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Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Anniversary Present

Last July, life was busy!  My husband and I completely forgot our anniversary, until my Mom called, "Happy anniversary!"

This year my husband decided to make it memorable.  He found discounted paragliding tickets.  My parents would even be passing through town to watch the kids.

This wouldn't be my first time flying.  I'm actually quite experienced in the world of aviation.

While my friends were all having high school graduation parties, my parents took me skydiving instead.

We went static line, which means I wasn't strapped to anyone, but my shoot would be pulled open by the plane, just a few seconds after I fell.

I was excited, but terrified!  I'd never even been in a plane before!

The worst part--you couldn't just jump out of the plane.  That would be too easy!  Instead you had to pull this Indiana Jones type maneuver and walk out onto the plane's wing, while it was in the air!  Then jump! 

My parents were kind enough to let me go first.   There were some bars to hold onto, but after only a few steps, I couldn't hold on!  The wind blasted me off the wing.  I was completely disoriented for a few seconds.  The chute thankfully opened.

Then...peace.  

It was so beautiful and calm as I made the lengthy float down.  Truly a phenomenal experience...until I semi-crash landed and got tangled up in a cornfield.

After college,  I wanted to try bungee jumping.  Skydiving was so fun.  I thought this would be easy in comparison.  I jumped with confidence...until I starting falling!

I wanted down!  But I was stuck!  Up and down again and again...and again.   It was terrible and seemingly endless!   I could barely walk afterwards, my legs were shaking so badly.  I will NEVER go bungee jumping again.

So, back to paragliding.  I wasn't sure.  This time I was strapped to someone.   Not the most romantic anniversary as that someone wasn't my husband, but I was grateful he seemed to know what he was doing.

 There wasn't much wind, so my instructor told me I had to start running down the cliff! 

 The running was scary, but the flying...awesome!

My husband had gone first and nearly had a hang glider crash into him after he landed.  My landing was not so eventful.  I was just happy to not be tangled up in a corn field. 

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Appreciating my groundedness, but hopeful to go flying again. 

I'm adding this several days after I posted, because my parents just reminded me of a detail I forgot:   On our skydiving adventure, one of the men that jumped immediately before us had a small mishap.  His para-shoot didn't open!  Luckily, his much smaller back-up shoot saved him, though he came down quickly and semi-crashed into a muddy field about a mile away from his target.


And I'd like to amend my goal: Forever appreciating my groundedness.

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At July 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

Wow I never knew you were so brave.... I will never do any of those things!!!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Heather said...

That is COOL! I'd like to THINK that I want to do something like that. But when it comes down to it...I'm not sure. LOL

 
At July 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Caffeinated OC Mommy said...

WOW GGM Darling! I always knew you were spunky... Happy Anniversary and Cups Up! xoxo P.S. You should of worn hot pink spandex for your flight! lol

 
At July 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM , Blogger sarajo said...

My uncle hang glides. I have always wanted to go with him. But I'm afraid of heights.
BTW, your parents are awesome. And so is you husband. I think those gifts would be soo cool!
Glad you had a good time!
Oh and, Happy Anniversary!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

You are a brave lady. I would never do this.

Happy Anniversary. I forgot about mine this year until my MIL reminded me.

 
At July 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

I don't like being in a plane, so I certainly don't want to be falling from one! I'm glad you had fun though. Looks like BlogHer finally came through for you...let me know how it works out.
Sandy

 
At July 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Brandi said...

How fun! I wouldn't ever be able to get my hubby to do something like that with me.

 
At July 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Mikailah said...

That sounds like fun... I have never even ridden in an airplane! :( I would like to try sky diving sometime... :)

 
At July 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM , Blogger Victoria said...

How amazing! My hubby and I agreed to save jumping out of airplanes for after our kid is grown, just in case. ;) But it sounds incredible! You are so much braver than I am. Happy Anniversary, and I hope they keep getting better!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Mommy's Paradise said...

Lucky you, I would love to do these things. But so far my world was under the sea instead of way up in the sky. This must have been a blast.
Happy Anniversary!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 1:10 PM , Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

Happy Anniversary!

That sounds like fun but I could not jump out of a plane. I'd pee myself.

 
At July 28, 2011 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Not sure if I would ever do those things-I do love roller coasters but jumping out of a plane might be a bit too scary and high for me!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Rebekah said...

Oh my gosh...how fun are y'all?!?!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

Skydiving is on my to do list. It looks awesome!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

Wow!! That's a present you won't ever forget!! I don't know about that one, maybe, one day! Happy Anniversary!!!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Heather said...

How awesome!!! My husband doesn't want me to do anything like that because "that's not what moms do" and something could happen. I'm jealous!!!

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At July 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

AMAZING! Are you in Utah? If so, were you at the "Point of the Mountain?" That looks like so much fun. WAHOO!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Abbie said...

Excellent adventure!! Would have scared the hell out of me getting on the wing of the plane.

You got guts and glory :)
way to celebrate an anniversary!!!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Your parents took you skydiving??? Wow, that is crazy! Mine would barely take me to the mall, lol! You've got quite an adventurous family.

 
At July 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Shelley said...

Wow!! That was a fun and exciting anniversary gift. This anniversary we went to the County Fair with the kids for our big nite, whoo hoo! And it was our 15 yr anniversary, he owes me :)

 
At July 28, 2011 at 7:28 PM , OpenID Missy said...

Happy Anniversary! I skydived in college and we bungee jumped last year on our anniversary - kind of the opposite of you!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger ohkeeka said...

Oh, my wedding anniversary was last week and my husband and I forgot about it until my grandma posted on my Facebook wall! So I'm definitely on the too-busy-to-remember-life-events train with you.

Paragliding definitely sounds like it will be an anniversary to remember. You are braver than I am! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

 
At July 28, 2011 at 8:39 PM , Blogger Claire said...

That is just so freakin' cool! The whole post, your whole life....I want your life...just kidding. About the wanting your life part (not that your life is awful or anything!), not about how you've gotten to do such awesome things!

Apparently I'm babbling...

 
At July 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM , Blogger LeAnn said...

Wow, what an adventure and interesting Anniversary gift. You are braver than me. I am scared at the thought of looking over a clift or on top of a tall building. I admire that you have had these experiences; I would call that enjoying the moment and least for you.
I reallly enjoyed reading your post.
Blessings to you!

 
At July 29, 2011 at 12:09 AM , Blogger Tattoos n' Diapers said...

That sounds amazing!! I went sky diving once and loved it! I cannot wait until I can do that again!! :)

 
At July 29, 2011 at 1:19 AM , Blogger Kim @ Mamas Monologues said...

You are far braver than I am! It sounds amazing, but I don't know if I could actually do it!

 
At July 29, 2011 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That.is.awesome! My 15 year anniversary is coming up. Not sure what we'll do. We don't have a sitter (she moved to Arkansas) so probably nothing exciting.

 
At July 29, 2011 at 6:27 AM , Blogger m&msmommy said...

Happy Belated Anniversary!

You are definitely brave! I could never skydive, paraglide, etc. Eeekkkk! Just thinking about it scares me! As I read your words, I imagined how awesome and beautiful it is, and I'm sure it is amazing, BUT I don't think I could ever get myself out of the plane! THat would be the scary part! :)

Have a great weekend! :)

 
At July 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Oh wow...you are a brave soul! Seriously!
What great memories though :)

 
At July 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM , Blogger tarynddavidson said...

I am green with envy! i have always wanted to do all of the above :)

 
At July 29, 2011 at 12:49 PM , Blogger Elena said...

Wow - I'm totally impressed. I am so afraid to do bungee/skydiving, etc. Kudos to you!

 
At July 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM , Blogger blueviolet said...

That confirms it for me. I had ruled out bungee jumping because I was afraid of having to do the repeated falls, but skydiving is definitely on my list!!

This was really, really interesting. I mean that. I was fascinated by this post.

 
At July 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger Optimistic Mom said...

WOW! Sounds like it really was amazing. In my mind, I like to think I could do some of the things...but worried that my brain won't tell my heart not to have a heart attack before it stops beating. Otherwise, I'd go for it.
Talk about great memories, you definitely have some!

 
At July 29, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Blogger JennyLynn said...

So amazing, cool and brave.

 
At July 29, 2011 at 6:16 PM , Blogger Texas Type A Mom said...

Happy Anniversary! What an exciting anniversary present. Was it powered paragliding or just regular paragliding? My uncle is a powered paragliding instructor in Florida but has flown with people in Utah quite a few times.

 
At July 30, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Holy wow - you had to walk out onto the plane wing and then jump?!!! Honestly don't think I could do that.... you are pretty impressive!!

 
At July 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM , Blogger K Lind said...

How fun! I wish I were that adventurous! I'm a big chicken.

 
At July 30, 2011 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

I agree with everyone else...you're one brave mama! I've never wanted to bungee jump...looks so painful! I'm sure I'd need traction after.

 
At July 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

You are so brave! I tend to keep my feet on the ground!

 
At July 31, 2011 at 7:35 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

OH MY~ I always thought I was brave. I am not even close to you sister! Kudos to you. Keep flying High :)

 
At July 31, 2011 at 8:03 AM , Blogger I Am Not Superwoman said...

Such an awesome gift but you won't find this girl jumping out of a plane or running off a cliff anytime soon. Glad YOU had fun. I will do just about anything else but those.

 
At July 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

Wow! I'm so impressed with you! Did you get that I'm-a-powerhouse feeling afterwards, like the post-birth high?

I would have backed out when they told me I'd have to run...

 
At July 31, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Wow! That sounds like fun! I'm not sure I'd have it in me to try, though!

 
At August 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

That is AWESOME ... you are truly officially my hero. Be ready to give me a full, detailed description ....

 
At August 3, 2011 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Carol said...

Wow! You are more adventurous than I am in! This just sounds like a panic attack waiting to happen for me. I like the ground to much to leave it...even for a somersault! LOL.

 

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