My Anniversary Present

Last July, life was busy!  My husband and I completely forgot our anniversary, until my Mom called, “Happy anniversary!”

This year my husband decided to make it memorable.  He found discounted paragliding tickets.  My parents would even be passing through town to watch the kids.

This wouldn’t be my first time flying.  I’m actually quite experienced in the world of aviation.

While my friends were all having high school graduation parties, my parents took me skydiving instead.

We went static line, which means I wasn’t strapped to anyone, but my shoot would be pulled open by the plane, just a few seconds after I fell.

I was excited, but terrified!  I’d never even been in a plane before!

The worst part–you couldn’t just jump out of the plane.  That would be too easy!  Instead you had to pull this Indiana Jones type maneuver and walk out onto the plane’s wing, while it was in the air!  Then jump! 

My parents were kind enough to let me go first.   There were some bars to hold onto, but after only a few steps, I couldn’t hold on!  The wind blasted me off the wing.  I was completely disoriented for a few seconds.  The chute thankfully opened.


It was so beautiful and calm as I made the lengthy float down.  Truly a phenomenal experience…until I semi-crash landed and got tangled up in a cornfield.

After college,  I wanted to try bungee jumping.  Skydiving was so fun.  I thought this would be easy in comparison.  I jumped with confidence…until I starting falling!

I wanted down!  But I was stuck!  Up and down again and again…and again.   It was terrible and seemingly endless!   I could barely walk afterwards, my legs were shaking so badly.  I will NEVER go bungee jumping again.

So, back to paragliding.  I wasn’t sure.  This time I was strapped to someone.   Not the most romantic anniversary as that someone wasn’t my husband, but I was grateful he seemed to know what he was doing.

 There wasn’t much wind, so my instructor told me I had to start running down the cliff! 

 The running was scary, but the flying…awesome!

My husband had gone first and nearly had a hang glider crash into him after he landed.  My landing was not so eventful.  I was just happy to not be tangled up in a corn field. 

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Appreciating my groundedness, but hopeful to go flying again. 

I’m adding this several days after I posted, because my parents just reminded me of a detail I forgot:   On our skydiving adventure, one of the men that jumped immediately before us had a small mishap.  His para-shoot didn’t open!  Luckily, his much smaller back-up shoot saved him, though he came down quickly and semi-crashed into a muddy field about a mile away from his target.

And I’d like to amend my goal: Forever appreciating my groundedness.


  1. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    Wow I never knew you were so brave…. I will never do any of those things!!!

  2. That is COOL! I'd like to THINK that I want to do something like that. But when it comes down to it…I'm not sure. LOL

  3. Caffeinated OC Mommy says:

    WOW GGM Darling! I always knew you were spunky… Happy Anniversary and Cups Up! xoxo P.S. You should of worn hot pink spandex for your flight! lol

  4. My uncle hang glides. I have always wanted to go with him. But I'm afraid of heights.
    BTW, your parents are awesome. And so is you husband. I think those gifts would be soo cool!
    Glad you had a good time!
    Oh and, Happy Anniversary!

  5. You are a brave lady. I would never do this.

    Happy Anniversary. I forgot about mine this year until my MIL reminded me.

  6. Mom of 12 says:

    I don't like being in a plane, so I certainly don't want to be falling from one! I'm glad you had fun though. Looks like BlogHer finally came through for you…let me know how it works out.

  7. How fun! I wouldn't ever be able to get my hubby to do something like that with me.

  8. Mikailah says:

    That sounds like fun… I have never even ridden in an airplane! ๐Ÿ™ I would like to try sky diving sometime… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Victoria says:

    How amazing! My hubby and I agreed to save jumping out of airplanes for after our kid is grown, just in case. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But it sounds incredible! You are so much braver than I am. Happy Anniversary, and I hope they keep getting better!

  10. Mommy's Paradise says:

    Lucky you, I would love to do these things. But so far my world was under the sea instead of way up in the sky. This must have been a blast.
    Happy Anniversary!

  11. WhisperingWriter says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    That sounds like fun but I could not jump out of a plane. I'd pee myself.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Not sure if I would ever do those things-I do love roller coasters but jumping out of a plane might be a bit too scary and high for me!

  13. Rebekah says:

    Oh my gosh…how fun are y'all?!?!

  14. yummychunklet says:

    Skydiving is on my to do list. It looks awesome!

  15. Wow!! That's a present you won't ever forget!! I don't know about that one, maybe, one day! Happy Anniversary!!!

  16. Heather says:

    How awesome!!! My husband doesn't want me to do anything like that because "that's not what moms do" and something could happen. I'm jealous!!!

  17. Melanie says:

    AMAZING! Are you in Utah? If so, were you at the "Point of the Mountain?" That looks like so much fun. WAHOO!

  18. Excellent adventure!! Would have scared the hell out of me getting on the wing of the plane.

    You got guts and glory ๐Ÿ™‚
    way to celebrate an anniversary!!!

  19. Rach (DonutsMama) says:

    Your parents took you skydiving??? Wow, that is crazy! Mine would barely take me to the mall, lol! You've got quite an adventurous family.

  20. Shelley says:

    Wow!! That was a fun and exciting anniversary gift. This anniversary we went to the County Fair with the kids for our big nite, whoo hoo! And it was our 15 yr anniversary, he owes me ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Happy Anniversary! I skydived in college and we bungee jumped last year on our anniversary – kind of the opposite of you!

  22. ohkeeka says:

    Oh, my wedding anniversary was last week and my husband and I forgot about it until my grandma posted on my Facebook wall! So I'm definitely on the too-busy-to-remember-life-events train with you.

    Paragliding definitely sounds like it will be an anniversary to remember. You are braver than I am! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  23. That is just so freakin' cool! The whole post, your whole life….I want your life…just kidding. About the wanting your life part (not that your life is awful or anything!), not about how you've gotten to do such awesome things!

    Apparently I'm babbling…

  24. Wow, what an adventure and interesting Anniversary gift. You are braver than me. I am scared at the thought of looking over a clift or on top of a tall building. I admire that you have had these experiences; I would call that enjoying the moment and least for you.
    I reallly enjoyed reading your post.
    Blessings to you!

  25. Tattoos n' Diapers says:

    That sounds amazing!! I went sky diving once and loved it! I cannot wait until I can do that again!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Kim @ Mamas Monologues says:

    You are far braver than I am! It sounds amazing, but I don't know if I could actually do it!

  27. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:! My 15 year anniversary is coming up. Not sure what we'll do. We don't have a sitter (she moved to Arkansas) so probably nothing exciting.

  28. m&msmommy says:

    Happy Belated Anniversary!

    You are definitely brave! I could never skydive, paraglide, etc. Eeekkkk! Just thinking about it scares me! As I read your words, I imagined how awesome and beautiful it is, and I'm sure it is amazing, BUT I don't think I could ever get myself out of the plane! THat would be the scary part! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Oh wow…you are a brave soul! Seriously!
    What great memories though ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. tarynddavidson says:

    I am green with envy! i have always wanted to do all of the above ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Wow – I'm totally impressed. I am so afraid to do bungee/skydiving, etc. Kudos to you!

  32. blueviolet says:

    That confirms it for me. I had ruled out bungee jumping because I was afraid of having to do the repeated falls, but skydiving is definitely on my list!!

    This was really, really interesting. I mean that. I was fascinated by this post.

  33. Optimistic Mom says:

    WOW! Sounds like it really was amazing. In my mind, I like to think I could do some of the things…but worried that my brain won't tell my heart not to have a heart attack before it stops beating. Otherwise, I'd go for it.
    Talk about great memories, you definitely have some!

  34. JennyLynn says:

    So amazing, cool and brave.

  35. Texas Type A Mom says:

    Happy Anniversary! What an exciting anniversary present. Was it powered paragliding or just regular paragliding? My uncle is a powered paragliding instructor in Florida but has flown with people in Utah quite a few times.

  36. Holy wow – you had to walk out onto the plane wing and then jump?!!! Honestly don't think I could do that…. you are pretty impressive!!

  37. How fun! I wish I were that adventurous! I'm a big chicken.

  38. Mommy Inconsistent says:

    I agree with everyone else…you're one brave mama! I've never wanted to bungee jump…looks so painful! I'm sure I'd need traction after.

  39. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    You are so brave! I tend to keep my feet on the ground!

  40. OH MY~ I always thought I was brave. I am not even close to you sister! Kudos to you. Keep flying High ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. I Am Not Superwoman says:

    Such an awesome gift but you won't find this girl jumping out of a plane or running off a cliff anytime soon. Glad YOU had fun. I will do just about anything else but those.

  42. Danielle says:

    Wow! I'm so impressed with you! Did you get that I'm-a-powerhouse feeling afterwards, like the post-birth high?

    I would have backed out when they told me I'd have to run…

  43. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    Wow! That sounds like fun! I'm not sure I'd have it in me to try, though!

  44. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    That is AWESOME … you are truly officially my hero. Be ready to give me a full, detailed description ….

  45. Wow! You are more adventurous than I am in! This just sounds like a panic attack waiting to happen for me. I like the ground to much to leave it…even for a somersault! LOL.

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