Saturday, May 29, 2010

hot-air balloons and slides, oh my!

saturday after the birthday party, we drove back up to the lakehouse where we met up with lola, karmie, karla, tre, and cousin carson (pawpaw had to work). we hung out for a little bit before packing a picnic and some necessities in preparation of attending the 33rd Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic at Point Mallard Park in Decatur. this was a first for all of us and we were really excited to go. we weren't sure how the weather was going to cooperate and prayed for no rain. luckily, we got there at the most perfect time to witness all of the hot-air balloons being blown up at once. it was a gorgeous sight and the kiddos were in awe. it never rained (thank goodness), but it was super windy in which the balloons stayed tethered to the ground while we were there. it was absolutely beautiful...later, uncle tre brought back balloons for the kids and a blanket for a picnic. the kids loved their balloons and went nutso running around while holding them. soon we all sat down, got settled, and watched everything around us. it was a really great night to be outdoors in an open field with family and listening to live music. here are some pics...after listening to the mabster repeatedly request to go on the inflatable slides that she saw as we were first walking in, we decided that it would be a good time to go before it got dark. so we headed off to the play area where they had a lot of carnival rides, games, food, and the such. jay buys tickets for the kiddos and off they go. uncle tre and daddy took carson and lyla down one slide while tita karmie went down the super high tiger one with abby. happy feet and toshy loved it. the mabster? it scared the beejesus outta her. and it was pretty funny. take a close look at the picture...it's almost as if tita karmie is clenching her tiny arms saying, "do it!" while the mabster is in a pure state of panic. ahh, but it's nothing the arms of her daddy can't fix (again, notice she is clutching on tightly to his shirt). so sweet.all in all, we thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back next year. these are the memories i hope my kids never forget. lastly, i will leave you with this quote since it deems fitting...

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of." - Benjamin Franklin

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