Hot Air Balloon Ride

getting ready for takeoff
Drifting lazily through the sky at sunrise sounded like the perfect way to spend a morning together as a family. Thanks to Groupon, I found out there was a hot air balloon company, Virginia Balloons LLC, out of Williamsburg that I felt was reputable enough to put us all at their mercy. They didn't usually take children under six up, but the owner heard DaddyO was a pilot and EJ was very comfortable around aircraft noise, they gave her an exception. She was excited to hear she'd be going up into the sky (it's amazing how many children's books have hot air balloons in them) but didn't fully understand what a treat was in store for her.

We scheduled the trip to be while Grandma was visiting so she could follow our balloon from below with CJ. She ended up being our balloon chaser.

It was a sunrise balloon ride so of course we were up bright and early to meet up with our guide. We took off from a farmer's field right outside of Williamsburg, VA.

We took a lot of pictures documenting the experience but I think the video shows it all.

This was another check off my bucket list. An experience I know EJ (nor CJ) will hopefully not forget.

safe landing photo op with the whole family

Cooking at the New Children's Museum

We joined the New Children's Museum a couple weeks ago. It took me a second to decide if I was willing to pay for a whole year's membership when we'd only be using 3 months of it, but at $10/ticket I knew we'd pay pay it of in just a couple visits. The fact that the membership came with free garage parking (just a couple blocks from the Gas Lamp District) made it a no brainer.

The museum is currently closed as they prepare for their upcoming exhibit "Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food" but they opened for a few hours today to give us a taste of their upcoming exhibit. The kids made food truck boxes.

And painted food colors.

The highlight of the visit though was getting to attend a cooking class taught by Chef Amanda of The Good Food Factory

Her show has won an Emmy so it was pretty neat that EJ got to learn from her in person!

The kids lined up for class.

Donned their aprons.

 And spent an hour learning how to make hummus from scratch.

After all the squeezing, chopping, and mixing was done, they got to blenderize.

Then it was time to try their creation. 

Ej was proud of what she had made!

On the Hinge

It was a cool foggy morning; a nice setting for DaddyO's promotion ceremony.

He chose the Cabrillo National Monument as the location.

His former OIC from Japan did the honors.

The kids got to be a part of the ceremony by pinning on DaddyO's new gold oak leaves.

The words DaddyO recited today committed him (and our family) to another four years with Navy.

The last ten have brought us a lot of wonderful new experiences, we look forward to seeing what the future years will bring our family.

Coronado Library Storytime

they love her stories
Library story times are one of the first things we look-up when we move to a new area. I have learned what a wide range each library can have in style, storyteller and audience. We just started attending Coronado's story time and I would give it an A+ in all areas. It is the first one we have attended that has a resident guitar player who accompanies the songs and stories.

the "farmer in the dell" song
We are going to enjoy every story time we can here before we are on to our next library!

San Diego Labor Day

We tried to celebrate our Labor Day in normal tradition. Other than being in a new house, new city, and DaddyO swearing four more years of his life to the military, we barbequed and  had some family time together.

The boxes came in handy for some artistic time for the kids while DaddyO prepared dinner. .

DaddyO was great at cutting windows and doors.

It may not have been a perfectly normal holiday but it was perfect nonetheless.

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