Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

 I hope your Easter is full of family, friends, PEEPS, and LOTS of Laughter!
I searched the front yard...NO EGGS!?!?
I searched the back yard...NO EGGS?
This is what the Easter Bunny brought me....
And I am on a can I resist that icing?
For breakfast I had cocolate cupcake with peanut buter icing...DELICIOUS!
He visited Saweet Cupcakes in San Antonio!
and Green and Pink Peeps, of  Course!! :)
I HEART the Easter Bunny!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Onion Creek Club Easter Egg Hunt

A GREAT WAY to start off our Easter Weekend!
The Easter Bunny hid eggs in the grassy areas around the club.
Amy and the girls came to join the FUN!
Emily posed with the Easter Bunny....
and Taylor just watched from afar.

 Taylor found three purple eggs on her hunt.
 Emily before....
and AFTER....with a basket full of eggs.
Mmmmm...snacks and door prizes, too!
The girls got sidewalk chalk and a jelly bean lizard.
Happy Easter, Ya'll!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Happy Birthday, Grandma Putska!

Today would have been my Grandma’s Pustka’s  birthday!
(my ex-husband's Grandma who I have always loved like my own!!)

If I could have bottled up Grandma's Czech accent.....I would have..
she was so fun to listen to!
Everytime we visited she made homemade kolaches and homemade noodles
Oh yeah, don't forget the Shiner Beer!
She lived in Shiner, Texas and a couple of her sons still work at the brewery.
Her daughter -- "Irene" is still the best mother-in-law a girl could ask for.....
I still consider he my own..and I know she feels the same about me!!

Ervin ("ex") wrote these lessons about her today...
and I adore each and every one of them...

She died a few years back, but her memories live on in me...
 and a few lessons she taught all that she loved.....

• Have faith in God and believe in the good of each person
• Be tender with the young and with the old
• Pray like you mean it – keep your rosary nearby
• Enjoy your life and live it abundantly, joyfully, and to the fullest
• Work hard to get along with everyone, but especially with your family
• Humility is the best policy
• Plant enough, work enough, dance enough, play enough
• Be content with what you have
• Compassion means being kind, making a coffee cake, taking time to sit and listen, sharing joys and sadness
• Forgive one other
• Listen to the birds and take care of your plants; they’re God’s creations
• Think of others before you think of yourself
• Every day is a gift from God
• No matter how old you are, you’re still a kid
• There’s a time for laughing and there’s a time for working
• Remember your past and tell stories– the more you tell them the better they get
• Don’t watch too much TV – the farmers almanac is just as good
• Remember those you loved by telling stories about them
• Look for the best in others
• Have a porch and sit on it – enjoy the beautiful day with an iced tea and a good friend to talk too
• Playing harmonica keeps the lungs strong, makes the heart happy, and brings joy to the soul
• You are never too old to fall in love
• Never pass up a dance with a good looking man
• A good fire has a way of bringing people together
• Roll up the carpet and dance - a polka gets the pulse going
• Pick cotton – but always stop to pray
• When you play 42, play the right domino and play to win
• Stand by your man
• Always make sure you have enough klobasniki
• Sausage compliments any meal. Sausage compliments EVERY meal!
• There will always be enough food on the table and enough water in the tub – even if we all get to share
• A single wood stove can provide enough warmth if you let it
• Be honest with yourself and others
• Eat comfort food – machka (omáèka), kolaches with extra posypka, halushki, kaponka, stewed chicken
• Plant a garden, take care of it, and share it with others
• The smell of freshly baked bread says welcome home

She lived every day with a belief in the simple principles of life: love well, pray,
say what you mean, don’t hurt people,
enjoy the world around you.
Happy Birthday, Grandma Putska!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Live Music Capital of the World...ATX!

"Play Me, I'm Yours"
The streets are alive with the sound of music. That is nothing new for the Live Music Capital of the World. But a new art project has arrived in Austin that is striking a chord.

"Play Me, I'm Yours" is a month-long art project that will spend April spreading the joy of music in Austin.

Fifteen pianos will be placed around the city for anyone to play. It does not matter if you know how to tickle the ivories or not.

The international project got its start in 2008 and has now installed pianos in more than 400 cities around the world.

A singer/songwriter from Houston and was in town playing at UT's Forty Acres Fest. He heard about this project from a friend and thought it would be cool to do a video using some of the different pianos involved with this project. Here is a compilation video of "Bennie and the Jets"

Pianos in Austin:
1st Street Pedestrian Bridge
Butler Park (atop Doug Sahm Hill)
City Hall Plaza
Duncan Park
Fannie Davis Gazebo
Frost Bank Tower
Lou Neff Point
Pfluger Bridge
Pfluger Bridge Garden
Shoal Creek Peninsula
The Long Center
Travis County Jail
W Austin
Wooldridge Square Gazebo

The piano on the pedestrian bridge gets more decorated every day!
What a great ATX April.....I hope to see you at one of the pianos sometime soon!

Why Did It Take Me Two Weeks To Write This Post?

I truely hated for this night to end...and now that I am bloggin about it..I guess it really did end.
"Texas Tunes In To Africa" at Nutty Brown Cafe
March 23, 2011
"Texas Tunes Into Africa".
We enjoyed an amazing evening that was musically diverse and energetic as a host of top-shelf Central Texas musicians joined The African Children's Choir in a benefit concert under the stars.
A good friend of mine is EVEN a BIGGER Friday Night Lights fan than I am...
(and YES that is possible...she knows everyone's scoop!!)
Kim asked me if I was interested in going with her to T
he Aftican Children's Choir Benefit Concert
hosted by Connie Britton and Taylor Kitsch
from the cast of NBC's locally filmed "Friday Night Lights"
Well...."YES, KIM!"
We already have it on the calendar for next year, too!
First we enjoyed a nice meal.....and listened to music and then the fun began!
The children has beautiful voices...and were so much fun to watch...
I could have taken every last one of the home with me!!
Such amazing children.....brought tears to our eyes.

Some of our favorite photos of the night...:) Austin about him and his story here...Gilbert's Gazelles
The venue...not too terribly crowded..that made it so nice!!
More pictures of the kids....
The Hosts.....FNL's Taylor Kitsch and Connie Britton
"Tim Riggins" and "Tami Taylor" ~ Coach Taylor's Wife
Taylor and Connie in the audience watching the children perform.
We spotted Brad Leland in the crowd...later he helped with the live auction!
"Buddy Garrity"
As the night got darker...the excitement got BETTER....
 The Live Auction
Taylor really  liked this guitar was signed by many local musicians.
Loved this framed photo that was in the live auction!!
 Kim and I had our pictures taken with "Tim Riggins" ~ Taylor Kitsch
What a CUTIE!!
Too mouth was open...talking again!!?!?
 I "heart" Kyle Chandler ~ "Coach Eric Taylor"
I MEAN really XOXOX him!!
 We thought Brad Leland ~ "Buddy Garrity" was pretty special, too!
Connie Britton ~ "Tami Taylor"
She is just beautiful!!
We had a wonderful evening at Nutty Brown....we
can't stop talking about it!!!

I have to hurry out this evening and buy Season 5 ~ the final season
of Friday Night Lights!!
It came out today!!!
The FINAL SEASON....pretty darn sad!! :(