The Great Texas Balloon Race Event In Longview, Texas

Last weekend our family went to Tyler for a visit to my parents-in-law.  My husband’s dad invited us to the The Great Texas Balloon Race U.S. National Championships in Longview, Texas on July 28.  The event was held at the East Texas Regional Airport. One of the major sponsors is  Wells Fargo.  Since they are account holders in the bank, they were given VIP passes for four guests.

I have been to big events like this but not in a Hot Air Balloon Show.  Although we missed the Sport Balloon “Key Grab” and the Special Shape Balloon “Key Grab” Competition because we did not leave the house until 11:00 A.M., we were able to see the Sport Balloon and the Special Shape Balloon Glow.

VIP Pass
We entered in Gate 2
Plane exhibit – helicopter
Hot Air Balloon in flight
A very bright event night
Huge Special Shape Balloons
Special Shape Balloons
Balloon Glow – wasn’t very good capture but I think it’s pretty

Wells Fargo Advisors tent opened at 3:00 P.M. but they served food and drinks at 6:00 P.M.  They served BBQ Sandwich with lots and lots of drinks!  It was very hot (triple digit temperature) that Saturday evening.  They provided huge fans for air.  When we finished eating, we headed out to the event grounds and watched the show.  There were exhibits, kids land play area, shops, concert, and fiesta carnival.  We did not stay for the concert because it was passed baby’s bedtime and we were very tired from the heat.

The Great Texas Balloon Race is definitely a must-see event in Texas.  For more information about the upcoming events and locations, go to

Niece’s Wedding

Summer is wedding season too.  My husband’s niece got married last month and we were all invited.  It was a big event for her because all the family were there to witness the special day.  We are very happy for my husband’s niece.  She and her groom are very in love.  When they got engaged, the she received a very gorgeous engagement ring.  Their wedding bands are beautiful.  It was a lovely wedding to remember.

But planning a wedding is not that easy.  Venue is one of the most important thing to be finalized a head of time.  And if you are clever enough, you will be able to find a wedding venue with a reception area.  Everyone does not have to drive a long way from the church or chapel to the reception like restaurants or private venue.

The couple went to Dominican Republic for their 7-day honeymoon and escapade.  I am jealous, I admit.  Hopefully, my husband and I will be able to afford a vacation to the Carribean for our second honeymoon.

Day 5, July 8: Last Day Of The 5-Day Weekend

Okay, so time flies by fast when you are having fun.  That’s true.  The 5-day weekend is over.  It’s 4:00 P.M.  Now we are home, relaxing from a busy travel.  My husband asked me if I enjoyed our trip.  Of course I did.  That was first time seeing a big State Park and Resort by the lake.  I love nature so going to parks and wildlife or resorts is interesting to me.

The hardest part for me when getting home from a long road travel is unpacking and tidying up.  Whew!  I sure don’t like it.  That is why, sometimes, our travel bag is still filled with clothes (not dirty ones) until the next scheduled trip.

Anyway, it is almost supper time.  A to-go order of Fajita combo from a Mexican restaurant nearby sounds good.

Day One – 4th of July

Day Two Part 1 – Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Day Two Part 2

Day Two Part 3

Day Three – Back In Texas

Day Four – Ready To Go Home

Day Five – Last Day Of the 5-Day Weekend