Sunday, September 4, 2011

Saturday Morning Suprise

Yesterday morning my seven-year-old came charging into our bedroom at the crack of dawn. And it wasn't even Christmas!

"There's a hot air balloon outside our window! And it's so close!"

I straggled out of bed. Our local balloon festival is in a few weeks, so I figured there were balloons rising along the river, or maybe even over the highway half a mile away. But when I got to the window, this is what I saw:

Yes, that is the tree directly off our deck. When I first saw it, the balloon was over our backyard, gaining altitude to make it over the tree. Yep. That's close.

I was standing there in my pajamas, waving and laughing. Then I remembered to grab the camera ... and put on a robe. Oops. It felt so much like Disneyland, I kind of forgot there were real people inside the balloon who could see me in my Where the Wild Things Are "Make Mischief" T-shirt. Ha!

They were so close I could talk to the woman inside the basket. She apologized for the inconvenience of their balloon being in our backyard. All I could say was, "Oh, no! Really! It's wonderful!"

It hung out over our neighbors' yard for about fifteen minutes before they decided to touch down on the road below us. My son ran down the hill to watch them fold up the balloon.

the landing
This was such a cool way to start a three-day weekend!

Speaking of weekends, have you been over to >>Karen G's BBQ<< yet? It's a lot of fun! A great way to socialize around the blogosphere! I'm layering a chocolate brownie trifle for the occasion. See you there?

22 comments:

  1. Looks like you live in a beautiful part of the country.

    What a great way to start a three-day weekend.

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  2. That is so, so cool! I've never seen a hot air balloon before. So gorgeous.

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  3. Hi Amy .. no wonder your 7 year was so thrilled and jumping up and down in excitement .. what a great start to your weekend .. and to their memory bank! Perhaps you'll have a baker's dozen flying over in a few weeks .. cheers Hilary

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  4. I love the idea of you chatting casually to the lady in the balloon in your robe and slippers :-)

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  5. That is exciting! I would love to go to a hot air balloon festival - observing from the ground. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  6. Oh how fun! I've been on a hot air balloon ride before and they are amazing! Nothing like it in the world! Hi Amy! I'm here from Karen's BBQ and you mentioned chocolate, so here I am! haha. Had to come visit your blog and say hello! I'll be back again to visit soon! :) So nice to meet you!

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  7. That's so neat! I've only once seen a hot air balloon up close--one of my "before I die" things is to ride in one. Great pictures!

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  8. What a great story! I need a hot air balloon in my yard. :) I hopped over from Karen's BBQ. Pleased to meet you!

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  9. Nice to look at but there's no way I would ever go up in one!

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  10. What a great surprise! A weekend to remember. :D

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  11. Amy, they just wanted to celebrate your great news with you! ;) How fun!

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  12. OMG look at the beautiful area you live in!! So jealous! And that's so cool you were able to talk to the lady in the basket! Awesome pictures!

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  13. How fun! Nothing so exciting here . . . just laundry and dishes. :(

    Actually, for us, it's not really a 3-day weekend, it's just the end of summer. *sigh* School starts tomorrow. Can I be excited and sad at the same time?

    Have a good one!

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  14. got brought back here through the BBQ! Great pics!

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  15. Hello, hopping over from Karen's BBQ, and also here to echo her sentiment. They're beautiful, and I totally have a post-Wizard-of-Oz fixation on hot air balloons, but the idea of going up into the air in a basket... No..... pass. I like my air vehicles to be made of metal!

    Thank you for sharing the snaps!

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  16. Just over from the barbecue. Congratulations on getting an agent! That puts you in very rarefied air indeed. Maybe your mojo will slop over onto me. Maybe I should have a brownie...

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  17. How cool. We don't get this kind of stuff because I live too close to the city. Sigh.

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  18. I didn't think you could top your agent news, but you did! So neat that the balloon was that close. In the Snohomish valley, hot air balloons are a regular sight when it's beautiful outside.

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  19. How fun! I love hot air balloons. It's always been a dream of mine to ride in one. I'm glad you got such a splendid wakeup call!

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  20. Looks like fun! A hot-air balloon ride is on my bucket list. (pun intended)

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  21. That's lovely. I've only seen balloons from a distance, and I hope to go in one some day.

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  22. It could have been less than cool had the balloon landing IN your bedroom rather than down the road from it. Your nightwear sounds remarkably similar to mine! Fun, isn't it.

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