The Colony Parade of Lights

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Katelynn was participating in the Parade of Lights, tonight. Unfortunately, the photo I have captured of her didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. It was too dark. Oh well! It’s not the end of the world. But I still captured some photos of the event in our community. We had a beautiful night. Sara and the neighbor’s boys collected candy from the floats. And Katelynn had a good time, marching with her band mates in the parade. The weather was nice and warm enough for Sara to be in shorts. Yeah, in Texas it is a little bit harder to get into the mood of the holidays, when it is still 70ΒΊF (21ΒΊC) during the days. But this suppose to change on Monday. And we will have a fire burning in the fireplace, hot cocoa, and snuggly pyjamas, while watching Christmas movies in the evenings.

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American Heroes Festival 2018

Kevin, the girls and I went to the American Heroes Festival, this evening. But we didn’t stay until the fireworks. The girls were bored and hungry already, before Sawyer Brown came on stage. And it was cold anyway. So we left early to have dinner at a local restaurant. It was nice to see Restless Hearts live, let the kids go on some rides and hang out with their friends. When the sun set, I captured some long exposures of the fair rides.

P!NK: Beautiful Trauma World Tour ~ Dallas, Texas

Kevin and I saw P!NK’s show of her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour” in the American Airline Center in Dallas, last night. She had an amazing second show with many songs of her new album “Beautiful Trauma” and her older albums as well. (Her first Dallas show was the night before). Still a little bit party-hungover, I post some photos I’ve captured with my cell phone.

Bret Michaels Band At Lava Cantina, The Colony, Texas

Kevin and I went to see Brets Michaels at the Lava Cantina in The Colony, yesterday. We had tickets for the balcony, and just wanted to enjoy a concert at this beautiful evening. The food was great. Kevin had the BLT, and I had Smoked Chicken Quesadilla. The service was great, too. The waiter was friendly. The food was hot, the drinks were cold. πŸ™‚

After the opening band played some great rock’n’roll music for an hour, Bret came out and rocked the place. He has a great line-up of band members as well: Pete Evick (guitarist) works with Bret several years, and he also could be seen in the VH1 show “Rock of Love” back in 2009; Eric BrittinghamΒ also plays the bass guitar in the band Cinderella; Rob Jozwiak (keyboards); and Mike Bailey (drums), who’s alsoΒ President and Artist Relations Director for Potomac Records in Washington, D.C.

What had the evening been without good ol’ Poison songs like “Look What The Cat Dragged In”, “Nothing But A Good Time”, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”, “Unskinny Bop”, “Something To Believe In” … etc? And the band jammed “Sweet Home Alabama” from Lynyrd Skynyrd and “Rock And Roll All Nite” from Kiss.Β The whole place was catapulted back into the late 80s/early 90s, again.

Overall it was a great party last night. The only thing, I’d change for the next event at Lava Cantina: purchase front seats to get a better look at the stage. πŸ˜‰ But it was great, since we went to this venue for the first time. Kevin and I still could see everything on the big screen, while we sipped on our beer.

Farewell Party At The Truck Yard In Dallas

This afternoon, we had a farewell party for Kevin’s co-worker. Him, his wife and son are moving back to the UK. We celebrated at the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville of Dallas.

Arriving at the Truck Yard, I liked it from the first minute. The Truck Yard is fairly new, it opened in 2013. It has the flair of a beer garden, “junk yard”, great food, live music, and it is dog friendly. They even encourage to bring your pooch with you. Every day, different food trucks park in the yard to sale their signature dishes. While waiting for the food to be done, we got one of these light-up pagers. Some guests go to the bar, get a drinkΒ and find a table under the shading umbrellas and trees in the meantime. The Truck Yard has a truck schedule on its website. If there is food from a particular truck, and the truck parks in the yard f.e. on Wednesday, that might be a good day to visit. I had the “Rice Bowl” from the Ssahm BBQ truck. I was wondering, why my taste buds recognized a hint of far eastern flavors. Later I found out, they serve Korean-Mexican foods. That’s awesome! And it tasted great. Why did I never get the idea of mixing these two flavors? πŸ˜‰

John Tipton played some tunes with his band on the stage truck, today. It was a great day in a good place to say good bye to a wonderful co-worker.

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Goodbye, Fraser & Family! Have a safe trip home back to the UK!

NOTE: Since I didn’t capture the photo and it was done with Annette’s cell phone, I can’t take the credit for the last photo above.

5K-Runs, Independence Day-Parade and Fireworks

Rain, lightning, thunder … all night long. Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I had a tough time to sleep. The night was over at 6 am, because we planned to got to the Liberty 5K Run in Stewart Creek Park at Lewisville Lake. The event wasn’t cancelled, and we got out of the house by 7 am.

At the parking lot we met our friends. And we all walked into the park together. We still had plenty of time, before the race started. Kevin and Sara stretched a little bit more. But Katelynn thought, she was fine. Later she said, it was a mistake. Her calves started to cramp, when she was running. Usually, she does the 5K under 40 minutes. This time, it took her almost an hour to reach the finish line. When Katelynn ate her yogurt, she said she should have stretched more. Lesson learned. Kevin came in at 36 minutes. And Sara was crossing the finish line at around 50 minutes. It was all for the fun of running for the girls. For Kevin it is more like an extra run to stay in shape for the Half-Marathon in October.

Once we all ate our snacks and drank some water, we walked back to the car. The Independence Day Parade supposed to begin at 10 am. And we still had 45 minutes to line up. Since it was sprinkling, a lot of people didn’t go to the parade. Kevin could park the van backwarts into the parking space. If the sky had opened more, at least we could have sit in the back of the van to stay try. But a little bit of sprinkling doesn’t keep us from cheering on the parade. This year’s theme was “Superheroes”. It was no surprise, that “Wonder Woman” was the Grand Marshal of the parade. Police vehicles, fire trucks, business trailers, churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, the City Council, and more lined up to greet and wish us a “Happy 4th of July”. Our town’s parades might be not the biggest and longest. But it is always enjoyable to get out and see people preparing for events in our community.

The sky cleared, and it turned out to be a nice evening. After dinner, we went to the “Liberty By The Lake” event, which was also in Stewart Creek Park. The “Tin Man Band” was live on stage, when we arrived and set up for watching the fireworks. The sunset was stunning at the lake. I haven’t watched it at the lake in a while. And it was a refreshing sight. The boats where lined up to see the fireworks on the lake. When it got darker, we could see all the lights from the boats out in the water.

When the fireworks started, I’ve noticed my camera battery was as good as dead. And I forgot to bring my charged battery. Oh well, there are more fireworks in the upcoming few days. Kevin, the girls and I shared a wonderful evening together. And that was much more important. ❀

U2 – The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 ~ Dallas, Texas

U2 are on my bucket list for a decade and a half, now. Last night came the moment, I finally could see them live in concert. The Lumineers were the opening act. Before the concert, I knew only one of their songs. So, I wasn’t expecting too much. But I have to say, I’m very impressed with their music style. They actually fit very well as a support band for U2.

U2 started their line up with “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”. The fans went into ecstasy from the first note. After the band played all the songs of “The Joshua Tree”, which celebrates its 30 year anniversary in 2017, U2 had also a good array of songs like New Year’s Day, Beautiful Day, Elevation to name a few. Overall they played 22 songs last night.

Kevin and I had nose-bleed seats in the Upper Concourse. But we still had a good view and enjoyed the concert. Since I couldn’t bring my camera to the venue, I had to use my phone camera. Of course, the pictures do no justice. But its the memories, which count. πŸ™‚