Monday, November 12, 2012


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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.


They are like computers but without a monitor and a printer built in.


Found these at a garage sale in Kyle, Texas.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Welcome to Texas.

Need a car? Got a gun? Cash Box Motors in Kyle has got you covered.

I'm not sure... but I think they also own the pawn shop around the corner... so that MAY explain the sign. :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kyle's Pumpkin Patch 2012

Kyle's Pumpkin Patch 2012 by seanclaes
Kyle's Pumpkin Patch 2012, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

If you're in or near Kyle, Texas this weekend, come on out to the Kyle Pumpkin Patch located at the Kyle United Methodist Church.

They've got a great sale going on until October 30. No more than $5 for any size pumpkin. They've got an overrun of pumpkins and they'd rather see them go to a good home than leftover.

Visit the Facebook event for more information (including times of operation):

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kyle Fair and Music Festival - BBQ Contest

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DSCF1537.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This weekend is the Kyle Fair and Music Festival in Kyle, Texas. It happens the same weekend as the Founder's Day Parade (Kyle was Founded in October 1880.

What better way to celebrate than 3 days of carnival, BBQ Contest (I get to judge this year), a parade, 5k (I'm running it), and music festival?

It's true. Kyle, Texas IS Simply Charming.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kyle Pumpkin Patch - 2012

Kyle Pumpkin Patch - 2012 by seanclaes
Kyle Pumpkin Patch - 2012, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

the KUMC begins selling pumpkins October 14, 2012.

Kyle United Methodist Church
408 W. Lockhart
Kyle, Texas 78640

I took all of the photos in this flyer... the "sweet pea" is my now 5 year old. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday, October 08, 2012

A "shot" of communion - 10/7/12

Thanks to my neighbor Jenni, my 5 year old takes communion like she's taking a shot. Yes.. this is actually during communion. I sing in the praise band... so I propped my cameraphone up just above the music stand to catch this.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

HEB - Save on gas

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Yeah... it's worth getting a gift card to save on gas.... in Kyle, Texas.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Hanging with the Mayor and Judge

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

We went to the 2012 North Hays Community Expo at the Performing Arts Center in Kyle. We ran into Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson (left) and Judge Beth Smith (right). So... my kiddos took a photo with them.

This may be the only time I'm cool with saying my kids stood before the judge.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Flea Market - Kyle Texas

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Took the kiddos to the Kyle Flea Market this past Saturday. It was a rainy day and I wanted to give the kids a little adventure.

It was pretty neat. I hadn't been inside there for a few years. Yes, it was smokey and smelled like funk in some areas, but overall a really pleasant experience.

Kyle Flea Market
Open 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday and Sundays Only
Exit 213 S IH 35 on the West Side
1119 N. Old Hwy 81
Kyle, TX. 78640

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


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Moo., a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This ginormous cow is at the front of the brand new Walgreens in Kyle, Texas.

The Walgreens opened in the last 2 weeks. The big sale I found when we went was Blue Bell 1/2 gallon ice cream for $3.99.

My belly full of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream is happy about that.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Obama Punched Romney!

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Right in the nose, too.
We stopped in at Kyle's newest business, a Walgreens, and found these masks. I thought it'd be a funny shot to get the kiddos wearing them and acting like they were fighting.

My 5 year old punched my 8 year old right in the nose. Still kind of funny. :)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We owned that pool.

Last Saturday night we had My neighborhood's (Plum Creek) pool to ourselves. Ahhh.

I guess most folks assume the pools are closed for the winter. It was relaxing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Communion at Kyle UMC

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DSCF6873.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

I was taking a few photos and video at the Kyle United Methodist Church last Sunday... and I caught this shot of communion.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Claiborne Kyle Log House - Supporters

Kyle Log House Supporters by seanclaes
Kyle Log House Supporters, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
Constable James Kohler, City Council members Becky Selbera and David Wilson, Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson at the Claiborne Kyle Log House Fried Chicken Dinner.

The Fried Chicken Dinner happens on the 4th Saturday of September each year. It is a fundraiser for the upkeep of the Claiborne Kyle Log House.

More about the Claiborne Log House -

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Casa Maria - In Kyle

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Casa Maria recently opened in Kyle, Texas.

The best thing about this place is the Panderia that is attached to the restaurant.

My wife is VERY excited that they have Tres Leches cake for sale by the slice.

I'm a fan of the OREJAS (flaky cookies that kind of look like pig ears)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012


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The girls went to a mermaid themed birthday party recently. Neat towel/tails!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My daughter made stromboli!

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
On Monday, my 8 year-old daughter made a stromboli for dinner... and a side salad.

My wife blogged about it on her "Say A Mouthful" food blog. Here's the link if you care to read:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stream @ Texas Old Town

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DSCF5469.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This is located at an event center in Kyle, Texas by the name of Texas Old Town.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Big Red-arita in Kyle

This was what my wife ordered at Casa Garcia's in Kyle at dinner last night. It's a margarita with a Big Red sunk into it.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

School Supply Drive in Kyle

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
Hope & Love 4 Kids hosts an annual school supply drive in the Kyle Community. This is the donation spot at the Kyle United Methodist Church.

Visit to find out where all of the donation areas are... and what school supplies are being collected. The information in on page 4 of the Newsletter PDF that you can download via the site (or here).

Friday, August 03, 2012

Not Just BBQ Plates

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

The decor at Railroad BBQ in Kyle, Texas. They've got license plates all over the restaurant. Some are vanity plates. How many words can you find?

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Swim Classes

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

My girls are taking swim classes at the Kyle Pool. They're doing a great job at teaching the kiddos how to swim. I think my 5 year old is going to be sans floaties soon. HIGHLY recommend taking the Kyle Parks and Rec swim classes.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

An Invitation..

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, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

I really wanted to go in.. but I didn't. It was OPEN and everything.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Hope & Love 4 Kids at Chick-Fil-A

Kyle non-profit Hope & Love 4 Kids has a kick-off for their annual backpack drive last Friday at Chick Fil A in Kyle.

They received donations of 43 school-supply-filled backpacks... AWESOME.

That was the kick-off... they are collecting until August 17. Check their website to see what items they are seeking. They are trying to supply 400+ kids with school supplies in the Kyle area. -

Here are the locations:

AMM Collision, Kyle; Austin Regional Clinic, Kyle; Bailey's Burgers; Champion Toyota, Chick-fil-A, Kyle; Chill Out Self Serve Yogurt Bar; Christian Brothers Automotive, Buda; Copper House Liquor & Cigars; The Connection Church; CTMC; Dickey's Barbeque; DNP IMS America; Elite Bodyworks; Fox's Pizza; Hands on Healing; H2O Car Wash; H-E-B plus!, Kyle; The Journey UMC; Kyle Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Bureau; City of Kyle (City Hall); Kyle Public Library; Kyle United Methodist Church; Larsen's ATA; North Carolina Furniture Direct Farm Club; Optimum Chiropractic; OTX, On Track Xperience; RBFCU Buda & San Marcos; Rivercity Sportswear; Second Chance; Seton Hays; Trust Texas Bank; Total Child Therapy CenterSee More

Here's their Facebook group -

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Los Cuervos Flauteria

Los Cuervos Flauteria by seanclaes
Los Cuervos Flauteria, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Last Sunday, we went to Los Cuervos Flauteria. It's a new restaurant in Kyle.

The word "Cuervo" is spanish for black bird like Raven or Crow..FYI.

The owner chatted me up while making my flauta, which is a fried tortilla wrapped around this case it was flank steak. It was interesting... he discovered this flauta while visitng Mexico (through El Paso I believe). He liked it so much that he decided to create a restaurant around it.

Now.. as of 7/26/12 there is ONE item on the menu. This Flauta. You buy them in multiples (4+) and they come with these two salsas, which are VERY flavorful and not spicy. He also has a spicy sauce you can add, that is AWESOME.

We got ours "to-go" so he made me this one in order to show me the proper way to "dress" the flautas.

I'll be back...

Los Cuervos Flauteria
607 W Center St
Unit B
Kyle, TX 78640

(512) 504-3495

Via Flickr:
Los Cuervos Flauteria
607 W Center St
Unit B
Kyle, TX 78640

(512) 504-3495

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fig Season!

My neighbors have a fig tree... And they share. Fig jam, ice cream, and grilled figs anyone?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Paul H. Tallent - Balloon Genius

Paul H. Tallent by seanclaes
Paul H. Tallent, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

He made about 100 balloon animals at a recent Kyle Chamber BASH (Business Advancement Social Hour).

Pretty impressive. Neat guy too. Oh.. he's for hire!

Tallent Party Entertainer
(School carnivals, events, clown, baloon twisting, games, songs, stories, fun)


Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Texas Skate @ Front Porch Days 2012

May 20th was Front Porch Days in the Plum Creek Neighborhood of Kyle, Texas. I was running around and caught a few shots (I run the music fest, so I got a lot of musicians).. while running around I caught the Texas Skate team doing tricks. Neat.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Kyle Chamber BASH - This Thursday

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DSCF9916.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

The first Thursday of every month is the Kyle Chamber Ambassador's BASH. Last month (May) it had a Cinco de Mayo theme and was held at Chuck Nash Auto Group.

This month it's happening on June 7 @ Mather Park in the Plum Creek Neighborhood.

from the Kyle Chamber site:

"Ambassador's B.A.S.H. stands for Business Advancement Social Hour and is a FREE Networking opportunity for all members of the Business Community! Everyone is invited to join us. Just bring plenty of your marketing materials and your smile and get ready to network!

Free Food, Free Drinks, Door Prizes, Live Music and Networking all included in this FREE event!

June 7th, 2012 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM

Witte Road off of FM 2770
Plum Creek - Mather Park
Parking at Plum Creek Square on Kirkham Circle.
Kyle, TX 78640
United States"

Friday, May 25, 2012

Stash smooch.

Stash smooch. by seanclaes
Stash smooch., a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

My daughter got a fake mustache at the doctors office when she went in the other day. It almost matches my neighbors REAL one... so his wife put it on... and I happened to have my camera. So... I share. Happy Friday All!

Friday, May 18, 2012

We've got a sunflower!

We've got a sunflower! by seanclaes
We've got a sunflower!, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

A friend of ours gave us little sunflower plants. We grew this one and I was happy to see this little flower head popped up yesterday. Have a Flowery Friday!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Railroad BBQ is a Kyle landmark.
BBQ has gotten better over the last year or so as well. I really liked it when we went last week.

Thumbs up.
107 East Center St.
Kyle, Texas

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hays Performing Arts Center

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DSCF8875.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This is such a beautiful building.. I really enjoy taking photos of it. I also like going there to vote. :)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


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DSCF8894.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This is one of the playscapes in the Plum Creek neighborhood in Kyle, Texas.

The neighborhood is having a Community-wide garage sale this Saturday. I'll be peddling my stuff.. c'mon by!

Monday, May 07, 2012


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DSCF9926.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

I'm the one holding the ball.

This is PRAY BALL. It's the kickball team for the Kyle United Methodist Church in Kyle, Texas. We play in the Kyle Parks and Recreation co-ed kickball league. Last weekend we competed in the season end tournament and got 7th place in the "B" league.

It was awesome fun and great fellowship with some amazing people.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Vlad...the Vulture

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DSCF8926.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This was the last shot I got before my batteries died in my camera. I like it a lot... but the next shot would have been about 10 seconds later when the vulture left the top of this telephone pole... took flight and displayed his enormous wingspan.

This is down at the dead-end of Center Street in Kyle, Texas (the dead-end that doesn't end at the highway)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hays Surgery Center

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DSCF8454.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

"A new out-patient surgery center will open its doors this fall in Kyle, Texas. Hays Surgery Center will feature 5 operating rooms in nearly 13,000 square feet of medical office space. The center has already lined up commitments from a number of area doctors anxious to be able to perform procedures on patients that are presently forced to travel more than 20 miles up I-35 for such services...."

Read more at the Hays Free Press

Friday, April 20, 2012

Serenity in Kyle, Texas.

Serenity in Kyle, Texas. by seanclaes
Serenity in Kyle, Texas., a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

I took a little scenic drive down Center Street... I followed it West of FM 150 for about a mile. It's the road that you probably wouldn't take unless you knew someone back there.... or were looking for photo ops. Beautiful country back there. I saw this along the way.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mailboxes... to go?

Mailboxes... to go? by seanclaes
Mailboxes... to go?, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

They're doing some work on the road, so folks that live down this road had to find an inventive way to get their mail. Made me chuckle.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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DSCF8425.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
I was invited to the Central Texas Bookkeeping Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on 4/11/12. The event was held at the Kyle Chamber offices.

You can find out more about Central Texas Bookkeeping here:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mailbox - to go.

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DSCF8434.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Ever wonder what happens to mailboxes when the road they are on goes under construction? (This is the road behind Seton Hays Hospital)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bluebonnet Beauties.

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DSCF8038.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Sisters. Their beauty eclipses the beauty of the Kyle, Texas bluebonnets.

Of course, I'm a little biased, these are my daughters. :)

Monday, April 09, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Good sign.

Good sign. by seanclaes
Good sign., a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Saw this on the wall at Motley Menagerie in Kyle, Texas.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Deposito Don Roger

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DSCF6887.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Deposito Don Roger is a recently opened drive-through beverage place in East Kyle.

Located at:
503 High Rd
Kyle, TX 78640

Next time I'm in the area, I'm stopping in. I was just driving by when I saw the cool sign and decided to take a picture.

Apparently there's a restaurant there as well...

Thursday, March 15, 2012


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