5.19.2005

I flew! I fly! I’m a flier!!!

My brother in law Russ is a pilot and he offered to take Obadiah and I up for a spin as a birthday gift to Obadiah. We took off from the Sonoma County Airport and we were at the Pacific Shoreline in about 5 minutes!!! That’s usually about a 30 minute drive for us. It was almost sunset and the view was absolutely amazing! Then Obadiah got to fly the plane for a few minutes. You should have seen his face when he moved the yoke and the whole plane banked to the right!

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Then he moved out of the co-pilot’s seat and let Daddy have a go at it. It is SO AMAZING to feel the plane respond to every movement you make on the yoke. It was really, really cool! I’ve always been the kind of person that feels the closest to God when I’m out in the middle of creation just enjoying nature. So, it was awesome to be able to see everything from this viewpoint. It was so beautiful.

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CLICK HERE to see the video clip of Obadiah flying the plane.
p.s. keep an eye out for the look on Obadiah’s face right before he tosses his cookies… priceless!!!

11 comments:

Jeff said...

I thanks God for fathers like you bro. waht a cool video.

to be there as your son experieces life is priceless.

my son is 23, and is serving in Iraq. he has a son that is 1.

teach them to live life to the full bro. no regrets

Natala said...

that is so awesome.

Mad Cow said...

DUDE. I waited for the whole video to load, just so I could see your kid barf. There was no such incident, not even a tiny little hurl, and so I am lodging my formal complaint.

jimmy said...

I was totally going to document the "incident" but Russ started freaking out. Apparently the plane has been sold, and the new owner is picking it up later this week. Russ didn't want that "new plane smell" to be compromised by that "old barf smell".

Plus we couldn't find a barf bag, so I had to hold the beloved blanky as a barf target. So sad, blanky has been through so much trauma.

Crissi said...

Jimmy, that was the best! Obediah is so lucky to have a dad who does such cool stuff with him, and then documents it in such a cool way. What a keepsake! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Liz J said...

What a great experience. I grew up in and around planes. I think I somewhat took it for granted. My dad was (and still is, kind of) a flight instructor. So, I even had my own log book. It was really tons of fun, but the novelty wore off when we took the long trips to Kansas to visit the grandparents, in a 4-seater, that had to extra, little (tiny) fold up seats in the back with all our luggage behind us. I got to sit back there as I was the youngest and the smallest. I should remember those itty-bitty seats the next time I complain about the small seats on a commercial airplane. My mom got her pilot's license, but its not current, and my brother got his when he was 17 and currently flies big ole planes for the Air National Guard. I never got that serious and my dad sold his planes long ago. But it was awesome to see Obadiah experience that. Thanks for sharing.

jimmy said...

Liz.... Yeah, I remember those cross country trips... except mine were in the back of a white Ford Econoline van (insert your favorite shortbus joke here), and my cross country trips took 4 days. So, basically I have ZERO sympathy for you Liz!! ;-)

ben said...

That's probably the coolest thing I've seen in a long time...
Jim, if you weren't my brother I'd want to be adopted by you;)

Crissi said...

Speaking of vans, we had the Ford Econoline van also, but it was affectionately called our "Liesure Van", partly because it said so in HUGE LETTERS along both sides of it. Ahhh, the early 80's, gotta love them!

Roman said...

Great video. What a lucky kid.

I could never be a pilot. Everytime I had to use the "yoke", I'd get a craving for a Jimmy Dean Sausage and Egg Bagel.

Liz J said...

we also took some cross-country trips in a van. We had a 1977 Dodge Van from 77 until the very early 90's and then we upgraded to the Ford Econoline, which was my "first car" when I got my license. It was great. I took naps in it on my lunch break at work and I never turned anyone down for a ride (I was one of the first of my friends to get a license). It was quite a shock when the thing finally died and a drove a small truck next.