What better way to start blogging again than to share my love for hot air balloons!
|Right before we left that morning|
We love to go to this yearly event but hadn't been in years. I really just needed a two year break from most the things we usually did because Madeline has WORN ME DOWN! This child is busy. So, so busy. She never stops moving and she just loves destroying things (just wait for the cake below). I was very determined to go to the races this year and we made it! It was slightly different, the location was changed and it was harder to navigate the grounds, but we had fun. It's an all day event. The balloons don't launch until 4:30 or so (wind depending). In order to get parking and enjoy the other festivities we arrive around 11am. So this is quite a long day with kiddos. I wish I had a picture of all the stuff I had packed for the all day event. I left a lot in the car upon realizing we had to walk a mile. I packed our small drink cooler, food, toys, blankets, etc in two ROLLING suit cases. I fancy myself a genius for this.
|Only picture of the crew walking a mile and rolling two suitcases and a wagon.|
|Before we left the house, super fancy Beatrice!|
|Doesn't look like he just worked a 60 hour work week, but he did!|
|Snow cones and inflatables = childhood memories|
Before the launch we played with our parachute I brought, met huge caterpillars, ate lunch and cake, "relaxed", and ran around.
|Strawberry cake was a little smashed from a trip in a suitcase, Ha! But it was good!|
|Penelope found a huge fat caterpillar. I pretended to eat it. It's something I do with bugs more often than is normal to freak little kids out. LOL. I'm weird. We put him back where he was found.|
Everything is good. We are chilling. Kids are happy. It's a really hot day, but we are okay.
Then all of the sudden we look over and Madeline had stuck her head right down in the half eaten cake. Just for fun.
|Not sure if this is the face of regret or pleasure in her mischief.|
|Bea is laughing her butt off about it.|
|I mean this is what I do. I don't even flinch. I'm SO NOT SURPRISED. It's Madeline!|
My photos of the skydivers came out really great this year...
Layla, teenager now, doesn't get in front of the camera very much. But she took a couple cute photos of me and Ricky. Unfortunately people were walking by. Ha! So I have to get them photo-shopped out. For now, they are there. I don't have time for Photoshop right now. I have nine kids.
|We picked a super secluded spot, but once in awhile there were suddenly people. And I was doing this. lol.|
|Imagine traveling in the sky 30 miles like that!|
|Photo: 2011 ALBUQUERQUE, NM, USA -- Officials with the 40th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta|
One more super huge detail of the day: Charlotte (21) was at home for the day and after we left in a rush there were dishes, toys, and messes everywhere. You know what that is like, no matter how hard you try there is just so much that gets undone when you prepare for a huge outing, especially if kids are involved! She cleaned the house up while we were gone. That is the best gift anyone can give their mom. The gift of relaxation when you get home! Ah. My kid is so great. I seriously can't explain how appreciative I was --and I really didn't get to relax when I got home, but I was able to easily attend to 20 other things without added stress or worry, because the next day we went to the zoo and I was unpacking and then packing for that... and that's just crazy! Coming soon, the Decade Dame's Pin Up Day at the zoo post! BUSY WEEKEND!