The next couple of days, we will celebrate the Independence of the USA.
Every year, The Colony Central Fire Station celebrates the Season with lots of Christmas lights and music. One year, a police office started the Light-o-Rama at his house across the park. The Fire Department liked it so much, they got some volunteers to help with their light-o-Rama, and it became a tradition. After the Parade of Lights, Santa flips the switch and turns on the lights at the Fire Station, in early December. From that day on, we citizens of The Colony can sit in the parking lot, tune our radio and listen to the music, while watching the lights, until after New Year.
Tonight was Katelynn’s first Winter Concert performance as a High School student. Next to “Stille Nacht” (German for “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber), the Synphonic Band also performed “Bravura” (C. E. Duble), “Old Days” (James Pankow) and “Jingle Bells” (James Pierpont).
Here is “Stille Nacht” performed by TCHS Symphonic Band:
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 70ºF (21ºC) 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.
From our house we have only a clear sight to our water tower, if we walk all the way to the southwestern corner of our house or wait until the leaves drop from the two Bradford trees across the street. Unfortunately, the other neighbor’s tree has no leaves left anymore, due to the freezing night temperatures last week. A little bit of gold mixed with the reds looks very beautiful in the late Autumn weeks. But we enjoy every little bit of it.
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.
It’s another “Halloween Season Monday”! This time, I talk about the years 2013 & 2014. Both years, we also went to the “Family Fright Night Camp Out” in The Colony.
In 2013, we decided we wanted to register for the “Family Fright Night Camp Out” in our city. It’s an annual event on the lake peninsula in Stewart Creek Park. We brought our camping gear, Halloween decoration and lots of candy. The event has costume competitions, Halloween decoration competitions, scream competition, Trick-or Treat, Movie Night, etc. The girls loved the camping in the park. For the Halloween season, I carved five pumpkins. Three we used for the above event. And then I carved another two for the girls on Halloween.
As the previous year, we went to the “Family Fright Night Camp Out” again. In 2014, it was much warmer than the prior year. We brought our fire pit to have a little campfire going, this time. The girls had fun. And I won the pumpkin carving contest. Hey, $50 in form of a gift card is not bad. I actually repeated that again, on Halloween. Kevin brought the pumpkin I carved for Halloween to the Italian restaurant down the road. They had it as a display for the night. And a few days later, they called me back saying, I won a $50 gift card. This was a good and creative season. 😀
… to be continued next Monday, October 29, 2018 …
Since Katelynn had to participate with her High School Band in the Homecoming Parade tonight, it was a given that Sara was a part of it, too. Sara’s Elementary School Coach gathered the kids from his clubs, so they could walk in the parade as well. Kevin parked at the High School and walked to the starting point. When he arrived, I decided I’m gonna walk in the parade. It has been over four months, since I walked a mile. And this was the perfect first walk after my surgery. In the stadium, the girls were still participating in a dance with the football players, cheerleaders, band, other clubs and the Homecoming King & Queen. The sisters had so much fun, they actually got along with each other, which is very seldom these days. As parents we have to savor these moments. 😉
When I hike with my camera, the trails are always full of surprises. One time, I walked on The Colony Nature Trail and found two bobcat kittens sitting in the Autumn foliage. On this hike, I walked into a Great Horned Owl. First it sat on a low branch in a tree right in front of me. The owl blended so well in the forested area, I’ve didn’t even notice it. But I’ve must have come too close for comfort. And it flew in a higher tree branch further away. It was still a stunning sight to see this beautiful Great Horned Owl in nature.