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Birthday, Event

Can You Xscape at the Wharf?

Or… “Ryan’s 16th Birthday”

Well that was fun. Ryan and a few of his friends headed to Morgantown last week to get Taken. Not literally “taken,” but instead, participate in Morgantown’s premier escape room experience.

The four of us had participated in an escape room in Ocean City, Maryland over the summer. It was a fun experience, but it was definitely a work in progress in O.C. I’m sure over time, the O.C. escape room will be terrific. But this one in Morgantown was the full package.

The general idea behind an escape room is to solve a series of logic puzzles, have keen observation and great teamwork. You must use all of these abilities to escape a room or series of rooms within a certain time limit. In the games that we’ve played, we’ve had one hour to escape. In this case, the kids had just 54 seconds to spare… Nothing like cutting it close guys!

Click here to learn more about the Xscape room in Morgantown, or click here to learn more about the Taken adventure that is offered there.

Birthday, Video Games

A Long Wiikend

wiikendRyan celebrated his sixth birthday last week and we had his party on Friday night.

He made out pretty well for his birthday. His best present was a Nintendo Wii. That’s been a big hit. We got Wii Sports, Wii Play, Carnival Games, and MySims.

So far, the most fun game is the one bundled with the console, Wii Sports. The tennis and bowling have been especially fun, and so far we’ve been pretty faithful about doing our Wii Fitness every day. (I just got a 23 today, thank you very much!) The boxing is still a little difficult, but I’m getting the hang of the golf. I’ve done reasonably well with the baseball, but not perfect.

I played just about every game in Carnival Games the other night, and it was fairly fun. There’s not a ton of replay value in playing the actual carnival games over and over again but they are pretty fun the first time through. Wii Play is a little difficult for younger kids since you have to be pretty exact with the controller. MySims resembles the popular Sims games but plays at a level appropriate for kids. I played it a little earli100_4739er today and enjoyed how simple it is to build things. I like the Sims games in general and wanted to give this one a chance. I’ll report more later.

Ryan had a “Superman” themed birthday party complete with SuperCake. He had plenty of friends and family attend his party.

The Mountaineers finally got back on the winning track on Saturday by beating Syracuse 55-14. Sometimes it just depends on which team shows up, I guess.

Birthday, Family

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Ryan is now FIVE years old! His fifth birthday party was on Saturday night and several of his friends came by to celebrate.  Ryan got a bunch of clothes and quite a few nice toys to play with.

Everybody danced The Chicken Dance and sang along to Kidz Bop 10 while partying.

We were all very happy to have Ryan’s “Uncle Derek” and “Aunt Diana” visiting from England at the party.  I will be posting more pictures whenever I get all the flickr stuff up-to-date.