Monday, December 29, 2014

Painting out 2014 - Kitchen time

Nothing says "friend" like coming over to help paint

So, we impulse painted our kitchen... yeah.. didn't decided to paint until about 11a and then put a call out on Facebook inviting anyone who wanted to join us to paint... well.. three fantastic friends came around and we painted the entire kitchen in 7 hours. Rock on. Thanks Layne, Kevin and Chelsea...

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas - Santa Prays

Santa Claus pauses to pray.

(I took this photo in November when Santa Claus visited Kyle United Methodist Church for a canned food drive event. It's one of my favorite shots I took this year.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Big Chew - By Eric Fan at Evo Entertainment in Kyle

This one is called 'Big Chew" and it's by Eric Fan
Finally made it to Evo Entertainment, the new Movies/bowling/arcade/bar in town. Neat place. What I really liked was the posters leading to the movies... they were all movie posters...but slightly askew... like this one I took a photo of... which later I found out was called "Big Chew"

Buy this print - here

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party - Kyle Chamber

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party - Winning!
The Kyle Chamber of Commerce held a Holiday Social, Open House and Ugly Sweater party on December 18 at their new office... which is an older home in Kyle at 401 W. Center Street. Their new home is pretty awesome.. as was the party. This photo is Myself with Amy Dolan from Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek and Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant Cindy Van Wart.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Old Home Needs Facelift - Plum Creek

Looks like they're getting ready to overhaul the house in front of my neighborhood - Plum Creek in Kyle. Neat.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Negley Elementary 2nd Annual Expo - TEAM AWESOME

(L-R) Sharpy, Hammerpants, B-Mar, G-Money and Delirian
Back Row... Urkel

This is Team Awesome... it's a group of 5th graders whom I was responsible for taking around the school during Negley Elementary's 2nd Annual Expo. I'm really bad at names so I gave everyone nicknames. :)

There was volunteers from a lot of departments, businesses and community-types.... including:

Texas Dept. Motor Vehicle-
Austin Police Dept.-
Cross Plants and Produce-
Breadcrumbs ID Service
Hays Emerg. Preparedness
Plum Creek Watershed
Hays County Extension Office/ AgriLife
Liittle America Miniatures
Colin's Hope
Kyle Fire Dept.
Kyle Police Dept
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Hays County Sheriff, SWAT, Animal Control
Southwest Dairy Farmers
Power Alley Baseball
Chick fil A
Brown/Blue Santa Drop off

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Happy Birthday Jodie!

Happy Birthday to my wife Jodie. Celebrating at Casa Garcias in Kyle

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting Ceremony

KylePARD celebrates the Christmas Season with the Tree Lighting Ceremony in  City Square park in Kyle each year.

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Kyle, Texas Movember group, The Simply Charming Mo's of Kyle, Texas did their part to donate their face to Men's Health in Movember 2014. Here are 2 photos of the Shave-Off, which Sport Clips of Kyle donated.

As a team of 26 members, the Simply Charming Mo's raised $1,475 for Movember. If you'd like to see the entire month's journey of Movember for our team, visit our album on Flickr - here

Pre-Shave - Three Men of Movember 
Post-shave - Fine upstanding citizens

Learn more about Movember here -
See the Simply Charming Mo's mospace - Here

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Santa Claus Visits Kyle United Methodist Church

Santa Claus Visits Kyle United Methodist Church
As a can food fundraiser for the Hays County Food Bank, there were free photos with Santa Claus in the front lawn of the Kyle United Methodist Church on November 29.

Friday, November 28, 2014

El Roble - Kyle, Texas

Migas from El Roble - Kyle Texas

One of my favorite Mexican Food places in Kyle used to be Los Vega... they closed last year after changing owners a few times and thus changing the recipes...and my enjoyment of the food..... well.. the space where Los Vega used to occupy opened back up a few months ago as "El Roble." I finally stopped in for breakfast and had their migas.

HIGHLY recommend.

El Roble
721 South Old Highway 81, Kyle, TX 78640
On Yelp - here

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Concerts for a Cause - Movember Party / Fundraiser - Milt's Pit BBQ

Members of The Simply Charming Mo's of Kyle, Texas

There was an epic Movember Party (hosted by Concerts for a Cause) on Movember 22 at Milt's Pit BBQ. Folks braved the nasty rainy weather to support Men's health and rock out to two great bands (I'll post those shots tomorrow and Tuesday). This is some of the 26 members of The Simply Charming Mo's of Kyle, Texas who raised, over the course of the month, $1,475 for Movember.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Homes For Hope - Kyle, Texas

Homes For Hope Groundbreaking in Kyle

Today, Bigelow Homes broke ground on a home for Homes for Hope in the Plum Creek neighborhood of Kyle, Texas. All net proceeds from the sale of the home will go to HOPE International to empower entrepreneurs around the world break the cycle of poverty.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween - Nanu Nanu

Hippie, Cat-woman, Samurai, and (me)Mork from Ork. Happy Halloween 2014!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hilltop Automotive Selfie

Hill Top Automotive saved my life today.

That's just a slight stretch.... really.

This morning my car wouldn't start, I went from a dead battery to having to replace the connectors (they were corroded) to them finding a small gas leak in the car (thank goodness it was just a hose)... Technically... Hill Top Automotive saved my life. If my car had started this morning...I could have been a fireball shooting down the toll road.

Oh.. I got a nifty  free hat too. ;)

407 S Old Highway 81, Kyle, TX 78640(512) 504-3329

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

CLOSED - Railroad BBQ in Kyle

For Sale / Closed
Railroad BBQ in Kyle closed a few months ago. This building sits empty.
I wonder what it'll be next?

Here's my Daily Photo of the week it closed - link

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture in Picture

A photo of a camera taking a  video.

This is my FujiFilm HS50exr. It's my newest baby.
I had some issues with ordering from a non-official distributor (SSE) off of
I wrote a bad review on the Amazon site. I also blogged my experience when I tried to deal with them BEFORE writing the review.

ANYHOW... this is me recording the sermon at the Kyle United Methodist Church this past Sunday. I do it every Sunday that I'm there and upload it to the church YouTube account.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dragon Roll - Koy

Dragon Roll at Koy in Kyle, Texas
After church yesterday, we stopped in to Koy for lunch. Slightly disappointing that is wasn't more crowded, but the food was as delicious as always. 

Someone at our table ordered the Dragon Roll... and it came looking rather beautiful (tasted just as good too). 

Koy Chinese & Sushi
5695 Kyle Pkwy, Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 268-3339

Monday, September 08, 2014

Hanging at The Jumpy Place

The Jumpy Place
Met some friends out at The Jumpy Place and let the awesome inflatables tire out the kiddos. 

241 Weldon Johnson Way, Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 262-1600

  • Saturday, September 06, 2014

    Friday Night Lights - Hays High School

    Camera phone photo from the High School Football game on 9/5
    Unfortunately the hometown team from Hays High School, lost this one 49-40.
    It was a fun game to watch.My kids usually make it to about half-time before we have to leave.. which is cool.. since we come mostly to watch our neighbor in the band.

    If you're more interested in the half-time show, a gentleman named Wayne Caldwell records that. here's a link -

    Friday, September 05, 2014

    Coming soon... Less Nature

    SOMEONE isn't thrilled about the new Truck Stop coming to Kyle.

    This made me chuckle.

    Friday, August 01, 2014

    Cool off & My kid has a blog

    Cool off
    This is a photo I took for my daughter to include on her blog. 10 year old daughter started a blog. It's called
    I'm a proud dad... so I share.

    She's not been able to get to a computer for a little while so it's not been updated since June... but she'll soon have new stuff.

    Monday, July 28, 2014



    6205 Farm to Market Road 150
    Kyle, TX
    (512) 268-2040

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    CatDog for PAWS - Concerts for a Cause

    The July Concerts for a Cause benefit PAWS Shelter and Humane Society
    This is my 7 year old with her face painted 1/2 cat and 1/2 dog.

    Raising money and awareness for a different charity each month that does good work in Kyle,Texas.
    Neighbors coming together to help neighbors. It’s the Kyle, Texas way.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Looks Better From behind

    My car doesn't look that interesting from up front... it looks better from behind.
    What... did you think this was going to be something different based on the title of the post?

    By the way... this is an update on my car's bumper stickers. The first time I posted about it was June 2013.
    Some stickers wore off and had to be replaced.

    But.. here's what it looked like in 2013 -

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Happy Free Slushie Day!

    it's 7/11

    ...that means that 7-Eleven gave away free slushies from 11a - 7p.
    Luckily.. Kyle, Texas got a 7-Eleven last year.

    We stopped in. Our family likes free.
    Thanks 7-Eleven!

    We ran into friends too.... Slushie Selfie!

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Thursday, July 03, 2014

    What's your Blue Plate Special?

    Snapped this at Milt's Pit BBQ in Kyle, Texas.
    Something about BBQ places and license plate decor. I don't get it... but I like it.

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    Marty's Shaved Ice

    This past Saturday the kids and I cleaned house.... after a hard day cleaning I took them for some shaved ice.

    Marty's Shaved Ice
    (Formerly Mel D's)

    Best. Dad. Ever.

    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Hit the Firehouse!

    Tried to go to Subway in Kyle at lunch today... there was a line out the door... and about as many dead bugs on the floor as people in line... so I left.

    Walked right into Firehouse Subs (just across the highway from Subway). It was clean.. the lady at the register was VERY nice... and my meal was pretty darned good. (It takes a lot for a sandwich to impress me... really)

    Firehouse Subs
    Kyle, Texas

    Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Concerts for a Cause - Brotherhood Of The Girl

    Brotherhood of the Girl play the June 2014 Fun in Kyle Texas Concerts For A Cause.
    This one benefit local charity Hope & Love 4 Kids.

    Concerts for a Cause raises money and awareness for a different charity each month that does good work in Kyle,Texas.
    Neighbors coming together to help neighbors. It’s the Kyle, Texas way.

    Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    SWT Forever! (really)

    In the floor at Premier Cuts in Kyle

    I went to get myself a haircut at Premier Cuts in the HEB PLUS! shopping area and when I walked in... my Alma Mater's logo was sealed into the floor.

    This is awesome for two reasons... 
    1. It's my Alma Mater's logo sealed into the floor of a business.
     2. SWT (Southwest Texas State University) changed their name to Texas State University - San Marcos in 2003 (then they dropped the "- San Marcos" last year) so to have the logo from MY time at the school is awesome to see.

    - Sean "Still a little bitter the name changed" Claes

    Monday, June 02, 2014

    Concerts for a Cause - Hope & Love 4 Kids

    This Saturday, Brotherhood of the Girl are playing a benefit concert of Hope & Love for Kids.
    Milt's Pit BBQ
    Kyle, Texas.

    Here's a photo I took of Keith Kelso playing our first Concert for a Cause in May, 2014.

    Sunday, June 01, 2014

    Congratulations Mayor Todd Webster

    Myself and Todd Webster

    Those who have been following Kyle Politics know who I'm standing next to. This is the newly elected Mayor of Kyle, Todd Webster.

    I popped in to get a selfie with him..last night at the "election result party"  because that's what I do.

    Saturday, May 03, 2014

    Bountiful Baskets

    Bountiful Baskets

    This is this week's haul for Bountiful Baskets.
    I pick this up every other Saturday (when we sign up for one... you buy them as you want, it's not automatic). 
    Love the fact that it's good veggies and fruit that we'll eat.

    Here's the Kyle, Texas Facebook page for Bountiful Baskets -

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Railroad BBQ Closed. Auction next week.

    Railroad BBQ in Kyle closed their doors last week.
    They're having an Auction on 4/29. So... I shot this photo.
    Sad. It's a Kyle Landmark.

    Of course... I used it more for directions (turn right at Railroad BBQ) than I did for food. 

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    7th Annual Kyle Parks and Recreation Bike Rodeo

    The 7th Annual Kyle Parks and Recreation Bike Rodeo
    Was held 4/12/14. 

    This is an amazing event where, for $10 kids are able to participate in a "bike rodeo" (several courses), a t-shirt, a bag of goodies and then parents can join the kiddos on a 2-3 mile bike ride through Kyle.

    BUT the bonus is in all the extras. There's a little bike safety presentation,  a ton of giveaways and if you are in need, they will fit you with a new (and free) helmet.

    Arrowhead Bikes (Kyle business) 

    Me being very unsafe taking a photo over my shoulder during the ride.

    My Youngest little girl actually WON this bike... and she LOVES it.

    Here are the rest of my photos from the day:


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