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Monday, February 2, 2009

My Birthday Surprise

Okay, so tomorrow is my birthday. Go ahead wish me Happy Birthday...awww thanks, you're so sweet! Yesterday Ricky told me that he had a surprise for me today. I was so excited but deep inside I was a little irritated. Why? Well, usually Ricky is not very good at surprises. Every time he has a surprise for me I already know what it is or at least have an idea. But, I always pretend like I don't know just to make him feel like he surprised me. Back to yesterday; when Ricky told me that he had a surprise for me I realized that I had NO CLUE what the surprise was. We woke up early, he got the kids ready and he told me to wear jeans, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes and we headed out the door. About a half hour into our drive, I wanted to somehow make myself deaf because I had been listening to Noah say, "Get Out?" repeatedly for 15 minutes straight and Maia screaming at ear piercing decibels. I had no idea where we were going or how much longer it was going to take to get there and Ricky kept asking me if I knew where we were going yet. I did my best to keep my cool because I didn't want to ruin it for him. Just about the time when I was going to start pulling out my hair, we pulled into a drive way with a big sign that said Lake Elsinore Sky Diving. Oh dear, I don't wanna die! I have two babies to take care of... You brought this on yourself Taleah. This is what you get for talking a big game. You always say that you want to go sky diving and now your husband has granted your wish. Don't be a baby. I decide right there and then to have fun and enjoy the adventure. I didn't read any of the forms that I signed and closed my eyes and covered my ears through the entire video that told me that I couldn't sue them if I died. I paid very close attention to the 5 minute instruction course, put on my jumping gear, told my guy that I didn't want to die, said a quick prayer, and boarded the plane that looked like it was built in the 1960s. I tried my best to ignore the guy who was telling the pilot that something was leaking on the plane. I also tried to dismiss the fact the the pilot ignored the guy as well.   As the plane reached it's desired altitude and the door flung open, I was very close to having a complete melt down and begging the pilot to take me back to the ground. I reminded myself how much Ricky paid for this and decided I was too cheap to chicken out. The only way down was to jump and that is what I did. 
  The whole experience was quite a thrill even though it was a little awkward to be strapped to some random guy. Oh and I felt like I was going to puke when we were floating through the air because I get really bad motion sickness. But, I did it! I jumped out of a plane and I lived to tell about it! It was a great surprise...definitely one that I will remember for the rest of my life! 

This is CJ, the random guy I was strapped to. He and the camera guy had an obsession with the "hang loose" and the "thumbs up" hand gestures. They kept telling me to give "thumbs up" for every picture. I tried to explain to them that only foreigners do that...
This is my sexy head gear. Don't be jealous, I know you want one. 
This is me trying not to cuss because I am so scared...
This is the most flattering shot of the day...wind in my lip and obviously unbotoxed forehead (notice the thumbs up by the camera guy)
The parachute worked! Major whip lash and then motion sickness. 

3 comments:

Jen Resendez said...

How fun!!! I sure could never get myself to jump out but looks like fun from the pictures!!!

Bridget said...

LOL!!!!!!!! Botox forehead you had me laughing!! Your so funny! I'm glad you lived. What's with our husbands trying to kill us off. Air ballooning and Sky diving. Glad you found your camera after I looked everywhere for it. haha!

kathryn said...

You are one brave chick! I'm so proud of you, and of Ricky for pulling it off! Guess you will have to forgive him for falling asleep today on kid duty! lol