Sunday, March 23, 2014

Airshow in Phoenix

Last Saturday, I took the kids to an airshow at Luke Air Force Base. I had never been to an air show in my life, so when I found out about this one, it sounded too good to turn down, in spite of the fact that my husband already had plans for the day and couldn't come with us. 

My friend who told me about the air show had warned me that there would be a huge crowd - thousands of people, long lines, lots of walking. At 31 weeks of pregnancy, I wasn't sure if I could handle it, no matter how much I wanted to. The kids all promised to be good, the older ones offered to help, so I decided it was worth a try. We arrived early enough to beat the worst crowds on the way in, although it was still a long walk to get onto the tarmac at the base (probably 2 miles from where we had to park in a field off-base).


The kids were all wearing matching bright orange shirts. We brought two double strollers: one for Anna and Stephen, and the other one for Becky and, if she got tired, Miriam. This also gave us tons of room to stow enough water bottles, snacks, and sack lunches for everyone, as well as diapers, wipes, and other gear. In addition, we brought the Snap 'n Go base loaded with nothing but four folding lawn chairs, so the kids who did not have a stroller seat could sit in those and watch the air show. 

John was pushing the stroller base with the chairs, Isaac and Solomon were taking turns with one of the double strollers, and I was pushing the other. Being "tied down" this way and having such a large caravan, it made it easy not to lose track of the kids or each other.

But oh, did I mention how much WALKING there was???


Both before the air show, as well as during it, we toured a lot of the stationary airplanes on the ground.  The lines were long, but we figured we could watch the airshow while sitting on the tarmac, or we could watch the air show while waiting in line to tour an airplane, so why not wait in line?






As usual, the sky was cloudless, and even though the temps were "only" in the 80s, it felt pretty sizzling being out in the bright sun from 9 AM until 4 PM. The kids all had a great time and were really happy that we got to go, so it was definitely worth the trouble and walking (did I mention I walked MILES and MILES that day?).


To reward the kids for not getting lost, being on their best behavior and having good attitudes, helping with all the little kids and the strollers, and never once asking me to buy them any food or treats out, we had ice cream sundaes when we got home late that afternoon.


I love all these sweet little faces!

26 comments:

  1. Glad you were able to make it! Rewards for not getting lost, Ha! I love it!!!!!!

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  2. I'm confused. Why is your daughter's whole thigh exposed in the first pic? According to your husbands sermons and what you have said, that is her nakedness. She is 3 not an infant. Why is that okay to post her nakedness on a public blog that people all around the world see, not to mention all the people the air show. I don't follow your logic there. You seem to take such a strong stand on dresses and modesty and then post that? This isn't the only time, I seem to notice that a lot on your blog. Like most comments I post that aren't nasty, just asking questions, you seem to never respond or publish them. A lot like how you criticize the THM fb page to do, you do it too. By the way I am skirts only and believe in dressing modestly and have a little girl. I would never post her nakedness on a public blog. It should be taken more serious than that. -Jane

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    1. Since this is a recurring problem, as you say, I strongly suggest you discontinue reading my sexually explicit blog.

      Personally, her safety (i.e. being buckled so she wouldn't get out without my noticing) and comfort (dressing in multiple layers on the bottom in the desert) trumped modesty, seeing as she is THREE and frequently runs about the house in nothing but her birthday suit. I have learned from experience that she will grow up to be perfectly modest as soon as she develops a concept of nudity, as is the case with all her older siblings.

      Sheesh... get a life!

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    2. Wow, "Jane", you're either a very persistent troll or seriously mentally disturbed, to look at a picture of a sweet child on a family outing and think such things. Shoo!
      Zsuzsanna, your family is lovely.

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  3. You have a lovely family. I came across your blog after reading an article about your husband's church teachings. I do not agree with them, however I respect you as a mother and wife and look forward to following your adventures!

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  4. I have 4 girls and I think it's impossible to keep a 3,4,5,6 year old from showing a little thIgh from time to time, unless you glue there skirts down!!! I can't believe some people. That's kinda ridiculous to say she is naked when she is 3. Quit being a dumb dumb!!!! Im talking to the lady who is saying crap. I would bet you that your little girl is not 100% always covered all the time at that young age!!!!!! So really!!!! ???? And how sick are you!!!!!?????

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  5. I have a question for you I have a 20 year old daughter that is saving herself to be a pastors wife that's what she says she feels God wants her to do. Were in the world is she going to meet a called young man. Our church is very small. She is the sweetest person she really is. And I'm a new Christian I don't know how to help her meet anyone I don't trust many people in this world to even take her out. What are good ways for her to find a called man of God??

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    1. If I may, she should be preparing herself to marry a good man and be a good wife. God may have other plans for her that don't include being a pastor's wife?

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    2. It was at a church camp that she went to last summer that she said she felt the Lord called her to be a pastor's wife, so she stood up and proclaimed it infront of the camp as many people were for other things so I'm wondering can that be her calling then cause she believes it is???? As far as Her preparing to be a pastor's wife she would make a perfect one as many people tell her this. She is trying to get tips from other pastor's wives and her own. She is I know God is in control. Thank you for answering :)

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  6. I am in absolute awe that you were able to walk and stand that much this far along in a difficult pregnancy. Just amazing! I don't know how you did it but from the grins on your kids' faces, it was absolutely worth it. I am sure they will never forget it. Good for you!

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  7. You didn't really answer my question. Sorry I don't allow my 3 year old to run around the house naked especially with boys! Sickos! The Bible does not say it is okay to be naked when you're a kid. You can keep them modest or at least try, you don't even do that. If it is okay for them to show their nakedness then why can't they wear pants? Do you make up your own age limit for that standard as well? So you are going to have her wear skirts and keep that commandment but the modest one doesn't matter yet? Like I said, it's confusing and doesn't line up. If it is hard to keep them modest then why post it on a public blog for all to see? There are fuller skirts that can be worn, even buckled in, and still cover the thigh. I'm surprised you published my first comment it the first ever! I would be surprised if this comment made it though. You never seem to have answers for people that point out clear contradictions in your beliefs. You're the one that makes them public and then gets mad when people dare to say something. -Jane

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  8. So I am sick because I think you should follow the Bible and be modest??????????? So are you sick because you think older girls should be covered?? Seriously???

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  9. You are a great Mommy! You do so many wonderful things with your little ones. Anna really is getting tall. It seems like she could be catching up to Becky by looking at 'the picture' ;-) But come on... where we need to draw some attention is to John. How cute is his outfit, brilliant! Glad you were able to get out and get moving around. By the way, we got our copy of New World Order Bible Versions and it is excellent. The ending is sooo touching.

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    1. Glad to hear you liked the docu. And John - he is a ham! It was so hot that day, and he still wore that thick coat for most of it.

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  10. This is to the lady who keeps on attacking the thigh of a 3 year old for not being modest. I'm very sure that her mother does a great job teaching her girls modest dress. And sometimes it happends to slip by us parents and we can only do our best. And let him who is without sin cast the first stone. She is 3 for Gods sakes your so sick to even look at her thigh in a sexual way. And did you ever change your little girl in front of anyone or in a public bathroom or expose her baby thighs??? She was born naked lady!!!!!!! So God must be ok with it when they do not know any better. We as parents do keep reminding them to cover up so when there old enough to know that it sin then they will be more cautious of her thighs showing. People who look at young little girls are called sick!!!!!! There is a reason kids are saved intell the age of accountability. And that means intell they understand what sin is!!!!! You need help lady your being such a dumb dumb!!!! By the way Zsuzsanna we sent your family a little something yesterday.

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    1. I'll be looking for it in the mail, thank you! :)

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  11. What is wrong with you??? Becasue I am asking why she thinks it's okay for her daughter to show her nakedness, the thigh (her husband preaches that by the way) I am looking at it in a sexual way??!!! Good geiff people really? The Bible says to be modest and I was wondering why she thought a 3 year old was still a "baby" and it didn't count but she has to wear dresses and for some reason that law still counts. Yes we are born naked but she is 3 that is my point. I was asking why she thought that was okay and to explain that to me. Yes I understand things slip up, but to let it go and not even care is different, and then to put it on a public blog for all to see?! I change my daughter in the car or as private as possible!

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    1. "Jane",

      To answer your question, yes, of course the Bible is clear that thighs are considered nakedness. I am not at all denying that.

      However, and this may come as a shock to you, not all nakedness is sin. For example, it is not a sin between spouses. It is not a sin for parents to care for their naked children. It is not a sin for children that have no concept of nudity or sexuality to be naked. Any normal toddler thinks nothing of running through the house naked. At age 3, if Anna were to die, she would go to Heaven, because no sins would be imputed unto her, seeing as she is too young and simple to have a concept of "sin" and "righteousness". This includes her perceived sin of "showing her nakedness".

      And yes, sexualizing young children IS sick. If the first and only thing you noticed about this blog post is the partially exposed thigh of a toddler, you have issues.

      If you wrote and said you were offended by ME exposing my nakedness, you would have a point, and I would take the picture down. Nakedness becomes a sin between unmarried people because of the sexual nature behind it (in physically mature people), not when the "perpetrator" is a young child with no concept of nudity or modesty.

      I have noticed that right around the age that a child understands the gospel, and becomes accountable for their own salvation, they also figure out issues such as modesty. It really is like Adam and Eve in the garden - until they sinned and needed a Saviour, they had no concept of the fact that they were naked, and it was not a sin for them to be so.

      As to other comments of yours that have gone unpublished: I have no idea what you are talking about. I do receive several each day from cantankerous "anonymous"-es like you, and typically delete them without so much as reading them to the end. I published this one because I was feeling generous. In the future, you can greatly up your chances of having your comment published if you a. use a real profile rather than going "anonymous", b. have something meaningful, intelligent and/or coherent to say, not some self-righteous nitpicking of my perceived hypocrisy.

      No further comments of yours will be published on this thread. You ought to stop being such a busybody about other people's matters. And like I said before, please stop reading here, seeing as this blog exposes you to so much unrighteousness.

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  12. Wow, so much drama over a 3 year old! My Caitlin has very little shame about stripping off and doing a nude run through the house, and Adam has only recenty learned always to change in the privacy of his bedroom or the bathroom. Children learn modesty as they get older, and while the standards are different in our house (our daughters can wear pants or shorts for example) by the time they are 5 or 6, they are mostly capable of understanding these rules. They know I expect them to wear clean, well fitting clothes, and that they should be able to reach above their heads, bend down to pick something up, and sit down (as well as any general play) without flashing underwear, the top of their backside, or their stomachs. They are not uncomfortable about changing together while swimming etc, and get on with it quickly and matter of factly, although Alana has recently requested complete privacy including from her sisters due to changes becoming a young woman, and while nudity is not shameful for us, it is not something to be flaunted either, it is simply a fact of life that should be handled with decorum.

    Modesty requirements differ between each family, but they are like any other clothing rule, shoes off inside, wear a coat when it is cold, pyjamas all day are only okay on Saturday, whatever the rule may be, it takes some time for the children to learn and until then it's up to the parents to gently teach and reinforce them, and to protect and decide when it is okay to bend these rules somewhat, with safety and comfort taking precedence. It's also up to the parents to decide which photos are suitable for public viewing based on these standards, and I hardly see the harm in a skirt that has bunched up to keep a toddler safe. While I would not post a photo when Caitlin has managed to get in the frame naked, I wouldn't hesitate with one similar to the photo that is the cause of all this debate. It seems unfair to be taking so much out on Zsuzsanna when, like any mother she has assessed the situation and climate and clearly put her daughter's safety and comfort above all else, while still trying to teach her daughters a level of decency regarding their clothing that she feels is appropriate for young girls. Your standards may be different, and that is fine, just as mine are different again - it's what makes the world fun.

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    1. Little kids are so funny. The other day, Anna was running up and down the house naked before bedtime, trying to find her jammies. When she did, she insisted she had to get dressed in them in the bathroom - you know, so nobody would see her? We thought it was hilarious.

      I put the picture up because it was the only one that had all seven of the children in it. And like I said above, there is nothing sinful about a little kid showing their "nakedness," for crying out loud. I just wonder what kind of person notices that, and only that, about a blog post with a dozen pictures??!? Not to mention the hundreds of other photos on this site?? But you'll leave a comment as soon as a baby shows some of her thigh? Wackos!

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  13. I love the matching shirts!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to hear you are still going strong! Good job!!!!

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    1. It only took me seven kids to figure out the "matching shirts" trick. Tip: never use red. Everyone uses red! You'll leave with a half dozen kids, and come home with 20, except none of them will be your own.

      I'm starting to putter out. Even in the two weeks since the airshow, my belly has doubled it seems.

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  14. What a fun day for them! Looks like the planning on your part paid off and they were all so sweet and well behaved. I'm not religious, but I love the posts about your family and about fun things you do with your kids. Reminds me of growing up (my mom loved thinking of fun family stuff to do and was very organized) and it's nice to read a mommy blog that is very realistic without being woe-is-me.
    -Lauren

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  15. Zsuzsa if i may.... Nakedness is also not a sin if it is not being done to cause a sin. The bible never definitively states nakedness as a sin. However if nakedness is being done for another purpose such as to make someone lust after you, or you are ashamed while showing your nakedness then it becomes a sin.

    You can still run into a fine line because even if you are not doing it to cause sin it still can but modesty can cause others to have sinful thoughts. It's just best to dress in full modesty. But no where in the bible does it say "Being Naked is sin". If i'm wrong feel free to correct me. But i've studied this topic in detail.

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  16. Are members of your church aloud to wear short dresses or their breast showing from low tops? How does your church handle these situations if one comes to church this way?

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