Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Almost Christmas!

Almost Christmas! by seanclaes
Almost Christmas!, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This is the advent calendar that my mom made for my wife and I. It's full of things that mean something to us... the SWT paw for our Alma Mater, the guitar for our love of music... the Texas Flag... tractor... It's pretty awesome.... and great way for our kiddos to keep track of the days until Christmas.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Bailey's Burgers, located on the grounds of the Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle makes a fantastic hamburger. What you may NOT know is... they make a great chicken sandwich too. Here's my "Mother Clucker" I had recently (I asked them to double the greens...).

Location: (Inside Thunderhill Raceway) 24801 IH 35, Kyle, TX 78640 (Exit #210, Yarrington Road)

Here's a menu: http://baileysburgers.com/?page_id=2

From their Website:
To place an order for delivery or pick up:


Can’t reach us there?

Try 512.585.0360 or 512.698.1771

Thursday, December 01, 2011

A few weeks ago I helped the build a ramp in East Kyle w/ the Kyle United Methodist Church and the Texas Ramp Project. This is a member of the KyleUMC putting up the railing for the ramp.

The project builds ramps for people with disabilities. http://texasramps.org/

Monday, November 28, 2011

Time To Light The Lights!

Decoration :30 by seanclaes
Decoration :30, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Christmas decoration is in full-swing at the Claes House... and the City of Kyle is having Santa's Arrival and City tree lighting this Wednesday at the City Square. I hope to take the kiddos.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So... in Mid-October the City of Kyle held the Kyle Fair and Music Festival. I took a lot of photos... didn't share many... so over the next few days I'll share some.

Community Impact Newspaper was on hand..and blending in as Waldo...
Kids enjoying the giant slide.
Shooting corks at cups.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pet The Lobster.

Petting the Lobsters @ HEB by seanclaes
Petting the Lobsters @ HEB, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Sometimes it's the simple things in life... like taking your daughter to the local grocery store (HEB Plus! in Kyle) and letting her pet the lobsters.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My dad's Army shirt.

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. I was going through my closet and found one of my dad's Army shirts. He was in the Army from 1968-1970. He served a tour in Vietnam (Cu Chi). Thanks dad.

And thank you to all Veteran's out there.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011


  by seanclaes
, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

My girls were Cave kids for Halloween. Actually, my wife and I were also dressed like this.. so we were the "CaveClaes4."

Hope you had a great Halloween. We did.

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 http://kylenutrition.com/. 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: hillkuntry50@aol.com
Personal Wellness Coach

Nicholas Skific - nskific@gmail.com
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.

Info: www.kylefair.com

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 http://www.kylefire.com

$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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Elite Body Works

Elite Body Works by seanclaes
Elite Body Works, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

Every Tuesday for the last month... and for this month... I'm attending a "Weight Loss Challenge" that is being held at Elite Bodyworks. The hosts are Kyle Nutrition (http://kylenutrition.com/) which are giving some great diet advice.. and the nice folks at Plum Fit (located just to the left of this photo) gave us some good exercise advice.

How am I doing? I've lost 14 pounds in 4 weeks. I'm pretty happy... lets see if I can be the "biggest loser!"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

DSCF5511.JPG by seanclaes
DSCF5511.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.
It's coming along nicely.
Pretty amazing that back in January this was just a field....  http://kyledailyphoto.blogspot.com/2011/01/news-breaking-ground-on-new-kyle.html

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gas Prices Dropping!

  by seanclaes
, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

At least that's what I heard on the radio... they're supposed to be going down about 8 cents. I guess I'll find out today when I stop in to visit this pump at HEB Plus! in Kyle.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Kyle Chamber BASH at Texas Old Town

Last Thursday there was a Business/Social Happy Hour hosted by the Kyle Chamber of Commerce. It was held at Texas Old Town. Really, really nice place.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The catprit...

DSCF4936.JPG by seanclaes
DSCF4936.JPG, a photo by seanclaes on Flickr.

This is the reason I have paw prints on my car... The neighbor's cat (and his 5 brothers & sisters). Cute little thing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Oops... I've not posted in a few.
Well.. let me wrap up the Kickball Tournament in a few photos. I've got an album on Flickr with all the shots I took... if you'd like to see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seanclaes/sets/72157627476827132/

First, my team, PRAY BALL, ended up in 10th place (out of 10 teams)... but they don't assign actual places on the trophies until 3rd... so I'm saying we got 4th.

Here's me and our *ahem* 4th place trophy.

We may have come in 10th... But they don't assign places until 3rd... So I say we got 4th.

This one is Issac from Hardcore Stompers kicking a beautiful punt down the 1st base line that netted him a single and an RBI.
Hardcore Stompers vs Rubber Busters. Kick was a single w/ RBI

Here's the Party Ballers vs. Shut Em Up. I believe the Party Ballers ended up in 5th place for the tournament and Shut Em Up won it for the "Red" division.
Got Balls vs Shut Em Up. Top bracket.

For the ladies... I got to watch the finals...
Here's Team Dirty kicking against Kiss My Swag. They had to play 2 final games... as it's a double elimination tourney... and Team Dirty took the first game, but in the end Kiss My Swag won... and AMAZING couple of games.
Ok... NOW it's TEAM DIRTY vs KISS MY SWAG. finals. Last game was vs Drunk Again.

And it's all for bragging rights... and one of these:
I'd like one of the big ones.


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