6.03.2011

In Between Dreams

{LISTEN: Constellation by Jack Johnson}













In nearby Decatur, Alabama, Point Mallard Park holds an annual Memorial Day Hot Air Balloon Festival. The three of us joined thousands of other onlookers, traipsing across green grass fields to find the enchanting oasis of vividly bright balloons.

Hudson was truly in awe of the sight around him. Standing among the glowing hot air balloons in the fading light of evening was truly magical. As the evening sky faded from dusk to dark, the beauty of the soft glow from the balloons was perfectly complimented by the twinkling stars overhead. 

Will has a bucket list. And at the top is: ride in a hot air balloon. I don't think I'm brave enough to journey high above the earth in a floating basket. I prefer just watching them from below. 

Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?

35 comments:

Caro said...

I've almost ridden in one! We got out there with the basket and almost were ready to ride, but it was too windy. Someday though!

Gentri said...

It has been a goal of mine to ride in one but I have yet to accomplish it. One day!!! :) what a fun way to spend memorial day!!

Courtney B said...

How amazing is this!! I would've loved to go to this!!
You guys do the funnest stuff :)
I would love to ride in a hot air balloon but Eric is not very fond of heights so I don't think it'll happen for me :(

Meredith said...

I love hot air balloons!
Although I agree with you,
I prefer watching them on solid ground ;)

The Gists said...

awww man every year I say I am going to this, and every year I forget! Once again I am jealous of one of your outings :)

Natasha said...

I remember as a child getting excited anytime I saw a hot air balloon in the ski! I have been for a ride a few times, and I'm terrified of hights, but loved it!

Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

the girl said...

What a fun night!!! Hot air balloons are so cool, I got to ride in one a loooooong time ago. I can imagine Hudson loving it... Perfect outting to take a little boy too :)

Jeannie said...

Can you imagine what little Hudson was thinking with all those big balloons? I know that was a beautiful sight.

jennifer blair said...

Um, how cool is that! I've always wanted to ride a hot air balloon. One of my friends got engaged in one...I thought it was very romantic to be floating high above everything...and get enaged up there!

Amylou said...

so dreamy! I would love to go to a hot air balloon festival. I've never been to one!

Ashley Eliza said...

i have this weird obsession with hot air balloons. i bet hudson was going nuts over them :) every 4th of july morning in provo there is a hot air balloon festival that my dad & i take all the grandkids too! sooo fun. have a great weekend ash!

xoxo

Meri said...

I've only been in a tethered one- but if I could do it for cheap I would love to! It's so expensive!

Cindy P said...

Wow! Those pictures are beautiful! I want to go to a hot air balloon festival. I want to ride in one some day, however, I don't know that I could take it. I'm scared of heights! But I think riding in one would be so peaceful and romantic. I would love to look at the ground from up above like that!

Chelsea Lane said...

I LOVE hot air balloons! tell Will I'll go with him when I come visit you guys after babysitting little hudson. you can watch. ;) you look GORGEOUS girl!

xoxo

Pink Sun Drops said...

So fun! Hot air balloons are so pretty. I've never been in one, but I would do it if given the opportunity. Not sure I'd actually make the opportunity ;) .

Mariel Torres said...

oh my goodness, i'm dying to go see a hot air balloon fest... definitely a dream of mine.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

those balloons are all so very gorgeous!!! I think I'd be in awe too!!

A Balloon Rider said...

This was really neat. I don't know that I have ever seen a Hot Air Balloon up until this magical night. I can't wait to go back some day. I really can't wait to fly over our house in one! Hudson could not decide which one to look at. His little head was looking every which way.

LOVE YOU!!!

Jenna [this is love] said...

oh my goodness, i love hot air balloons! i have been looking for a festival to go to for a while but i am determined to find one this summer! i think they are just so magical and pretty. xx

~ Kelly Ann ♥ said...

What a magically night- Looks like Hudson had a blast seeeing the hot air balloons- Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Love your makeup- close up pic- fabulous!

Kel

I just posted a cute father's day project on my blog- check it out.

Megan and Justin said...

This looks like SO much fun! I wish I could find an amazing festival like this :)

Claire said...

you guys seriously have the cutest family adventures! i love that you go out and do stuff like this. i've always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon but i think i would totally freak out once it started going up because i'm afraid of heights!

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Gwiddle said...

Those balloons look so beautiful all lit up in the sky! What a perfect "sound track" to this post:) Your little family always puts a smile on my face! I would NEVER ride in a balloon, flying is my biggest fear. I have such a hard time in airplanes.. Oh well. Maybe on day we will conquer our fears?? I hope you have a great weekend pretty girl!

Raven said...

I came earlier to read this but had to come back later because your hubs hadn't commented yet. Ok, so now I get it. He changes his name every time to suite the specific blog post. LOVE that. I also notice how he always ends his comments the same way... LOVE YOU!!

seriously, his comments are a highlight for me :) you guys are the CUTEST little family of three!! those were beautiful pictures, and little H just looked mesmerized at all the balloons.

you are most definitely one of my FAVORITE bloggers and favorite families for that matter!! :)

misc.alaina said...

Oh, wow! Those balloons are just beautiful! Such a fun adventure, even from the ground!!

JelenaDoll ~ said...

That seriously looks like so much fun, i really would like to do that one day! And gorgeous photos, like always =]

p.s i put your button in my "blogs i heart" page. xx

Cara-Mia said...

That looks pretty - I can see why Hudson would be fascinated. I'm afraid of heights, so I wouldn't ride one, but my brother is dying to do so.

patience said...

these balloons really make for some amazing pictures don't they? this is funny because my husband asked me just yesterday if i would ever ride in a hot air balloon.

can you guess the answer?

Eva Marie said...

I have zero desire to ride in one either ekk and will happily watch from below.. they look so beautiful in your pictures - how exciting for Hudson

Ashley Slater said...

I have wanted to ride in a hot air balloon practically all my life. YES. Love these pictures!!!

Haley K said...

dreamy...absolutely DREAMY!

What a sight!! Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us! I would love to go to a hot air balloon festival some day!

And my sweet Adam actually had a hot air balloon ride planned on our honeymoon, but the winds were high/fast for our scheduled time :( Hopefully one day we'll have another chance to go!

Shalyn said...

How fun, I would LOVE to ride in one of those! We went to a hot air balloon festival when I was younger and I was so mesmerized!

Nnenna said...

I think I would be too chicken to ride way up high in a real hot air balloon, but I would love to see one! =)

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Janette said...

Ahhhhh!!!! I've always wanted to go to one of these festival things! Luckyyyyyy! I would be terrified to go on one...I've seen that video where it crashes into powerlines....NO thank you! Haha!

Janette the Jongleur

Col said...

So funny- my husband refuses to go on one but I've always wanted to! I always bring it up and he always says he is too scared:)