Sandbox List Adventures 32: American Ninja Warrior Finds Mud

18 Apr

It all started two years ago.

I was just surfing the channels and I came across something that would change my son’s life.

American Ninja Warrior.

He was mesmerized by the challenge of the obstacles and the will of the contestants, just regular non-steroid looking type of people, who worked in an office during the day and sort of turned into Batman at night and conquered these ridiculous muscle crushing obstacles.

He loved it.

He started making his own obstacles, out of cones, hula hoops, jump rope, and mats. Both of my kids began their mini-American-Ninja-Warrior obstacle course sessions on a weekly basis. Sometimes they’d take it out to the playground at the park and we’d have our own race among the slides and monkey bars.

But it didn’t quite feel the same. It felt like training, and not the “real” race. He’d always ask me when he would participate in a “real one,” and no matter how many fun runs or color runs we did, they were not American Ninja Warrior caliber. Not until we found …

The Down and Dirty Obstacle Race sponsored by Suburu. The Adventure Kids Series.

Suburu you rock.

Both my son and daughter got a chance to test their mini muscles and grit against the Down and Dirty course. This was where he got a chance to cross the balance beam, jump through some tires, go under a cargo net, over a mini wall, dash through some mud, and race up an incline to cross the finish line. Although if you want to know the truth there wasn’t much dashing going on through the mud. And I was doing so much cheering that I forgot to save some of those Kodak moments for our Sandbox List Adventure memory book. I loved watching it live too much. But I did snap a few, and I was grateful I captured some of that.

I was grateful for another successful attempt at crossing things off my son’s list.

My son loved the fact that he was conquering all the obstacles and his sister wasn’t too far behind. He loved the fact that he was letting his American Ninja Warrior shine through, and we were there cheering him on. I loved the fact that I was able to give that to him and to my daughter. The smiles at the finish line were definitely worth all the mud.

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6 Responses to “Sandbox List Adventures 32: American Ninja Warrior Finds Mud”

  1. bgddyjim April 19, 2015 at 4:39 AM #

    Dude, too cool! Did I read that right – you got in the mud too?! If so, that is a true testament to your awesomeness as a mom. I’m a GUY (albeit old) and I’d skip the mud puddle!

    • The Guat April 19, 2015 at 4:43 PM #

      Ha! Yeah I got Down and Dirty too, my daughter was moving in extra slow motion and asked me for some assistance before the mud took her completely down. Ha! But it was all good, we have OxyClean. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking out the mini adventure.

      • bgddyjim April 19, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

        But of course! Wouldn’t have missed it.

  2. Island Traveler April 19, 2015 at 5:03 AM #

    Oh, wow! This is a fun activity for kids indeed. I would love to sign up me and my son for something like that. Not sure yet about my wife but who knows, she may like it too. This is a priceless memory and activity you made with your kids. You rock my friend! Speaking of turning 40 soon…there’s a good news, it’s the new 20’s now. We can look and feel great at 40’s by the lifestyle we choose, the heart and mind set we live each day, by being a part of our kids amazing world of endless youth, energy and adventures. Have a great, awesome weekend!

    • The Guat April 19, 2015 at 4:49 PM #

      Thanks so much! It was a lot of fun and I’m sure your son and you and your whole family would love this. They have one in Texas, Cedar Hills I believe, near Dallas? Don’t know how far away you are from there but if it’s close, it’s a good adventure for kids. Thanks so much for you kind words and the pep talk before I hit 40, new 20 huh? I can see that. Have a great week!

  3. brickhousechick April 21, 2015 at 7:07 PM #

    Your Guatitos are taking after their Guatota Mama! Fantastico!

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