Saturday I got my girls up before dawn for a morning of surprises and balloons.
I had told them the day before that I was packing a picnic breakfast and picking up a surprise person and going to do something fun. Pumpkin guessed we would be picking up her aunt, my sister-in-law, even though she didn’t know she was in visiting from Chicago. After we picked her up, she started asking what we were doing. “Are we going to the airport?” she said. “No,” I replied. “But there will be things flying.”
“Air balloons!” she said. That kid is just too smart sometimes.
We had left the East Valley around 5:30 and, after making a stop in Scottsdale to pick up my sister-in-law and another stop for coffee, we parked at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale for the Out West Balloon Fest and made our way inside just in time for the National Anthem at 7. Once it finished, we set up our picnic breakfast and watched as the balloons begin to fill for the mass ascension.
The girls were too excited to sit still for long. They wanted to see everything! The flames would ignite and they would get scared (real scared the first time, pretend scared after that) and run back to the blanket. They chased each other around, pointed at the new ones filling up. It was so fun to watch their expressions.
After the balloons had all taken flight, we made our way over to the bounce houses where Pumpkin played for a bit on the slides and obstacle courses. We had a great time! And then we all took naps.