Saturday, July 20, 2013

Worth the Wait

This morning we left at 6:30 to go see the balloons. It didn't say cancelled online today, so we thought we were in luck.


You can see the sky in the background was dark and the clouds were low, so they sent a ball up to test the weather. It came back negative.


They decided instead, since a good number of people did show, to blow all of the balloons up and leave them tethered. It was fun to watch them inflate.


One of the balloons did go up, though I'm not sure why, even the MC sounded surprised when she announced that it was in the air (a rebel amongst us, perhaps???  Or maybe not, who knows. :) ).


It was great to get to see the balloons so up close and personal.


Sparty was there, representin', and he was looking good, as usual. ;)


There were quite a few balloons, and it would have been spectacular to see them all taking off, but this was different, and peaceful, and nice.


Hubby's off work today and was supposed to go with us, but when we tried to wake him up, it was clear he was no longer interested in our early morning adventure. Same scenario in the teen's room. So it ended up being me and little man. He loved every single thing about the balloons, but when he wanted to watch he sat way back here. I asked him why so far and he said he was scared of the fire (that keeps the balloons up). ;)


The balloons weren't up too long at all before they started taking them down again. It wasn't what we went to see, but it was just as good, in a different way, and I'm glad we stuck around for a bit.  We'll head back later today probably, to see the car show and the fair (if we can ever get the rest of the family out of bed). ;)  It's going to be hot today, but that's okay... it just means summer's here, and for that I say a big woohooo!

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  1. How amazing. I soooo wish we had something like that around here.

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    1. We go every year and it never gets old. :)

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  2. Smart to stay far away from the fire haha must be awesome to see. And at least he'll never play with fire and pee the bed lol

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  3. You made big points with the little man. I'm just saying.

    Have fun this afternoon. Sounds like a good time indeed. :)

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    1. He did love it and it was so nice to have that one on one with him. :)

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  4. It was kind of like seeing a little bit of a painting taking place in front of you. At least you had some great quality time with the little guy! My hubby does that to me a lot! LOL!

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    1. We did have great QT and my hubby does that to me a lot too. ;)

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  5. That's so cool! Too bad they didn't go up, but it must've been neat to get close. They're so colorful.

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    1. They were colorful, it was pretty to see.

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  6. Rosey ~ Wonderful shots ~ so colorful and creative ~ love your 'little man' ~ Happy Weekend to you ^_^

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  7. Sleep is needed though. They are a sight

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    1. So I've been told. ;) They were a nice sight. :)

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  8. Balloons are so colorful when there are a lot of them in the air. Too bad they didn't go but as you said, it must have been fun watch them get ready.

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    1. I was glad they put them up, that was fun to watch.

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  9. Wow that was pretty cool to see. My kids would have loved just that. You got some great shots.

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  10. I love doing this although we missed it this year!

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    1. Not sure if they'll fly here this year, they're 0 for 3 right now. ;)

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  11. Wow what a cool experience! I've never seen a hot air balloon in person.

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    1. I like to watch them. I don't think I'd fly in one now, I would have years ago.

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  12. Oh wow it was gorgeous! I need to get the boys to one of these.

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    1. I like to see these as much as the kiddos. :)

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  13. That's great that they still inflated the balloons for the crowd! We went to a show like that years ago, and I loved it.

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  14. I've never seen hot air balloons up close, so this looks like SO much fun!!! Even if the balloons didn't go up, except the rebel. Hope you enjoy the rest of the day too. =0)
    ~Kim

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    1. It was fun, and I do suspect that one was a rebel. ;)

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  15. I am sorry you guys didn't get to see them actually go up, but must admit that it looked cool to be able to go up and close on this and actually be so close to them!! :)

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    1. This morning I took hubby to the golf course and the balloons were all over the sky. We weren't even looking for them today. It was very cool. :)

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  16. Very cool! I've always wanted to do this, they have them in Reno each year which is closest to us and one year we'll actually go!

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    1. I think Reno would be as fun as the balloons. :)

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  17. Beautiful photos! I like the beauty of these balloons, beautiful in tone and exquisite colors! Wonderful!

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    1. There were some really gorgeous colors!

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    1. Thanks, Alissa. I saw them flying this morning (not even on purpose). Very cool. :)

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  19. I love hot air balloons, so pretty! Sorry you didn't get to see them up though :(

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    1. Saw 'em this morning, right over our house and driving along the road (very unusual treat!)

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  20. Hot air balloons are just summer magic♥♥

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    1. They do have a little magic in them, don't they? :)

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  21. I think seeing that would be so much fun!

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    1. 'twas fun, Sandie. :) It marks mid-summer though, and I'm not a fan of that...seems like summer's flying by way way way way way too fast. Way. ;)

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  22. They are so pretty! Looks like so much fun!
    and I bet the car show and the Fair was fun also!! =)

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    1. The car show was nice, the little one loved the fair (his sister and I enjoyed his joy, lol). :)

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  23. These photos are just gorgeous! I'll bet this was so much fun -many years ago we lived somewhere where hot air balloons would go by on a Sunday morning and I loved it! Thanks for sharing this with us - have a great weekend!

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    1. You have a great weekend too, Cindy. Thanks for stopping over.

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  24. Too bad the balloons didn't go up, but it still would be something to see in person.

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    1. We saw 'em flying this morn. (well hubby and I did anyway). Very nice!

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  25. wow what a treat...i love hot air balloons...so colorful...was telling someone the other day i would love to take a trip in one...have been up just not cut loose to go.....

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    1. That's awesome that you went up. My daughter and were wondering if the baskets were roomier than they look...because they sure look tiny. :)

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  26. Man I am extremely jealous. I want to go to one of these. and also a sailboat race. both to watch and just take pics. awesome pics. :D

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    1. It was fun. Thanks for hosting the hop!

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  27. They're gorgeous, but it's too bad they had to stay tethered. I think I figured out howcum the Remax balloon took off. They misunsderstood when they heard somebody mention "building castle in the sky" and they wanted to have first shot at listing them. (Sorry. That was pretty bad.)

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  28. They really are a sight to see up close, aren't they? Too bad they didn't get to go up, but still fun nonetheless!

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    1. The flew today. :)

      We were there last night but missed the flight, and then saw it today on accident (well hubby and I did).

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  29. I think they are so beautiful, but you'd be hard pressed to get me up in one!

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    1. I'd have done it once upon a time. I'm getting a little more reserved in my older age. ;)

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  30. How cool! Bet it was a neat sight to see.

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    1. They always make me happy when I see them. They're just all-around cool.

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  31. Hi Rosy .. it sounds ideal for the little guy - I bet he was mesmerised with the colours, and balls of air .. aren't they glorious - bet his mind was wandering too imagining all sorts .. what fun - lovely to see.

    In some ways bet it was just wonderful to be together for a special day ..

    Next time - they'll go up .. cheers Hilary

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    1. You're right they did go up the next time around.

      I like to see them and I'm grown, it's even better I'm sure, when you're not (grown). :) Thanks for visiting.

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  32. What beautiful colors! I'm glad you got to see them blown up, even though they weren't in the air. :) Happy Sunday.

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    1. Thanks, Dana. I like that there are so many of them. Just one would be cool, but that many is ubercool. :)

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  33. The pictures are just incredible! I can only imagine what it must have been like to be there.

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    1. They come every year and it never gets old. :)

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  34. Wow! What a great thing to be able to see. They are beautiful. So, would you go for a ride? Not sure I would - afraid of heights!

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    1. I'm not scared of heights, but I am getting a little more cautious with old age. I am going to say no I wouldn't do it (but I do still have a good dose of dare in me, so who knows). :)

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  35. I'm from St. Louis, and every year they do a balloon glow the night before the balloon race. Somehow I have managed to miss it every single year and this post just makes me realize how much I long to see it. I think hot air balloons are so amazing. In fact, I once dated a guy whose neighbor had one! I kept trying to get him to take me up, but I think he thought I was joking! :)
    Thanks for stopping by Monday's Nugget!
    Lana
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    1. A balloon race sounds fun. They've done a scavenger hunt here before, putting an items up high and the first balloon to get it won something, but not an out and out race. :)

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  36. How cool!! I have a faint memory of my parents taking me to an event like this in early childhood. I would LOVE for my own kids to see this!!

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    1. How cool would it be to see these going over NYC???? I love just the thought of it!

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  37. Oh my gosh Rosey... GREAT pictures you got. Bet the little guy was amazed.

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    1. It was an instant hit as soon as the first one started going up. :)

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  38. Even if it wasn't what you meant to see it was still amazing, lovely shots!

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    1. Thanks, Mel. I like the balloons. :)

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  39. That is SO amazing! They have a ballooning fest here but it is pretty expensive.

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    1. I guess we're double lucky because they don't charge anything here (knock on wood that continues).

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  40. Lovely shots of the balloons, Rosey! My sons would have been so thrilled to see those colorful balloons!

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    1. I bet it's an awesome experience to be in one. For me, it's awesome to watch. ;)

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  41. These pics are wonderful! I'd love to see this, too!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn. It's fun that they come to town once a year. :)

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  42. those are so beautiful. i have always wanted to go and see hot air balloons...
    thanks for sharing this... i would have had a blast :)

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    1. Thanks for coming over to read about them. :)

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  43. wow those are gorgeous. I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride one day...

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. They've gone now, it was nice when they were here. :)

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  44. I love hot air balloons! They have always fascinated me. I would really like to go up in one someday. Glad you had a good time!!!

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    1. Thanks, Betty. They are fascinating to me too. :)

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  45. Rosey - you exhaust me!!!!!!
    You never stop going and doing - what incredible memories you make for your kids!!!
    The balloons look beauitful up close and personal!!!!!
    XXX

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    1. Says the one who has the uncontrollable urge to dance at one in the morning (and paint at who knows what hour!). :)

      I loved your lavender pieces today!
      http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.com/2013/07/approaching-lavender.html

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  46. That looks awesome! I'm sure you and your little man had a great time together : ) I wish we had something like that around us I think my boys would like it.

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    1. I like that he was in awe, but still cautious. :)

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  47. What a fun and unique thing to experience! I would love to see that and maybe even ride in one. Yikes, don't hold me to that though...
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. That's how I feel about it, not completely ruled out, but not very likely either. ;)

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  48. that looks cool, i haven't seen a hot air balloon yet..my kids would also love to see this!

    to be on it would be entirely a different idea, not sure about that.. :(

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    1. It was, do they come up your way, Chuck?

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  50. This would have been an awesome experience!

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    1. Definitely a fun one!! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  51. When I lived in Upstate NY I used to go to the balloon festival every year. One of those years my friend proposed to his girlfriend in flight. It was awesome.

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    1. What a creative and awesome way to propose!

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  52. Wow! So Beautiful!! I love hot air balloons and think it would be neat to go up in one someday...I'll have to make it there to see them too! I've always heard about it :-)

    Even though it's not colorful, Sparty is my favorite! Neat to see he was there :-)

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    1. Sparty rocks. :) I bet your little one's would like it. It's free, but if you go to the afternoon launch it is surrounded by things that are not (free). ;) There's a fair, car show, laser show, animal petting area, pony rides, etc. It's a fun way to spend the day and the balloons make it unique.

      They also have live music. We got to see the Pistons Drum Line play when we went and that was aaaaaaaawesome. :)

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  53. Wow! that's amazing to be able to see that up close and personal. my kids would looove that! He is a smart lil guy you know for not getting close to the fire. Kids can surprise you sometimes. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. He's got a million questions today about how things fly. It's fun watching his wheels turn. :) Thanks for the visit.

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  54. It bet it was just as awesome of a site on the ground, I'm going to have to look online to see where I can find one of these. I imagine being on the east coast I won't find much but I'm going to look.

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    1. They'd be pretty flying over the water down by where you're at, I am sure of it!

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  55. these photos are BEAUTIFUL! what a fun morning for you and your little guy! i love all the bright colors!
    <3<3<3

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    1. Thanks, Maria. I love those balloons. :)

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  56. Those are so very pretty!
    I would not miss out on such fun at all. Glad you and little man got to enjoy these!

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    1. It's nice being out that early too, before things get too busy. :)

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  57. This would be awesome to see! Another item to add to my bucket list!

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    1. This is an easy one to check off the list, they travel all over the US. :)

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  58. My daughter would have loved this! And it would be pretty cool to see myself, too :)

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    1. We were on the rides one year when they started going overhead (and we didn't expect it), THAT was awesome to see too! :)

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  59. wonderful way to spend the day. We have been to a few balloon festivals and we are always amazed by them. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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    1. The balloons are great! Thanks for the visit. :)

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  60. What a sight - They looked like giant gum balls. Thanks for sharing the special time with your son with us.

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  61. How beautiful to have all those brightly coloured balloons all in one place! I would have loved to seen it in person. I really love how the first two photos turned out.

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  62. Found you through Thursday Favorites. I love the pictures, the colors are so bright. It looks like a beautiful and peaceful way to spend the day.

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    1. I love that hop! Thanks for the visit. :)

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  63. Love the colorful gallons and the Prov 22 quote! Keep up the nice work!

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    1. I love that quote. I put a lot of faith on it right now too. :) Thanks for the visit.

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