anniversary celebrations + i flew a plane!

i have ALWAYS wanted my pilot's license, but when brian put a 1PM appointment on my calendar, i had no idea that's what i was about to do! 

i was told that my surprise depended on the weather and that it was something i'd be doing alone. i was thinking an afternoon massage, horseback riding lessons, i wasn't really sure. we hopped on the motorcycle and rode and as we got closer, the clues kept coming and i still had no idea. then when i saw a plane landing ahead, i thought, "no way!" my stomach sort of dropped a bit. i mean, i've always wanted to fly a plane, but when you're 5 minutes away from actually doing it, that's when it gets real. 

and i have to say, i am so happy that i didn't freak out being in that tiny cockpit as i literally turned the plane in the sky! absolutely the most phenomenal wedding present ever! 

and afterwards i had this huge surge of confidence! i'd forgotten this dream of mine! and now i remember that super brave girl inside!


ps. anniversary celebration photos continue on friday...brian had a ton of other surprises in store too, including a bit of travel...feeling like the luckiest girl in the world!


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  1. Dearest sweet Juliette, happy anniversary!!! This is such an awesome gift!! Thanks so much for sharing and the photos are amazing. :) So glad you had such fun celebrating! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  2. Wow! You go girl!
    ...and happy anniversary.

  3. What an awesome gift. I don't know if you caught it... my husband and I are restoring an old airplane hangar into a home and space for my studio, Gadanke.

    I adored reading about your first flight. I hope you can share MORE. :)

  4. Such a fun surprise! Can't wait to hear about the other surprises...

  5. Wow, what a great dream and surprise! You are a lucky lady...;-)

  6. Wow!! What a fantastic husband! And how very brave you are!!! I came over from the whimsical workspaces class to look at your studio photos,and have been poking around your fantastic blog for WAY too long today! I loved your peek into your studio and really Love your art.



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