Saturday, September 29, 2012

Air Show

We have lived here for 10 year now, and this is our first time going to the Air_Show
It started with a C-17 cargo plane flying over. That thing is huge!
 Next we watched this watched Kirk Wicker in this biplane do some crazy stunts.
 The highlight of the show was Jane Wicker the wing walker. That's right. During the flight she climbed all over the wings of that plane. Crazy to watch. Made my heart race and my palms sweat. During the show they talked about the g-forces involved, she has to hold her breath for most of it because the pressure doesn't allow her chest to expand to take a breath!
It was definitely an exciting show to check out.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Company Picnic

The girls have been looking forward to the Family Picnic at Clay's work. It's a lot of fun. Here they are posing with the "Pegasus" statues outside the main buildings.
 The first thing we always do is get in line for face painting. and then get a balloon animal.
This year they had these huge golf ball looking things for the kids to climb around in. Both the girls wanted to try it out. 
 And new this year was pony rides! Hooray for ponies!
 Each year Emma like to tackle the rock wall.
 Check out Rebekah on this inflatable slide. She is completely airborne!!
 Also new this year was a mechanical bull. Emma did not stay on very well. I got the biggest kick out of watching the operator for the bull. He had the biggest grin on his face the whole time. Just cracking up every time someone fell off. What a great job.
 Both the girls got to build a little locker from Lowe's. Did I mention that they have free barbecue, ice cream, funnel cakes, and drinks? Yes, it is a great event for all the employees and their families.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Adventure Park

I am one of 4 leaders for our church youth group for girls ages 8-11. We meet twice a month to help the girls put into practice what they learn on Sunday. This week we had the opportunity to take the older girls on a ropes course. Here they all are ready for an adventure. 
 First we had to climb up to the top of the hill. Then we had to get outfitted in all our safety gear. 
Following a brief instructions about how to use our gear, we went out to one of the courses. I stayed on the bottom to take pictures of the girls.
Look how easy Emma makes it look. I on the other hand was pretty scared!! But I did it. I had bruises on the inside of my arm from holding on so tight. Here are some more shots of the course.
 Check out this zip-line. Looks fun from afar, but once you get on the platform and are looking down at where you are supposed to go, it's pretty scary. But it was my favorite part. It wasn't until the zip-line that I realized I was totally safe in my harness and could just rely on it. Before I was holding on for dear life. Now I realized that the harness would hold me and I could loosen my grip a bit.
 Some of the girls, including Emma, finished the course early and went on to another one. Here are some pictures of Emma on a different course. The other leader and I were the last ones to finish. We had one girl who was afraid of heights and needed a lot of encouragement to make it through. But she did it! She finished the course! 
 We finished our mourning with a lunch at the picnic tables. Congrats to everyone for completing the ropes course!