"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

I hope you all are having a great Labor Day weekend! We are having a great time. Our weekend has consisted of bubbles, balloons, bummers and blessings. I've compiled yet another montage! I think I create so many of these because I just like to tell stories through pictures and music. And I think I have too many pictures that I want to share with you all and I don't want you to have to scroll for hours to view them.

I hope you all are still enjoying the videos!

We decided to get up before the crack of dawn on Saturday morning to go to the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic to watch the balloons rise in the mass ascension. It was a very foggy and misty morning and, due to the weather, the balloons never took off. Bummer. But we did get to see them sitting on the ground inflated, which was pretty cool.

Since the event is a very popular one, we had trouble finding parking. We decided to park in the lot of a Mom & Pop liquor store, knowing that we wanted to leave before 9:00 am and thinking there was no way they would open before then. Turns out, they open at 8:00 am! We felt very bad once we got back to the van and one of the owners of the store (Pop) asked us why we would park in front of a business. He said he had already had some people towed who were blocking his delivery truck. We apologized profusely and Jeremy made amends by going in and purchasing a 6 pk of Coors. That made Mom & Pop happy and we left their store having made new friends!

Sunday evening, we decided to grab Auntie Chelle, Uncle Nate and some Jimmy John's delicious sammies and head back to the Balloon Classic to watch the balloon glow. At dusk, the balloons inflate, sit on the ground and fire off their burners, creating a beautiful glowing spectacle. As we were leaving the house, the rain started coming down in sheets. We were starting to feel defeated until we got to the other side of town and it had cleared up and stopped raining.

We got to the park and there was plenty of legal parking, so we headed to the field. We picked a great spot and ate our picnic dinner while we listened to a band play. We thought it was odd that the balloons were not laid out yet and it was after 7:00 pm. Jeremy took Marissa to run around the field and mingle with the people for a little while. Shortly after they left, a lady came on the loud speaker and said that due to the wet field, the balloon glow was cancelled!! Bummer!! So we watched the beautiful sunset over our gorgeous Colorado mountains instead.

So, for those keeping score:

1) Got up way too early to see a bunch of balloons rise into the morning sky all at once, only to be bummed out not being able to see any balloons rise into the air (Bummer #1). Did get to see the balloons inflated, sitting on the ground instead (Blessing #1).

2) Almost got the van towed (Bummer #2) but got beer instead (Blessing #2).

3) Really looked forward to watching the balloons light up but were bummed when it was too wet for them to do so (Bummer #3). Got to watch Marissa play and watched God's Sky and Mountain Glow instead (Blessing #3).

I'd say we ended up breaking even! ;)

This morning, we took our time getting up and ready for the day. We just got back from taking Marissa to a park to run around and blow even more bubbles.

So there you have it. Our bummered and blessed Holiday weekend. Just trying to squeeze every last drop out of Summer!


John and Jenna Gensic said...

Lots of bummers and blessings. I'm still glad you guys had fun. Give Marissa a hug from Mikan.


Hope said...

Even though you were kinda bummed, I'm glad it turned out well in the end. Love the videos, as always:) you have a great family, you all make me laugh.

The VW's said...

I LOVE YOUR MONTAGES!!! I especially love this one, with the bubbles and water.....Very artistic! And, great choice of music too!

Sounds like a great weekend, even with the bad along with the good! Your good attitude is impressive! Glad you enjoyed yourselves! HUGS!!!

Michelle said...

Ok, this was the best video yet...you are so talented. Loved the pics, my fav is the one where Marissa is hugging Daddy's head. Sounds like you had a great holiday!!

Nana and PaPa said...

You have truly proven that with every cloud there is a silver lining. What a wonderful weekend you had! Glad it turned out so nice. LOVE the montage...I agree...VERY artisic!! Love you guys...big hug for Rissa Roo from us.
Nana & PaPa

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I love that you made it fun, even though it didn't go as planned. And the photos are great as always. :)

I wanted to comment on your post before this one, about the lack of a diagnosis. You know we are in the same boat. No underlying answer for any of my Peanut's issues. Like you, it used to rule my mind. I couldn't think of anything other than "What other test can we run". I used to pester the doctors constantly to find an answer.

She's going to be 6 next month, and we still don't have "the answer". But you know what? That's just fine now! She's who she is, as she was meant to be. Life is good!

We do run tests still sometimes. In fact we are running a few new ones soon. But I refuse to let them draw blood every time they come up with an idea. We wait until her every-6-month metabolic blood draw, and do it then. If they find something, great! If not, life goes on. And it goes on just fine. :)