Monday, November 3, 2014

A Bear Grylls 6th Birthday

The boys are in that phase of life where everything is about being kindergarten-aged manly men doing manly things in manly ways....and Bear Grylls works extremely well as an archetype for them.

So, for their 6th birthday, the choice for the theme was pretty obvious. To start it off right, daddy and his manly men spent the night outside in their tent....(the boy's early birthday present from Grampy & Grammy).
They also received sweet BG t-shirts...perfect for any  polar or back-yard expedition.
They were really excited to camp...and they actually slept in the tent really well...
They also got awesome new Legos...Perhaps the Lego construction practice will cross over to wilderness shelter-making skills in the future...
We played get the parachutist into the drop zone...the wind made this game a little less than successful.
Then we had an ice cream sandwich cake with white frosting...which was of course the side of a glacier. If you look closely you can see Bear climbing up the glacier and his camera crew getting ready to shoot another take...
We set up our own obstacle course in the yard...and this was very enthusiastically conquered by all four of our little survivalists.
We practiced shelter making....a good skill to have tucked away for a rainy day...
And, the boys got compasses, complete with LED for night orienteering...this was instead of pocketknives...which they have been BEGGING for. Mommy and daddy are not quite yet ready to deal with that yet...
We hid all their presents in different locations outside. Then, they were given a clue and had to go and find them. For their last present, they had to use their compasses to follow several directions to finally find their present...out in the woods.
They had a mountain of crepes for supper...they seriously LOVE crepes!
And, in honor of Bear Grylls, they drank their own pee....well....it was actually just lemonade...but just the thought of it is almost enough to make you gag...
And, of course, we had a  hike through the woods...We didn't get lost, we didn't have to kill small animals and eat them raw in order to survive, and we didn't even make pine needle tea along the way....but our boys Bear Gryll's birthday party was a super success!!

1 comment:

Mike Mower said...

No pocket knives? If they were Filipino they would already have 2' long bolos!