April 28, 2014

april skies...

When I woke up this morning at 4:40 am I was a little disappointed.  Not in the hour {actually that is a great night of sleep!} but in the fact that over the weekend, 4:40 am meant this...




The past two years, the Balloons Over Paradise event has drenched me in emotion.  Dreams coming true. Sharing it with my Mom.  Learning things about myself.  But this year... the only emotion that played over my heart was joy!  I knew what to expect and I knew where I was headed... and we enjoyed every minute!

Saturday I did help out here and there, but mostly, I enjoyed the view.  {We missed some of the taking off last year because we were so busy helping Miss Daisy!}  The weather was perfect and as soon as one balloon inflated, it was off!  For a girl who loves looking up, the sky was especially beautiful... filled with color sailing away on the breeze.   One day I am going to do that...



We made a new friend this year... Doug with When Pigs Fly.  We helped him take down Ham-Let, then on Sunday, Camden & I helped him again.  It is not a small task to get a balloon back in the bag!  When we were done, we were huffing and puffing, and smiling.



We also got to help put up a balloon...
And Camden got to sit in the basket all morning to keep it weighted down.
{Most of my pictures from Sunday are from under the Purple People Eater balloon!}




Just before heading home, Cam decided he definitely needed a treat, which I will categorize as "worth the calories!"  A hot, soft, salty pretzel with warm donut glaze.  He said he wasn't going to let me even have a bite, but that sweet son of mine can't resist his mother!  Or... he didn't want to walk home!


I am already looking ahead to next April.  Not wishing the time away, just knowing that when it arrives, we will add to our traditions and our list of joy.
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4 comments:

Southern Gal said...

Ah, this gets me every time. Yes, it's beautiful, but the joy it brings you makes me joyful! Thanks for sharing. Do you take a blanket for your sky viewing?

Mindy Whipple said...

Beautiful site to see ~ can only imagine how lovely it would be in person!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I know how giddy this event makes you and I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you! Ham-Let? OMG. that is right up Eric's ally…I'm guessing he had to work?
Love all the photos; you've captured the beauty and joy in your weekend.
XOXO

Ida said...

Awesome Event. We have a local Hot Air Balloon Stampede (coming up Mother's Day Weekend) and it's always fun to see the balloons. We don't have near as many of the funny shaped ones like you saw but I enjoy whatever balloons there are. Someday I want to ride in one too.