Monday, September 3, 2012

First Avenue Rocks

We decided to stay here over our three day weekend and enjoy things close to home .  We had a great long weekend with friends, football and a little something extra.
We took everyone to First Avenue Rocks in downtown Birmingham, it's an indoor rock climbing facility.  It was a first for us but definitely won't be the last.
In the beginning, Grey couldn't get more than a couple of feet off the ground before falling back on the thick foam mats that surrounded the climbing areas.

However, it didn't take long for him to find his way to the top and just look at that smile once he made it!

 Cooper and Jacob were all over the place, climbing up any and all surfaces.

We broke for lunch and then these boys, blisters and all came back for round two, ding ding!
All smiles at the top...
 Getting chalked up before the climb...
Ahh, success...

As you can see from the pictures sometimes the boys had on a harness and sometimes they didn't.  There was only one wall where a harness was required and once they got to the top they would let go and repel down, or in Grey's case he would get 2-3 feet off the ground and then "repel" down to the mats, ha ha.  Grey actually did better without the harness, he was able to climb up and back down all by himself, he did great!  Jacob probably did the best job of getting up any type of wall there, but I can assure you that even though they all came home sore, hurting and with blisters aplenty...they were ready to go back at again the next day.  Sweaty and all they had a ball!

Sister was with us all day and in her classic style had a smile on her face the whole time.  She was sporting her new AFO's and a pair of her new shoes.

Our teams won and the SEC did well.  We spent time with friends and spent time at home with just each other.  It didn't hurt my feelings that our Labor Day started out dark and rainy either cause that gave us all and good excuse to be lazy, stay in our pjs and do pretty much nothing all day...a pretty perfect Labor Day in my opinion.

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