We'd just parked by the fuel pumps after an hour of Bonanza flight training. We'd gone out to get me comfortable in the high performance, complex airplane before our long trek to Oshkosh in it the next day. Sacramento's 100+ temperatures and mid-air bumps got the best of me though and I ambled down the ramp in search of water to splash on my face.
As I moved, sweaty and queasy, toward the restroom, I glanced around the beige buildings and rubber stained runways of McClellan Airfield. Five years ago on that particular day, I took a different walk. In a long white dress. Surrounded by family and friends. Hand-in-hand with my beloved.
|July 17, 2010 the new Mr. and Mrs. at the California Aerospace Museum at McClellan Park, Sacramento, California. |
Photo by the incredible Beth Baugher of True Love Photos.
So much has changed in the last five years. T became a corporate executive type. My sojourn to the desert came and went. T trained and became a leader in formation flying. Goliath had all but five teeth pulled. We visited Alaska. I became Dr. Shawna and started learning how to fly. We finally put in a back yard. T multiplied our fleet of cars. I landed a tenure track gig. And we've found excuses to throw awesome parties as often as possible.
What remains the same, however, is the love stuff. At this five year mark, I'm incredibly grateful to have a loving, faithful, funny partner who is so easy to love. Looking forward to the next five minutes and five years. Happy anniversary, T!
P.S. And because I can't help it...
|Show-stealing ring bearer, Grant, who is so grown up now!|
|An original song by Brenda Malvini.|
|My favorite thing about Beth was how she captured the candid moments. |
|A few quiet minutes before the reception.|
|B, me and Marm. |
|Yeah, so my Wedding Princesses are now driving and/or graduated high school. Bizarro-world!|
|My favorite shot from the day. Who falls down in their wedding dress, really?|
|Still trendy in 2010.|
|With one of my favorite planes, the C-47.|
|So strange to think I was just an aviation enthusiast back then and not a pilot.|
|Looking forward to seeing these folks next weekend!|
|My favorite ladies!|
|For Sacramento #avgeeks the California Aerospace Museum is a great venue!|
All pictures by the photo genius Beth Baugher of True Love Photo.
|I am such a lucky lady.|
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