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Published: January 29th 2010
The hunt is off and running!
Ethan, Amy, Charlotte and Georgia on the hunt for the Geocache
Day 274 - Rye
Hip Hip Hooray, its Charlotte’s 9th birthday today! Happy Birthday Charlotte! The girls are already playing with Georgia and Ethan in the family room, on the Wii of course. It’s a hoot to watch them all, the little group dynamic is very entertaining.
We pop out really early this morning to check the placement of a Geocache that we thought would be fun to do with the kids before the rest of the birthday guests arrive. We’ve borrowed Bill’s handheld GPS to navigate our way there and despite me ignoring its instructions and heading in completely the wrong direction we did find the cache so the check out mission was a success and worth while. We just wanted to be sure that we could find it and that it wasn’t in a dodgy position for the kids - generally they’re not but this is only the second one we’ve attempted so you just never know.
When we got back Charlotte had already opened some of her birthday presents from her Mummy and Daddy - an underwater camera, Wii fit plus and some jewellery. It doesn’t take long before there’s a pleading face looking up
at me asking to set the new Wii game up for them. No problem at all and we manage it quick as a flash. Charlotte was of course the first to go through the body training programme to find out her Wii fit age which is determined on the results of various balancing exercises. 29 was the result and she thought that was hilarious considering today was her 9th birthday!
With the kids dressed we headed off with them for a bit of Geocache treasure hunting. Charlotte was in charge of the GPS and soon they were running madly along the beach in the direction of the arrow.
They did well, Charlotte stopped a couple of times just to make sure they were heading in the right direction and they were soon up and over sand dunes getting closer and closer to the cache. It was hidden well but they managed to uncover it with the tiniest bit of help from Darryl. Inside the cache was a whole host of treasure so Charlotte, Amy, Georgia and Ethan each chose a piece then we filled in the log book and put in the items we’d brought along for the
next Geocachers. That’s four more kids who have now experienced the fun of Geocache, hurrah!
We gave Charlotte her birthday present before we got back to the beach house, can you guess what it was? Rummikub of course!
The house is beginning to get busy by the time we arrive back, first with birthday wishes was James (Anna’s brother) and his daughter Peppa then Uncle Frank & Aunty Chris who have given Daph a lift down here, then Paula (Anna’s sister), husband Cory & son Luke and of course Anna’s Mum Helen and finally number one son Jordon (Anna and Grant’s eldest). It’s great being around such a buzzing family atmosphere and reminds us of home a lot.
With backyard cricket, a full on water hose game complete with water balloons, birthday cake, birthday candles and plenty of playing on her new Wii fit plus Charlotte is having a great day. Uncle Frank is a bit of a prankster, he was the supplier of the water balloons but the tables were definitely turned when the kids decided to gang together and throw them in his direction, of course one particularly big kid was the ring leader -
More food, more fun and games and then slowly people started to make their way back home. The time crept on until about 9pm then Grant got out the Risk. The world conquering game that has the tendency to go on all night, through the night and even possibly into the next day!
It’s not a game for ladies so Mel and Anna sat on the side lines whilst myself, Darryl, Jordan, James and Grant prepared for battle. The rule book is laid out on the table for reference but the most important rule is that if you start the game you don’t leave until you’re knocked out. With that understood we roll the dice to begin.
This is a game of strategy, patience and foresight plus a bit of manipulation & cheek thrown in for good measure. Oh, and if you’re James then the lucky continual throw of sixes would prove important too!
Darryl was the first to be wiped out, he took on James in a do or die battle and came off worst. Grant was merrily building his green army and flexed his muscles to march via Kamchatka into the rest of
Asia from Alaska (simple move ‘behind’ the board!). Somehow I managed to gain control of Europe, keep Grant at bay and avoid any heavy losses having positioned ‘my men’ on the outskirts looking after the borders. The troops fought valiantly and when Grant succumbed to a clever coercion between James & Jordan it was down to the three of us to fight it out. I lasted until 2.15am so I put up a reasonable fight but during a front line scuffle with Jordan my troops cracked under pressure and the luck of the dice slipped away. It was James that finished me off, he threw one too many sixes (legitimately or not - ha ha!!) and it was all over. I had been taken in completely as throughout the game he had offered assistance but then he brilliantly used it to his advantage and manoeuvred me into a no win situation! Drat! That left James and Jordan battling it out while me & Dar went to bed.
There’s been a big room swap tonight, the kids are all sleeping in the family room together which is beautiful (they were giggling away when they were supposed to be asleep -
what fun), Anna has allowed snoring boy Grant into her bed tonight but Mel is up on the kids bunks in the same room, James will be in his own room with daughter Peppa which left us in the middle room with Jordan. We’d put the tent up in the garden but it’s a bit cold so instead we snuggled under the covers in the house and waited til morning to see who conquered the world!
Dar and Sar
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