Friday, November 30, 2007

Santa in Kyle.... continued

Kyle/Buda VFW helped with the opening ceremonies.

Miss Kyle Teen sang the National Anthem

Thursday, November 29, 2007

He came... he saw... WE HAD A BLAST!

Starting at 4:30p.m. yesterday, folks formed a line to meet Santa Claus.

Of course.. the couple of the hour (or evening as the case may be): Santa and Mrs. Claus!

He saw hundreds of kiddos and it looked like a lot of money was raised for Operation Blue Santa (

I'll share some other shots in the next week. It was a blast.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


I've been asked to be an official photographer for Santa Claus coming to Kyle... tonight! Ho Ho Ho (it's still a thing)!

Santa'sArrival & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Kyle City Square Park & Gazebo
November 28, 2007

Santa Arrives at 4:30pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00pm

School Choir Concert Schedule:
5:00pm Kyle Elementary Choir
5:15pm Fuentes Elementary Choir
5:30pm Science Hall Elementary Choir
5:45pm Hemphill Elementary Choir
6:10pm Wallace Middle School Choir
6:30pm Barton Middle School Choir
6:50pm Dahlstrom Middle School Choir
7:10pm Chapa Middle School Choir
7:30pm Hays High School Choir
7:55pm Lehman High School Choir

Flyer (From City of Kyle it to make it bigger)

Santa Comes To Kyle

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

KUMC New Life Center - #8 in the series

It's been almost 2 months since I last updated the progress on the building of the Kyle United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Since then I've learned that it's not actually going to be called a "fellowship hall." It will be the New Life Center. Anyhow... there's been a lot of progress since my last post in the series. Here's the link to #7 in the series.

So.. here's the new shots:

A view from the side:

And a view from the back corner:

Monday, November 26, 2007

This is the entrance....

Texas Old Town is the Special Event Center in town. I've yet to attend a function there... but I hear it's a nice place. Perhaps someday I'll share photos from inside.

The "gate" is nice.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

My Neighbor's Garden

Why do I need to grow flowers when 3 doors down my neighbor is making these beauties possible? My daughter and I like to go down the sidewalk and check them out. She's 3... I asked her to pick todays photo out and she chose this one because she "likes butterflies and pink."

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Get Your Goat On!

If you look closely you'll see that the goat-dogs weren't too happy with me taking a photo.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving.. a day late.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I've got a 3 1/2 year old looking at me this morning saying "Daddy.. I want to go SHOPPING!"

Advertising apparently works... doesn't it?

Here's the sunset from Wednesday night.
Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

This one is for the birds

This is a bird house I bought at a "Fair on the Square" in Kyle a few years ago.


I'm totaly looking forward to beating my wife's mom, brothers, and sisters at Phase 10. If you haven't played it.. pick up a deck of cards at Wal Mart or Target... it'll be the best game you've ever bought for under $7.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

What's Blue and HUGE and lots of fun?
SLIDE from Garage sale...

This is the answer to the question "What is the most obnoxiously large thing you can buy at a garage sale for $35."
We're gonna have a lot of fun with this one. My 240lbs was able to slide down this monster....

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Holiday Market At Plum Creek
Part III - Odds and Ends

Here's the other shots I took while at the school....

A sign on the wall
This is a poster on the wall... love the graphic! At the bottom is says "I do all my own stunts"

Oh Christmas Tree..Pink Christmas Tree
Tis the season for a pink Christmas Tree.

Minnie Meets Harper
Oh... why not... here's a shot of my 7 month old little girl with her Minnie Mouse balloon.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Holiday Market At Plum Creek
Part II - The entertainment

Mariachis in Kyle.
There was a Mariachi Band

Some step-dancers

Big Bouncey Slide
And bouncy-slides for the kiddos.The girl at the top sliding down is mine.. FYI.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Holiday Fair! Fair is Fair

I haven't had much of a chance to go through my shots from the 11/10 Holiday Market At Plum Creek, but it was a great time. There were about 50-75 vendors, good food, and entertainment. I even won a silent auction item (2 pies from the Texas Pie Company)

Negley Elementary
Oddly, it rained just before we got there.. and just after we left, but it was beautiful weather while we were there.

Anyhow... it's almost a week later, so I'll post up some of the shots I took in the next few days... starting with the booths:
This booth had one of my favorite games from my childhood. I don't even know the name of it... it's the yellow cone with the red plunger at the back of this photo... anyone have a name?

Cuttin' A Rug. OK.. Looming one.
This woman was selling rugs and other things made using this loom. She demonstrated.

Hey diddle diddle
This is a hand-painted wall hanging (about 5x7") that my neighbor did. She had a booth. I'd seen Ms. Ann's painting on birdhouses before, but had no clue she was fairy-tale artistic.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New BBQ on the Block

I believe the name of this place is "Firehouse BBQ" but I can't remember. I only recall the big green Godzilla that was on it's roof when it opened a few months ago.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Want to see Change?

This is the shopping center at 208 W Center St in September.

AND.. that same block last Friday.

This is happening right at the entrance to downtown Kyle.... on Center Street. Lots of construction is actually happening in town. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. It's going to rock.

This dirt pile is eventually going to be a CVS Pharmacy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

It was such a beautiful evening that even the UPS truck was frolicking in the meadow.

Monday, November 12, 2007

What A Burger

Brand New Whataburger! Brand New Whataburger! OK.. it may not be big news for most... but in Kyle... it's the fast-food burger alternative to Dairy Queen. Bonus? I got something in the mail that said this Saturday they're having their grand opening... which means free food and good stuff. I like free.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I wonder if they do men's hair inexpensively... I'm due for a haircut and my barber in San Marcos (about 5 miles south of Kyle) is starting to not be in my time budget. It's gonna hurt when I have to find another hair cutting establishment... Sam at Silva's Barber shop in San Marcos has been cutting my hair since 2001. I even wrote a humor column about him in 2004 - You can read it here which ran in an Austin publication...and it ran in Kyle's Free Press this year.

Anyhow... I don't know if Diana's is a good place for a haircut or not... I hope it is. I can only vouch for how good the restaurants were that used to be in that building. So... if it's any indication... it'll be good.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Jeff Plankenhorn and Michael O'Connor

A few Fridays ago, Jeff Plankenhorn and Michael O'Connor played a show at The Lucky Cup Coffeehouse. I think it was the "season ender" for live music at The Cup... outdoors is going to get a little chilly for the next few months.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Not too good photo... really good restaurant

This is Los Vega Restaurante in Kyle. My favorite mexican restaurant in town. Actually... it's probably my favorite restaurant in town period. It's a fun, laid back, family owned restaurant that serves up some excellent food. We're not talking the "straight-from-the-freezer" variety. I've had their fajitas and loved them. My wife has had a few iterations of their enchiladas (the enchiladas verdes are excellent!) and enjoyed them as well.

Here's an added bonus... They've got a drive thru so you don't even have to get out of your car! I have been known to run to HEB to get something really quick...and stopping in at Los Vega, placing my order, running my errand and coming back to get my order to take home.

It's located in a kind-of odd spot... right off the Kyle Exit of I-35... if you blink you may miss it. It's pretty quick on your right when you get off the highway.

Los Vega Restaurante
721 N Old Highway 81
Kyle, TX 78640-9451
Phone: (512) 268-8570

Happy Friday
- Sean

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Being from Laredo, Texas (a border town with Mexico) I quite enjoy Spanglish
Nacionalizacion de "pick ups" y vehiculos - it just makes me smile and miss my hometown.

Speaking of hometown.. tomorrow... I'll post a shot of the Mexican Restaurant you HAVE TO visit when you come to Kyle. It's darned yummy.
That's right, I wrote "yummy."

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

How much is gas in your town?

I just like the way the sky is framing this gas station... thought I'd share.
We've got $2.95 for unleaded in Kyle, Texas...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

#8 in the Series
Kyle United Methodist Church Building Construction 10/07

I've been getting behind... with all those Kyle Fair photos and with Halloween, I've not updated my photo series (or had a chance to take an updated photo) for a few weeks. Here's the next in the series of the Kyle United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall. Click here or the photo to go back to #7 in the series.

Of course if you drive through Kyle and pop a block past the square and to the north... you'll see a building with it's walls up now... I've really got to get over there.
Happy Friday.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Kyle Fair and Music Festival Part 5 - The Booths

This is the last post from October 21st Kyle Fair and Music Fest. I had a great time and saw a lot of really good folks.
Looking forward to next year!

Not sure what school are "The Cougars" but they were there....
Cheerleaders @ Kyle Fair and Music Festival

Not a booth.... but it was a cool looking BBQ pit.
BBQ Pit  @ Kyle Fair and Music Festival

There were a plethora of jewelry booths.
Jewelry booth @ Kyle Fair and Music Festival

Hot DAWG they looked like they had good brats (the sausage... not the people mind you).
Booth @ Kyle Fair and Music Festival

The Kyle Quilters were selling raffle tickets for that beautiful quilt. I actually won their quilt last year!
Kyle Quilters @ Kyle Fair and Music Festival

Last but not least... The parking was a few bucks... and these guys (the collectors) were from the Shriners... raising money for scholarships.
Parking Attendent @  Kyle Fair and Music Festival


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