Facebook Twitter RSS

Katy ISD Celebrates a Decade of Volunteerism

May 28, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Katy ISD recently celebrated another successful year of volunteerism through its VIPS program by honoring its 2009-2010 Campus Volunteers of the Year.  Honorees were announced by campus principals at the district’s annual VIPS Breakfast.  The event highlighted the support of over 11,000 parent volunteers who, this school year, donated over 738,941 hours to Katy ISD.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

2009-2010 Campus Volunteers of the Year

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy ISD Celebrates a Decade of Volunteerism

Bring Back the Family Picnic this Memorial Day Weekend

Katy Families can enjoy the beautiful outdoors with cool family time

This Memorial Day Weekend don’t stress about finding the right Houston area event for you and your family. You can stay right here in Katy and have lots of family fun time and for little cost. Unfortunately, since I’m seven months pregnant I’m avoiding the outdoors like the swine flu but this great weather is the perfect time for families to get out. Get your kids away from the video game systems and computers and outside!

Pack a picnic basket. Get the family involved in making sandwiches that they will like, chips and cookies, etc. Take an old blanket and pick a local park or school playground for your picnic location. Plan ahead some fun activities. Take a football to throw, a kite to fly or a board game. But don’t forget the sunblock!!

Looking for some new ideas to brighten up your picnic basket cuisine? Look online for recipes. The Food Network is always a great place to start, http://www.foodnetwork.com/. Another one of my quick recipe finding (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Bring Back the Family Picnic this Memorial Day Weekend

A Church in Katy Pays Dollar Pound for Pound

Katy Area Church Prays for Pastor to be a Loser

Last Sunday morning, The Waters Church (www.iamthewaters.com) did something bold.  During announcements, Finance Pastor Andrew Sunderman stood before the congregation and presented an opportunity.

The opportunity is for families within the church to support and pray for Assimilation Pastor Brad Graves as he begins his journey towards health.  For many years, Graves has struggled with maintaining a healthy weight.  On Sunday, Sunderman said, “I love Brad so much, and his struggle tears me up inside.  I want Brad to be here, ministering to us, for many many years to come.  And this is our opportunity to love him and challenge him towards becoming a wholly healthy Brad.”

The Waters Church has issued Brad Graves this challenge: lose as much weight as he can towards his final goal during the next six months and keep it off for a year.  Members of the church are given the opportunity to pledge an amount of money per pound.  This money will go towards funding a very (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on A Church in Katy Pays Dollar Pound for Pound

A Few Lessons Learned From My Husband

 Love Lessons from a Katy Couple

Megan Lewis and her husband

Marriage has indeed made me a better person.  Not that I wasn’t a decent person before I got married, but, marriage tends to highlight areas that can be improved.  Any time two people from different backgrounds come together and form a life together, there are bound to be adjustments that need to be made.  I have learned many lessons as my husband and I have journeyed down the road of life together.  As different as we are, we seem to bring out the best in each other.   Here are a few of the lessons learned:

Forgive Quickly and Move On– My natural reaction to conflict was to become quiet and withdraw.  I learned, however, that when I do this, it prolongs the conflict.  The faster I forgive and forget, the faster we return to peace.  Then, we can happily move on.

Make Time for Play– I am a driven, goal-oriented person.  If it weren’t for my husband, I might never stop to smell the roses.  My husband has helped me prioritize fun in my life.  Our whole family has benefitted from this!

Ask For Help– How many times do we as women expect that our husbands will read our minds?  I have learned that my husband wants me to be happy.  All I need to do is communicate what I need, and he is happy to help or do what I want!  Isn’t that terrific?  He is a great husband.  I simply need to ask and my request is granted. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on A Few Lessons Learned From My Husband

AMOK (All Moms of Katy)

Finding a club for moms in Katy makes all the difference for this Katyite

I’ve stayed at home with my girls since my oldest was born almost 4 years ago.  And throughout my journey in mothering, I’ve been a part of one mothering club or another in the Katy area. 

I am very thankful for a friend who drug me to meetings in the very beginning.  I was still bleary eyed, smelling of spit up, and bloated from delivery when my girlfriend began calling and asking me to join her as we scoped out local mothering clubs.  It felt a bit unnecessary at the time (my baby not being but 5 weeks old), but her encouragement, and the subsequent relationships I formed from joining a mothering club, made all of the difference in the world.

In the beginning, being a part of a club (in my case, I chose All Moms of Katy “AMOK”) helped me with the common feelings of new moms: feeling alone, (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on AMOK (All Moms of Katy)

Katy Coogs Alumni Club Awards Scholarship to 3 Students

May 26, 2010 – Katy, Texas – As the goal of the Katy Coogs Alumni Club, of the University of Houston Alumni Association, has been to be involved in a variety of activities that will assist in increasing awareness for The University of Houston and to raise money for scholarships; Your Katy Coogs Board of Directors reviewed the applications for the 2010 Katy Coogs Scholarship and have selected three winners. Although we would have loved to assist all of the students who applied for the Katy Coogs Scholarship, we are limited to the amounts available from the funds raised at Katy Coogs events, and were able to award three $500 scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year. This year’s recipients are:
 
1. Diem Luong-Northbrook High School, Spring Branch ISD 
2. Wendy Chung-Hatings High School, Alief ISD 
3. Brooklynn Adelman-Morton Ranch High School, Katy ISD
 
Join with me in congratulating these future Cougars! For more information about joing this Alumni Club or assisting in future Katy Coogs activities so we may award more scholarships to future Cougars, please visit our website at: www.katycoogs.com.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy Coogs Founder/President Rom Crespo BS'96/M. ED '03 and Scholarship winner, Brooklynn Adelman from Morton Ranch High School in Katy ISD

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy Coogs Alumni Club Awards Scholarship to 3 Students

Marching Fundamentals Camp Held for Incoming THS Freshman

Incoming THS Freshman learn basic stretches

May 26, 2010 – Katy, Texas –  The Taylor High School Marching Band held its annual Marching Fundamentals Camp for incoming Freshman. The 8th graders are taught the basics of stretching, marching and correct instrument handling in preparation for the upcoming 2010 marching season.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Marching Fundamentals Camp Held for Incoming THS Freshman

Pets Add So Much to Our Lives

It is important to properly take care of our Katy animals

I just returned from a bittersweet visit to my veterinarian. Our nine-year-old cat, Geordi (all you fans of Star Trek will know where his name came from!) was noticeably ill. Over the course of just a few weeks, he began to empty his food and water bowls several times throughout the day and increase the use of the litter box. Besides the obvious changes, Geordi seemed normal. I mean, cats sleep a lot anyway, and he came out for tickles and he still purred. But we knew he needed to go see Dr. Wendy at Mayde Creek Animal Hospital.
 
Good thing we did. Geordi is a diabetic. Dr. Wendy did blood tests, and his glucose number was in the 500s. The normal range for cats is in the 100s. The point of this blog is not to discuss feline diabetes, but I hope to remind us all about how much our pets are a part of our lives. I drove to the vet thinking that I would not be coming home with Geordi. I really thought I would have to have him put to sleep. He had been a companion of mine since Tropical Storm Allison in 2001; he was rescued as a kitten from the flood waters and passed along to me by a friend. (more…)
Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Pets Add So Much to Our Lives

Katy Area Retired Educators Present Its First Annual Scholarship

Katy Area Retired Educators President Norene Lueders presents the first KARE scholarship to Taylor High School student Kourtney Faldyn, who plans to major in elementary education at Texas A&M University.

My 25, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Kourtney Faldyn, a graduating senior from Taylor High School, has received a $500 scholarship from the Katy Area Retired Educators. With a major in elementary education, she plans to teach kindergarten after graduation from Texas A&M University. She is the daughter of Katy ISD educators Russell and Cindie Faldyn. 

In her senior year, Kourtney was enrolled in the Get, Ready Set, Teach Program at Miller Career center. Throughout high school, she has been actively involved in many extra-curricular school and community activities including the Taylor Pacesetter Dance Team, the Best Buddies-Peer Organization, the Peer Assistance Leadership Program, the Taylor Spanish and Book Clubs, the National Honor Society, the National Charity League, and the Epiphany of the Lord Youth Group. 

The KARE Scholarship Committee also included Nancy Gorden, Linda Bailey, Luanne Zacek, Jamie Wolman, Gail Coveler and Becky French.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy Area Retired Educators Present Its First Annual Scholarship

Adamson Ballet School Recital

Closing out our first year of dance classes in Katy

Avery in her recital costume and make up

My daughter has been a self-proclaimed dancer since before she was two.  She loves to twirl and twist to music, and is especially fond of mimicking the dancers on So You Think You Can Dance.  When she turned three (at the beginning of this school year), I enrolled her in Creative Dance at Adamson Ballet School. 

This past weekend, a year’s worth of dance classes culminated in a 2 minute performance on stage.  And my daughter could not have been more elated by the whole experience.

Adamson Ballet School has classes ranging from my daughter’s 3 year old Creative Dance class all the way up through Pointe and Senior-Level Ballet classes.  Sitting in the recital as a mother of the youngest dancers there, I felt very emotional and connected to the experience.  In the same performance that my daughter makes her dancing debut, several other moms are saying goodbye to this chapter of their life. 

The opening performance was done by Pointe students to a beautiful orchestra arrangement of Coldplay songs.  It was moving, stirring, and poignant for me to sit there with my 3 year old, watching the beginning and the end.

My daughter’s class was later in the show, and my eyes filled with just as many tears… there was a good deal of comic relief when my daughter (or any number of her classmates) forgot their steps, but there was something that (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Adamson Ballet School Recital

Creech Elementary Names Volunteer of the Year

May 24, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Congratulations to Diane Pakel, Creech 2009-2010 Volunteer of the Year.   Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Ms. Elena Thrun, principal and Ms. Pakel

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Creech Elementary Names Volunteer of the Year

Summer Boredom Busting

How to keep your Katy kid occupied during their summer break

Only a few more days until the end of the school year. How long will the excitement of being off for the summer last before it dwindles into that all-too-familiar “mo-o-o-om, I’m bored” whining? A little planning ahead can yield a laundry list of boredom-busting pastimes sure to keep most kids occupied at something other than plopping in front of the TV or video game.

If your family is planning a vacation, why not add “vacation memory box” creating to the planning process. (Think shoe box here). Have each child decorate their own box however they see fit. At the end of the vacation, they can collect together all of the trinkets, postcards, photographs and other memorabilia they acquired on vacation and place them in their memory box. Have them tuck the boxes away for the next rainy day. The memory boxes can be pulled out time and again, providing them with hours of enjoyment recollecting the fun they had on that trip – long after the trip has ended. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Summer Boredom Busting

WoodCreek Junior High Choir Presented Their 2nd Annual Pop Show

Ms. Burris with 8th Grade student Mikayla C.

May 24, 2010 – Katy, Texas – On Friday, May 21st, the WoodCreek Junior High Choir, led by Lauren Burris, proudly presented their 2nd Annual Pop Show titled, “The Music of Our Lives”. Songs ranged from popular oldies to today’s favorites. The show included solo acts, duets, ensembles, and performances from all of WoodCreek’s Choirs: TimberWolf Tenor Choir, TimberWolf Treble Choir, WoodCreeek Men’s Choir, WoodCreek Women’s Choir, & the Wolfpack Singers.  They performed to a highly enthusiastic audience. Following the Pop Show, Choir members celebrated with an end-of-the-year awards ceremony which was immediately followed by an end-of-year party.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on WoodCreek Junior High Choir Presented Their 2nd Annual Pop Show

Watermelon Basket

A Katy Family Makes Summer Desserts  Fun

Watermelon Basket

This May, we decided to make a summery dessert each week to celebrate the season. I wanted to keep the desserts healthy and fun, and so week one we made a pudding ocean scene <http://www.katymagazine.com/summer-dessert-fun/ >.  This week, my daughter got very excited about watermelon carving, and so our dessert of the week was a watermelon basket with fruit salad. If she knows that watermelon and fruit salad aren’t exactly desserts… she’s not complaining!

This was one of those family projects that seemed to go wrong at every turn.
Luckily, our daughters didn’t seem to care and we were able to pull it
together in the end.

First, I bought the watermelon and all the fruit early last week and
promised my daughter the watermelon basket “this week”. Then our week got unusually busy (the last week of school and extra evening meetings for my husband and I), so our watermelon carving kept getting pushed back.

Last night, we were determined to carve the watermelon. I helped my
daughter find a few examples online <http://www.watermelon.org/watermelon_carving.asp >of what she
wanted to carve, I cut up the other fruits, and when my husband got home, we were all ready to go. Except no one could find the watermelon.  It wasn’t in the fridge, it wasn’t in the pantry, it wasn’t in my car. We assumed I must’ve forgotten to load it from the grocery store early last week and so we (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Watermelon Basket

KPGT Conclude Year with Speakers & workshops, Elects New Officers, Announces Volunteer of the Year

Elise Heathman Memorial Volunteer of The Year Award, Melissa Furman.

May 21, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy Parents of Gifted & Talented Students (KPGT) event calendar was full of opportunities this spring which offered star gazing, distinguished guest speakers and student workshops and rounded off the year electing new board members and announcing its Elise Heathman Memorial Volunteer of The Year Award.

The popular April star gazing event led into the much anticipated visit by special guest Dr. James Delisle at the end of that month. Dr. Delisle conducted student workshops for junior and senior high gifted students offering them guidance and encouragement for growing up gifted. Dr. Delisle also presented a talk to parents, “Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children,” which hit upon many characteristics of parenting gifted children including embracing, encouraging and supporting personal intensities.

The school year’s events concluded May 3 with the annual KPGT membership meeting where board members were voted into office: Linda Kubena, President; VP Advisory, Lisa Lyons; Cindy Severin, Secretary. Current board members include: Len Thomas, VP Membership;  Natalie Newton, Treasurer; At-Large members Sharon Mata, Susan Sweeney, Melissa Furman, Youllonda Driver; KISD Representative Alene Lindley. After brief organizational business, guest speaker Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director of TAGT (Texas Association of Gifted & Talented) enlightened the audience with highlights to the Texas State Plan for gifted education. Earlier in the day, Mr. Weinberg presented the Texas Education Plan at a luncheon to KISD area superintendents, curriculum administration, school board members and KPGT board members. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on KPGT Conclude Year with Speakers & workshops, Elects New Officers, Announces Volunteer of the Year

THS Choir Students Receive Top Honors

May 21, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Taylor High School Choir student Kathryn Heathcock was the recipient of the highest student honor awarded by the Katy Independent School District, the Award of Excellence.  This award recognizes seniors who have consistently distinguished themselves in a particular area of study.

Kathryn Heathcock

 
Taylor High School Choir students Christina Katsampes, Kathryn Heathcock, Lauren Cudney and David Cregg  were the recipients of the 2010 THS Choir Boosters scholarships.  The students received the awards during the annual banquet May 15th.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Christina Katsampes, Kathryn Heathcock, Lauren Cudney and David Cregg

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on THS Choir Students Receive Top Honors

The Little Gym Parent-Child Classes

My Katy kid loves The Little Gym…

And so do I!

Kate on the bars at The Little Gym

I love The Little Gym because my 18 month old daughter Kate’s face lights up when we walk through the doors. There are so many reasons that I love this place… and so many reasons that it has become my favorite hour of the week.  It’s because it is a special hour designed for us to spend together, just the two of us.  With a big sister at home, Kate spends most of her time following us around to “big kid” activities.  Even when I am careful to focus on Kate, she doesn’t have the space to come alive while under the shadow of a very loving – and helpful – sister.  At The Little Gym, Kate works on independence and self-esteem but it is also time for us to spend bonding.  When we have a chance to interact, I am able to capture those moments between she and I and cling to them (and to her) with so much gratitude.  During the times Kate is participating in more independent activities, I am able to step back and marvel at the things she knows and how she interacts with other children her age.  These are things I long to know about my second-born but don’t always have the ability to observe while facilitating life for both of my children.  The  activities are so uniquely crafted to Kate’s age and the focus is so much about the experience and the process, rather than the actual skills and where she is on the developmental scale. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on The Little Gym Parent-Child Classes

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary Names PTA 2010 Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Honorees

May 20, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Congratulations to the Roosevelt Alexander Elementary PTA 2010 Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Honorees. All Texas PTA Lifetime Membership award winners have consistently given countless hours, undying respect and selfless actions to not only the RAE PTA and to Alexander Elementary, but to the Katy community on the whole.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com. 

Pictured with Mr. Roosevelt Alexander (L to R) are Audrey Schneider, Brenda Patterson, Laura Wiik, Kristen Smith, Becky Litton, Marie Klovenski, Krissy Garcia and Susan Sweeney

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Roosevelt Alexander Elementary Names PTA 2010 Texas PTA Lifetime Membership Honorees

Katy Restaurants with Sandboxes or Play Structures

Favorite Eats for Katy Families

I had a wonderful, leisurely lunch with some girlfriends today.  I know this sounds like an oxymoron since I have an 18 month old, but with all of our toddlers in tow, we sat at the table and chatted and enjoyed chips and salsa.

How did we do this?  We situated ourselves at a table near the sandbox at El Jarrito on Highland Knolls Drive.  The children enjoyed chips and their bean salsa, inexpensive kid’s meals, and an enormous sandbox while we ate at our own pace.

Usually, taking either of my children to a restaurant is a challenge.  Unless we go to Rainforest Café, it is unusual for them to stay entertained the entire time we’re there.  However, around the time my oldest daughter turned two, I discovered the magical world of sandboxes at restaurants.  Now, when my (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy Restaurants with Sandboxes or Play Structures

Not My Stress

A Katy Parent shares her struggles with stress

The school year is drawing to a close and it seems that life is as busy and chaotic as ever!  As a parent, sometimes life can be stressful and at times, more than we can handle.  One day, I had an “aha” moment when I learned that I didn’t need to absorb the stress of my loved ones.  As I think about it now, I can remember the pit in my stomach, the rapid breathing, and the threatening headaches as my children shared their stress.  “Mom, I’m supposed to bring a red folder to school.  I’ll get in trouble if I don’t have it!  Mom, did you wash my soccer shirt? I need it right now!  Mom, I failed my English test today.  Mom, can you bring me my lunch?  I think I left it in the kitchen.”

My, oh my, how my body would tense with the incessant stress!  And, when things turned out badly, I blamed myself.  It didn’t matter that it was my daughter who had left her lunch, or my son who hadn’t studied for his test, it (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Not My Stress

Changing With Your Children

Parenting your Katy kids is a learning process

I remember talking to my mother one day when my children were very young.  I was tired and I told her how happy I would be when my children were older.  “Motherhood will be so much easier!”  I said.  Wise as she was, she said, “No, it won’t be easier, in fact, it may be harder!”  At the time, this didn’t sit well with me, and I wondered what could possibly be harder than late night feedings, colic, and temper tantrums. 

Now, as my older children are entering their teenage years, I know what she was talking about.  The physical demands of young children are indeed exhausting!  But, the emotional demands of older children are just as, or more exhausting.  I am just entering this stage of life, but, I am learning that I need to change as they change.  I can’t be the same mother to them that I was when they were little. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Changing With Your Children

Summer Learning

The importance of keeping good learning habits for you Katy kids during school’s  “off-season”

Studies show that kids lose knowledge over the summer.  Kindergarteners, for instance, generally slide backward about two reading levels from June to August.  So, for a student who is already struggling scholastically, summer can be quite a set back.    With more time and fewer commitments, learning can be a great component to a successful summer.  Our children will be far ahead of the game if we continue to foster learning during the summer break.

As a young girl, I don’t remember ever uttering the phrase, “I’m bored.”  I believe this is due to the fact that I wasn’t bored.  My mother was very good at keeping her children productive.  Every summer we purchased workbooks that covered the material we would be learning the following (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Summer Learning

Music for Children

Can early exposure ensure a love for music throughout your Katy kid’s life? 

My toddler son amazes me with how interested he is in all types of music. Neither my husband nor I play an instrument, but we play various records and CDs in the home and in the car. Our son hears everything from Raffi and Mozart to Jimi Hendrix and Santana. We are careful that the choices we make are age-appropriate. We are more interested in the music than the lyrics. Our son will sit and listen intently to guitar solos and violin concertos. We’re saving AC/DC for later.
We began playing classical music to him when he was still in utero. I don’t know if the studies are correct that show a correlation between music in the womb and a child’s intelligence. It couldn’t hurt, we figured, to play good music when we knew he could hear it. I do feel that our playing such music then helped him appreciate it now. (more…)
Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Music for Children

Local Ministry on Track to Build the First Green Church Facility in Katy Area

May 19, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Fellowship of Love Church believes in being good stewards of the earth. From energy-efficiency tips to green preservation tools, the church has launched an aggressive fundraising and marketing campaign to educate and inform parishioners and community residents alike of the benefits of protecting the planet. Armed with eco-friendly information and divine inspiration, they are teaching area residents the importance of going green in order to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future. The church believes that now is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together to build a more green community, city, state and region.

Lead Pastor Lorenzo Ewing believes “We should work to become better stewards over this land that God has entrusted us. By building a green worship facility, we aim to set an example for our community and demonstrate our commitment to improving the world in which we live. As a ministry, we will continue to work aggressively to empower others to begin making small sustainable changes in their homes. We believe that as individuals begin to take steps towards earth preservation; collectively, we can initiate a positive movement that impacts our communities, our nation, and world.

The Fellowship of Love Church is working diligently to complete an assertive land-acquisition project in Fort Bend County that will be home to a 13,000 sq. ft. green state-of-the-art Multi-Purpose Center. All of the church’s planned structures will feature environmentally-friendly and ecologically responsible amenities that will provide a monumental platform for green efforts in the Fort Bend/Katy area. Such amenities will include natural (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Local Ministry on Track to Build the First Green Church Facility in Katy Area

Switching Spots

This Katy couple walks a mile in each other’s shoes

Yesterday, I had a funeral in Austin that I needed to attend.  My husband willingly took a personal day from his office job and stepped into the role of Mr. Mom.  I usually stay at home and manage the children’s activities during the day, but for this occasion, we very much had our roles reversed.

While I was away all day, my husband, Jordan, was wholly responsible for attending the Mommy And Me swim class for our 18 month old, Kate.  Not only did he have to manage swimming with Kate, but our older daughter, Avery (3 ½ years old) was sitting on the bench coloring and watching, so he had to be aware of her as well.  After swim, he changed both he and our (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Switching Spots

Mosquito Season is Here!

Tips on how to survive Katy’s tiny torturers

Standing water is a breeding ground for pesky mosquitos

It’s May. It’s warm. It’s humid. And it just rained – boat loads! Not quite a frog strangler, perhaps, but certainly a gully-washer. All that water is now breeding amd hatching grounds for mosquitoes over the next few weeks; 55 species of the insects live in the Houston area alone. 

Floodwater Mosquitoes lay their eggs in soil, where they wait for the flooding rains we saw over the weekend. Those eggs will now hatch. The good news is that flood water mosquitoes don’t carry the West Nile virus. The bad news is that the other kind of mosquitoes – the culex mosquitoes that lay their eggs in standing water – do carry West Nile Virus.  Any containers like garbage cans, old tires, and storm sewers that go stagnant after the rains, are breeding grounds for the culex. The end of may and beginning of June is typically when the first cases of West Nile start popping up.

The good news is that the city of Katy provides mosquito spraying services twice a week beginning in May, but the City needs your help. Mosquito larvae need  still water for five or more days to mature into adult biting mosquitoes. These numbers can be reduced by removing sources of standing water in residential areas. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Mosquito Season is Here!

Splashing Fun at LaCenterra

A favorite  activity for young Katy kids

This morning, I loaded my girls up with a sack lunch, a few dollars, and 2 towels.  Then we headed to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and met some playgroup friends for a little fun in the sun.

This is a favorite May activity for us.  It’s finally warm enough to warrant running through the water sprays, but isn’t yet so hot that I need to be in the water as well.  My daughters, Avery, 4 years, and Kate, 18 months, loved standing over a water hole until it squirts up on them.  Later, they giggled as they walked straight through a row of streaming water. 

Once the children got hungry, we sat out at the tables provided and ate our sack lunch.  Some days, we’ll stop at Mission Burrito or Panera Bread for lunch, but today we were going the low-cost route.  Once lunch and a little more splashing were over, it was time for my daughter’s favorite activity at LaCenterra: ice cream!  There are so many wonderful options for sweet (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Splashing Fun at LaCenterra

Schedule your trip to the Houston Science Museum

A Katy Family Beats the Heat and Learns Something New 

Natalie and her husband, Stephen, pose with a fossil on display at the museum

A great place to visit this summer, if your looking for a Katy/Houston area staycation or just a fun weekend outing is the Houston Museum of Natural Science. They are currently showing several great exhibits; The Science of Wonder: Magic, Faberge: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars, Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution and those are just the special exhibits.

My family set out to see the Magic and Archaeopteryx exhibits. The Magic exhibit is filled with history of some of your favorite magicians from Houdini to Penn and Teller and who inspired them. The best part is that if you time your visit right (see showtimes http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/special_exhibits/magic/live_magic_shows.asp) you can see live magic shows by some of today’s best magicians. We saw Richard Hatch who seemed to be well trained in the traditional classics like the Chinese rings and close-up slide of hand.

We also took advantage of the special going on with the Hubble 3D IMAX and the Burke Baker Planetarium show, Life in the Universe.  With this coupon (http://www.hmnsmedia.org/Campaigns/Coupon/Hubble.html ) you can (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Schedule your trip to the Houston Science Museum

Katy area piano students perform in Spring Piano Recital

(L-R) (front) Michael Lennard, Brian Lennard, Elise DeGeeter, Natalie DeGeeter, Camille Boado, Chelsea Sun, Daniel Argueta, Sasha Burford, Carissa Boado, Michael Choi, Hannah Kirby. ( L-R) (middle) Sharon Zhu, Shannon Sun, Rachel Zhu, Julia Rodriguez, Katherine Zhang, Ore Omidele, Myles Burford, Rachel Tagle, Christopher Chun, Kenneth Fernandes, Emily Schauer. (L-R) (back) David Escalante, Miguel Garcia, Linden Lanier, Addie Kwon, Carolyn Zeng, Scott Lennard, Gloria Fernandes.

May 17, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Katy area piano students of Mary Ann LaCour were presented in a Spring Piano Recital on May 15th at the Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy.  The Recital included music by  composers from the Baroque through the Contemporary era, including student composer Miguel Garcia.

 
 
Singled out for outstanding performances in the Katy Music Teachers Spring Festival were Caroline Chun and Sharon Zhu and for outstanding performances in the Katy Music Teachers Sonatina Festival were Addie Kwon and Sharon Zhu.  Elise DeGeeter, Addie Kwon and Katherine Zhang earned a score of 100% on the Texas Music Teachers Association Student Affiliate Theory Test.  Awards were presented after the Recital.
Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy area piano students perform in Spring Piano Recital

West I-10 Fire Department Offers CPR Classes

Free life-saving techniques are available right here in Katy

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a vital skill that is easily learned. It has been proven that providing CPR before the Fire Department or EMS arrive is a valuable part of the process of calling 911. It could, in fact, be the deciding factor in saving someone’s life.

West I-10 Fire Department

Having CPR skills have a few benefits such as the reassure that you can help a friend or family member should they need it. Being able to understand how you can help 911operators when you’ve called them for assistance is also encouraging. It’s been 25 years since I took a CPR class, it was good to have that CPR skills review and to learn the new guidelines – a few things have changed in the last 25 years. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on West I-10 Fire Department Offers CPR Classes

Local Teachers’ Sorority Installs Officers

May 17, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The EPSILON MU chapter of ALPHA DELTA KAPPA, recently installed officers for the coming biennium. Alpha Delta Kappa is an international honorary organization for women educators. 

The newly elected chapter officers are:

  • PRESIDENT—ELIZABETH STELEVICH,
  • PRESIDENT-ELECT—PAULA OPIELA, HAYES
  • SECRETARY—KATHY ELLIS
  • TREASURER—CAROL DIANE BINDER, MCE
  • HISTORIAN—ESTHER SCHWANN, CREECH
  • CHAPLAIN—KARLA TEAGUE, MCE
  • IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENTS— BARBARA LANDIS, HAYES AND GIGI BETHKE, CREECH

Members of the chapter, which comprises women teachers in the KISD, are very active in their community.  This past year they ran several projects to benefit the Casa de Esperanza. They have also supported schools in Galveston that were damaged by Hurricane Ike, the Katy Christian Ministries, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Research Center, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the American Heart Association, the Spina Bifida Foundation, Oakmont Nursing Home, and the Brookshire Nursing Home. They have also provided holiday gifts for needy families in Katy. Recipients of the chapters annual scholarship awards are: Matthew Patton, Brooke Vickers, and Heather Burns, all graduating seniors of KISD. 

Alpha Delta Kappa is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and has over

40,000 members in more than 1,400 chapters located in towns and cities in every state, Puerto Rico and around the world in Australia, Canada, Jamaica and Mexico.

Alpha Delta Kappa members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heartwarming, community-based altruistic projects. In the past two years alone, Alpha Delta Kappa members have given at the grass roots level more than 7.7 million dollars in monetary gifts, more than 1.9 million dollars in scholarships and have provided more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer service in their communities. This year, the international organization is sponsoring the building of a school in Viet Nam in conjunction with the Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project.

To be eligible for  membership, a woman must be employed full time in the education field  with two or more years professional experience, certified in teaching, administration or some specialized field of education and receive recommendations from a  member and be approved by the chapter. For more information please contact Mrs. Stelevich at aestel@comcast.net.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Local Teachers’ Sorority Installs Officers

Favorite Movies

A Katy family brings back some of the classics

My daughter was sick last night, and so we declared today a movie marathon day.  With the rain and her recovering stomach, it is the perfect day to cuddle up in front of the tv and enjoy family favorites.

We are avid Disney fans, and have most of the movies they have released from the vault since my oldest daughter was born in 2006.  We also have the traditional child faves, such as Sesame Street, Curious George, and the Shrek movies.

This morning, though, we decided to offer my daughter Avery some “new” options: classic favorites from my childhood and my husband’s childhood.

Right now, we are watching the 1969 movie Hello Dolly with Barbara (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Favorite Movies

Adventures in homeschooling in Katy

Weighing the options for your Katy kid

I was homeschooled as a child, from 3rd grade to my High School Graduation, and although there were many great lessons I took away from that experience, I promised myself up until recently that I would never home school my own children.  I had been very lonely as a homeschooler, and quite isolated.  I didn’t want to inflict the same treatment on my own brood.  That’s what I thought, anyway!

A couple of months ago, through a series of events and changes, my husband and I pulled my 6th grade son from public school and I began the grand adventure of homeschooling a Junior High kid.  Wow!  What a job!  Now, two months in, I am just finding my feet as a “home school” mom.  All my grandeur fantasies of field trips to the ocean and science experiments with (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Adventures in homeschooling in Katy

Firethorne Breaks All Previous First-Quarter New Home Sales in 2010

Firethorne Director of Marketing Janet Burkett (center) awarded prizes through a drawing ($1,000 and $2,500, respectively) to Realtors® Susan Key of RE/MAX Westside (left) and Mike Carew of RE/MAX Cinco Ranch (right.)

May 14, 2010 – Katy, Texas –  In 2010 Firethorne broke all first-quarter new home sales records in its five-year history, highlighted by a 284 percent increase over its first quarter new home sales in 2009.  This figure represents the greatest percentage increase in sales — double that of the next highest sales increase of 140 percent — of any of the top 14 Houston-area master-designed/master-planned communities researched by Metrostudy, the leading provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and related industries nationwide. 

Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-designed community located in Katy/Fulshear, 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor, achieved 96 new home sales in first quarter sales in 2010, versus 25 over the same period in 2009. 

“We are extremely pleased with the results of our Firethorne sales and marketing teams and appreciate the tremendous support of the local Realtor® community,” said Firethorne Marketing Director Janet Burkett.  While she suggests the federal tax credits for first-time homebuyers may have planted a seed in people’s minds, she attributes the strong new home sales in the Firethorne community to the continued growth in the Katy and Fulshear areas and for being part of one of the best school districts in the (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Firethorne Breaks All Previous First-Quarter New Home Sales in 2010

Save money at the Houston Zoo

Visit the Katy Fiesta Market

Baby elephant, Baylor, was recently born at the Houston Zoo. Photo by Brian Hill.

Looking for something fun to do this summer with your family? Make plans to go to the Houston Zoo. There is always fun and excitement to be found at the Houston Zoo and when you plan your trip in advance you can save money. Visit the Katy Fiesta’s courtesy booth (or any Fiesta) for discount tickets to the Houston Zoo. Just one extra stop can save you money! Also, if you ride the METRO and you plan to purchase your tickets at the gate present your METRO pass and you will save a dollar on each ticket. Every little bit can help!

This month has brought major zoo news along with the Houston summer weather! After a pregnancy lasting almost 23 months Shanti, an Asian elephant delivered a healthy, 348-pound baby boy named Baylor. Now the (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Save money at the Houston Zoo

Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary

An oasis of nature close to Katy

Avery and Hannah fishing with nets at the santuary

Yesterday, our playgroup took a field trip to the Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary.  It is literally a nature oasis in the middle of the Memorial area.  When we pulled in to the parking lot for Memorial Drive Methodist Church, the sign – and certainly the area – were not obvious.  But once we got our bearings and found the entrance to the Nature Sanctuary, we were amazed at what hides just beyond the road on Memorial Drive.

Yesterday, our children participated in a learning time, a craft, and many fun outdoor activities.  This was the last day of that particular program, but there are many more opportunities at the Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary, which you can explore by visiting http://outside.in/memorial-houston-tx/edith-l-moore-nature-sanctuary. 

The focus was on pond life while we were there, and my 3 ½ year old (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary

Kilpatrick students participated in the Special Olympics

May 14, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Brady won a gold medal in javelin throw and a silver in the 50 meter dash and Brynn a gold in javelin throw and a gold in 50 meter dash.  Congratulations Brady and Brynn!!! 

Teacher Kristin Hansen with Brady Faulk and Brynn Bailey.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Kilpatrick students participated in the Special Olympics

Ah, Baseball in Katy!

Just one of the many sports enjoyed by our Katy community

Ah, baseball.  What a sport!  The smell of a new glove, the whish of the air as the bat is swung, and the screams and whoops of the excited moms as their sons bring home trophies!  My twelve-year-old son Jovanni, is playing with the Orioles in the Katy Pony League this spring, and although they just finished up a great season, they placed well enough to participate in the playoffs!

Tonight was their first playoff game, and it was a tight one!  Not in the score, but in the play by play.  It was too much fun to cheer for our team as they rose from 0-0 up to the fourth inning all the way to 9-1 by the bottom of the sixth!  They took the win, and will play again on Tuesday against the undefeated White Sox.  The Orioles came in second to the White Sox this (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Ah, Baseball in Katy!

250 Katy Teenagers to Perform

Katy students gather for a community performance

This weekend, 250 Katy teenagers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will join together to give a musical performance at Morton Ranch High School.  Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are free and can be ordered at www.katystakeyouth.org.  Once a ticket has been reserved online, an electronic ticket will be sent to your email address.  The youth will perform a musical cantata (a musical composition for voices and orchestra based on a religious text) called >From Cumorah’s Hill by Steven Kapp Perry and Brad Wilcox.  The songs are inspirational in nature and the script is based on real life situations.  (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on 250 Katy Teenagers to Perform

It’s May, It’s Field Day!

Elementary schools around Katy participate in fun, healthy competitions

One of my favorite May activities is helping with Field Day.  Field Day is a day set aside for elementary students to get outside, exercise and have fun in the sun!   As I attended Field Day last week at my children’s school, I was amazed at what a successful and entertaining event it was.  Kudos to our awesome Katy Schools and many parent volunteers!

Before Field Day commenced, there was an “Opening Ceremony”.  The students who had scored the highest in their fitness tests walked around the track holding a torch.  As the torch-bearers walked around the track, they (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on It’s May, It’s Field Day!

Children’s Day

A Katy family celebrates a new kind of holiday

While reading my Mother’s Day cards with my children and husband, my five year old looked up at me and said in all seriousness, “There is Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, and all of the rest of the days are Children’s Day’s!”  I smiled at him and said, “You are right!  Three hundred and sixty-three days of the year are children’s days!”

As I have thought about the years I have been a mother, I smile as I think about the many Children’s Days I have enjoyed.  Yes, there have been many difficult and exhausting times, but there have also been countless beautiful, fun and delightful times. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Children’s Day

Homeschool Theatre Arts Students SHINE at Performance!

Katy YMCA’s Homeschool Theatre Arts class performs Peter Pan.

May 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy Family YMCA Home School Theater Arts class performed their version of PETER PAN on May 12 in front of family and friends. Directed by Theater Arts instructor, Dori Fostok, the cast consisted of 20 Homeschool students ranging in ages from 5 to 16. Auditions were held in January and the cast met weekly for 2 hours to practice.  Not only did the students perform, they choreographed the dances, worked out the scenes, built props, designed costumes, etc.  Ms. Dori was very proud of her students and the production was a huge success!

The Katy Family YMCA is offering a Theater Arts camp June 14 – 17 from 1pm-3pm for ages 6 – 14.  Bring out your child’s creativity by learning theatre fundamentals such as acting, singing, & dancing! Learn behind the scenes processes such as prop & costume design, skit writing & stage make-up!  Call the Katy YMCA at 281-392-5055 or visit www.ymcahouston.org/katy to find out more! 

Danielle Sheridan Vacek, Amy Christine Deboyle, Daniel Joseph Decker, Abigail Dawson, Maya Ware, Cameron Davidson

 

Anna Decker, Danielle Sheridan Vacek, Joshua Decker, Amy Christine Deboyle

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Homeschool Theatre Arts Students SHINE at Performance!

Almost Famous Lemon Bars by Bess

A Katyite shares one of her favorite recipes

This fresh, citrus-filled dessert has become a popular request item among my friends and family, and is easy and fun to make.  Whether for a picnic meal, to add to a delicious buffet of springtime dishes, or just alone with a fragrant cup of coffee, this bar dessert is a real winner!  The original recipe is from the Good Housekeeping – Great Home Cooking Cookbook.   I’ve just adjusted a couple of details after perfecting the bars to our taste!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups plus 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
½ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup cold butter
2 large lemons, or 3 small ones
3 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 13” by 9” pan with aluminum foil, lightly grease foil. 

In medium bowl, combine 1 ½ cups flour with the powdered sugar.  With pastry blender or two knives used scissor-fashion, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan.  Press it firmly evenly around the bottom of pan. 

Bake until lightly browned, about 17-20 minutes. 

Meanwhile, from lemons, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 1/3 cup juice.  In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat eggs until thick and lemon-colored, about 3 minutes.  Reduce speed to low.  Add granulated sugar, remaining flour, baking powder, salt and lemon peel and juice.  Beat, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula, until blended.  Pour over warm crust. 

Bake until filling is just set and golden around edges, about 17-19 minutes.  Transfer pan to wire rack. Dust powdered sugar over warm filling.  Cool completely in pan on wire rack. 

When cool, remove lemon bars from pan by lifting edges of foil and place on cutting board.  Cut lengthwise into 3 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into 12 pieces. 

After you make these, let me know how they taste!  Enjoy the lemon goodness!

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Almost Famous Lemon Bars by Bess

Kilpatrick Elementary Annual OKE Walk Successful

May 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Kilpatrick Elementary held their  American Diabetes Association 5th Annual OKE Walk  on February 6th , 2010.  Our walkers raised $5,591.07.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.  

Pictured are Teri Brown and Top Donation Raiser Ethan Rothschild who raised $1,186.07.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Kilpatrick Elementary Annual OKE Walk Successful

Kilpatrick students participated in the KISD Honor Choir

May 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Kilpatrick students participated in the KISD Honor Choir, directed by Michele Dial and Lynne Spears.   Please mention y ou found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katie Aromy, Emily Baldwin, Madison Beall, Neel Bhope, Lauren Breath, Pearson Broadrick, Brett Calarco, Lizzy Cox, Victoria Delgado, Brett Dolotina, Guarav Garg, Parisa Jesudasen, Jane Lee, Katrina Kier, Sydney Maeker, Gabbi Marchelli, Jonathan Yap. The Teachers are: Suzie Calarco and Michele Dial

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Kilpatrick students participated in the KISD Honor Choir

Shred for Students and Teachers

May 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas - Tradition Bank – Alief, located at 12300 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Texas, and Tradition Bank – Fry Road, located at 2117 N. Fry Road, Katy, Texas will both host a community-wide shred day on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in support of the Alief Education Foundation. Documents will be shredded in each bank’s parking lot, and a donation of $5 per box is appreciated. Residents are asked to place old documents for shredding in a banker’s box. Staples, paper clips and binder clips need not be removed from the documents. Plastic binders are not accepted. Assistance will be available at the event to help unload heavy boxes. Shred Day Proceeds to Benefit the Alief Education Foundation.  For more information please call 713.666.2511.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Shred for Students and Teachers

West Houston Express Network (WHEN) names its 2010 honorees

May 13, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The West Houston Express Network (WHEN) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) recently named its honorees for 2010.  Pictured are Carol Adams, their Women of Excellence, Terri Scott, their Top Ten Candidate, and Jeanne Huiras, their Women of the Year.  WHEN meets during lunch the first Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Club at Falcon Point.  Visit www.abwawhen.org for more details.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Carol Adams, Terri Scott, and Jeanne Huiras

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on West Houston Express Network (WHEN) names its 2010 honorees

Keeping Our Children Safe

Simple steps to ensure your Katy Cutie has a fun and safe summer

As summer approaches, it is important to check our homes and yards to prepare for a safe summer.  Pediatricians admit that during the summer months, children are at an increased risk for accidents and injuries.  With more leisure time, children are likely to be adventuresome and active…both positive traits when they are closely monitored.  Most accidents and injuries can be prevented when potential threats are addressed.

Indoor-

While we as mothers are in spring cleaning mode, we should also review our homes for safety.   Are medicines and cleaning supplies out of our children’s reach?  Do outlets have safety covers?  Are knives and other sharp objects put away?  Are plastic bags stored safely? If toddlers or babies are in the house, are stairs gated and sharp edges on furniture covered? (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Keeping Our Children Safe

Morton Ranch newspaper wins national awards

May 11, 2010 - Katy, Texas – Please congratulate the student staff of the Morton Ranch High School Maverick Star newspaper! The newspaper was just awarded Second Place by the American Scholastic Press Association.  This honor puts the Maverick Star in the top 25% of high school newspapers nationwide.  The judge said that the Maverick Star’s score, based on writing, editing, photography, design, and coverage, showed a solid grasp of journalistic production in all areas.

A special award was also won by Maverick Star artist Skye Canales.  Skye’s cartoon series, “Clueless” was selected for a Special Category Award – Outstanding Cartoon.  Only 12 students across the nation had cartoons chosen for this award.  Congratulations to Skye Canales and the Maverick Star staff.  Staff members include:

  • Editors-in-Chief: Vanessa Palmer and Hector Flores
  • Design Editor: Michelle Zajac
  • Opinions and Features Editor: Paige Haubert
  • News Editor: Rebeca Trejo
  • Sports Editor: Stella Rocha
  • Entertainment Editor: Avery Jennett
  • Advertising Editor: Alyssa Uresti
  • Head Photographer: Lexie Nickerson
  • Reporters: Nancy Amin, Sam Beeler, Skye Canales, Miguel Chavez, Sara El-Nagi, Sarah Oyarce
  • Photographers: Marijose Flores, Gustavo Iglesias, Gary Loayza, Jazmin Rodriguez
  • Designers: Jordan Bragg and Brittany Parker

Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Morton Ranch newspaper wins national awards

Summer Dessert Fun

A Katy family makes a beach scene to compliment dinner

My four year old daughter and I decided to make May special and to count down the days until school is out.  I wanted to keep it healthy, low-cost, and low-stress, since the end of the year has enough stress of its own.

We decided to do a healthy(ish) dessert each week that somehow makes us think of summertime.  Last week, we made beach scenes.  We used graham cracker crumbs, low-fat vanilla pudding, and marshmallows to create the beach.

In each clear cup, we lined the bottom with graham crackers to look like sand.  We had to make sure to put enough of the graham cracker crumbs along the bottom, because once the pudding is poured in, they can get hidden from the side of the cup if there aren’t enough. 

Next, we stirred blue food coloring in to the vanilla pudding to create the water.  We used a box mix of French Vanilla pudding and stirred the blue food coloring into the milk before whisking it together.  Apparently French (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Summer Dessert Fun

Congratulations to Spring Class of Tiger Cub Grads, New Black Belts & Instructors

May 11, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy is pleased to announce its newest class of Tiger Cub graduates, new first degree black belt students and instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next level during the spring rank exam.

First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belts

Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 1 “Probationary” Black Belt: Joshua Boyce, Demetrius Brooks, Joey Fullinwider, William Longridge, Kirsten Madina, Celine Maranon, Will Martin, Natasha Tamula, Illiana Torres-Soto, Ryan Tough, Maggie Weeks, Michael Weeks, Patrick Whitehead. Congratulations to these students who have earned their First Degree Level 2 “Decided” Black Belt: Tyler Blonder, Kavya Chandran, Thomas DeOcampo, Magnus Dhelie, Anna Beth Duncan, Matthew Duzant, Brooke Finkelstein, Melissa Furman, Skylar Galicia, Christina Jones, Brian Madina, Efren Munoz, Nicholas Munoz, James Nicholson, Sohum Purao, Alberto Rios, Madison Schenk, Collin Taylor, Katie Walz, Catherine Weldon. 

Second Degree Black Belts

Congratulations to the following students for earning their Second Degree Black Belts: Osama Ehimwenma, Jacob Gries, Meshach Jassal, Norma Komplin, Arnav Mohanty, Adam Mojtahed, Reese Needham, Jacob Roopchand, Natalie Russo, Wyatt Taylor, Victoria Vargas.  The following students have earned their Third Degree Black Belts: Nicholas Bean, Alex Harris, Gabriella Mills, Roberta Mills. 

Level 2 Instructor and Level 1 Instructors

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy also welcomes these dedicated students who passed instructor testing requirements during the spring exam to become Instructors: Level 2 Instructor Arya Muralidharan and Level 1 Instructors Tyler Blonder, Nicholas Saenz, Demetrius Brooks, Kevin Quentin. 

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Congratulations to Spring Class of Tiger Cub Grads, New Black Belts & Instructors

Pattison Elementary Students Learn a Lesson on Life

May 6, 2010 – Katy, Texas – First Graders at Pattison Elementary enjoyed watching the chicken eggs in their classrooms every day waiting for the eggs to hatch.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Reese Morgan and Evan Wetmore are able to gently touch the baby chicks that are only a few days old.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Pattison Elementary Students Learn a Lesson on Life

Rainy Day Camp-In

Here are some tips for your Katy family when the weather puts a damper on your outdoor camping trips 

Have you ever planned a camp-out and had the weather decide not to co-operate? What’s a family to do when their camp-out gets rained out? How about a camp-in instead? Better yet, let your kids invite a friend over and make it a pajama party.

To set up for the camp-in, first clear some space in the living room or family room. Then spread out those sleeping bags (one for each kid) and hang a few strings of outdoor party lights for a little ambience. Next, either attach glow-in-the-dark stars all over the ceiling – in constellation patterns, of course – or set up a star field projector if you have one. Put out a star-gazer book to help (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Rainy Day Camp-In

An Amelia Bedelia Moment

Loving those priceless moments with my Katy cuties

Yesterday, my extended family and I were spending the day together.  We were sitting outside, watching my 4 year old daughter, Avery, playing in the sandbox.  My sister, Amanda, and my grandmother were talking about a new dress my sister was hoping to sew.  She went to the car to get the pattern she had purchased, only to discover she had left it at her house in Spring.  All of the adults discussed how frustrating it is to realize you’ve left something by the front door instead of loading it up.  I had no idea my daughter was listening until she interrupted the conversation.

“Mommy,” she said, “I’m all done with the sand.  I’m going to go inside and wash my hands and make Amanda a pattern.” (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on An Amelia Bedelia Moment

Stress of NICU Leads to Appreciation

One Katy family gets by on the support of their friends

It’s been almost three weeks since our triplets were born. They are small, but they are doing well. The doctors are happy with their progress and that gives my husband and me a lot of hope for the future. However, it is obviously a stressful situation for our family. If you know of someone with loved ones, especially children, in the hospital, here are a few things you could try to help lighten their load.

First, offer to drive them to the hospital. Parking fees are tremendous. There are times that I am paying $15.00 just to park. When you drive your friend to the hospital, you are making life easier. I know that the hospital my triplets are in offers a monthly contract which is a much better deal. Perhaps you could do the legwork for your friend so that it is one less errand for her to do while at the hospital. That will free up some time for her to spend with her sick family member. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Stress of NICU Leads to Appreciation

Local Student Wins 1st at Texas Music Teachers Association Composition Contest

Daniel Silliman

May 7, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Daniel Silliman has been awarded First Place in the High School Ensemble division of the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) Composition Contest.  He will be honored for this achievement at the upcoming TMTA Convention, to be held June 10-14 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas.  The sixteen-year-old studies piano and composition with Tobin Wright and is currently completing his junior year at Taylor High School.  Silliman was also awarded the American Festival for the Arts/Accessible Contemporary Music Young Composer’s Prize, which entailed a public performance of his composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, last November.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Local Student Wins 1st at Texas Music Teachers Association Composition Contest

Outing to Katy Mills Mall

Inexpensive fun at this Katy family’s favorite hang-out

Today I took my girls to Katy Mills Mall.  Sometimes we head there to shop, and I love those trips.  But today, we just went to be together.

Before we left, we gathered all of our change from around the house and stuck it in one of my daughter’s dress-up purses.  I was curious if it would be enough to keep us busy for the next hour, and I was pleasantly surprised.

We arrived, with no agenda except to walk the mall and spend our coins.  First, we stopped at one of those coin collectors with the funnel.  My girls had so much fun watching the coins pin around and around.  I was careful to pick out the pennies for this activity.  Total cost for this stop: approximately (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Outing to Katy Mills Mall

Katy Kindergarteners Give Moms a Makeover

Katy students get the chance to doll up their moms for Mother’s Day

Yesterday, I was invited to a “Mommy Makeover” event put on by the Kindergarteners at Woodcreek Elementary.    I have many wonderful Mother’s Day memories, but, this one tops the list!   At 1:30 p.m., I walked to my son’s classroom.  At the door, I was greeted by his teacher and immediately, my son, Braden, walked to the door and offered me a beautiful paper bouqet of flowers.

A huge smile spread across Braden’s face as he escorted me to a seat and began to pamper me.  I had brought a bag of toiletries- some makeup, nail polish, lotion and hair accessories.  “Hmm…”  Braden said.  “What should we do first?”  He then decided to re-do my eye make-up.  The other mothers (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy Kindergarteners Give Moms a Makeover

Living My Dream

Mother’s Day is the perfect time for this Katy mom to reflect

I’m living my dream.

Angela with her two daughters, Avery and Kate.

When I was young and couldn’t sleep at night, I’d lose myself in fantasy worlds. I didn’t dream of being a princess or a ballerina. I didn’t want to be a rock star. I wanted to be a mommy. I’d lay awake at night, dreaming of the day I could hold my very own little ones in my arms.

Several times a week, I catch myself with a silly grin (often with a tear as well), just soaking in these moments that are so fleeting and so very precious. The way that my oldest daughter, Avery, says “Mama”, the way that the baby, Kate, stares at her daddy when he walks in a room, the days full of learning and playing and cuddling… it’s all a dream come true. I’ll take the dishes and laundry and constant clutter. With it comes the most blessed moments I’ve lived through yet.

I wondered when my first daughter, Avery was born how people could tell me it only got better from there. She was so small and so precious and a part of me never wanted those days to end, so I couldn’t imagine it being even better than that. Now, I understand. As a 3 ½ year old, the child is so full of (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Living My Dream

2010 Summer Camps

 Offered by Katy Parks and Recreation Department

It’s time to start thinking about summer activities for our kids. I know, I know, the economy is still a little shaky and gas prices on the rise – again! So how can families find activities at a reasonable cost, without draining the gas tank, or the wallet? Katy Parks and Recreation Department might just have the answer you’re looking for. The Department offers a number of week long summer camps that won’t cost an arm-and-a-leg and are close to home.

The camps are designed for children ranging in age from three to twelve years of age with groups divided up based on learning levels and skill sets for each age group. The week-long sessions are broken down into pre-school, (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on 2010 Summer Camps

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Volunteers Visit Stanley Elementary

May 6, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo volunteers visited Stanley Elementary to give the students an up close and personal educational experience about the rodeo.  The Houston Rodeo Speaker’s Committee and other volunteers rotated students around various stations including rodeo crafts, campfire songs, dances and animal displays.  Students were decked out in western attire, and were even treated to line dance lessons taught by Mr. and Mrs. Stanley.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Stan and Patsy Stanley pose with Roberto Graham during their country line dance lessons given to Stanley Elementary students at Rodeo Day.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Volunteers Visit Stanley Elementary

Orphan’s Hope Fund and Light of the Islands Benefit from March Profits

May 6, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Kosmos Coffee shop partnered with Grace Fellowship United Methodist to give more than $500 from its March sales to Orphan’s Hope Fund and Light of the Islands, organizations that benefited under the cause of “Hope”, one of Kosmos’ six causes. Located on Peek Road directly across the street from the YMCA at The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch, Kosmos Coffee donates all profit each month to the recipients under that month’s cause. For more information about causes, community and coffee, visit: www.kosmoscoffee.org.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Orphan’s Hope Fund and Light of the Islands Benefit from March Profits

Navigating Contention

Can one Katy mom find peace amongst the chaos?

Snuggled cozily in bed, I opened my eyes and watched the sun pour through my bedroom window. The day was gorgeous. I stretched my arms high above my head, flexed my feet and let out a great, slow yawn. It was Saturday and I looked forward to a fun-filled day with my darling children. As my mind mulled over the possibilities of the day, I was suddenly pulled from my musings. My great notions suddenly began to dissipate as I heard shrieking from upstairs.

“Mom, Bryan won’t stay out of my rooooom! Make him leave!”
“Mom, Braden pushed meeeee! Ow! Stop it Braden! You’re hurting me!”
“Stop it Bryan! Those are myyyyyy games. You can’t play with them!” (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Navigating Contention

Katy Teacher Receives National Recognition in Surprise Ceremony

Griffin Elementary teacher, Nancy Hess, receiving her Plank Fellowship Award.

May 5, 2010 - Katy, Texas – Nancy Hess’ celebration of National Teacher Day is particularly festive this year. Yesterday morning, during the student-produced morning announcements broadcast on closed circuit television, Hess was presented with Houston’s 2010 Plank Fellowship Award, given in recognition of the inspired implementation of her Fund for Teachers’ fellowship and the continued impact it makes on her teaching practice, her students and her community. Only eight teachers across the country received this distinction, along with the $500 prize. 

In 2007, Nancy capitalized on a Fund for Teachers grant to experience a cultural immersion in England, France, Germany and Austria. Upon her return, she recreated Monet’s most famous garden in her classroom to welcome students on the first day of school. Students dove into the fine arts curriculum to the sound of a working fountain and surrounded by flowers, prints of Monet’s work and photos of the real garden – all beckoning them to come sit on a bench and read a book. 

To introduce students to additional artists and locations, Nancy developed slide shows using the Sistine Chapel, the Louvre and the National Museum in London as examples of how art and music developed over time; built on her experience hearing a Mozart concert in a Salzburg fortress to teach The Magic Flute; and created a culminating activity for the unit – a Living Museum. Each student chose an artist to portray to the school community and created project boards enhancing their performances. Finally, Nancy is in the process of creating an ABC’s of Architecture book based on the elements of design she saw and illustrated with photos taken of the famous European landmarks she visited. 

“My fellowship showed me that as a teacher, I am responsible for bringing information to life,” said Hess. “Seeing my students excited about learning makes me excited about teaching and I’m now motivated to always bring passion and personal experiences into my classroom.”  Please mention you found this www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy Teacher Receives National Recognition in Surprise Ceremony

Spring Cleaning Helps to Prepare for Baby

 How a Katy Mom-To-Be is Embracing “Nesting”

With our daughter arriving this July and summer now at our doorsteps I decided to really make the most of spring-cleaning this year. The last month my husband and I have been cleaning house and organizing all of our stuff. Yes, of course I wanted to jump into the cute baby decorations but I quickly saw that first you have to get organized before you can any fun with the cute stuff.

Honestly though, once we got started it wasn’t that horrible. I even tackled my overflowing file cabinet. As someone with an at home business I keep files on everything from our bills to my projects. Now that my file cabinet is organized and has some order to it I’m finding that I can now save time on many daily tasks. Paying bills, sorting mail and other undesirable tasks are handled much quicker and easier now. I also am able to be more productive (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Spring Cleaning Helps to Prepare for Baby

Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran donates to VFW Memorial Museum expansion

MRE - Meal Ready to Eat

May 5, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Museum was recently the recipient of some of the prized possessions of  one of the Post’s newest members.  Clare Wilklow, now a resident of the Katy area, served on active duty with the US Army from 2001 to 2004.  It was while on deployment that Clare came into the possession of a number of war related items.   While stationed in Wiesbaden Germany with the Army’s 141st Signal Battalion, Bravo Company her unit was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  Her military occupation specialty (MOS) was 54 Bravo which is a nuclear, biological and chemical specialist. With this MOS, she was in the midst of the search to find chemical weapons which could have ultimately been used by Saddam Hussein’s forces against the American troops and their allies – the coalition forces. In this capacity, she obtained many valuable artifacts and her gift of them to the museum will help create a realistic setting for this wartime era.   Accepting these scarce and treasured items on behalf of the Post was Jr. Vice Commander, Dave Brasell.

Some of the these donated items include:  Iraqi chemical boots from Saddam’s Republican Guard, Iraqi chemical gas mask (Russian style, probably supplied to the Iraqi Army after the Iraqi – Iranian War), Iraqi chemical decontamination kit with Arabic instructions, two log books from one of Saddam’s many Biological Laboratories in Bagdad which are written in English as well as Arabic, and a mix of crystals and cut glass from a chandelier in one of Saddam’s palaces.  (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran donates to VFW Memorial Museum expansion

KISD JH Summer Band Camp Dates

May 5, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The eighth annual summer band camp, offered to next years 7th, 8th, and 9th grade KISD band students, will be held at Katy High School from July 19th to July 23rd.  The camp will include daily section rehearsals, full band rehearsals, and fun music based electives.  Lunch is also part of the camp.  The cost of the camp is $100 and will include a t-shirt if received by June 4th.  Late registration is an additional $25.  The camp concludes with the Grand Concert on Friday morning at 9am.  After the concert, those students wishing to extend the fun a little longer can join in the group’s optional trip to Splashtown Water Park in Spring, Texas for an additional $30 (park admission, meal, bus transportation, and drinks are included in price) for a total camp cost of $130 ($155 after June 4th).  The KISD JH Summer Band Camp has been a huge success each year and we anticipate a large enrollment this year. Plan to register early in order to secure a spot.

Camp participants will audition for summer band camp placement the first day of camp, beginning promptly at 8am.  Students should prepare major scales and chromatic scales specific to the student’s instrument, as well as a band camp audition etude.  Students will be ability grouped with the number of bands being determined by total enrollment for the camp.  Audition materials are available from your Katy ISD Band Director or the Camp Staff.  In addition, an email confirmation is sent out upon registration, along with attachments that include audition materials and the medical form that is required for all participants.

The camp provides an economical and convenient alternative to those who may not have had a chance to attend another band camp over the summer due to scheduling and/or costs.  Participants will receive top quality instruction on their instruments from our own great KISD and Houston area Band Directors.  Join us for the eighth annual Katy ISD Junior High Summer Band Camp and keep your playing skills sharp for next year!  To receive a brochure and registration packet email kisdbandcamp@yahoo.com.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on KISD JH Summer Band Camp Dates

Mother’s Day the Creative Way

What one Katy family does to celebrate

Mickey Mouse cupcakes

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day have always seemed a bit daunting to my two siblings and me.  We love our parents so much and cherish the opportunity to show them this, but we have a bit of trouble coming up with a new, creative, meaningful way to express ourselves each year.  We don’t just want to give a gift to Mom on Mother’s Day, we want it to be a perfect gift that clearly represents how wonderful she is to us.

After several years of searching the creative vaults of our minds, my sister, brother, and I had a stroke of genius.  My mother and father want nothing (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Mother’s Day the Creative Way

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Teaching our Katy cutie the value of a thoughtful gift

My husband and I decided when my daughter was very young that we wanted to use Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as an opportunity to teach her about thoughtful gifts.  We wanted to teach her to give gifts that are special because she thought of the person she was giving the gift to.  We were hopeful that we could teach her that cost isn’t as important as thought.

To that end, we agreed that the most meaningful gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day would be gifts that she picked out herself.  One year, we took her to the Dollar Store and let her pick out anything she thought her Mommy (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Celebrating Mother’s Day

Doggie Outings

Dog Parks in Katy

We are always trying to find different parks for dogs for our dog Max to exercise and have fun with other doggies. Our dog Max awaits anxiously at the door to be taken to the dog park in Katy. He immediately knows when we get his leash and he starts jumping to get it on.
Katy has several dog parks in the area that caters to the doggies. We have taken our dog to Millie Bush Bark Park on 16756 Westhiemer Parkway and he really loves it. We always see different kinds of dogs there big and small. They also have a section for the larger dogs so the smaller dogs don’t get scared of the much bigger ones there in the park. The park has fire hydrants, water fountains, doggie showers, a lake, pick up bags and a walking trail with shade trees. (more…)
Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Doggie Outings

Cling To Family In Troubled Times

A Katy family turns to one another for support

Rain pelted the windshield as I cautiously attempted to drive home. It had been raining when we had arrived at our church for the Fourth of July activity, but now as I tried to make the trek home, I found that the roads were covered and the drains were obviously not able to drain the water as fast as it was accumulating. I said a silent prayer and wondered if I would be able to see through the great torrents of water that were rushing from the sky.

Since all of the roads were covered with water, it was impossible to discern how deep the water was in any given spot. I hesitated and wondered if we should pull to the side of the road to wait out the storm. After some thought, I felt I would be safe to proceed. Suddenly,the van stalled. I tried to start the car again, and again, but alas, it would not start. The engine had flooded and we were in serious danger. I peered out of the window and saw that the van was surrounded by water. It looked like the van was floating in a giant river. The normally gentle stream adjacent to the road, had risen and had flooded the ground on which we were driving. We were caught in a flash flood.

Within moments, I decided my children and I needed to get out of the car before it was swept away. As I opened the van door, water began to rush inside. My three children were not yet strong swimmers, thus, I held onto them with all my strength so they wouldn’t be swept away. Exerting all of the energy I could muster, I waded through waist-deep water until we reached higher ground. I collapsed onto the grass, exhausted, and drenched to the bone.

I have often thought back to this experience and have thought about how grateful I am that our family was able to pass through this storm safely, and without harm. Life is much like that stormy day. Sometimes life surprises us with floods, storms, and difficulties of all kinds. How grateful I am for a family to cling to during life’s troubled times.

In time of test, family is best. -Burmese Proverb

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Cling To Family In Troubled Times

Glamour for Mom

A little change goes a long way for one Katy mom

Since my hair is naturally curly, I have found that it is easiest to let my hair do it’s own thing. After showering, I simply work some gel through my hair and, voila, I’m ready to go!

A friend whom I have known since college said to me one day, “My husband and I were remarking that you look the same as you did in college. Even your hair is the same!” At first I thought her remark was a compliment implying that I hadn’t aged, but then, I wondered. How many people who haven’t changed their hairstyle in fifteen years look all that good? (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Glamour for Mom

Texas Children’s Hospital Names 20-Year Nurse Leader Shannon McCord

 as Director of Patient Care Services at New West Campus

Shannon McCord, director of patient care services at the new Texas Childrens Hospital-West Campus

May 4, 2010 – Katy. Texas – Texas Children’s Hospital recently named Shannon McCord as director of patient care services at the new West Campus, its first community hospital currently under construction at Interstate 10 and Barker Cypress Road. In this role, she will plan and direct patient care services including nursing operations, administration, education and training for West Campus outpatient and inpatient facilities.

McCord has more than 25 years of pediatric nursing experience and is approaching her 20th year at Texas Children’s Hospital. A board certified pediatric nurse practitioner, her experience encompasses both hospital and private practice settings including the positions of clinical staff nurse, educator, clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner. She has served as assistant director of wound, ostomy and continence, which involves the care of patients with acute and chronic wounds as well as patients who have bowel or bladder conditions.  Most recently she served as the assistant (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Texas Children’s Hospital Names 20-Year Nurse Leader Shannon McCord

Kilpatrick Elementary’s Para- professional of the Year

May 3, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Kilpatrick Elementary School congratulates Joanne Mickshaw. Joanne Is Kilpatrick’s Para- professional of the year.  

Joanne Mickshaw and Principal Malynn Rodriguez

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Kilpatrick Elementary’s Para- professional of the Year

Katy Jump Rope Team Members Qualify for Nationals

Katy YMCA’s Highflyers Team sweeps competition

May, 3, 2010 – Katy, Texas – The Katy Family YMCA’s Highflyers Jump Rope team, led by coaches Dave Cazares and Tammy Aleman, competed in the Jump Rope Regional competition on April 23. Out of the 26 members competing, 25 qualified for the National Competition in various events. The team swept nearly every category capturing first, second and third place. The Highflyers youngest Double Dutch team received the highest score overall out of all the teams participating. 

In June, the Highflyers will compete at the Jump Rope Nationals to be held in Galveston, Texas and expect to take home several National Titles. The Katy Family YMCA will host a Jump Rope summer specialty camp August 9th-12th from 9am-11am for ages 6-17.  Learn single rope freestyle and speed, Chinese Wheel, Double Dutch, Group Routines and Long Rope skills. Interested in learning more?  Please view the team’s website at www.highflyersjumpropeteam.com or www.ymcahouston.org/katy or contact the coach at 281-599-9654.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy YMCA Highflyers

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy Jump Rope Team Members Qualify for Nationals

Pattison Elementary Receives a Special Visitor

May 3, 2010 – Katy, Texas – As part of Texas History, special guest “William B Travis”, commander of the gallant men that defended the Alamo in 1836, visited Fouth Grade students of Pattison Elementary to tell his story of the battle of the Alamo.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.  

Pictured with William B Travis is Kelsey Wright and Brandon Stokes.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Pattison Elementary Receives a Special Visitor