It's been a LOOOOONG winter. Not only because our area has seen record snowfall amounts in addition to our usual windy Spring weather... but also because I've been grounded. In December, I was put on "home rest" in response to some signs of preterm labor. I could still move around some at home-- but no more going out and doing normal things. In February, I was then put on strict bedrest. Thank goodness for the Winter Olympics or I would have lost my mind! In March... our new little future pilots were born! Julia and Jonathan made their arrival (somewhat unexpectedly) and immediately took over our hearts and lives! After almost 2 weeks in the NICU, we brought them home and began a new life as a family of four.
A month after the twins were born, I took my first flight as a new mom! Of course, things can't be simple with us-- we had N's brother's famnfily with us that weekend, and decided to take everyone with us to the airport (4 adults, 2 kids, and 2 infants). Since I hadn't flown in so long, we asked our CFI to come along and make sure I didn't do anything stupid! After getting everyone situated, CFI and ond circuit, I was feeling better and we went back to the ramp to pick up my sister-in-law for her first flight in a small plane. We went twice around with her-- and I think she really enjoyed it! Then we went back and picked up niece (7) and nephew (4) for their first flights in our plane. After 2 successful circuits, we went back and traded out for my brother-in-law, who is also interested in learning to fly. With him, we flew out to the practice area, did a few steep turns, and flew along one of my favorite flight seeing routes-- out along the ridgeline, over Harper's Ferry, and then worked our way back in for landing on Runway 17. We had a welcome party waiting along the runway on the ramp.
What a fun day! Maybe next time, we'll take the twins up!