My dear friend Alexis was heading to Boise for a weekend, so she invited us to tag along. We crammed into her van and headed to B-town! We arrived Friday night after a, thankfully, uneventful road-trip. Two pregnant ladies + 5 kids could = chaos! But the kids were wonderful, and had a great time in the car.
On Saturday, my brother Mike took me and the kids and a couple of cousins out to see his Apache helicopter. Have I mentioned I have the coolest brother around, and that he flys Apaches?! It was so fun seeing him in his element. You can just tell he loves every second of his job! And I feel so secure knowing amazing men like him are protecting our country and freedoms!!
He first showed us the Blackhawk helicopters, which of course, are NOT as cool as the Apache. Save the best for last you know? Apparently the Apache pilots and Blackhawk pilots have quite the rivalry going on. Pretty funny. So, here is an overload of Apache and Blackhawk pictures.
|Mike showing how the gun works on the Blackhawk.|
|The kids holding their hands they way they would be holding the gun if they were shooting it.|
|Blackhawk pilot Troy :)|
|Blackhawk pilot Brooklyn :)|
|Finally on to the good stuff...the Apache!|
|Cousin Elena in the front pilot seat of the Apache.|
|Cousin Gabe in the second pilot seat. This guy does most of the shooting...this is where Mike sits. :)|
|Looking down the HUGE gun barrel...(I think that's the gun?! I can't remember, there were quite a few weapons on this thing!)|
|You would have thought Mike was a kid in a candy shop. His excitement is contagious!!|
|The missile!! This baby can track and travel 5 miles!!!|
|Showing our "mean" faces! "We are gonna get all you bad guys!" Funny how I just look like a dork, and Brooklyn still looks sweet. I guess we weren't meant to be Apache pilots! lol|
|Such an incredible, and amazing machine. Thanks again Mike for the taking the time to show us!!|
|I simply ADORE this picture.|
|The spread. We kept it simple, cookies, cake and water. :)|
|Some of their dear friends, who have known them forever. The Johnsons, and Brinkerhoffs.|
|Girls on one side...|
|Boys on the other! lol|
|Mom's dearest friend, Karen Call.|
|Love this. These two together = constant laughter and silliness!!|
|Bug Walker, Andra Walker Shosted, Mike and Cassie, and our cousin Jana and her husband.|