6.23.2008

The Girls Go Rock Climbing...

Yesterday we took the girls to City Beach, a Rock Climbing Club near my parent's house. As they are usually such monkeys on the playground, we thought they may do the same on the climbing wall.

When Riley walked in and saw the wall, her eyes lit up. She couldn't wait to put on the harness and get climbing. My brother Randy showed her what to do, and with the help of Matt and my dad, immediately got her on her way. For the next hour and a half she put her heart and soul into climbing that wall. She tried and tried (and tried some more) to make it to the top to ring the bell, but she couldn't get past a certain point. I think she just got tired.

We promised her that we'd come back again this week... she had THAT much fun.





Her little sister... well... she didn't quite like the place. Sheridan loved the padded floor and the ability to run and jump around in this empty room. But she wanted NOTHING to do with putting on the harness, and even less with climbing the wall. She enjoyed watching her sister, and everyone else on the wall, but she did NOT want to climb it.

Being the pushy mom that I am, I strongly encouraged her (aka bribed her with every possible thing I could think of) to put on the harness and give climbing a try. Twenty minutes and a piece of mommy's minty gum later, we got it on her and quickly got her connected to the wall (I didn't want her to change her mind). Daddy stood by her the entire time, encouraging her to climb a little here and there.

At first she enjoyed it, smiling from ear to ear. But as soon as she got a little too high, she freaked out and began shrieking. We immediately took her down... after I snapped a few photos. Maybe we'll try this again next year.



Matt, my dad, and my brother also climbed the wall. Here are a few photos of them after their trips to the top.

11 comments:

The Mom said...

Whoa what a cool place!

Simple Answer said...

That would be a hoot!

Mom24 said...

That's awesome. Great pictures. Burn them though. Otherwise you'll have to make a sizeable contribution to Sheridan's therapy jar! Glad you're having fun.

Emily said...

Poor Sheridan. Is she scarred for life?

Great photos.

Kim said...

That looks like the coolest place!!!

Joggingincircles

Nap Warden said...

What a great place to take the kiddos...too bad Sheridan wasn't feeling it (maybe just to young for it). This is something I wouldn't want to try either, maybe it's not age:o

Tenakim said...

Looks like fun!

Cecily R said...

Great pics! I really need to take Isaac and Gracie back to the climbing wall. They both love it.

And the way Evie is climbing things lately, she probably would too!

karey m. said...

i love that you eased her obvious discomfort {not to mention future fear of heights, as well as the phobia for fear of being in a harness up high!}...

AFTER YOU SNAPPED A FEW PICS!

hilarious.

mommypie said...

What a great idea -- I gotta find one around here. My daughter would LOVE it!

Hyphen Mama said...

I hope, for Sheridan, the minty gum was worth it!! I LOVE that pic of her mouth wide-open screaming! I have a few of Mack doing that in an airplane...he's not so into flying.

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