This year we talked about celebrating birthday’s a little differently. Bay has had her fair share of BIG ass parties. If only I could tell you the BIG ass money I’ve dropped on those BIG ass parties, you’d have a heart attack.
How about experiences? Instead of the BIG ass parties. Instead of the BIG ass gifts. How about experience something? Go on an adventure. Something she’ll remember forever. Don’t get me wrong, Bay is 11 years old. Clearly homegirl likes a gift and toys. Without having a clue as to what the experience would be, Bay was game for it. Let’s try something new! She’s always up for an adventure!
The weekend before Bay’s 11th birthday I surprised her.
We got up early. I’m talking on the road by 5am. Bay is not a morning person. AT ALL! For some weird reason, she popped out of bed. Without a fight. To be honest, I don’t think Bay has ever been up at 5am before. It was almost like she knew what I had up my sleeve. She didn’t.
We drove to Winters.
She told me on the way that she knew what we were doing. Riding horses!
Then she was clueless.
As soon as we pulled up, right there in front of us was the hot air balloon basket.
Bay freaked! She didn’t believe it.
“We’re going on a hot air balloon?”
We met our pilot and group at Turkovich tasting room downtown Winters. Once eveyone was gathered and release forms were signed, we set off to the launching spot.
I have to give a huge shout out to Yolo Ballooning Adventures! They sure know how to make you comfortable and excited! From ages 11 – 35!
We watched the sunrise. Bay’s never seen the sunrise before.
Anddd, we can cross that off the Summer To-Do’s 🙂
Our basket was an 8 passenger. You can see the squared off areas. Each pair had their own little cubbie. Then the pilot stood in the center of the basket.
I was so worried some weirdo would touch me or something. Ha! Totally not the case.
Bay helping spread out our balloon.
Bay inside the balloon. Swear!
So, so cool!
She’s saying “coolest thing ever” here 🙂
We had the company of 12 other balloons. Which they say is rare.
Beautiful sight to see!
Watch this video. It’s my favorite!