Monday, March 14, 2011

Wild Blue Yonder

When I was little my Dad was super cool.

He had a plane and we went flying all the time.

It was a real plane.

We'd do flips and other fun stuff.

All the other kids were jealous.

Oh wait, that was my husband's childhood, not mine. But my Dad was (and still is) super cool. We just didn't have a plane. We went to air shows and watched the Blue Angels from the ground. I only dreamed of flying upside down...until Saturday! My childhood dream has finally become reality. My hubs grew up flying with his dad. He even took flying lessons and is really close to being certified. Cool, huh? My mother-in-law flies too. Just kidding. Her fingers fly over piano keys though. She is an extremely talented pianist. I'm so blessed to be a part of their family!

Anyway, my husband actually had a Saturday off where we didn't have something we had to do. His sister who is off at law school was also coming home. His dad had just finished refurbishing the plane about a month ago, so it was a perfect time for us all to go flying. We've talked about going flying in his dad's plane for as long as I've know Jonathan...and that's been about 3 or 4 years now. I'm glad I finally got to go!

First the men had to get the plane know, cleaning and stuff.

The ladies stood by and cheered them on...silently. Ok, maybe not.

His dad did all the refurbishing, including the paint! It looks so pretty!

Now we are ready to go!

Oh wait, one more thing need fixing. Now we're ready.

See those controls? Yeah, I know nothing about them. Good thing I wasn't flying the thing!

Liz went first...I wanted to watch the first time.

Bye, bye.

We waited and watched from the ground. Little did I know that I was sitting on a chair that had been previously claimed by a Brown Recluse. Scary. I'm still not sure if it bit me or not. Eeekk!

Now it's my turn! As you can see, I am totally calm and collected. On the outside. Really I was looking for something I could hold onto.

This is me - excited and a little scared, but more excited than scared.

And we're off!

It was so fun. We did all kinds of flips, spins and tricks that have really cool sounding names. All I know is that I flew upside down...which was pretty stinkin' cool. Everything seems so peaceful when you are flying. All problems seem to lose their importance and fade away into nothingness. Of course, it doesn't seem quite as peaceful when you are spinning towards the ground in a nose dive, but you get my point.

I hope I get to go flying again soon! It was an exhilerating experience! I am so grateful that I was able to go. The laundry and cleaning may not have gotten done this past weekend, but at least we got to do something out of the ordinary.

Afterwards I came down with a nast bug, but hey...that's life. So the house STILL needs to be cleaned. Oh well.



Amanda Noel said...

I remember going to the Airshow and watching the Blue Angels with my dad too. So fun!

melissa said...

I remember going to a few of these air shows too! Great photos, you're beautiful! xo

Megan said...

oh gosh scary. this would give me anxiety.

Leanna said...

Oooh, that looks like so much fun! My dad flew helicopters for the Navy before I was born, and also did some plane stuff as well. I've never been flying in anything other than the huge passenger planes, though. lol

Mckenzie Jean Lund said...

ahhh oh my goodness! I couldn't imagine. What a gutsy girl you are! I bet it was amazing.

arielle said...

ah that looks like so much fun!
you are so brave! i flew in a tiny plane over the grand canyon
once and that was enough for me! :) so afraid of heights- haha..

Amylou said...

That is so neat! I loved all the photos and he did such a good job on fixing the plane. The paint looks so pretty! What a cool experience!

Callie Nicole said...

Oh my, how fun! I'm jealous - I'd love to go flying in a small plane like that!

Anonymous said...

This is darling. My husband wants SOOO badly to get his pilots license. Someday. We visit airshows all the time. We live very close to the US AirForce Museum (Dayton, OH Wright-Patt Base). That is always a fun Sunday afternoon for the family. =)

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Kelsey (Mama Mazzone)
Your blog is so cute :)
Im so jealous you got to fly on a little plane like that! At the same time I don't know if I would be brave enough :)

elizabeth said...

Your blog is adorable! Im definitely becoming a follower. And, flying planes looks like so much fun! I want to do it!

I'm looking forward to your future posts!

HAppy blogging :)

erin said...

so fun!

and your eyes are KILLER.

-Kelsey said...

Hey thanks for stopping by!! I am getting spoiled living here! I will have so many post soon because my mom and I have been doing EVERYTHING!!
I love your blog & you are so beautiful and fun!

mary said...

NO.WAY! That is the bravest thing I have ever scene! xox!

Olga said...

HOW FUN! Beautiful pictures!

Annie said...

Wow! I am not a fan of heights so I'd be a nervous wreck the whole time. I applaud you for going!

leigh said...

Wow! SUCH a pretty plane! For our anniversary, I took my husband on a plane ride in a not-so-gorgeous plane, it was VERY fun and such a cool experience. He'd never been flying, and still has not been on a commercial airplane.
<3 leigh
P.S. My twitter name/id/whatever it's called is smeyleigh

Gelai said...

you're so funny! :) I like flying too! :)

Pearl said...

Oh wow! I would be so scared! but at the same time excited!


Gaby said...

Wow! That sounds terrifying and really fun all at the same time!

p.s. thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog, it totally made my day :)

Cory said...

This is stinkin' cool!!!

A BRIT GREEK said...

Wow, what a totally cool experience?!

Looks like you had! Thanks for sharing such fab photos too!


Ashley Slater said...

HOW FUN!!! I love that you got to go flying, I have wanted to do that for so long! What a pretty plane too!

p.s. if that brown recluse bit you, you will know... when your skin starts to rot off. Gross, but true!

Anonymous said...

this looks so fun! if i didn't have an epic fear of flying i would love this. weirdly, i'm less scared of small planes than large ones.

and what a cool childhood!

Romance In A Glance said...

My husband is a pilot! I wouldn't let him do the tricks and flips with me! The three times I flew were with him!

LOVE your blog!!! I am a wedding/romance blogger...hope you check me out!


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