Saturday we celebrated Leah's and Sam's birthdays at GO, a fantastic place in Tupelo.
This was Leah's second time and Sam's first time to have a birthday party ( a party with guests outside our family). Since Leah and Sam share the same friends and their birthdays are two weeks apart, we thought a joint party would be a good idea. And it was! We had such a fun time. Sydney Darnell, the owner of GO provided us with a wonderful party experience.
Leah and Sam sat in chairs and opened their gifts as each guest arrived. The children went straight to the spring floor to complete an obstacle course.
Leah--having a fun time!
It took Sam a while to warm up....he stayed in either my or Olivia's arms for the first part of the party.
Clay--he knows about GO....when he, Olivia, and Julie were younger, they attended weekly classes at GO.
party guests and coaches in action!
After all the guests had arrived and all the gifts were open, the children were divided into four groups. Each group rotated to one of four stations and participated in an activity with a fun coach. They also were pulled from their groups one at a time to help paint a canvas for both Leah and Sam. The activities were rope swinging, marble rolling inside tubes, jumping to catch a football (landing on a pile of pads!), and red light, green light. Since the playing floor of GO is made of that springy stuff, so really anything you do on it is lots of fun!
Jimmy and Sam swinging on the rope!
Leah, swinging on the rope!
The children were also pulled from their groups, two at a time to do the favorite activity of all--
Here is Sam climbing the "little" rock wall. This one does not require any special equipment or harnesses.....the children can just climb up and jump down.
Leah, harnessed and ready to climb the "big" rock wall. We did not get any pictures of her climbing....but she climbed about a quarter of the way up.
Sam tried the big rock wall too! Sydney "helped" him!
Look at how proud Sam is!
Here is Clay climbing the rock wall. He tried 3 or 4 times, and he almost made it to the top!
Julie, smiling and climbing! She almost made it to the top too!
Julie and Olivia, racing to the top! Well, kind of racing! Rock wall climbing is slow and strenuous. Olivia did make it to the top!
Clay and Olivia
Clay and Me!
Yes, I was brave and tried to climb! It was very, very scary! Those rocks are so tiny.....too tiny to grasp with either your toes or hands. I guess I made it about halfway to the top. It seemed extremely high! I was ready to come down, but I was scared to let go! Lynn calculated that I burned about 90 calories attempting to climb that rock wall! My arms were sore the rest of the day!
There he is...at the top!
The final minutes of the party were spent singing Happy Birthday to Leah and Sam and then enjoying a special GO cake (for the honorees) and lime green GO cookies for the guests.
It was a great party!
Happy Birthday Leah and Sam!