Monday, October 31, 2011

It was another great year at the Kyle Pumpkin Patch.
Every year for the last 6 years the Kyle United Methodist Church hosts the city of Kyle's only pumpkin patch. Here's a few shots I got during the month.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


DSCF1626.JPG by seanclaes
DSCF1626.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This was at the 2011 Kyle Fair and Music Festival (October 15, 2011).

This kid nailed it. He dunked this police officer 3 times. As you can see... the officer is in mid-dunk here.

It was $1 for 3 balls... and I think this kid got $3 worth.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Car Wash :30

Car Wash :30 by seanclaes
Car Wash :30, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

My girls told me I needed to wash my car. So.. I did. Today's artsy-fartsy photo is brought to you by HEB Plus! Car Wash in Kyle, Texas.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My 7 year-old daughter took this picture with my iPhone...

Between September and October I took part in a community weight loss challenge that was hosted by Kyle Nutrition. Coaches Nicholas Skific and Karen Cotton were on hand to give advice and help us on our weight loss journey. It cost me $25 to join, we met every Tuesday for weigh-in and class. As the "biggest loser" at the end of 8 weeks I made $250 cash.

What did I do?
Nothing secret. I changed my diet (logged everything I ate and drank in so I could really keep track of my calories), and exercised every day at lunch from work. When I ate out, I mostly had salad (McDonalds has a decent salad... who knew?).

Many of the people in the challenge used and has success using Herbalife. Both coaches are distributors. You can probably see more of that on I chose not to use the products.

They are going to be holding another challenge beginning in November. It will be the first Tuesday in November (11/1/11) and they meet at Elite Bodyworks in Kyle (4100 Everett, Suite 200, Kyle, 78640 by the Hays CISD PAC) at either 9:30am or 7:15pm (two times). It costs $25 to enter. Even if you don't want to use the Herbalife products, the coaches will do a great job of helping you keep on track... at least they did for me.

For information on the next challenge (I think they do several a year... so if you missed this one, e-mail to see if it's happening again) e-mail the coaches:

Karen Cotton:
Personal Wellness Coach

Nicholas Skific -
Personal Wellness Coach

Or call Nicholas at: 512-775-4105

Monday, October 24, 2011

DSCF1683.JPG by seanclaes
DSCF1683.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
Los Texas Wranglers played the Kyle Fair and Music Festival on Saturday 10/15/11. They took some time to take a few band shots with me backstage. Very cool.

If you're in Kyle on November 5, they are going to be playing (a free show) the Dia De Los Muertos show. It's going to be a big street fair in downtown Kyle from noon - 6p.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Honeyborwne @ 2011 Kyle Fair and Music Festival

Austin band Honeybrowne plays Friday Night of the Kyle Fair and Music Festival on October 14, 2011.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Casa Garcia's #5  (Kyle, TX) by seanclaes
Casa Garcia's #5 (Kyle, TX), a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
Tried Casa Garcia's for the first time last night. Walked in and was really impressed with the decor. Plus they have a "tortilla lady" who makes 'em fresh to send out to your table. The tortillas were very good.

I'm not sure if I'll be back though, since the rest of the food was average to below expectations and we've got legions of Mexican Restaurants in Kyle to choose from and this one doesn't make the top 5 for me.

Casa Garcia's
5401 South FM 1626
Ste 300
Kyle, TX 78640

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DSCF1272.JPG by seanclaes
DSCF1272.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
Saturday was a BUSY day in Kyle. We had a fantastic parade through the center of town that started at the park and ended at the square... where we had cake and sang Happy Birthday to Kyle.

This shot is probably my favorite from the parade. It's the Hay's Rebel's Cheerleaders.. but I caught this one in mid flip. She landed it perfectly...FYI.

Here's the link to all my parade shots: Sean Claes' 2011 Kyle Parade Photos

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Kyle United Methodist Church has about 500 pumpkins to choose from... and the prices range from 50 cents to $20.

And there are some BIG ONES for under $20.

408 W. Lockhart Street in Kyle.
http://www.kyleumc.orghas a link w/ directions.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Luna La Muerta

DSCF0511.JPG by seanclaes
DSCF0511.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This was my family's entry into the scarecrow contest at the Hootenanny on the Hill. Her name is/was Luna La Muerta. We won 1st place for spookiest. Rock on.

Friday, October 07, 2011

This Saturday (October 8, 2011) from 11a-6p is the annual Kyle Fire Department Fish Fry. get info/directions at

$8 per ticket (kids 12 and under eat free)
There will also be a Silent Auction, Bake Sale and Blood Drive

Hope you can make it... because they make fried catfish.... and they make it awesome.

This is a shot I got from last year.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Friday is the Hootenanny on the Hill in the Plum Creek Neighborhood. If you're in Kyle... c'mon out. Click the link to learn more... there's A LOT to do... from a wildflower seed and stomp to a BBQ contest, to live music, to a Pet Fest at the dog park... and more...

My favorite part about the Hootenanny is the Scarecrow making contest. My family has done it every year. I won't tell you what this year's attempt will be.. but I will share our scarecrow entries since it began... in 2006.

2006 brought this broom-headed masterpiece.

Snowy the Scarecrow
In 2007 we went for "Snowy The Scarecrow."

Mr. Rocker
This one is called "Mr. Rocker." He was our 2008 entry.

Hay Mon - The Claes Family Scarecrow
"Hay Mon" was our 2009 scarecrow. I used a kickball for the head.

Plum Creek Neighborhood 2010 Scarecrows
2010 was "Count Trashcula"

So... there's no telling what 2011's will be. Well.. I could tell you.. but I won't.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Barton Word Building

This is going to be the new home of the Hays Free Press (Our weekly newspaper). Upstairs will be 4 apartments. I'm shooting from across the street, the town square w/ the old City Hall behind me.


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