Hot air balloons and Fall Trees

Oh blog how I have missed you! It has been way too long since I have been able to share my thoughts and crafts! It is hard to believe that it is September already and the fall is approaching, but you will hear no complaints about that from me! Fall is my favorite time of year with everything from fun crafts to holidays to family adventures!  The girls and I kicked started our fall this last weekend with heading to the apple orchard, a hot air balloon ride, and a fall craft.

There is something about the crisp air in the fall, the changing of the leaves, and fires in the fireplace, that make me feel like I can accomplish anything! I know I wrote about bucket lists and how much I value the idea, so you can believe my excitement when I was able to check another adventure off! I have always wanted to ride in a hot balloon, so with hot air balloon festival near by I decided to take my 4 year old and spontaneously   drive to get to “fly” in one, according to my daughter’s words. At first, I was very nervous to take her up, but then she asked me,” Momma are your scared?”, which stunned me into taking a moment to really think about my answer. My initial reaction was say no, because she can’t know that I am scared, because then she won’t want to go. But, the more I thought about it, I realized telling her that, “I am nervous, but not afraid to try”, was the best response I could have given her.

Sometimes with parenting I am so afraid to let my girls, try things that are scary because I don’t ever want them to be afraid! I have found though, that letting them try these things actually allows them to face their fears, take risks, and be in the moment!


I definitely learned something that morning as we lifted off the ground in our hot air balloon, which was to understand that fear happens, but never let it hold us back from anything!

The girls and I couldn’t wait to start our falls crafts, so we started with a fall tree craft because my girls get excited about the leaves changing colors! This is one of the easier crafts that can be done, plus it is great for a variety of ages.


I have included the link to the website directions below:

Popcorn Trees

You can color the popcorn in an color paint you want, I let the girls pick!

The girls had a blast and it was fun to watch their trees come to life!

Happy start to Fall ya’ll!

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