Monday, July 28, 2008

Would YOU take the challenge?

For Kami and Lizzie's 10th Birthday, we had their party at an amazing ropes course. Thank goodness they had an indoor facility as well as outdoor since it was 105 degrees outside. I thought we might pass out in the parking lot walking into the party. But once we got inside the air conditioned building, the girls had a fantastic time.

The first half of the day, the girls played games that challenged them as well as built teamwork and unity. Since these girls will all be attending the same school next year, it was perfect timing. They got to know each other (they come from 2 different schools), and by dinnertime were acting like old pals.

After dinner, cake and presents, they got harnessed up and took on the high ropes. It was pretty cool to see them brave the 16 different elements, and also, several of them overcame serious nerves to finish the course. They finished by riding the zipline down.... and then some of them climbed the gargantuan rock wall as a second finale. How their little legs held up is a mystery to me.

But afterwards with shaky legs and sweaty faces, we drove home feeling tired, exhilirated and proud. And for Kami and Lizzie, one year older.

Just one problem: I don't think we'll be able to top this party! It was just too much fun. Thanks Chere, for helping me put this together. And one more thing, just in case you're wondering.... here are my feelings on my daughter turning (unbelievable) TEN.

Harnessed up and ready to go...
Look at that monstrous thing behind the girls... THAT is what they climbed!Tom took the challenge! He went up first to encourage the girls and help guide them through.Kami on one of the shakier elements... Lizzie concentrating on the tightropeKami near the top of the rock wall!

2 Wonderful Responses:

Gov said...

My 6-year old, Amber, would have loved this! She always wants to climb the rock wall at our YMCA. A few times she would sneak over and start trying...without the harness! She has not fear. Although, I showed her the picture here of the entire wall and she wasn't too sure about it. Looks like everyone had a blast. Happy Birthday! (Did you sing the birthday rap we sang at K-2?)

Heather Keith said...

How fun! Looks like a great party!Happy birthday Kami!