Thursday, March 14, 2013

Josie's Spiderman Birthday

Okay.  I lied.  That wasn't the Official Theme of Josie's friend party last weekend.  Josie actually chose a Rock Climbing Party, but you can see (from the above photo) why I might have been confused.

The party began with the Assembling Of The Gear - each girl (and Henry who joined us only begrudgingly because, as he pointed out, "most of Josie's friends are crazy.") was fitted with a pair of climbing shoes and a climbing harness.

Instructions were given and the girls were let loose into the climbing gym.

Henry was right about Josie and her friends being crazy - within seconds all the girls were climbing the walls.


Josie scooted up a few easy routes and then moved swiftly onto the more advanced.

I had a hard time keeping up with everyone.  Each change of wall required it's own safety rope clip/unclip and even with Gordy, me and two employee helpers, there was a lot to do.

Most of the party girls waisted very little time, carrying their 40 pound bodies up to the top of each wall.

100 pound Henry took a little longer to get the hang of it:

He started on the climbing cave but realized quickly that this was one of the hardest parts of the course.

Of course, that's not to say that Josie didn't attempt to climb the cave later on:

It looks like she had success, but she didn't either.

Henry then moved onto the wall course.

He tried his luck a few times, always pausing for a few minutes between attempts and gathering his thoughts, but eventually, he made it to the top.  If only his hockey-fortfied leg muscles could do the leading and the pulling.  

The girls / boy climbed for an hour and a half and then we stopped for cake and presents.

Pink frosting flowers, curtesy of Josie.

The jumbled mess they were attached to?  That was curtesy of me and a very bumpy car-ride to the climbing gym.

Gordy took the cake photos and managed to get - not only my head - but my entire person into one of the shots:

Only one, however:

There was time to spare after the cake-eating, so we went Old School and opened the presents:

Remember when the birthday child would open the presents at their party instead of afterwards when all the guests have gone home?

No?  Oh, dear.  I really am very old.

In my days, dearies, we used to open presents IN FRONT of our friends at our birthday parties.  And we never gave out a goodie bags!  And our mothers never posted photos onto their blog or facebook page.  I know.  It's shocking.  

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