Explore Dallas: Balloon Festival

This past weekend we took the girls to the Balloon Festival in Plano. I saw it advertised many years ago when I was living in New York and always wanted to go. Determined to make the morning launch at 7:00 a.m., I woke the girls at 5:45. I found myself channeling my father who was notorious for waking us up super early on vacations and killing the fun. Hopefully I can find an in-between on future outings of sticking with our agenda but allowing a little more freedom.

We headed out around 6:15 and both kids were in great moods, but Vera was delirious and it made us laugh hysterically. She asked me several times to "turn the lights on please." I explained that the sun was not up yet and there was no way to turn on the lights. Then she told me I better not touch the jellyfish, as I can only imagine she was still mid-dream.

Unfortunately, the balloons were not able to launch into the air because there were too many clouds. The sky was beautiful and filled with billowy clouds (though not apparent at 5:45 from our house).

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We all still had a great time.

Like father, like daughter. They made the most of it all and Stella had fun in the Solly.

Thank goodness the corndog stand wasn't open at 8:00 a.m., but I'm thinking it might be at the State Fair. I can't wait to see an actual fried Oreo. Another great Big D family adventure in the books!