pictures at this performance.

Dane is the only kid in a Santa hat.
That makes him easy to spot!

The hand jive, baby!
This next segment is called the "Many Faces of Dane." I had my telephoto out and could get in nice and close. He cracks me up with the faces he made while he was singing and while waiting in between songs!

And ta-da! The program is over!
Oh, joy!
The evening performance started at 6:30pm. Dane had a great crowd show up to listen and watch him. Grandad and Grandlally drove in from New Braunfels. Nanny drove over from North Austin. Lizzy rode over with me from the neighborhood. Ed drove straight over from work.

These pictures are some that Grandad took with his camera. (Thanks for sending them to me to use on the blog!)
Lizzy, Sarah, and Dane
After the program

After the program, we went to Pecan Street Grill in downtown Pflugerville for dinner. We had the three silly kids, in the picture above, with us. They sat at their own table right next to us. They had a fun time hanging out together!

Austin Zoo

Last weekend, we Limbaugh's and the Cantu's went to the Austin Zoo in Austin. We had purchased family passes on Livingsocial.com so we headed out to use them before they expired. We made it by3 days! Whew!

I took lots of pictures despite the bright sun and cool temperatures! We even took picnic lunches out to make a leisurely day of it! It was a nice afternoon!

Have you ever heard a Peacock call? It sounds like they are saying "help" in a high pitched voice. The peacocks at the Austin Zoo were roaming free and were not afraid to get up close! They sure are pretty though!

Bags of food came with the family deal. So we headed over to the goats and sheep for some slobbery fun! Yuck!!

Mason was too cool to feed the animals but he asked for a picture with a giant cement Rooster!
At the turtle enclosure-
Almost everyone-
And everyone-
(except me and Shannon)
We rode the train through the Hill Country. It was so cold in the shaded parts! brrr!
Walking to the train-
Waiting for the train-
After lunch we walked through the last section of the zoo. Here Clark and Jessica are involved in a conversation.
I see lions and tigers and bears, oh, my!
Here are some of my favorite animal shots of the day.

That all, folks!