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I have been happily married for 27 years to my best friend, soul mate and partner in the ministry-Brad. Graced by God with three wonderful children of whom I have home schooled for 19 years. I am also an ordained minister and love to teach God's Word as well as lead worship in our churches we pastor. Oh and yes, my dh and I have Pastored for over 22 years and thank the Lord for using us.

Saturday, August 18, 2012


All pictures are from our time at the festival.

Just recently our family had the opportunity to attend an amazing Hot Air Balloon Festival. We watched 40 balloons being spread out, fans blown into them, the fire shooting out and then watching them grow into the hugest air filled beast we've seen. They were having a race of the 'hare and the hounds'. Later, when it became dark and the participants were all back they lit their beautiful balloons giving what was called a 'Night Glow'. 

  Our family was just 'blown-away' (not literally) on the magnitude and beauty of it all. Needless to say, being a home schooler I was inspired to do a short unit study on Hot Air Balloons. 
Because I want to keep this simple (for myself); this time I will be just compiling a list of amazing sites for us all to use and enjoy. 
Have fun!

"Up, Up and Away...in my beautiful balloon!"

Internet Sites:
*NOVA /A Short History of Ballooning: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/short-history-of-ballooning.html   [Do a time line with this information.]

*Home School Helper On-Line:  http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/units/hot_air_balloon.shtm

*My First Balloon Ascent-  Pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont recalls his initial exhilarating experience among the clouds. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/my-first-balloon-ascent.html

*Hot Air Balloons in the Civil War :   http://www.floridareenactorsonline.com/baloons.htm 
*PARTS OF THE BALLOON: http://www.eballoon.org/balloon/parts-of-the-balloon.html
     --THE BASKETA single Open basket, single T-partitioned basket,A double T-partitioned basket.

*Famous Flights:       Atlantic Crossings

How Hot Air Balloon Works --> Lighter Than Air

*Science & Math: This is pretty hard, but my high schooler will get a great opportunity to stretch her learning abilities.    http://www.overflight.com/   MODEL HOT AIR BALLOON SCIENCE

*YOUTUBE Learning:
   -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev9xlnWseyw Basic Over-view of H.A. Ballons
   -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As3kJrCzhnE How Balloons Are Lighter Than Air
   -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG9sSLjwe8E Up in the balloon. 

1 comment:

  1. I love hot air balloon rides. It really thrills me. Great fun has surrounded me after reading the blog. Thanks for sharing it.
    Hot Air Balloon Ride


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