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chicken-dog, rion, the bubble and bakugan balls


annual birthday party.  it is really HIS birthday but we combine the effort and celebrate her 1/2 birthday so we only have ONE big party.  her's falls in the summer months and we can never get things coordinated with her friends to celebrate.  lots of kids from the area are off travelling for the hot texas summer.

I like to see the house filled with joyous kids running everywhere.  nothing was broken this year.

chicken-dog circus was GREAT fun.

the talking chicken

some danger

dog tricks

they had to have two cakes as some kids don't like chocolate.... 

they opened gifts after everybody had gone home.

one extra nice parent even brought a gift for the dude!

we finally had the jumphouse to ourself

crystal mining is going well.  they got some great gifts.

we had a second round of guests in the evening.  I had three pizza crusts leftover from the kids's party so we had more pizza for dinner.  the carmelized onion and pineapple with goat cheese and asiago drizzled with white truffle oil was fantastic!  the artichoke heart and caper pizza was no slouch either.

pass the baby.

we finally found a rogue bmw mechanic to replace the clutch in the 73 bmw 2002tii.  I was clearly not getting around to doing it myself.  you can see how I had to clean the windscreen so I could drive safely.

sunday had us at another chinese new years celebration.  there were several different singing and dancing groups and dragon/lion dancers came from all over.   

the firecrackers were LOUD!!!  pieces rained down on me as I was taking pics.

the fellow above seemed to largely responsible for all the mischief.

SIX RIONS!  the smoke and noise made them go nuts!

you can almost visualize all the tasty dishes kat is dreaming of eating at TC noodle house

I had the yellow curry stir fry with tofu (one more month of no meat for me, then I can get my BLT!)

yes, the dude found some orange alligator loafers to go with his belt.  the asian grocery up there is quite large and doesn't smell that bad (doesn't smell that great either, but comparatively, the dude approves and his personal space is not violated as often as when we go to the small crowded asian market)

fresh shitake mushrooms are MUCH cheaper at the asian market than at the white-boy store.  they are always the #1 priority of any trip to the asian market.

he attended a birthday party that was held at the UT indoor practice field; the bubble

he really enjoyed "punching that dummy"

it was nearly 80 degrees the first day of february.  they ran around on the outdoor practice field too.

danny choo style

we gave this bakugan ball a danny choo style makeover.  these balls are very popular with the male kindergarten population.  he received a few of them for his birthday.  do kids like bakugan balls in your neck of the woods?

also, I read that austin is planning the nation's largest solar collecting field!  will be one of the largest in the world!



Hey cool! We were actually eating in the Vietnamese sandwich shop while you took those pics of the dragons and fireworks. I have video footage of the smokey dragon sillhouettes from inside. Pretty neat. Their sandwiches are great, btw.

Yes. Here in Fayetteville, Arkansas (sortof the Austin of Arkansas, though nowhere near as cool) the Bakugan are very popular amongst the elementary crowd. The Boy is in K, also, and he's pretty ate up with the Bakugan Fever.

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