Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sky Diving Birthday

Have you seen Bucket List? Great movie. After my FIL saw it last year he and the MIL talked about what would be on their lists and he mentioned skydiving. Hmmmm. So guess what she got him for his 80th birthday today? Yep, a tandem jump! First their sons took him to lunch, then they wandered out the the Parachute Center. Then the Lord of the Manor casually pulled the gift certificate out of his pocket and said, "How would you like to go skydiving? Right here, right now?" Needless to say, FIL was ecstatic!
It had all been arranged for a month, so as he was being briefed and suited up, his friends were gathering at the landing site.
It all happened so quickly, but I got a few photos. Here they are coming in for the landing.

And here he is safely on the ground grinning from ear to ear.

And here are the friends who made it out to the Parachute Center to watch.

Then everyone made their way to the country club where the dinner party was all set up. I made these table decorations by lifting an image off the internet and Photoshopping his face in. They were held up by balloons, one at each table.
He really seemed to enjoy himself and he will have something to talk about for months. And you know what? At the party several friends expressed interest in skydiving, so maybe there will be a whole gang of them out there soon.


erica said...

What a great story! No wonder he was absolutely thrilled. And I love the table decorations...great job.

Blondie's Journal said...

This was just so cool! What a brave man your father-in-law is. I would definately have a heart attack! You think he'll have something to talk about for months? How about years!

Love your decorations!! :-)


Stickhorsecowgirls said...

What a wonderful idea! And your decorations were great! I don't think I could ever get the nerve to skydive!

Anonymous said...

you know how to give a gift!!! so cool. of course i would have been sick to my stomach, but i didn't have to do it. what a great time for the primaries!!! great party decor, too!jkj

Neabear said...

I am glad your father-in-law enjoyed that. You won't catch me skydiving though. That is for sure. Nor bungee jumping either.

Pippajo said...

What a wonderful gift! I've told The Viking he can go skydiving for his 50th birthday. He'd love to go now, but I've asked him to at least wait until his children are grown (can't keep from imagining something going terribly wrong).

What a great way to celebrate such a milestone!

dana said...

This is certainly on my husband's bucket list--your FIL looked like he was thrilled beyond belief. What a grand experience for everyone that day! Dana