Friday, October 31, 2008


I figure I'll share all my Halloween shots I've got left...

Family Photo at the KUMC Pumpkin Patch
Our family at the Kyle United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

L-R: Me as "Bob Ross", Mar Mar the Bat, Harper the Puppy, Jodie the Sea Witch

Four Paws... Longhorns
Shanti... the four-legged Longhorn Fan

A bat and a seawitch
A better shot of the Bat and Sea Witch

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Big and Little Dogs

Big and Little Dogs
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I had to get a shot of this little hotdog with the Wiener Schnitzel mascot. In Plum Creek, Kyle, TX

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My Puppy in her natural surroundings

Yes.. a Fire Department Dalmation.
She's a cutie... we even had her on a leash.
I normally don't dig folks who have their kids on a leash (although I can appreciate the benefits), but it was part of the costume.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

On Saturday the City of Kyle held their annual Halloween Carnival. It was a great time.. My little ones (the puppy and bat) were met by Ariel the little mermaid and a Wonder Pet. You should have seen all the little cute kiddos dressed up. The cutest... a 1 year old dressed as a yellow chicken wearing a KFC bucket as pants.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Here's To The Trains I Missed

If you've ever been in Kyle, Texas... you've been right here.... waiting on a train. The title of this photo is a Walt Wilkins song reference.

Walt Wilkins is awesome... look him up.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Mr. Vampire, Ms. Mummy

Mr. Vampire, Ms. Mummy
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I don't have a shot of just Ms. Mummy... but here's the happy couple.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kyle’s Pumpkin Patch In Plum Creek
Third Annual KUMC Pumpkin Patch has arrived


Over 1,000 pumpkins moved into Kyle over the weekend. It’s the third annual Kyle United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch. Come out and pick your pumpkin from now until October 31. Patch is located at the corner of Fairway and Hartson in Plum Creek.

By Sean Claes
We’ve got pumpkins, yes we do. We’ve got pumpkins here for you!

On Friday, October 17, hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins are arriving in Kyle’s Plum Creek Neighborhood. It’s time for the Third Annual Kyle Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the Kyle United Methodist Church.

Located in Plum Creek at the “soccer field” at the corner of Fairway and Hartson (the same location as years past), the patch is across the street from the decorated round bales (for 2008 they are Ms. Mummy and Mr. Vampire).

The Kyle Pumpkin Patch will be open from Saturday (10/18) until Halloween day. Hours of operation are 2:30p.m until dusk Monday – Friday, 9 until dusk Saturday and noon until dusk on Sunday.

There will be various prices for various sizes from under a dollar to over fifty. Also for sale are assorted fall-extras like gourds, Indian corn, and mini-white pumpkins. There’s also going to be a pumpkin maze and several staged areas do you can get your annual fall pumpkin patch photo.

The pumpkins are provided and priced by Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers, Inc. who have helped churches and non-profits raise money by selling pumpkins for over 25 years. All proceeds will go toward youth missions and activities at Kyle United Methodist Church.


Pumpkin Patch Unloaders
Here's a shot of the folks who helped unload all of the pumpkins on a Friday Night.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rampage... meet Pine Cone!

At the Wildflower Seed and Stomp a week ago, my kiddos loved rolling a pine cone coated in peanut butter around birdseed making a bird feeder.

The birds are now loving my front lawn... we came away with three of these bad boys.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Mr. Vampire

Mr. Vampire
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
The 2008 Round Bales are here! Mr. Vampire can be found in Plum Creek in Kyle, TX.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What is this?

What is this?
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This was in front of me in traffic. A mini-Corvette. I wonder if it's a remote control or what? It actually had working taillights.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mr. Rocker

Mr. Rocker
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
This is the Claes family scarecrow, Mr. Rocker. He's wearing a t-shirt from the defunct rock band Nooner and a Los Lonely Boys doo-rag. We put it together for the Scarecrow making competition in the Plum Creek Neighborhood. If you're in Kyle, stop in at Negley Elementary to see all of them.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kevin McCollough and Jacob Hildebrand play in front of the "old train depot" in Kyle at Kyle Market Days on 10/4. I've been listening to his CD, "Heart Broke Inn," and it's a good one. I suggest checking it out online... or following the link to MySpace and see where he's playing soon:

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A good sign... There's construction once again happening at the Kyle United Methodist Church's New Life Center. This is Photo #16 in a series I've been doing... you can track the thing backwards to dirt if you like by clicking this link or clicking the photo.

Why is this a good sign? Well.. read the story in the Hay's Free Press -

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Bird Bath.

Bird Bath.
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I call this a "BBQ of Birds" as they are all in a mud puddle in front of Kyle's Railroad BBQ.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

Kyle Farmer's Market - TODAY

Kyle Farmer's Market
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
I think we're headed over to the monthly Kyle Market Days today and pick some things up at the Farmer's Market.

This was the scene last month.

It's today from 9 am to 2 pm. The event is located on Front Street between Kyle City Hall and the historic train depot. Kyle Market Days feature artists, craftsmen and farmers booths as well as live local music.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Helen Soja (August 1, 1922 - October 3, 2006)

Today it has been two years since my grandmother, Helen Soja, passed away. This photo was taken in 2002, the last time she visited our home in Kyle, Texas.

On October 25, I'm going to be participating in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® in her honor. If you'd like to donate, please visit this link:

'If you visit my page on the Memory Walk you can read some of my memories about her, and see another great photo of her and I from 2002 when Jodie (my wife) and I took her on an “Austin Adventure” Complete with an Austin Duck Tour, trip to Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center, and a shake from Hut’s Hamburgers.

I miss you Grandma.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Hemphill parents are HOT!

Hemphill parents are HOT!
Originally uploaded by seanclaes
Hemphill Elementary school has a chili pepper for the parents parking. The school mascot is the Hawk... so I'm guessing their just saying that parents at Hemphill are HOT.


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