Sunday, May 30, 2010

Originally uploaded by seanclaes
These birds sure grew fast. About 20 days ago
(click the link to see) they were just baby birds. Now... they are ready to fly away. I hope it's soon... because I need to wash the corner of my back porch... birds poo a lot.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

What's Up?

Happy Saturday. This is my "What's Up?" Dog. A chalk creation from my driveway.
I know it looks more like an elephant... but.. trust me. it's a dog.

Friday, May 28, 2010

This was a big day in the Claes household. Our oldest daughter, Marlee, Graduated from Kindergarten at Negley Elementary School in Kyle. Here's a few photos.

Marlee and her teacher, Mrs. Lisa Corn

Marlee gets her diploma from principal Will Webber.

Here's Mrs. Corn's Class.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Yes, I'm a little excited. Kyle is getting a Chick-fil-A. Not only is this one of my favorite fast-food restaurants, it's one of the first jobs I had when growing up in Laredo.Yep.. I unloaded the truck each week and worked in the kitchen... and it's STILL one of my favorite restaurants.

Back to the Kyle location...I'm considering wandering by there tomorrow morning to see if I'll be one of the first 100 customers... the deal is... the first 100 customers at a new Chick-fil-A establishment get a free meal a week for a year. That's worth it's weight in waffle fries.

I think I'll drive by there later today to see if there's a bunch of "campers."

Here's the details on the first 100 -

For more info on the Kyle Chick-fil-a, visit their Facebook page.

Monday, May 24, 2010

So... last Saturday was the Kyle United Methodist Church garage sale.
Some of the members had a little fun and made a bet.

I picked the most interestingly ugly item in the garage sale (not pictured but it was "stone" urn) and about 11 of us bet on what time it would sell.

The person who guessed closest to the time it'd sell (it sold at 8:02a.. I'd guessed 7:15a) won.

The reward for winning was... the winner got to pick 1 item each from the leftover items at the end of the garage sale to give to each person who was part of the bet. The recipient must then PROMINENTLY display said item in their home for not less than 1 month.

Here's 5 photos of people who didn't win and the things they must now have displayed in their home.
Yes.. that's me with the dragon hand-toy.

Good times.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Kyle United Methodist Church's Garage Sale is ON right now. Until Noon... Come on out.
I'll be there.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Righteous Brisket
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This is the band Righteous Brisket @ Plum Creek's Front Porch Days 2010. I reviewed their new release "Butcher's Brew" on my "writing blog" called Notes From The Cubicle. I am currently reviewing an Austin-based Band's CD each week for a year. This was Week 37. You can read all about my 52 Austin CD Reviews in 52 Weeks.. and see Weeks 1-37 by clicking here.

Or here:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Garage Sale this Saturday at Kyle United Methodist Church.

(I made this flier.. and took the photo of our New Life Center.)

The KUMC is located on Lockhart Street...
Location: One block off Center Street in Kyle. From IH-35, exit #213. Go West onto Center Street (the main street, also called RR-150) toward downtown Kyle. Take a right onto N. Nance Street, then a left onto West Lockhart Street. Our sanctuary is the brown, brick building, with our Family Life Center located next to it.
See you there?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Our kickball tournament was rained out.... so the final standings for the season was what the Kyle PARD used to declare the winner of the Spring 2010 Season. This is a photo of the two members of the 1st place co-ed team Kegs and Legs.

The team I play on, Pray Ball, ended upi taking 3rd place... which is the best we've done thus far. We've played 3 "seasons." The Summer league is coming up... and we're going to be playing again.

In the woman's league, the team that took top honors was Showtime.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I think it's a message

I think it's a message
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Saw this written on a playground in Plum Creek. Thought it was funny... Caden.. you've been requested.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Last year some birds made their home on my back porch. I took this photo in June 2009. When the birds flew away, I took the nest down. About a month ago I saw a nest beginning to form at the same place. I'm going to guess that this "mamma bird" was one of the baby birds in last year's photo.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Texas Pie Company
202 W. Center, Kyle, Texas 78640

If you look closely, you'll see a cat on the roof. Apparently there's an apartment behind the big slice of pie and the deck has a drainage hole the cats can fit through. They are in no danger. This proves...even cats like pie.

While you're here....

IS ANYONE ELSE DOING THE Daily Mugshot? It's pretty neat. A photo a day... today I took photo #165.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Beware of the Jellyfish
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
While at home taking care of a 3 and 6 year old... I've been honing my sidewalk chalk drawing skills.

Yes, I'm "between jobs" right now.. so if anyone knows any openings in the Austin/Kyle/New Braunfels area for a writer/creative/copywriter please shoot me a message. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kyle PARD co-ed kickball
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This past Friday my team PRAY BALL from the Kyle United Methodist Church had a double-header. 6:30 and 8:30... so I hung out and watched the 7:30 game... here's a shot I got of the RUBBER BUSTERS (kicking) vs. GOT BALLS?.

This weekend is the Tournament.
So... if you head out to Gregg-Clarke Park this Saturday and Sunday May 15-16.. you'll see a bunch of great people hanging out and watching some great kickball. It's really a neat community.

Oh.. and if you want to play next season... visit

If you don't have a team.. they may be able to place you with one.

Monday, May 10, 2010

After the Old Kyle City Hall Grand Re-Opening, the kids and I went to Mel D's Shaved Ice for a nice cool snowcone. We met Mel and she made me this awesome rainbow snowcone. The shop is located right next to the Pawn Shop on Burleson... in a little building directly across from the police department.

I got cherry/blueberry/pineapple (Mel is holding it above) and it was awesome.

Harper had the Blueberry (and she only wore a little bit of it)

Marlee was all about the bubblegum flavored one. She was NOT sharing either.

We hung out in the Kyle Square as the kiddos finished their treats.

About the best use for a couple of bucks I've had in a long time.

Mel D's Shaved Ice
102 N Burleson St, 
Kyle, TX 78640
Here's a map

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I went to the Grand Re-Opening of the Renovated Old Kyle City Hall yesterday. It's looking really great.
It will be the home of the Kyle Area Seniors. Neat.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen... my daughter.. BLONDEZILLA!
(at the kickball fields last night)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Washers Tournament @ Plum Creek's Front Porch Days 2010 (Kyle, Texas)

Had fun this past Sunday at Plum Creek's Front Porch Days. This was the washers tourney hosted by the Kyle United Methodist Church. I have 4 shots I took at Front Porch Days in this week's Hays Free Press... neat.

Monday, May 03, 2010

A few days ago I promised some gravestone photos from the Kyle Cemetery...

Here's 2 from Marlee (Age 6)

And here's a couple I took.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

This photo is by Jay West. It's from a past Front Porch Days celebration in the Plum Creek neighborhood. The yearly festival is today from 11-4p.

I wrote a story for it that ran in this weeks Hays Free Press -

I also wrote onr that ran in this week's Kyle-Buda Eagle -


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