Thankfully, our semi-annual visits to medical professionals in Houston revealed no serious flaws (other than those painfully evident in a mirror). Sandy even endured a colonoscopy that was due, as did I earlier before we left for the summer in Colorado.
Please allow me to take just a moment here to encourage every reader to have this examination at the appropriate stage of life. I devoted an entire previous post to the importance of this procedure in preventing needless illness, hardship and even death. If you don't do it for yourself, please do it for your loved ones.
The weeks we've spent here at Thousand Trails have been fun, since the kids are nearby, and I promised the grandsons another airplane ride--something they really love to do (as does their grandfather).
We picked them up at a small airport in a north Houston suburb in the little Cessna 172 they like because it is a high-wing airplane, and they can see well the landscape below.
We flew over their house at a low altitude, and their exclamations were like music to my ears as they viewed it from above. The weather was beautifully clear and the air was smooth, so I let both boys handle the controls a bit. Pryce proclaimed that the experience was "Epic!"
Here are a couple of short videos of the boys handling the controls for a moment. Pryce, the younger grandson, was a bit more skittish, snuggling up to my shoulder each time he handled the yoke. (Poppy loved that.)
Here's a photo of my older grandson, Mason, with his Poppy on this fun flying day:
I am happy to announce that Sandy and I are going to be grandparents again! Number three will be due in the spring, and I'll give you more details when they are available. Mom Mindy and Dad Tyler are excited, of course, but so are we (maybe more so)!
We will next be heading out to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee--one of our favorite places. We'll keep you posted, of course.
I might also mention that I have added during this calendar year quite a number of new RV parks to my "Best of the Best RV Parks" list, linked in the right margin of this blog. These new parks are identifiable with a red triangle. As always, please let me know if you discover a park that is worthy of adding or one that I might need to rethink.
And one final reminder: Strongback chairs are still available at a 15% discount at strongbackchair.com if you use the code phannieandmae15 at checkout. If you order from the website, you'll get a two-year warranty. If you put "strongback" in the search box on this blog, you'll see several posts that give more details on these fine chairs. (I get no kickback, by the way; I just like 'em.)
Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life;
please forgive me if I don't appreciate it as I should each day.
You don't stop playing when you get old; you get old when you stop playing!
So nice to let them feel the airplane respond to the slightest control input. That is how pilots get the bug. I am still scared of the colon snake, so just do the poop in a bucket test for now.ReplyDelete
Well, at least you're doing the next best thing. Good for you!Delete
Glad the check ups went well and a fun way to celebrate with a plane ride, taking the grands along.ReplyDelete
Indeed, George. We feel very blessed still to be doing what we do with few limitations. We never take a single day for granted.Delete
Always nice to get the pass by the doc. The excitement and joy of the plane ride sure shows.ReplyDelete
It was my first airplane ride--when I was about Mason's age (8) that got me hooked. I knew from that day that my career would be as a pilot.Delete
Nice way to celebrate a good checkup. Glad you enjoy your time with the Grands and Congratulations on the soon to arrive new addition.ReplyDelete
Be Safe and Enjoy your trip to Tennessee.
It's about time.
Thanks! We are hoping for a little cooler weather as autumn approaches. It's been pretty hot during this stay in Texas.Delete
Congrats on the newest addition. We'll be there in the spring to celebrate with you guys. . .ReplyDelete
Thank, Janice! It will be so good to see you two again!Delete
Congrats all around!!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Dan! We're really enjoying your adventures. Good blogging!Delete
We enjoyed our short airplane ride over Denali last year that we have just booked a two hour flight over the Utah Canyonlands and Monument Vally area. Look for the post sometime after Sept 23rd.ReplyDelete
So glad all the med check ups went well. We have that to look forward to sometime in November.
Ohhh, lucky you! I'll bet a flight over Canyonlands and Monument Valley would be awesome. Those are some of the favorite places we've traveled.Delete
Thank you so very much for sharing the wonderful pictures and videos of the boys flying with you! I know how special that is for you and we love hearing about it! And what a blessing about the new baby due this coming spring!!! Can we hope for a girl??? Sandy will truly loose her mind, and then maybe we can shop some in the same departments 😂😂😂💕💕💕ReplyDelete
Haha! Sandy has already told me that if this one is a girl, I will have to go back to work. And I don't think she's wrong; there's just so much pent-up shopping demand. (And you're not much help, enabler that you are!) LOL!Delete
Congratulations on the good doc reports. Mixed feelings about colonoscopy, I have had one but it didn't help my brother. Totally missed his cancer. Anyway, good idea to keep on top of our health for sure and enjoy life while we can!ReplyDelete
CONGRATULATIONS on the grandchild news! Awesome!
Oh my! I'm so sorry to hear that; I can see how that would erode your confidence in the procedure. And thank you, Patsy, for your thoughts on our new grand-to-be, but I think congratulations are in order for you guys as well. Aren't grands grand?!!Delete
Thanks! The boys had a lot of fun...as did their grandad!Delete
Congrats to you and Sandy on your clean bills of health! Good news like that is always a blessing. And I think it's wonderful that you and your grandkids can share such an incredibly special activity. Those experiences are the things that happy memories and treasured family stories are made of - good for all of you!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Mary. I feel blessed that this is something a bit special that we can still do together. Flying has been such a large part of my life, and I'm glad I can share it with the boys.Delete