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.