Friday, February 6, 2009

I Flew Daddy's Airplane Mommy!!

I coordinate the Base Playgroup every Friday here. It's one of the few regular things that we have to look forward to each week that gets us out of the house and gives me a chance to talk with other grown up people. But the hardest thing about planning Playgroups are coming up with locations in a small town, without wearing them into the ground. Let's see, there's the two decent parks in town (weather permitting), McDonald's Playland (but by Friday most people have been there like twice already that week), the Base Gym where the kids can run and throw balls, and the Gymnastics Academy who graciously lets us use there building a couple times a month. So any ideas that are new and different are always welcome.

One of my friends recently asked if there was any way that Nate could arrange it to let her son see one of the airplanes "up close.", since her husband works in the legal office and doesn't have access to the planes. I thought it was worth a shot and maybe Corban could come too since he has never really seen his daddy's plane either. All of the sudden, it was a light bulb moment for me. A new playgroup location was born.

Sooooo.... This really cute stud arranged it so the playgroup could take a tour of the KC-135 yesterday. UnfortuNATEly, that handsome pilot was not able to be there for the event due to a last minute scheduling conflict. Everyone had a blast though. A bus came to pick us up and drive us out to the plane (and for 90% of the kids, I think the bus ride was 90% of the fun!) Corban absolutely loved it and was so excited that he got to sit in the pilot's seat and "fly da airpane."

Corban and his friends got full control over the cockpit. I really really hope they didn't mess anything up too bad, because they were sure pushing a lot of buttons. There are safety checks before they take off, right??
Corban talked all day about how the tires were bigger than him.

Corban and friends checking out the "boom pad" aka where the boom operator moves the doo-hickey into the other plane and passes gas (I know, technical speak!)

Corban, Eliana, and Autumn in their flight suits. Notice Corban's snowboots in the 70 degree weather. He wouldn't leave the house without some "flight boots like daddy's." I had to improvise. I'm surprised he didn't throw a fit when Eliana got to wear an actual flight cap.

The whole gang, minus Corban, who snuck off BY HIMSELF back onto the bus and was waiting for everyone. He gave me a heart attack when I couldn't find'd think the bus driver would have noticed a two year old boy getting on the bus all alone. Oh well, I'm just sooo happy he wasn't lost on the flight line, in the plane or run over by the bus.

It was a fun morning, but wore me out! All three of us took long naps that afternoon. And Corban is STILL talking about how he flew Daddy's airplane. And the big tires. And the bus.


The Jen said...

Excellent playgroup! I loved it. Thanks for arranging it, guys.

Erin said...

Nice job Audrey! Looks like it was a big hit :)

And when you're feeling gloomy over the lack of play-group locations...just think of me w/ not ONE indoor playplace in town. Seriously? McDonald's would make a killing if they just put one in!

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry you guys are stuck with nowhere nice to play! Ick! Kudos for your ingenuity on the plane plan!

Corban's and Caleb's grammy said...

What a great-looking group! Corban's adorable!

Annie Pennington said...

Great job Audrey!!! Glad you found a new activity in booming Altus! :) Those tiny little flight suits are SOOOO precious!!!

Brittany said...

I know you wrote this a few months ago. We psc'd to Altus in April and we have a little boy who is turning 1 in October. I had no idea that their was a playgroup at Altus I have been wanting to get him into one. So he can be around other children and so that I can finally make some friends here. If you could get back to me with information about it or anything I would greatly appreciate it.

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