Friday, September 19, 2008

Balloons and a Drum

Oh how I love the adventure of parenthood. Mari is in a phase of wanting to bang away on everything. I remember my mom would let me bang away on our pots and pans with the cooking utensils, so I figured, 'eh, it's about time she learn how to do it too. And man, did she have a ball!! She was so concentrated and focused. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, it was taken with my camera phone and well, she was a pretty active baby!



Yesterday, on my commute home, I noticed a hot air balloon in the distance. I thought, that's right! It's the Plano Balloon Festival!! I've never actually been to the festival, but every year I see all these balloons floating around and that reminds me that Autumn is right around the corner. This week has been incredible for that! Even though my allergies are in full swing, I'm adapting well, so hopefully this cooler weather will stay!

Anyway, here's the first picture from far, far away:

This was as it got closer. I was at the dry cleaners picking up our clothes and this thing flew right on over me. It was pretty spectacular and boy was it moving fast! I got out of my car to wave at the people in the basket, but they didn't turn around. It was so big and beautiful. Surprisingly enough, I never expected it to be as loud as it was. That heating/gas device makes loud puff noises...not to mention the flame is pretty big too. I know I'm not talking in technical terms here. If you need further clarification, click here to educate yourself on the anatomy of a balloon.

Anyway, we are gearing up for another fun filled weekend. I have the Tour des Fleurs 20K tomorrow, along with a poker tournament tomorrow night to raise money for the marathon. Then, Sunday morning, I plan to wake up early to do another 12 miler, head to church, followed by Oktoberfest. That evening, I'm gonna rest up and prep for the week. It'll be good!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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