Sunday, April 01, 2007

Airfest 2007

Today we spent the day at the MacDill Air Force Base Airfest 2007. Our main goal was to see the Blue Angels. We got to see way more than the Blue Angels. We took over 400 pictures! AND we got to video tape too. I was a happy camper. :o)

Ooops! I forgot to mention that the Airfest was FREE!!

For those of you that know me, you aren't going to believe this... I got up at 5am! Yep, that's not a typo. LOL! We were on the road before 6am. Traffic really wasn't as bad as we thought. We were able to set up our chairs close to the front.

There was a list of items that weren't allowed to be taken in. One of them being a cooler. Packed lunches were allowed. So we took sandwiches, bottled water & chips. Beach chairs, umbrellas & blankets were allowed too. We even saw parents pulling their children's wagons loaded with their items. Every one was there ready to have a good time.

We took turns walking around and staying with our seats. My Knight walked around with Soaring Amongst The Clouds, Still Waters, Daughter of the King, G.I. Joe and The Warrior. He was showed them all the different planes and told them all about it. He's so wise and knowledgeable.

I walked around later on with Soaring Amongst The Clouds. She was quick to point out how handsome all them men looked in their uniform. Later on she said, "Wish we lived close to a base." I had to laugh about that. Seems like she is more like me than I thought. I sure did love seeing my Knight in his uniform. Even now, I love to see him in his umpire uniform... be still my heart...

There were many different kinds of airplanes, helicopters and machinery. Not only were they there for us to see, but we could go "in" them. We got to talk to different soldiers (or are they called airmen?) regarding the different things we saw.

It was an eventful day. We all had a "beyond" wonderful time. The maneuvers we saw the pilots do with their airplanes will forever be embedded in our minds. We even got to see paratroopers. They all put on a spectacular show. We can't wait for another Military Air Show comes our way again.

This picture was taken early in the morning. By noon, there was no vacant spots around. It was elbow to elbow people or should I say, chair to chair? It was a very sunny day. Good thing my Knight thought to bring our umbrella. He didn't want me to have a lupus flare up. We all lathered up with good ol' Banana Boat sunscreen.


The crowd anxiously awaiting...



Dad giving the tour...





Four of my blessings...


The Boys and The Ammunition...




Candid pictures of the my blessings...

Soaring Amongst the Clouds...
She's a dreamer, a thrill seeker.


Still Waters...
she is always quiet, I always wonder what she's thinking.


Daughter of the King...
she's a friend to the friendless.


G.I. Joe...
he's friendly and easy going.


The Warrior...
protector of the defenseless.


Some of the Airmen had the perfect spot to watch the show...




Paratroopers...







The Galaxy...






Different planes...







Last but not least... The Blue Angels!













2 comments:

Bellezza said...

That would be so cool to see! Like you, I do not like getting up early. As my husband says, I get up at the crack of noon. Not really, then the days wasted, but I am certainly more of a night person. I'm not certain who the girl is in the picture, but I wanted to comment she has beautiful hands! (The one where she's covering her eyes is the one I'm referring to.) It's great that you had such a happy family time together. By the way, here it is Good Friday already, and I want to wish you a Happy Easter, HE is risen! Hallelujah, amen.

The GateKeeper said...

He is risen indeed. I had to drive 83 miles but I made it to our Easter service on time. Next year, when we move, I'll be closer to my home church again. Amen to that. In any case, I am glad to see life is good for you. Life is splendid over here as well. Thank the Lord that He continues to do miracles in my life. I couldn't make it without him.

I like your statement about how we should always find the good in our husbands. That is good advice. And even though mine chose to end our marriage a few years back I continue to put him in a positive light for my kids. Keep blogging My Lady, you have great things to share.