Saturday, April 30, 2011
We met up at the back of our elementary school around 8pm. There is a big open field and a big play scape back there. It is a great place for what we were doing.
Each guest brought a dozen filled egg (or more) and a flashlight per kid. The Limbaugh's brought 7 dozen confetti eggs. We also had a "prize table" and eggs that had a slip of paper inside that said, "prize."
After the adults hid the eggs, the kids were divided up by age. We let the littlest hunters get a head start and worked our way up to the oldest teens letting them go a few minutes apart.
The coolest thing was watching the flashlights move around the field!!! Nicki got a COOL picture!!
After all the eggs had been gathered, the kids opened their loot. There was some yummy candy and some neat toys inside. And I am happy to say that the kids that scored the most "prize eggs" shared with the kids that didn't. In the end, every single kiddo got to pick a prize. Love it!
It was soooooo much fun! The teens and the youngest kids all had a blast. I can see this becoming a regular Limbaugh event!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
From the Park Crest Middle School Band directors- I have high lighted some parts about Mason and his band. Congratulations, Mason!
The Park Crest Puma Band program has had a very successful
UIL/Solo and Ensemble season!
Our 7th and 8th graders participated in the annual UIL Concert and Sight Reading contest in March. Our Symphonic Band earned a rating of Excellent, both on stage and in sight reading. Honor Band earned a rating of Superior on stage, as well as in sight reading. The Wind Ensemble earning a rating of Excellent on stage and Superior in sight reading.
This last weekend, our annual Solo and Ensemble contest was held here at Park Crest. Out of our 286 band members, 275 students from grades 6-8 played a solo for a judge. 231 of those students earned a Superior rating and received a medal. 37 of those students earned an Excellent rating and received a ribbon. This was the FIRST contest for our sixth graders and they were fearless!!!
Outstanding solo awards were awarded to:
6th Grade: Adam Beckstram (percussion), Cheryl Ocampo (flute), Anna Salcedo (clarinet), Daniel Stacey (trumpet), Joseph Van (trombone), and Devin Walton (saxophone)
7th Grade: Brandon Davey (saxophone), Mason Limbaugh (saxophone), Jessica Martinez (percussion), Taylor Peterson (flute), and Paige Ricke (oboe)
8th Grade: Jessica Brown (flute), Thomas Bui (clarinet), Erica Donnelly (piano), Megan Kemp (percussion), Jordan Luevano-Fanely (trumpet), Sarah Scott (clarinet), and Tradaisa Smith (euphonium)
Outstanding Ensemble award goes to: Erica Donnelly and Tradaisa Smith
This weekend, our students that attended UIL will be competing at the Southern Star Music Festival in Corpus Christi. Our 21 hour day will include a performance from all 3 outstanding groups, time at the beach, and a sunset dolphin watching cruise.
Mr. Lucio and Miss Pinner are very proud of their hard-working, young musicians!
Monday, April 25, 2011
That night, the girls took me to the Texan Cafe in Hutto for dinner and pie! Yum! We ended up at Super Target! How awesome is that?
On Thursday night, we all went to Schlotzsky's for birthday dinner. It was also the Highland Park Spirit night so we were able to hang with friends that night too.
Then on Saturday night, the big event! Mom came over to watch the boys while Ed and I, and friends, went to Spaghetti Warehouse for a Murder Mystery Dinner! This time, I took my camera!
The Murder Mystery was called, The Linguine Code. The 5 actors performed the mystery while we were served dinner. At the end, the guests were challenged to figure out "who dunnit!"
The actors in character-
Isabella Luna & Frederico Fillipo
The food- Well, Ed's food, anyway!Besides myself, there were two other girls celebrating their birthdays. We were called up and serenaded with a very short birthday song!
It was a fun night, good food, and great friends! And I am proud to say that my whole table solved the mystery correctly! And 4 of us were recognized by name for our great detective work! I have awesomely smart friends!
This evening was special for another reason as well. You see, the building that Spaghetti Warehouse has been in since 1974, was sold and the iconic Austin restaurant has to move . I have fond memories of this place. As a kid, I had an "Old Spaghetti Warehouse" T-shirt. Many family events and celebrations were held here over my life time. Ed and my wedding rehearsal dinner was held here in 1993! And my boys love this place. We celebrated Mason's rock camp concert with a meal here last summer. So, we took a couple of pictures in and around the restaurant for memory sake.
As it turned out, the restaurant was supposed to stay open through Easter Sunday. Instead, we learned upon arrival that the people at the Murder Mystery Dinner would be the last people to eat at this restaurant ever. Apparently, the entire kitchen staff, save one, quit on Saturday morning forcing the closure 2 days early. Luckily, our dinner event was not canceled!
Inside the lobby-
Inside the entrance to the main seating area-
Inside the trolley car that sits in the middle of the restaurant-
Goodbye Spaghetti Warehouse! I hope you find another location in which to reopen!
My birthday week came to a full circle on Sunday with the New Braunfels family coming up to celebrate with me. We went out for birthday dinner to the Golden Wok. Yumm! I love the Pad Thai with combo meat and a crispy spring roll!
So here I am at another year of age. Since I count backwards now, I am happy to tell you all that I turned 36 this year! Happy birthday to me, Spring Chicken that I am!!
Here is a newspaper article about the Murder Mystery.
In The Linguini Code, competing pasta makers are engaged in a comical tale of industrial espionage, and a race for the “holy grain” of pasta. Clandestine maneuvering suddenly becomes secondary when a murder takes place. The audience is challenged to solve the murder, and must also solve a few word puzzles that complete the solution.
Here is a newspaper article about the history of Spaghetti Warehouse-
“The Austin location was the third one in the chain’s history. Opened in 1974, and built in 1902, it used to be a grocery warehouse, and during prohibition, was a brothel. Two chandeliers from New York City’s Penn Station reside there as well as the original box office from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California.”
Sunday, April 24, 2011
| The giant octopus sand thing with all the sponsors. |
It tasted good.
Made of concrete...
Monday, April 18, 2011
Just starting out. Dane's red Dragon kite is soars upwards (center, top) just as Dana's kite swoops low, nearly dive bombing into the ground (yellow blur, lower left corner).
Dana gets the wind up under hers and it begins to climb.
The best part? No moms.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Next stop, bicycle registration. P'ville's very own Police Chief, Chuck Hooker, reads the serial number from Dane's bike for the registration records.
Next up, proper stopping technique. Dane gets a high-five from his police reviewer for demonstrating the proper hand signal and stopping correctly at the sign.