Party of the Decade!
Harry recently turned 10, which is a milestone worth marking, but all Harry wanted to do was “go to a forest and mess about with ropes and stuff”. Thankfully, a few of his friends were willing to join in, so off we all went for the cheapest birthday party ever.
The rules were pretty simple – no biking, no shooting, but most other stuff will be ok!
Challenge Number One was to catch a falling leaf. The boys weren’t particularly enthusiastic until I mentioned that there might be a prize for the winner.
All of a sudden, they were well into it, the first prize was awarded (a sweetie!) and after some valiant perseverance, everyone else managed to follow suit.
The next challenge was a rather dodgy traverse on a rather dodgy traverse line.
Harry’s friends’ parents may be relieved to hear that we tested it out with our own son first and it did the job so everyone else followed and after a short scramble, made it to the top in one piece.
The boys then faced a long, steep descent which they managed in a safe, controlled manner.
However, Ash and I took our eye off the ball for two seconds to get the rope coiled up again, and they took it upon themselves to finish it off in a much less controlled, much dirtier and probably much more fun fashion!
“Helpfully” they decided to wash their hands with varying degrees of success in a puddle before getting in the car.
It was great fun. And parents will be relieved to hear that we made them wash their hands properly before we fed them. Happy birthday, Harry! Here’s to the next decade of madness!
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About Me & Mine
Ashley (Dad/ 3rd child/ chief photographer). Me - Kerry (Mum/ the sensible one... sometimes). Harry (8) can't sit still and Chloe (nearly 6, thinks she can do everything Harry can and makes pretty good attempts too). We spend as much time as possible having "adventures" (which consist of anything which takes place outside and is accompanied by official “adventure sweeties”).
Favourite place in the world:
Ashley and me - The Ards Peninsula, Strangford Lough, The Mourne Mountains . Harry – Alan’s farm, anywhere with mud, sand, bugs or tractors or that requires a paddle or harness to get to. Chloe - Anywhere as long as it's outside and preferably with somewhere to toast marshmallows and drink “North Pole” hot chocolate
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Biking, climbing, canoeing, digging holes on the beach, making dens (or anything out of sticks), looking for squirrels, butterflies, crabs and Gruffalos. Chloe loves to collect stones, but we try to discourage that as we invariably end up carrying the most precious ones home. She managed to stash about 20 in her bag on a recent weekend away in Ballycastle and cunningly talked Uncle Pancake into carrying her bag to the car so we wouldn’t find out until it was too late. She currently has a fairly large cairn in her bedroom! Harry has a model dairy farm complete with stone walls built from beach pebbles in his bedroom. Neither has much room left for sleeping.