Over the past few years for "major" holidays, we try to stay home with our little brood. After many years of traveling for most holidays, it is MIke's one request to "stay put" for these now (the 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc). And it turns out, it is usually a good plan! We do however, welcome guests during these times! But it also give us a chance to explore our own back yard and do fun things at HOME.
This weekend we were making our plan of action (we have found we do best with a loose plan ...) and I suggested heading to REI to climb the wall. I did a bit of research and found out that both Luke and Bella could climb the wall if there were over 42 inches tall (whew, barely made it!) and they could do it for free since we are REI members! (you can do it free once per day per person!)
It was their first time and ours too. It was a fun thing to do and you cannot beat FREE. :) I knew as soon as we arrived that Bella would do well. She is out natural athlete and over-achiever. I also thought Luke would do well ... being that he recently climbed to the top of the tree in our front yard!
As suspected, Bella rocked it.
And once she realized that there was a bell at the top ... there was no stopping her.
The girl gathered a crowd of onlookers and earned the cheers of MANY! :) She was proud, never scared and so awesome. It was a really neat thing to watch and a glimmer of watching your child succeed at something they try. I like that feeling.
And then Luke tried ... and although our monkey is not afraid to climb trees, he was a bit apprehensive about the rock wall. I didn't get as many photos of him on the wall but he still did a great job!
And sweet fiesty Noah? Well, "I not big enough white mama? I too whittle."
All-in-all, it was a great experience and I'm sure we will be back to do it again soon. The climb instructors were all excited about Bella and showed her the next wall she would attempt since she rocked that first rock wall. Crazy girl. Next stop, Everest? If her Daddy has any say in it, YES! (Mommy says NO!).