Sunday, November 13, 2011

Band Senior Night

Every year, the Hendrickson Hawk Band holds a "Senior Night" on the last home football game of the year. They recognize the seniors, and their dedication to the band program. One at a time, the seniors come forward to get a hug and letter from the director, followed by hugs and pictures with their family in attendance.

We were thrilled to have our whole family in attendance at Senior Night for Clark. Clark's girl friend, Jessica was there. We even had our fabulous friends show up to support and cheer for him from the stands. (Clark said, looking towards the people in the stands, "Where is the neighborhood?" Ha!)

The band comes marching in!
Clark waits for his name to be called next!
Mr. Gunderson goes in for the hand shake and hug of congratulations.
Clark marched for all 4 years of high school!
Then we go in for our hugs!
Our family pose.
After all the seniors had been recognized, they gathered for a senior group picture.
Awesome night for Seniors, Clark, and the Limbaugh family (and the neighborhood cheering section!)
Congratulations, Clark!!!

Heart Walk

On October 1, 2011, our fabulous group of friends walked the Heart Walk in downtown Austin. We signed up last minute, after we saw Glen on TV promoting the event. You see, that is his job! Glen works for The American Heart Association and is in charge of the Heart Walk. Being the good friends that we are, we rallied to do the walk as a group.

The walk was a 3 mile walk for adults, kids, and pets. It started at 8am on the 1st Street Bridge. We all wore red, had little bits of flare and red "clappers."

We posed for a group pics just before the bridge. We gathered around a piece of "Cow Parade Art," for the pic below, which will be one of 74 cows auctioned off for charity.

Once on the bridge, we warmed up with the crowd.
Ed and Ellie checking out the sights.
Here is Glen, as MC, leading the events of the day!
And we are off.......
A photographer from the AHA took this shot of Dane and Michelle.
Lizzy and Andy.... and the other Andy!!
I tied a balloon on Andy so that people would have an eye level visual to know he was down there. The poor pup got stepped on once and that was once too much!
Nicki, Perry, and Kennedy
Rastafarian Clark
Another Cow Parade Art picture!
Look over our heads! It's a bird, it's a plane, NO! It's the green finish line!
We did it!!!!
We had a great time!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Halloween Night 2011

My favorite holiday of the year?? HALLOWEEN!

The inside of the house was decorated early in October because of Bunco. It was a massive undertaking! Luckily, Ed, Michelle and Lizzy helped out.

I love Halloween and have lots of great stuff to prove it! I have been asked many times by many folks where I keep it all. The answer is- everything, except the light-up pumpkins, go in the closet under the stairs. And you thought it was just for coats and jackets? Nope, that closet actually goes all the way back to the end of the staircase. The light-up pumpkins have their own shelves in the garage.

My favorite decorated room was--- ta daaa--- the guest bathroom! It was the first time I have gone all out in that room. It was so fabulous.... and a bit scary!

With lights on-
With lights off.
A guest bathroom surprise!
The entry way into the living room.
Makes me feel like Alfred Hitchcock has been there!
The hallway behind the living room
filled with bats and pictures of dead family members!
The buffet in the front room holds my black spooky village.
Dane comes in after it is set up and adds Lego accents of
Lego skeleton people, Lego spiders, Lego bats, etc.

Halloween fell on a Monday this year. We had some friends come over for dinner followed by trick-or-treating so we could get an early start and have the sugared up kids to bed at a reasonable time.

The cast of characters pose in our front yard.
Mason and friends trick-or-treated in Kenneth's neighborhood.
Kenneth, Bryan, Jacob, and Mason
Clark, Witchy, and Dane
Lizzy, Bailey, and Dana
Simon, Ian, and Vanessa
Clark and Jessica
Creepy Ian!
Proof that the Texas Rangers got a beating in the World Series!
Thanks for the reminder, Simon!
The front yard decor in the light of day.
All lit up in the spooky dark!

I sat on the front porch, under a black light, next to the animated witch, to hand out candy. If little kids were too scared to come to me, I would take the candy to them. It was fun to see all the costumes and all the reactions to the decor. Lots of adults took pictures of the graveyard with their phones. Four different groups of kids, not counting my own, posed in front of my 21 light-up pumpkins for pictures. So awesome! Made my day!! (As Shannon said, "Lisa lives for that!" Yep, I do!)

As we put the Halloween stuff back in boxes, (including new stuff I picked up during "after Halloween sales") and back in the closet under the stairs, Michelle said, "Lisa, there is no room for new stuff next year." I scoffed! "There is ALWAYS room for more Halloween stuff!!!"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

HPES Halloween Treat

PTO held the annual Halloween Staff Hospitality Event on Oct. 26th, after school, in the library.

This is such a fun event for the PTO and the staff. Parents get to create Halloween inspired dishes and the staff gets to eat them, if they dare!

This year, I was feeling ambitious and created three dishes-
7 Layer Spider Web with tortilla chips,
Moldy Cucumbers (thanks, Paula Dean!),
and Cheese Log Mummy served with crackers.

To feed just under 100 staff, it takes many dishes. Here are pictures of the 4 tables covered with all the yummy food!

The staff loves this event! We love throwing it for them. Here are a few pictures of a few of the staff enjoying their treats.