Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  Little Miss has Spring Break this week, and we were planning to spend it relaxing and having fun.  However, it wasn’t meant to be. 

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As some of you may recall, not too long ago I turned down a job because I couldn’t get the hours to work out with Little Miss’ daycare.  The job was a great opportunity to move into a field I had interest in, but we weren’t willing to move Little Miss from a place she likes so much.  Well, at the last minute the company decided to work something out with me on the hours.  The downside?  I’ll start this coming Monday!  That left me a week to wrap things up at my part time job, Fill out all of the paperwork, go in for a complete physical, rearrange numerous appointments, and other various things.  What a way to put a damper on your Spring Break!  And all while trying to keep Little Miss entertained. 

Fortunately, my In-Laws came to the rescue and are keeping her tonight, since I have to go in for my physical at 7 AM. 

So what does this have to do with the Naval Museum?  I had read in the paper that today was the first practice for the Blue Angels, who we are fortunate enough to be home base for.  I decided we would go – it was great practice for getting out the door early in the morning, and we love a good air show!  Things were going well until we parked the car….

I parked in totally the wrong spot, so we had a long walk ahead of us, not good when you have a toddler!  However, there were a lot of planes to look at along the way, so I knew we’d be fine.  When we got there, there were plenty of spots on the bleachers, but they quickly started getting crowded.  On top of that, they announced this wouldn’t be a practice show, but circles and landing practice. 

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Little Miss made the great call to head to the Museum.  We walked around and looked at some of the exhibits, then headed to her favorite part – the children’s area!  She had the place mostly to herself for quite a while, and we had a great time!

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So while things didn’t go as planned, we still had a great time!  I know that with starting the new job things often won’t go as planned, and I’m hoping to Stay Calm and Carry On! 

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7 thoughts on “Visiting the Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum

  1. I have been reading your blog for awhile but not sure I have ever commented. I wasnt aware we lived so clase, we are actually stationed at Fort Rucker in AL. We actually are going to Pensacola next week and had plans to see the Blue Angels(staying at the naval base lodging). What time do you recommend getting there? We were told they have the demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday. Good luck with the new job.

    1. The practice show starts at 8:30 – we got there at 8:00, and it wasn’t crowded yet. Next week should have even less people because Escambia schools were out this week. You can sit on their bleachers, or bring your own chairs – I’d recommend bringing your own chairs if you can, the bleachers got really crowded! I hope you have a wonderful time!

  2. I never go tired of that museum.
    Adults should do the guided tour at least once. (a year!) Retired aviators have lots of great stories. Plus the history of flight/planes is pretty darn interesting.
    Take your own chairs to the shows for sure.

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