If you get to know my family for any length of time you will quickly find out that my husband (and now my son) is all about aviation. My husband has his private pilot's license and goes flying whenever he gets the chance. Unfortunately, time and money limits his flying.
He did manage to take a flight several Saturdays ago. It was only about an hour flight, my husband flew to another nearby airport and did some touch-and-go's before coming back and landing. This was Hayden's very first flight! Ever! He's never even been in a commercial plane. I was a little nervous about how he would react but it went really well!
Flying with a small child is a lot like driving with one. We had him buckled in his car seat in the backseat of the plane. I was right beside him. You don't have to have the car seat rear-facing in the plane, since the event of a collision is very unlikely.
We found some child's ear protection on Amazon and it fit him perfectly. (I'll include a link below) The only downside is it is kind of a pain to get a 1 year old to keep something on his head!
After we were up in the air I got Hayden out of his car seat so he could look out the window. He took a few peeks, but he was pretty much asleep right away and stayed asleep during the whole flight. That was fine by me, because I actually started feeling a little sick. I've never felt sick on a flight before so I hope this isn't something that will happen again!
Anyway, we can't wait to take Hayden flying again! I wouldn't doubt it if we ended up with another pilot in the family someday. This kid can tell you if there's an airplane somewhere before you even know it. He even picked up the sign language sign for airplane the very first time we showed it to him, and he hasn't stopped doing it since!
Children's Ear Protection
I can't believe we are down to only a few more weeks before we hit the road for Oklahoma! We have done a lot of planning already, but the next few weeks are definitely going to keep us on our toes! Just looking at our calendar keeps reminding me how much we have to do yet.
I have a bunch of to-do lists and yet I feel like I'm forgetting something. I'm not going to stress out about it though. I figure as long as Kaiwi and I get there safely, the rest of our stuff is just that... stuff.
"This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through."
I am excited for the trip to Oklahoma, though. We are taking a little extra travel time and going to see some things like the redwoods and the Grand Canyon. You can bet your britches I will have my camera in my hand along the way.
I've already been snapping pictures of the area around here so we can look back on it after we are gone. I went to the Lilac Garden at Manito the other day and got a few (ok, a ton of) pictures of the lilacs. They are absolutely gorgeous! They remind me of the lilac bushes that grew at the neighbor house when we were growing up. The smell was just divine, as well.
I'm so glad we got to stick around here long enough to see them bloom. I'm definitely going to miss this part of Washington!
Im sure I will find plenty on new things to love in Oklahoma, though, too.
Why is it so hard to figure out what to get my husband for his birthday? You would think I'd know exactly what to get him. The problem is, he has everything he needs. He loves to fly, but unfortunately he doesn't always get to.
After struggling with this dilemma for a while, we came up with a plan. Kaiwi has been wanting to do a cross-country flight for quite a while, and since his parents are in Portland now we thought it would be a perfect birthday weekend if we flew in to see them.
The flight over was amazing! We flew right through the mountains. Mt Rainier, St Helens, and Adams was on our right, and we could see Mt Hood, Jefferson, and just the tops of the three sisters on our left. We took off later than we had planned, but it worked out perfectly because the sun was setting just as we were flying by the mountains. It was so beautiful.
But why am I telling you when I could just show you pictures?
Amazing- even with the plastic plane windows leaving a sort of hazy look to the pictures.
Now, for some reason I can't post more than three pictures on this entry, so I'll have to post in two parts...
It was so fun visiting with Kaiwi's parents. We were able to see their new place and explore some of Portland. They took us to the Japanese Garden. Gorgeous! The cherry blossoms were in full bloom, and it was so green! Out here where we are its still dry and brown, so it was a wonderful change of scenery.
Its pretty much torture trying to narrow down which pictures to share with you. The gardens were so gorgeous- hopefully I captured a fraction of the beauty.
What better way to spend a birthday than with family? I'm so glad it worked out to take this spontaneous weekend trip.
OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rain
OOOOk-lahoma, Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I, Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.
When we were kids, my sister and I used to watch Oklahoma ALL THE TIME. All the girls in their beautiful dresses, dancing and singing and twirling. Riding to social gatherin's in their surries. And of course, no romantic musical is complete without someone gettin' hitched at the end.
That movie has set the bar high for my expectations of Oklahoma. There had better be some dancin' and surrey ridin' when we get there (Also, I think I am going to start calling Kaiwi "honey lamb").
Its hard to believe we are going to BE there in 3 months. We are packing up and heading out to a totally new place I've never been to before (except for if you count driving through there).
Our first move- the one out here- was pretty crazy. We were given two weeks notice that we had to be out here. We basically dumped our stuff on Kaiwi's parents and left. Once we got here, we were sent to TX for 3 months. I never saw the movers pack up our stuff, or drop it off, so in many ways, this feels like our first official move.
I'm so excited to be moving on to a new part of our journey, and yet thinking about leaving here gets me a little sentimental. I've never thought of this house as our "home", since we are just renting, and we always knew we were only here for a limited time. I've never put a nail in the wall to hang a picture (just push pins), never painted a room, never bought curtains- I've always thought, "we are only here a while, why bother?".
But now that we are leaving I'm realizing that this is the first home we have built together since being married. It was hardly a month after our wedding that we were out here. I'm realizing that all the things that have become familiar to me here won't be in Oklahoma. We are starting over. Everything will be DIFFERENT. Maybe not bad, but different.
Its exciting, and its scary.
And in another 4 years, we will be going through this all again. Leaving Oklahoma, going somewhere new.
Its crazy, I tell you. Just crazy.
Yet... in some twisted way, I'm looking forward to it.
Back to regular, everyday life.
It was so much fun visiting my friend Ruth and her family this past week. I love how we can pick up where we left off like we never spent any time apart. I just wish we could do it more often.
Our week never had a dull moment it seemed. I enjoyed every minute of it- going to church, painting the house they are renovating, having another chick to watch Downton Abbey with (my husband's not a fan), four wheeling, and just hanging out with everyone. I also loved the SUN! It almost didn't seem like January compared to our foggy Northwest weather here.
Of course, I brought my camera and took a ton of pictures. I hope you enjoy a few of them!
Welcome! My name is Marie, and I have been married for 5 years now. We have one beautiful son, Isaac, waiting for us in Heaven and another son, Hayden, here with us! I hope to share with you more about our journey- where we have been and where we are going.