It’s been busy over here in the O’Neal home. Still getting settled, finding dentists, and making friends. There are about a million things to do when you move and purchase a home. Once you have kids there are about a million more things on top of that. Own a business, add one million more things just for fun. Overall, since moving, I’ve had to juggle about three million things all at once to try and get into a groove in our new home. In our spare time, we have been exploring as much as possible in our new community. One of our favorite places we have found so far is Letchworth State Park. It is known as the Grand Canyon of the East and it truly is incredible to see. As my birthday approached we found out about Red, White, & Blue Balloon Festival at the park. So I was super excited to capture some Letchworth State Park photographs.
We woke up at 4:30am. Quietly as possible, got dressed and packed our things. We were attempting to be completely ready to drive away before waking the kids up to go. Letchworth is about a hour from our house. We were hoping that the kids might just fall back asleep on our drive out there, but of course since they are toddlers they did what we didn’t expect at all and woke up in great moods. Ready for adventure! Fred and I joke often, and lovingly, about how we torture our toddlers through way to many road trips. Apparently, it all had paid off this morning when the kids were thrilled to be dragged out of bed to sit in the car.
The entire ride there we were nervous about what was going to happen. The night before they decided not to launch the balloons due to poor weather conditions. As we were driving down the highway with very little visibility and a lot of fog we seriously were wondering if this trip would be worth it.
Lucky for us, we arrived at precisely the right time. They were just starting to unload the balloons from the trailers and we were able to watch the entire process from start to takeoff. Jack and Tommy were seriously amazed by the process the entire time. It is definitely a different kind of special to be able to experience something completely new and amazing with your children. We were all equally in awe of how magnificent and huge these things were. While watching with excitement as 30 hot air balloons were inflated before our eyes, I snapped a few photographs of the kids. Then as if my birthday couldn’t get any better, Fred did an amazing job of capturing a few of me with the boys. In the words of Jack, “Today is a very nice day!”
This is just a glimpse into our life. Trust me, most days are not this epic. However, this day was special and I’m so happy that I get to remember this day forever with photos. Have a special day coming up you want to remember with your family? Click here to learn how to book a session with me! 🙂