Sunday, December 20, 2009

Family bonding

Dan had some Christmas shopping to do so we thought it would be fun to hit MOA. We convinced Lauren that she HAD to try the Flying Dutchman ropes course. This was Ryan's first time too. We all got harnessed up. If you remember: you make your way to the top which is in the roof of the MOA (5 stories up), walk out onto a plank and pull the ropes to ring the bell. Ry was scared for about the first 15 seconds and then went through the whole thing unphased. This is the same kid who hates going down in the basement by himself. Lauren and I got to the top at the same time as about 20 little kids. It was so crowded we decided to go back down before ringing the bell ourselves. The above picture is Lauren, Emily and me almost at the top.It was fun to challenge ourselves and see how far we could go.Of course we hit the rides too. We go on the rides every time Lauren is in town. I really think that amusement parks are a great place to visit with family. You are doing something fun together. In some cases even building each other up to to encourage them to join in the fun. When the ride is done you are very proud of everyone. We all talk about our favorite rides or what scared us the most etc. Bonding in its purest form!There is a lot to see at Nickelodeon Universe too. Have I ever mentioned that we are HUGE Avatar fans? Seriously, I am so happy when Nickelodeon plays Avatar marathons.I have lost entire afternoons sitting on the couch watching Avatar with the fam. So we paid our respects to the Avatar.Of course there are treats to be had along the way. My dad came to take Andrew around. That way we could go on the bigger people rides and Andrew could do his thing too (thanks dad).We all rode Andrew's favorite ride together. The Danny Phantom ride. It was great to be with Lauren at the MOA. Memories were made together today.

4 comments:

amyg said...

Looks like a fun day! I really believe the greatest gift we can give our kids is TIME. You are awesome that way.

P.S. That picture of Lauren and your two oldest kids waiting in line for the ride is beautiful. Love the lighting. Nice work!

Erekson's said...

How fun! I think that it is so true about the bonding time at amusment parks I also think the same for water parks too. We'll have to try the rope thing next time we are there, it looks fun.

Lori said...

You have such a great and memorable time with your family whether they come from across the country or just upstairs from the basement.

Julie W said...

Fun. Lots of smiles all around. A good day. I think we will finally take our kids there next time we're in MN