Friday, October 10, 2014

Hang loose









We got up early this morning and drove to a park on high ground so we could watch the morning's balloon ascension. Balloon Fiesta is almost over. We've been watching the balloons from our backyard most days, or on the drive to school. Today was the Shape Derby, when all the special-shape balloons are flown. The shape balloons are so interesting. The bumblebees are my favorite and I look for them every year. I've even seen them fly close together so it looks like they're kissing. The kids point out the balloons excitedly; they liked the Angry Bird and the dinosaur. We all liked the cartoonish Elvis balloon. We have our traditions: we bring binoculars and cameras, we bundle up nice and warm. This morning was damp and cool. We stayed awhile, until most of the balloons had drifted southward and begun to land somewhere in the valley. Then we went to breakfast. Afterward, we went home and stayed there: crochet, Minecraft, laundry and books, rain lashing the windows periodically, a candle burning throughout the afternoon, our favorite pan-pizza recipe for dinner, TV and popcorn for the two of us tonight. Heartwarmer covers my lap now, all the way down to my shins. My legs, and my heart, are warm.

29 comments:

  1. What a great trip and lovely that you are creating such wonderful family traditions.

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  2. Balloon watching - a lovely family outing, followed by a cosy day at home. Love the balloons, but even more love the Autumn trees in Photo 3 even more!!

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  3. oh sooo beautiful ! Thanks for sharing ! have a nice day !

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  4. I love seeing hot air balloons. The city near here that I used to live in has a big fiesta every year, and the city has a big ballooning tradition, as it's the home of the biggest balloon manufacturer in the world. They're wonderful to watch, especially as you say the shaped ones. It sounds like you had a completely perfect day. And the photo of you is lovely. I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  5. Those balloons are so neat! You got some great pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful day.

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  6. All the while i was viewing the balloons I was exclaiming ~
    "Wow ...wow and more wow " .
    What a fun time.
    Lovely shot of you by the way ~
    I wish I had such a gorgeous smile :)

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  7. Those are some really beautiful balloons! It sounds like you had a wonderful morning and a wonderful day. I just took my first sewing lesson from a friend this past week, and I loved it. Looking forward to making some things this winter, and also learning to crochet in the next few weeks.

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  8. A perfect day with your family. The gallons look like they would be a lot of fun watching and the rest of the day sounds like an absolutely perfect fall day. Thank you for the pictures of your family too. You are all beautiful, especially your gorgeous smile.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. What fun for your family to see those balloons! My sister, BIL and nephew attended the show and my nephew put up some amazing photos for us to see. You all are lucky! We finally have a rainy saturday and I'm going to hibernate! I loved the photos of you all.. gorgeous family. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. A lovely post and enjoyed your pictures, going to enjoy a lamb roast here tonight ☺

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  12. Wow, exciting! That is cool. Great photos, and beautiful words too. I like the sound of your day. X

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  13. What wonderful balloons. We often see them drifting over our house but they're never such magical shapes as these.

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  14. Lovely photos! I love watching balloons but I think I may be too scared to go up in one. A friend of mine was the ground crew for one many years ago and had to try to follow it in her car in France. This was before the days of mobile phones so really difficult, especially when you don't know the country!

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  15. Those balloons are amazing! And how wonderful to be able to see them from your garden! We don't get many coming over here so there's always great excitement when I do see one. x

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  16. It sounds like a perfect day. Love the photos and the kids are getting big, and of course I love your smile!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  17. How fantastic Jennifer!! I love the bees as well, they are so cute aren't they. Great to see pictures of your whole family including you, so nice of you to share them with us. xx

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  18. What fun! I would have loved to have seen them too. :) xx

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  19. Beautiful pics, Jennifer, of cheery balloons, floating freely in the endless skies! Sound like such fun. You afternoon at home sounds cozy and comfortable. Enjoy!

    Poppy

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  20. Oh, how fun for all of you! I'm with you on the Bumble Bee balloons -- so cute! Yuma, where we lived before here, has a balloon festival each year late in October. Invariably, we would have rain and wind, which was very strange as Yuma gets even less rain than most of the rest of the state. They actually had pretty good participation, considering it was Yuma.....lol! There isn't a festival here, but we get quite a few balloonists this time of year and in the Spring. I've seen them so low that we were all waving to each other -- they are just so much fun! Your family traditions remind me of things we did when our children were young. Those are the memories your children will never forget.

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  21. Those balloons are fantastic, what an amazing thing to see. And the rest of your day sounded pretty good to me too.
    Marianne x

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  22. What a fabulous sight to behold and a wonderful family tradition!
    love Jooles x x x

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  23. A great day for you and your family starting off with those balloons. I think they're amazing!
    Loved reading about your cozy afternoon at home too. x

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  24. Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing such a cool event.
    Loving all your photos, nice to see your happy faces! :)
    The balloons look amazing, but the clouds in some of the photos even more so!
    Have a good week!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  25. What an amazing sight all those balloons look to be.

    Reading your posts I am always nostalgic for the gentle rhythms of life enjoyed when my four were younger. Happy, heartwarmed days :)

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  26. Great Photos..it reminds me of the Bristol balloon fiesta (just not with mountains :) )

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  27. Wonderful, Jennifer! Thanks so much for posting. xx

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