Summer, Summer, Summertime

 

Fun in the Summer

Summertime Fun

 

You know Ab and I have 6 kids right? No? Yep. We do. 3 boys and 3 girls black Brady bunch style. Well he has 3 and I have 3, together they are ours, but who’s counting right? Each year (well this is only year two actually — but you get the point) all of the kids converge with us for what can only be described as a summer fun smack down (I just made that up. We’ve never actually called it that.)

So, given the obvious amount of planning and expense involved in keeping 6 kids entertained entails, we have begun planning our summer adventures.

Stuff we are supposed to do:

  • Camping
  • Grand Canyon
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Lemonade Stand

I would really love to take the kids on an international trip, but coordinating and getting approval from all the co-parents would be quite the exercise. We’ve also briefly looked at family camps which seem like fun conceptually. A family adventure vacation could be cool. Check out this one from REI, but at $2,000 a kid I don’t see that happening unless the little ones are smuggled via duffel bags or our loyal readers want to donate such a thing to us hint hint :D.  There are even entire sites dedicated to family adventure travel.

Do you have any super fun and cool ideas for us for the summer? We’d love to hear about them.

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Cold, Covered in Paint, And Crawling Through Mud… Now That’s A Date!

 

Arm By Paint Ball

Arm By Paint Ball

 

It pretty much goes without saying that our idea of a fun date doesn’t exactly line up with your typical internet dating site “What’s Your Idea of a Fun Date” response. Therefore, it shouldn’t shock you that we were completely amped about spending 5 hours in 40 degree weather, covered in mud & paint, crawling through the woods in Roanoke, TX at DFW Adventure Park.

This place is in the middle of

 

Paintball Adventure Course

Paintball Adventure Course

 

nowhere (we passed a house with a cow in the front yard) and is huge. They have about 20 paint ball courses, a Moto Cross course, and zip lining. It’s not your typical throw up a few inflatables or barriers and call it a day type of place. Many of the courses involve water, bridges, forest, and buildings.

We had a blast! The funniest part of the entire day was that we decided to go eat at a restaurant immediately after paintball with no wardrobe change or shower. That was very amusing to say the least :).

Enjoy the videos! In order: (1)Interviews — just Ab and I discussing our mad paintball skills. (2) The Action — paint ball action video (3) The Wardrobe Change — J might have gotten a little cold punked out and went and bought some camo… Not saying it’s true but there’s this ugly rumor floating around.

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A Must Have

GoPro Wide Angle Helmet Cam

GoPro Wide Angle Helmet Cam

We found absolutely the best thing ever! Well, maybe not ever, but definitely a must have for us. There is one word for this gear — sweet! If I had to describe it in two words they would be f’ing sweet!

How can you not love this when it:

  • records 2.5 hours on a single charge
  • shoots HD video hands free (for when you are barreling toward your death)
  • water proof to 60 meters (180 feet)
  • shoots in light
  • is sturdy enough to avoid bumps and bruises when you’re kicking a**

Oh yeah we have to have it! Can’t live one more day without it.

It is available from the Official Go Pro Store for $299.

Obviously, Ab has to wear this little number  (thanks babe) since this is clearly not  compatible with my sexy lol. I can’t wait to get it and show you guys what we see.

Hear is some sample video from the cam. You can’t tell us  this isn’t hot (well you could, but we won’t listen).

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Unbridled Lust…

We are having travel lust… Pure raw animalistic lust… National Geographic Adventure has published a list of the Top 25 trips for 2010.

  • Oh my my my… It is our goal to take each one of these trips before we die..

Even if these trips don’t suit your fancy check out the adventure travel companies associated with each link. They have lots of unique offerings for the intrepid among you.

The trip to Nepal looks awesome and who wouldn’t want to go to Bhutan?

Tonight we shall have sweet dreams cuddled up next to our laptops with heads full of adventures to be…

Good ‘ole National Geographic. Who knew you were good for something other than showing little boys their first set of naked breasts?

Off to a Rocky Start

Dallas Rock Indoor Rock Climbing

Actual Good Indoor Rock Climbers

Saturday, Ab and I decided to go indoor rock climbing at Dallas Rocks . I had heard that it was really good for bouldering — not that I have ANY competency in bouldering. That’s just what I heard. (I didn’t want you to have any misconceptions there :)) The facility had plenty of space and well laid out. However, you might not want to go on a Saturday. They were having a birthday party (or several) with about a kajillion (what do you mean that’s not a real number?) kids which meant our instruction was a bit rushed and a few parts left out. We didn’t learn until we were leaving that the colored tape designated paths up the wall that range from 5.5 (easy) to 5.xx (yeah right buddy). Oh well we will leverage that little nugget of knowledge next time.

Rock climbing is one of those things that looks really fun and is packed with mental and physical challenges. There’s just one teeny tiny problem.. It’s hard as hell. We are never ones to pass up a challenge, so we got outfitted with harness, shoes and a shared bag of chalk. It cost about $49.00 for three people (my oldest son was with us).

We tried top roping and free climbing (bouldering) walls since you have to have a special certification to do lead climbing (not that there was any chance what so ever that I was going to attempt lead climbing).

I can’t by any stretch of the imagination say we have any level of expertise at climbing, but it was fun. We’re going to do it again. It seems like something we should be better at. Maybe next time we should splurge for a lesson.


Coming Up Next…

Urban Dare

Urban Dare

Ab and I are competing the the Urban Dare adventure race on 12/12 in Ft.Worth. Urban Dare is a race involving physical or mental dares, trivia, and photos. 2 person teams try to solve clues and be the first to finish. An example clue from the DC race:

 He settled a dispute over this moniker in an eight-hour shooting match with William Comstock. You’ll need to be a good shot, too. Visit his place and throw a bull’s-eye to move on. This dare does not open until 11:30. Plan your course accordingly.

The course is usually 5 to 7 miles and has a 5 hour time limit. You can not drive or bike to find the check points –  you have to walk, run, or use public transportation (yeah, okay). You can use mobile devices.

If you are in DFW on 12/12 come cheer us on. You know how I feel about winning — It’s how you play the game & whether you win or lose — don’t get it twisted lol.

 

Bored Kid? How’s About a Little MMA

Well, it’s not just Abdul and I that have adventures. We involve the entire gang. This week Khalil (my oldest) started MMA. I’m sure I’ll be getting some kind of parenting award any day now for letting my 14 year old cage fight…. Either that or a call from CPS…

Ahhh… good times!