Wednesday, May 30, 2012

iFLEW! Wheeee...........!!

***This is the occasional non-papercrafting post. With Summer around the corner, you may be seeing more of such "off-topic" posts. These posts have nothing to do with Lettering Delights, or Make-the-Cut, or the Silhouette cutters but I hope that you have fun reading them anyway.***

Hubby took the day after Memorial Day off work. The kids also had an extra day off school due to a Teacher's work day, and so I thought we'd be spending the day relaxing. It had been a busy weekend and I was looking forward to taking it slowly. Instead Hubby dragged us out of the house and into the minivan.

At 9:30 a.m. :-(

We are usually up and about sending the kids to their extra-curricular activities and we relish every moment that we get to hang out doing nothing at home. So it was very unusual for the Hubster to get us all out of the house early on a day when we had nothing planned. While I was annoyed, I was somewhat amused that he was taking so much effort to keep the destination a secret. In fact, he was pretty much full of himself when none of us could figure out what he was up to until he pulled into the parking lot of....

While the name "iFLY" may lead one to think of a robotic bug, it is not a kid's toy. The iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility. We had driven past the iFLY Seattle building several times before and I had casually remarked that it would be fun to go skydiving. I suppose Hubby thought it was a good time to have some Fun.

The kids looking into the tunnel that we were going to fly in.

Once Hubby has set his mind on something, there was no way to talk him out of it, so we all went along for the ride, or in this case, the flight. Check-in was an hour before our flight and that gave us ample time to deal with all the waivers that we had to fill in. As there was a group of skydivers who were there to practice their tricks, we all got a treat watching them do their stuff. It wasn't long before we were called into the instruction room to get our pre-flight training. A 4-minute instructional video, and a lesson on the 5 important hand signals later, we were all ready to change into our suits and fly!

Hubby was up first
and here's Twin A

Twin B had a blast

as did my little Panda Girl

and then there's me! Wheeeee........!

We each got to fly twice, except for Twin A, who asked to fly for a third time. We all had so much fun we were a little sad when it was over. A little boy in our group who didn't get to take his 4th flight got mad and threw a fit. I think he might even have cried a little.

This was truly one of the best experiences that we've had (the kids rank it 2nd best after our Disney Cruise!) and I absolutely loved that we could do this as a family. We all had such a blast, we can't wait to do it again. 

Thank you, Hubby! **big KISS!**


  1. Saw this on TV a few weeks ago. Looks like a blast!

  2. Thanks for sharing about your day, Jie! This sounds like the perfect thing to get my husband for his birthday. He (and the family) will be thrilled.

  3. OMG that is just Soooo cool!! What did it feel like being suspended like that!?!? Personally I think this is a great idea and safer alternative than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.

    How you will be able to top this adventure for a Father's Day gift is beyond me!! Good luck with that task!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Eeeeekk how stinking fun is this?!?! My 8yr old has been wanting to do this ever since she saw it on Ruff Ruffman (discovery kids show)... I love the photos of you guys!!!