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Friday, July 20, 2012

Carter Wogen

Friday Fabulous Flyer 


 Happy 1st Birthday Carter John Wogen! 

One year ago today I was planning to make a combination bring Carter into the world and my first Oshkosh trip. But as life happens, Carter came charging into the world five days early and had an extended stay in the NICU. He's still charging. And today he is one year old. I'm in Austin celebrating his birthday.
 

We had an interesting day yesterday on our journey down here. I ended up at the airport while my purse was still at home. An emergency 911 call to my friend Kathy. She left the PNWA conference to rush to my house, found and then brought my purse to the airport. The flight was oversold, but as good news would have it I got a seat! And then...


The Captain moved me to a First Class seat. Oh... so nice. I actually got some writing done on the plane. Unfortunately an hour or so into the flight, we heard the announcement, "Is there a doctor on board?" The flight continued on, so I'd assumed there wasn't an issue. But toward the end of the flight I moved to the flight deck so they could have a pregnant woman move into my seat, who quite possibly was losing her baby. It's hard to imagine the pain she was going through. 

Major kudos to the efficiency and compassion of the entire crew at Alaska Airlines. They did a great job. It takes more coordination than you think for a medical emergency. They needed to get her to the most suitable location. In this case, it was home to her husband in Austin.

Biscuit

Back to the joy of life, I got to see my future aviator Carter, and his little dog Biscuit. Yes, another little guy who loves planes. The baby, not the dog. After celebrating the big birthday weekend, I'll head home Sunday night, and then Monday morning I'm off to Oshkosh for the first time. Who say's good things don't come to those who wait? Now... it's time to party like a 1-year-old! 

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene

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19 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you made it down there safely and I hope the pregnant lady was able to be placed comfortably as possible thanks to your kindness and generosity. I also hope she made it to a hospital in due time. Thoughts and prayers to her outcome. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARTER!!! Looks adorable with the Hat and the plane a future pilot for sure... And that furball of fun --- Biscuit! I love that photo... Please give that dog a huge hug for me as I'm sure it's happy to see you again. Have a great weekend, Karlene!

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    1. Thank you so much Jeremy! We're having a great party. One down, and one more to go tomorrow. I gave Biscuit a hug for you. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Aww!! That's so cute!! (for Carter) and amazing for the flight crew doing their job with the pregnant women. What an adventure!

    Happy birthday to Carter!! Partaaay! \o/

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    1. Yes... this life is an adventure. And the adventure never stops. Yes... Party time. Today with the family, and tomorrow with 12 babies. Should be fun!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Carter! Hard to believe he's already one. I remember that hectic weekend a year ago when your plans for Oshkosh got changed by the little guy. Have a fantastic time there this year! (And I am so hoping that poor woman didn't lose her baby.)

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    1. Thanks Linda, We are having so much fun! Carter is just a doll. Yes... that was one frantic week. Remember... Dick was in ICU at the same time in SEA. We lucked out on that week. I hope so with the family too.

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  4. Oh, happy birthday to precious Carter! He's adorable!

    And how sad about the pregnant woman. I hope, hope, hope she didn't lose her baby :(

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    1. Thanks Julie. He is having a happy one. And I too hope, hope, hope. So sad. It made me hug this little guy that much harder when I saw him.

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  5. Happy Birthday Carter!!!
    Photos makes world happy!!
    Have an amazing day.
    warm regards,
    Jun

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    1. Thank you Jun! Krysta, Torrey and Dick all said to tell you hello. We all miss you. Come back and visit us soon.

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  6. Enjoy OSH...

    Tim 8DME_W_ORD

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    1. Thanks! A fun time will be had by all! You should pop on up there.

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    2. Heck No (putting it mildly).

      Not my cup of tea these days...Been to many before it became political and "Who is Who". Back in the day I flew in to OSH in everything from Cessna 172 to a B-25 to the 757 during proving flights. Then it was about the craft and the art....I feel now it is lost underneath layers of hype, vendors and the crush of 'critical' mass.

      It is an 'experience' that you should check-out...and judge for yourself.

      CDG is fine...off to the Captain's House

      Tim 8DME_W_ORD

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    3. Oh no... you mean I missed the good old days?!?
      My experience will be spending time with the kids, so I'm sure it will all be good.

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    4. Ohh K...you are such a young chick....yes, you missed the 'Good old days'

      Speaking of which...did you get the 727 PDF?

      Tim etc etc etc

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  7. Happy birthday to Carter! So glad you made it, and so sad about that woman. Which leads me to wonder, should a pregnant woman fly? Might be a good medical question for Dr. Larry...

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    1. Thanks Heather. I think it's okay for pregnant women to fly. They do it all the time. Even pregnant pilots can fly through their first trimester. But I will ask him. Seeing him next month. :)

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  8. Thanks, Karlene! I'm just glad you made it to Austin.

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    1. Thank you! Without your emergency rescue services... could have been a challenge!

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