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Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Recital


Tonight was Dane's Spring Piano Recital. His piece was called, "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" from the Lion King Movie. He wore his crown for a little royal flair!


I didn't get any still shots because I video taped Dane playing on my camera. 
 
Not bad for a mere 7 months of lessons! Notice he has the music in front of him but he is playing strictly from memory. He has the music gene in him like his brothers and mother! :-)

Amazing Jonathan

I was driving home about 2 weeks ago when I heard the tail end of a radio commercial for the local comedy club. I called Ed and left a message that said, "I think I just heard a commercial that said Amazing Jonathan is coming to Austin. But that can't be. He has a permanent stage show in Vegas." Nonetheless, the first thing in the door, I looked up the comedy club web site and sure enough I had heard correctly! I was sooooooo excited! I immediately got on the phone and bought tickets.

You see, we have seen Amazing Jonathan and his side kick, Psychic Tanya, on TV many times. Amazing Jonathan is a comedic magician who is raw and edgy. Tanya is a ditsy blonde assistant. I am a fan just from his TV performances. Actually, Ed and I are fans.

I asked the gal that took my ticket order, how they got him to come to Austin. He hasn't left Vegas in 5 or 6 years. She said he was coming as part of the 1st ever "Moon Tower Comedy Fest" and that they had to jump through hoops and call in favors to get him here. No doubt!

We had tickets for the Friday night 10:30 show. We went to dinner at Macaroni Grill before hand. During the meal, I was very excited. All I could say was that I wanted a picture with Amazing Jonathan! And guess what, I GOT THREE!!!  Woo-hoo!

While we were in the bar area waiting for the earlier show to get out, Nicki asked a guy that they know who works there, about getting a meet and greet. He told her to get that you had to have bought the $800 VIP all fest pass. Whatever! In the next 15 mins the first show let out. To get to the exit they had to pass through the bar area. In the middle of the bar was a merchandise table. Guess who came out to the table to sign autographs? Guess who had brought a little point and shoot camera and cut the line to ask for a picture? Did you doubt me?? lol
I was so giddy at this point! I could barely contain myself!
So all the girls went back for a group pic!
Not to be out done, Ed went in for a pic with Tanya!
Jonathan didn't even notice! Ha!
Since I had purchased reserved seating, we had GREAT seats! We were center stage, two tables back.
On the stage-
Here is the group waiting for the show to start. Only one of these pics has the grouping correct but we are all buds so what the heck!
 
 
  
 The show was so flipping funny! I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe at times! Other times, I was laugh crying! Seeing them live was 10x better than watching them on TV. Vegas, anyone??

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Picnic Party


Mom and Ed organized a picnic-cookout party in Mom's neighborhood park on Bull Creek. 
It was a beautiful day in a beautiful location.

While Ed and Cecil got the grilling under way,
there was some badminton playing,
 
  
some croquet playing,
 
 some tree climbing,
and some rock jumping.
Along with human guests, we had some k-9 guests!
Rajah
Ellie
Bon-Bon
and Andy.
Time for food,
relaxing,
and more picture taking!
Cake time! 
Well, peach cobbler and strawberry Big Red cake time!
 Let the games begin! Again! Hit that birdie!
 
 
 Hula Hoop anyone? Go, Michael!
 
 We got out a new game called Bocci Ball. Way fun!

After a few guests left, a few of us sat by the water and chatted. 
I took some nature shots.
We watched some fly fishing.
 
 We watched some wild animals, too!
Happy birthday to ME!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mary Poppins

For an early birthday celebration, the gang and I went to a Broadway Musical of Mary Poppins at the Bass Concert Hall.

Using Nicki's phone camera, we got a couple of pictures.

The girls
Nicki, me, Mary Poppins, Michelle, and Shannon
The gang
Andy, Michelle, Shannon, Mom, Me, Ed, Sharky, and Nicki
The front stage curtain.

The show didn't follow the movie. Initially, I was disappointed but after I let that go, I enjoyed the show for what it was. They had amazing sets, great dancing, and good songs also not in the movie.

My personal favorite verse from the show comes from a song called, "Anything Can Happen (if you let it)."
The verse is-
"If you reach for the stars
All you get are the stars
But we've found a whole new spin
If you reach for the heavens
You get the stars thrown in"

It was a fun night with great friends and a good show! Happy early birthday to me- yay!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Spring Babies

It seems our front yard trees make for great nest spots. Again this Spring, we had a mother stoically sitting on eggs in the tree closest to the drive way. This mother dove never minded us as we checked on her every few days.

Yesterday, when Dane and I checked, we were thrilled to find two heads instead of one. We ran inside to grab the camera and a small ladder. To our delight, we discovered two babies looking back at us! (click on photos to see them in full size)
We will keep checking on them until they fly away but for now, they are our Spring babies!