I Wish I Were a Pilot

airplane in mid flight

"Gliders, sail planes, they're wonderful flying machines. It's the closest you can come to being a bird." -- Neil Armstrong
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My grandson and I were out in the yard, and it was one of those clear, sunny days. It was exciting for Ryan to see and hear so many planes that day. I ran inside the house, grabbed my camera and quickly took a few shots with my Nikon D200. Do you remember dreaming of flying as a kid? Do you like to fly in an airplane and use those frequent flyer miles?!

Sky photos for Blue Monday 

jet plane picture with layers added in photoshop

 "Nothing gives me as much pleasure as traveling. I love getting on trains and boats and planes." -- Alan Rickman
poster of the film Bottle Shock

My daughter was working on the film, Bottle Shock in Napa and she had the opportunity to meet Alan Rickman... an amazing actor. Perhaps you know him from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Alan Rickman plays Steven Spurrier, a British man living in Paris who owns a small wine shop known as the Academie du Vin. It's 1976, and Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) is struggling to create the perfect chardonnay at Chateau Montelena, his vineyard. Have you seen this one?
Barefoot Books Board Book about a pilot

illustration of railroad tracks and aerial view

dad in a row boat with oars

young boy in an airplane

I Wish I Were a Pilot

Wish your way through race car tracks, wavy seas and even star-filled space. Travelers of all sorts are featured in this imaginative book that includes educational notes about each of the modes of transportation featured in the rhyming text.
Ages 1 to 4 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Max Grover

I Wish I Were a Pilot [ I WISH I WERE A PILOT BY Blackstone, Stella ( Author ) Mar-01-2008

Crafts with Airplanes

So, after a long day with crafts and stories about airplanes, what fun... Well, we stepped outside to see the sunset because the day got in the 80s here in SoCal and this is what we saw!

orange sunset in southern california
A beautiful orange sunset, facing west from my front yard,  textured in Photoshop Elements for Mandarin Orange Monday

Happy reading and have a great week ahead!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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  1. Cool captures! Happy MOM!

    I'd also like to invite you to join Orange You Glad It's Friday. It's an Orange meme too and starting March 11, I will be hosting it at Life's sweets and spices. Hope to see you there.

  2. I've always loved flying--as a passenger.

    Happy Blue Monday, D.

  3. Oh, that's great to hear Sally. Thanks for coming over to see my blues!

  4. I still fly but not as much as before. It is just so much of hassle now and the fares so expensive.

  5. I love to gather up those frequent flyer miles so I can go see my grandkids who are in Virginia on the opposite coast! My husband, both of his parents, all of his uncles and three of his brothers are all pilots. Flying is in the blood on his side of the family. I bought my grandson "I Wish I Were A Pilot" last summer and it is his very favorite book! When we were there over Thanksgiving I must have read it to him 30 times. The illustrations are so colorful and the verse is easy for little ones. I love children's books and I am also passionate about music education! I am "the music lady" at one of our local elementary schools. A kindred spirit!

  6. i love to fly too!! and SO LOVE THIS SUNSET!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Hello! That sunset is gorgeous ;)

  8. Great shots! The sunset is stunning! I played too. Mine are here and here.

  9. Planes flying can be indeed an amazing sight for children. I don't remember wanting to fly as a kid. Now that I'm older I'm actually torn between pursuing flying lessons or PhD (both expensive :(

    Alan Rickman, yes. I no longer dislike him since I saw how cute he was in Austen's Sense and Sensibility :)


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