We were inspired this weekend
In a town half an hour north
|Our friends Mike and Chris with their oldest daughter, Maria|
|Grandpa and Miriam|
|Mommy and sleeping Felicity|
|Miriam, Vivian, and Aunt Nichole...the girls loved the Sugar Bear balloon|
|Chris' mom with one of their twins|
|Miriam and "little" Maria play Ring Around the Rosy|
There was a really good announcer at the event who had been a hot air balloon pilot in the past. He explained the winds and the competitions. This was the one we saw: Each pilot had a bean bag with him or her. They flew their balloons from any spot they choose in town back to the festival at the small county airport. When they returned, the pilots had to lower their balloons, toss the bean bag out to hit a mark, then rise back up and sail away to a safe landing place. The pilots whose bean bag was the closest to the mark won. Really fun to watch and cheer on the pilots as they lowered themselves to almost scrape the ground and then glide away again.
Hot air balloons are pretty temperamental creatures. Too much wind from the wrong direction makes for a cranky balloon. Saturday wasn't too bad for them.
The pilots name their balloons. Mommy really likes naming, so that made her smile.
|Aunt Maria and Aunt Bridget|
While the day was too windy for these big, unbalanced guys to fly, the pilots did blow them up and the girls thought they were fabulous!
|Betty Jean the Butterfly|
|Grandpa and Felicity|
...and put on a light show for the crowd.
Bet you can guess the theme this week in our house.