Swinging From Trees

The weekend is over and my nieces have gone back home and the obstacle course has been a great success. They had so much fun with it that they played with it all day on Saturday, and even one on Sunday before my brother came to pick them up. No bones were broken thank goodness. We did have a couple cuts and one bruise but many, many laughs. The course started out with them jump roping I had them do that for a good minute and then I had drawn out hopscotch board in the street a really long one that took them some ways down the road a little bit, then I had their bike situated at the end of the hopscotch court and then they rode their bikes for little bit and then I had them park their bikes and then they ran to the lake and then I had them swim around for sometime. The final portion was to climb half way up a tree and grab a rope and swing to another tree.

hopscotch

I also had them reverse the course but I had to make sure I dried them off first because I couldn’t let them get back on their bikes so sopping wet so after I dried them off they ran back to their bikes and they cycled until they hit the hopscotch court and then we did the hopscotch course and then we did the jump roping again and whoever completed the jump roping won the award.

My six-year-old niece let the three-year-old win. At least I think she did. She never let her fall behind. I thought that was pretty cool of her. I have to admit that I probably had just as much fun as they did while I was watching them. I’m pretty sure I laughed the whole entire time. They were so entertaining. We did the obstacle course as soon as they got over however I did have to make them stop after a couple hours so we could have lunch and the three year old could take a nap. While she was sleeping me and my six-year-old niece cuddled on the couch watching TV and I’m pretty sure I drifted off for a little bit but as soon as the three-year-old woke up we were back outside on the obstacle course once again.  I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun with them as I did this weekend the obstacle course was a great idea.  I’m pretty sure we’ll have a course again maybe not next time but definitely in the near future before winter time.

 

 

 

Surprise B-DAY Party w/ a Photo Booth!

So I don’t have any children. I have two nieces that I spoil rotten and as a gift I bought them for summertime for no other reason but just because it was summer, I bought them both bicycles.  I get to watch them a lot while their parents work so I thought this would be a good idea for them to have bikes so we can play outside in the summer and go for bike rides. One of my nieces is six and the other one is three.  I had to put training wheels on the three-year-old’s bike because obviously she’s not that good of a rider but we have a good time biking around our neighborhoods. The only bummer is that I make them wear helmets and because they have to wear a helmet I have to wear a helmet. I’ve tried to reason with them by telling them that I’m an adult and I know how to ride a bike and there’s no way I’m going to fall off and the reason they have to wear one is because they’re not as good as a bike rider as I am but they don’t fall for that. They think it’s cool that all three of us are wearing helmets. They love when I do the exact same things that they do. And because I love them so much I suffer through wearing a helmet while riding a bike as an adult. When I watch them at their house we ride our bikes to the park that’s in their neighborhood and we play on the swing set and everything. We hang in the park all day. I pack a lunch for everybody and make sure we have lots of water. When I watch them at my house I live about five minutes from the lake so we ride our bikes down there and we swim all day and have the best time ever. However there are days when they don’t want to go to the park and they don’t want to go down to the lake so we just ride around the neighborhood for a while because they do love their bikes and they love to be on them every chance they can. When I do have them over I always make sure we spend as much time outside as possible. If we are not riding our bikes we’re playing hopscotch or jump rope or just playing with chalk in the driveway and on the sidewalks. I always try to keep them outside all day. The exception is when the three-year-old needs to go down for her nap. We get her down and me and my six-year-old niece have a little girl time just to ourselves. Sometimes we color, sometimes we paint, sometimes we just watch a movie or we read a book. I like letting them do what they want to do.  I like letting them make a decision because when they do make a decision they always have a much better time because they know that they pick this and then we got to go and do it.

I am actually planning a surprise birthday party for the six year old.  She is turning seven this November and her parents are actually gonna be out of town for her b-day so I thought it would be fun to invite all of her friends over and have a surprise slumber birthday party.  Something else I want to have at the party is one of those picture booth things you used to see at the mall.  Of course there will be pizza as that is her favorite food.  So I guess I need to get searching for a photo booth. Ann Arbor has several companies that offer them but I need to decide which company offers the best value for the money.

First experience with bubble soccer

So this upcoming week we will be heading out to Total Soccer in Wixom, Michigan to partake in a death match of bubble soccer.  I have never played before but I have always wanted to give it a shot.  In case you are not familiar go ahead and watch the video below.  I will be documenting the game so I can share it with you.  I am very competitive by nature and I can’t imagine that I will be any different playing bubble soccer.

Obviously, I like to have fun in everything I do and I care that others have fun as well but it just feels so much better to win.  I think that is true in any area of life.  Not to get all philosophical but that brings me to something that I think is very important in life.  That one simple thing is… “Don’t be afraid of failure!”  For all I know, I might suck at this game and I might lose big time but that does not keep me from giving it my all.  If you don’t then what is the point?   I know that it is cliche but failure is an important learning experience.  I have failed too many times to even count and believe it or not, I am grateful for those failures because they have taught me more than most of the successes that I have had.  Without those failures I truly believe that I could not have anywhere near the success that I have had since I took them and used them instead of letting them break me.

I try to view life as a responsibility.  What I mean is that, as a human being with consciousness it is our responsibility to actually live life.  I know that I am not explaining myself as good as some of the gurus out there but I hope that the sentiment makes at least the smallest amount of sense.  Talk to you soon!