The girls and I got up not-so-bright but early so that we could go over to the park near our house and see the hot air balloons launch. We'd all been so excited for that day to come, to watch the balloons and eat donuts for breakfast. It was so fun to be there before the balloons were even ready to go up.
We arrived at the park and watched as the ballooners pulled out the balloons and spread them out across the grass and got increasingly more excited as the balloons began to inflate and cheered as they lifted off. There were only 4 balloons but it was still fun for us. We're now anxious with anticipation to go see this:
It's the international Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico that takes place next month and WE are going to go! I can't wait to see all of the balloons- there are supposed to be 500 of them from here in the U.S. and other places around the world. Isn't that SO cool?
After we watched the balloons we met Matt at home and had donuts and then headed over to the church to babysit for some families while they attended a session at the temple. We came home around lunchtime, ate and then took Hailey over to a friend's birthday party.
While Hailey was at her party I took Aimee and Sarah to see this- a display of 911 American flags set up at a local park in honor of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It was such an emotional experience for me as we walked down row after row of flags and as I explained a little to the girls about what happened that day nine years ago.
We stayed there a bit and then went to try out a new frozen yogurt shop called "A Cup of Yo" and it was SO yummy. I think I'll take Matt there one of these days. You go in and get a cup and choose from the dozen or so flavors of frozen yogurt and then you choose what you want to put on top- fresh fruit, candies and other sweet treats, caramel and other syrups. It was so good. I got a little bit of a bunch of flavors- cheesecake, peanut butter, dark chocolate and vanilla bean. Did I mention how yummy it was? SO yummy, so yummy (to quote one of Aimee's favorite songs).
Later in the day we went over to Texas Tech to see the flag display that they had- a flag for each person who'd been killed on 9/11. It was a nice tribute and a great reminder once again of the sacrifices made by those who serve each and every day to protect our freedoms, a reminder that we are so blessed to be safe in our home.
I hope that you and your family are happy and well today.