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Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall Choir Concert

Dane and the Krimmel Men's Intermediate Choir had their first performance of the school year on Oct 6th. It was a short concert consisting of each choir performing one song. Dane's Choir sang an African chant song. It was done very well.

As you can see from the pictures, we were not close to the front but I still managed to get 2 decent shots. Dane is back row just to the left of Mr. Green.
 
I got a couple of choir bud shots as the boys waited for the concert to begin. Don't they look handsome in their sparkly vests?

Shogun Birthday

Mason's birthday and Wayne's (Grandad) birthday are 2 days apart. So we all met up in Pflugerville at the Shogun Restaurant to celebrate their special days.

Here are the birthday boys.
 And here are the presents!
 Food time!
It is fun to watch the chefs cook on the hibachi grills.
 Fire!
 The birthday boys try to catch a piece of cooked egg in their mouth. Success!
 "It's your birthday!" 
"No, it's your birthday!"
 Make a wish!
 Group shot!
lf to rt- Bren, Roger, Dane, Ed, Lally, Wayne, Lisa, Mason, Hayden, Sebastian, John, Laurie
Grandad and Dane goof around with birthday hats.
 Uncle Jon gets in on the fun, Madonna style.
 Good food, good fun, good company.
Happy birthday boys!


Mason couldn't wait to get his present from Grandad and Grandlally on his car so he started working on his new bike rack in the restaurant parking lot.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Senior Portraits

On Saturday, October 3rd, we drove down to Pflugerville to take Mason to his senior portrait sitting. I snapped a few shots of the occasion with my cell phone.

This is what we have to look forward to....
 Can't wait to see the actual photos!

In the meantime, one of my sideline shots reminded me of Mason's grandad's senior photo. 
What do you think?

Mason turns 18

October 1st was a big day for Mason! 
He turned 18 big ones! Woohoo!
Adorable!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hawks March

On August 26th, we drove to Cedar Park to watch Mason and the Hawk Band compete in the Bands of America Marching Contest. There was a total of twenty-two bands in the contest, and we all had to suffer through the hot and sunny day!

 The Hawks line up on the side of the field ready to perform this year's marching show entitled, "Lost."
Starting position makes the shape of a compass.

 Four ships sail off in each direction.
 Mason is center and second row to the back in this photo.
 Another couple of full band shots.

 After their performance, the entire band and color guard gathered for a group photo. 
That was a lot of hot and sweaty kids!
 After the group photo, we snuck a moment to hug on Mason and Joel.
Results- Ten bands make finals. The Hawks placed 3rd in their division earning them a place in the finals. Yay! 

The Hawks performed again that evening in finals. (It was much cooler and more pleasant to be in the audience this time. Whew!) We watched all 10 bands perform their hearts out. Great music and great shows by some of the finest marching bands in Texas.

Finally, at 10:30pm, it was announcement time. All ten bands lined up in super cool fashion to hear the results.
 Go Navy & Silver!
 Hendrickson placed 6th out of 10. They did very well for the first competition of the year! Very proud of them!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Peter Pan 360

I found a discount ticket website called "Gold Star." So far we have used it twice to purchase play tickets. For the play "Dogfight," our 1/2 price tickets netted us 3rd row center seats. For "Peter Pan 360," we were on Row L, which seems high up until you factor in that the actors spend time on wires to fly about. As it turned out, our 1/2 price seats were great because in this "theater in the round," there were no bad seats. Score again!

Dane and I were excited to see this performance after reading several complementary reviews. We had a chance to get a photo in front of the play screen.

About this photo- Dane says he is smiling on the inside. He was more focused on getting popcorn than smiling. Ha!
The pre-show consisted of sea chanteys. What do you do with a drunken sailor?
These guys were really good and we found ourselves singing along. 
It was very cool to see the 360 projection moving on the walls around us as the characters were suspended in mid air. The effect made you feel as if your were indeed watching someone flying. 

Tinker Bell, Micheal, Peter Pan, Wendy, and John fly through the air.
 Captain Hook and the his men plotting to get Peter Pan.
Forgive the quality of the photos. These were taken on a cell phone.

My review: This 360 play was a visual treat. Just gorgeous. It stayed true to the original story. The use of minimal props and rotating holes in the stage floor was genius. The 360 projections brought it to a new level of theater experience for us.

"Living is an adventure!" -Peter Pan

After the show Dane and I tried out a place new to us called, "Jus' Mac." You guessed it. A macaroni and cheese restaurant. Yum, yum!

Dane ordered the "Chili Cheese Mac." (Chili, beans, and cheese topped with Fritos)
 I ordered the "Cheese and Chong Mac." (Chicken, mushrooms, pesto, topped with french fried onions.)
Good stuff!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

UNT Football

On September 19th, Ed, Dane, and I drove to Denton for an afternoon football game with Clark and Briana. UNT versus Rice. We were all decked out in out Mean Green gear and ready to cheer. Mason and Joel drove up from Pflugerville to go with us. Caw!

It was hot and humid outside but we muscled (and "Poweraided") through it.
 We got the Mean Green Spirit!
 While UNT did score, the win went to Rice. 38 to 24. Oh, well. 
We enjoyed the fun, flags, and band just the same.
After the game, we met up with my Symank cousins Russell, Pam, and Stephen at Chuy's for dinner. It was great to catch up with them and cool off in air conditioning.
 After dinner, everyone headed back home. 
It was a long hot day but we were happy to hang with our kids.