For Christmas Kent gave me a groupon for a hot air balloon ride near Winchester, VA, in the Shenandoah River valley. We took that ride on the last weekend in April.
We met our pilot at 6am, so that's why you can see the moon shining in the first two pictures.
Another balloon went up while we were waiting to get ours up; the black balloon isn't the one we rode in.
We were involved in the whole process of filling the balloon with big fans,
and watching it rise into the sky when the air was heated.
It was a beautiful, clear Spring day, and we both LOVED the ride.
Here are some pictures taken in 1993 and 1994 when we lived in Walla Walla, WA, and they hosted a hot air balloon stampede each year. I think seeing them many years ago inspired us to want to take a ride in one someday!!
Tyler and Rachel gave us this sign, which fits in perfectly with our new kitchen colors!!
And here's how the kitchen looked when we bought the house eleven years ago.