Sunday, September 21, 2008

Balloon Festival

I love parties, even if I have to get up early for one. We enjoyed the annual balloon breakfast Saturday.

We could see a bunch from the breakfast, but they basically hovered over the festival area while we were there.
Then when we were on our way home, we saw that a few were over above our neighborhood. One had even landed one street over, so I snapped a picture out of the car window. What I really wanted to take a picture of was the lady in her housecoat or the guy in his boxers out taking a picture of the balloon. For some reason that really struck me as funny. No time for pants! Get out there and get a close up of the balloon landing!

Here is Tessa balancing a hot air balloon on her finger. We've really been working with her. It takes a lot of focus.
We watched another balloon land right across the street at the middle school.

Other news:

*SMU was obliterated in their football game on Saturday by TCU. We didn't attend the game, but we sure enjoyed the tailgating at the school. I personally enjoyed the people's a very different crowd there in Highland Park than, say, the state fair, but still highly entertaining.

*I had the opportunity to go and help at the Bishop's Storehouse. We put together many many many boxes of food for the people in the Galveston area. I love doing stuff like that. Thanks, hubs, for taking the kid solo so I could go.

*Bike riding! We are having a great time using our bikes as a family. Tessa gets excited when we get ready to go and walks around the house reminding us that it's time for "Tessa's bike ride".

*The kid shocks me every day at how much she knows. I'm stunned at her vocabulary sometimes. We sang "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" at church today, and she thought that was pretty funny. She kept patting our shoulders and saying the word shoulder as we sang. When did she learn to say that? Likewise, I tickled her back today and she sang the word "googumps" to me for goosebumps. Her dad used to make up a song about goosebumps as he tickled her, but he doesn't sing it as often as he used to. I guess she retained it.

*I think that my side text book reading job is a sweet job. It's fantastic. However, I believe that reading through the geology text book is a punishment for having skipped out on my own geology class in college so much. Yeah, I'm still maybe understanding only 50% of it. I'm not a science person.

*Jake started his volunteer work for graduation this last week. It's just an hour and a half each week. He will be working with 5th graders to teach them about the law. There will be a big mock trial at the end. He already loves it.

*Turns out if I plan meals in advance (like two weeks at a time), I don't detest making dinner so much. Go figure.

*I met a neighbor. I made a new rule. When I make French bread, three loaves come from it. We give away the third loaf to somebody. The neighbor I was going to give it to didn't answer, so I marched over to another house and met sweet Lorna with the awesome yard. This is out of character for me. I was so proud of myself and so happy that I did it.

*And finally, we bring you a hula hoop tutorial:


Rasmussen Forever said...

The balloon festival looks sweet! And it looks like your family is doing well. That's so great! Good job on the Bishop's storehouse service project!

Marilyn said...

I love balloon festivals! We went to one in Park City once. There's nothing quite like it, is there? Tessa is an absolute DOLL and you are amazing - all the things you do!

rosebud said...

Great job on reaching out to the neighbors. I've scooped up some food while making dinner and shared it with neighbors a couple of times in the last little while. I feel like my mom -- I've never done that before, but she's always doing it!

If that's proper hula hoop form, I guess I still can do it! Yeah!

BTW- I'm training for the 5K! See you there!!

KRISTA said...

I miss you.

Lori said...

I loved the pictures of the balloon festival. Tessa was really trying to make that hula hoop work. I never did figure it out.

Kelley Rae said...

What a little star - hula hooping, balancing hot air baloons, what a child phenom!

Whitney said...

Hi Maren. How are you? I hope you remeber me. This is Whitney White. Your little girl is so cute. How have you been? I found your blog through Kelley Allreds. I hope all is well.

Lisa said...

I miss your sense of humor, Maren. You are darling!

Talbot Family said...

I can't believe just how big Tessa looks with her hat on! I am happy to hear all of your pleasant updates and news.

The Farrell Family said...

Way to balance that balloon Tessa! Seriously impressive. The balloon festival looks fun. I love that hat Tessa had on. It is so incredible how little people's vocabularies just explode! Bri shocks me everyday! What is your text book job? Are you proof reading or something?